After beating Chapel Swifts 4-0 in their previous match, Mablethorpe had a complete reversal of fortunate when they lost by the same scoreline to Holton-le-Clay on Saturday.
Mablethorpe’s performance against the East Lincs Combination Division One leaders was better than the result suggested.
James Ryan was back in goal and made some great saves, while Alex Carter’s display saw him named man-of-the-match.
Adam Brownson rattled the crossbar with a 20-yarder early on and then had a penalty saved after Lee Twigg was brought down in the box.
But having made a promising start, Mablethorpe conceded twice and were unlucky to be 2-0 down at half-time.
Holton picked up where they left off in the second half and soon netted a third goal to put the result beyond doubt.
The visitos kept going in search of a consolation, but they didn’t take their chances and Holton scored again to add gloss to the final score.
Manager Mick Stubbs was pleased with the 11 who were available despite the scoreline as his side slipped down to fourth.
He said: “We played a side that work hard and use the ball well in every position so this was always going to be a hard game, especially when we only had 11 players.
“Our problem is not having enough players who are committed to come and put a shift in for each other.
“Those who turned up worked very hard and didn’t deserve to be 4-0 losers. We had many chances, but for some reason could not score.
“I was delighted with the effort from everyone there.”
On Saturday, Mablethorpe host Cleethorpes Town A in the league (kick-off 2pm).
Mablethorpe (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Brownson, Carter, Billingham, Sirett (c); Quinn, Mackay; Turner, Whiley, Twigg; D. Marshall.