Town boss Neil Aspin said his side were simply not good enough as they went down 2-1 at home to Boston United.
Town fell behind early to a Mark Jones tap in and conceded a second with 20 minutes to go thanks to Marc Newsham’s measured lob.
Although Town got a goal back with five minutes to go thanks to Gareth Seddon’s close range finish, they were unable to pinch what would have been a scarcely deserved equaliser after a late flurry of chances which saw Seddon denied when one on one and Dale Johnson hit the cross bar.
“I thought we were very poor from start to finish,” said Aspin.
“In the last 10 or 15 minutes we put them under a bit of pressure but we didn’t play particularly well. It wasn’t acceptable.”
Town have only kept one clean sheet in five home league games this season, and struggled to break down a resolute and organised Boston back line.
“We needed to get a goal to give us a chance and you know that after they’ve led almost the entire game, if you get one back they will get a bit edgy and we could throw everything at them. But overall we didn’t play well enough.”
And Aspin again stressed the importance of getting the first goal at the Shay.
“I said to them we must score the first goal at home and that if the opposition get it then it changes the game.
“We’ve got to be better and make sure that we get the first goal but we didn’t play well enough to win the game.”