Ballistic boss Charlie Brown has given his Ripon City players a forceful reminder of what he expects from them after a shock loss on Saturday.
City were stunned at rock bottom West Yorkshire Premier side Kippax 4-0 after a dismal display.
The humiliating defeat left City trailing in their pursuit of a top four spot, with a six-point gap to make up on fourth-placed Field.
And it extended their worrying dip in form during 2014, having won just one match since the turn of the year.
With a trip to league leaders Bardsey up next, Brown warned his players their “awful” showing must never happen again.
“They got a wake up call,” he said. “It was a real shocker.
“We had a blast at them at half time, and then I gave them a full blast at the end.
“It just wasn’t near good enough against a side fighting for everything.
“I can’t waste my time, and other people’s time. It can’t be allowed to happen, and it won’t happen again.”
Tom Sowerby returned to the City line-up between the sticks but the young stopper endured a miserable afternoon.
City were also without a bundle of front-line players but Brown refused to blame their absence.
He said: “We had a few missing for one reason or the other but I am not going to make any excuses.
“We were absolutely awful from minute one to the end.
“We had to go there and match them with their work rate. We didn’t do that.
“We went there with a view that we were going to just roll them over. You can’t get by like that in this league.
“Out of all, the only positive was Paul Vincent. He was superb again, pulling, pushing and cajoling to get everyone going.”
Brown’s men beat Bardsey 3-2 (AET) in the pair’s previous meeting, when Knowlson, Mortimer and Adam Robinson scored.
However, Lee Barraclough’s runaway leaders beat City 3-1 at Mallorie Park in August and a win for the hosts would put them 13 points clear at the top.
Robinson will miss Saturday’s trip after damaging his ankle ligaments against Kippax.
But Mortimer and Knowlson will return after their unavailability last week. New recruit Ben Jones and defender Ashley Atkinson should also come back into Brown’s plans.
“We have to put last week behind us,” added Brown.
“After something like that, you’re looking for a reaction.
“I don’t need to tell them it’s the league leaders. They will all know it’s going to be a really tough game.
“We certainly can’t play any worse than we did.”