Michael Fairweather criticised his team for “giving up” after they conceded their second goal, eventually going down 4-1 at home to Pinxton.
The Moors levelled the game up shortly after half time, having gone into the interval a goal down.
But a fluke goal from a cross put Pinxton back in front, who went onto grab two more to succumb Moorlands to their sixth straight defeat.
Fairweather’s men started brightly, and felt like they should have had a penalty after just six minutes but despite strong claims from Lincoln’s on field and off field men, referee Wayne Gray stood firm and let play continue.
Pinxton opened the scoring after 16 minutes, with winger Luke Walker skipping past several challenges before finishing emphatically past ‘keeper Joyce.
It took the Moors until 61 minutes to level the game, a cross diverted past the Pinxton keeper by one of his own defenders.
Lincoln looked bright after securing the equaliser but conceded a goal against the run of play when a cross from captain Nathan Hollingworth evaded everyone and found its way into net, much to the frustration of the Moorlands players.
Lincoln had evidently lost confidence, and it was only four minutes later that Pinxton made it 3-1. A fantastic chase and cross from first goal scorer Luke Walker was converted by striker Jake Vernon.
Ten minutes later the tie was put beyond all doubt when Vernon grabbed his second with a clinical finish after being put through on goal.
Lincoln would have been disappointed as they looked dangerous on the attack throughout the game, especially with captain Sam Triffitt, whose marauding runs from central midfield constantly put the Pinxton defence under pressure.
After the defeat, manager Michael Fairweather stated his side’s performance was rushed at times, with a reluctance to keep the ball on the floor a major negative.
He said: “We treated the ball like a hot potato in the first half, we created seven chances by playing poorly.
“In the second half we came out and finally played some decent football and got back into the game, but then they scored a very fluky free kick.”
Fairweather was also critical of his side’s attitude after they conceded the 2nd goal, claiming his players committed the cardinal sin of giving up.
“I hate when people just stand and start giving up. 4 or 5 of our lads just stopped after the goal went in, but we were still in the game at 2-1 down.”
After much rebuilding was done to the squad during the summer, Fairweather admitted it will take until Christmas time before his side begin to gel and people see the benefits of what the club is looking to build.Tweet