Embarassed player-coach Gareth Lewis believes Huddersfield ‘let the town down’ with the way they played in losing 27-18 at bottom club Stockport.
National II North mid-table team Huddersfield were expected to be far too strong for a Stockport side who went into the contest having suffered nine defeats out of nine, including a 62-7 thrashing at Stourbridge the week before.
But the hosts turned the form book upside down to take the honours on a day when Huddersfield were in charitable mood and handed Stockport the victory on a plate.
“We were awful, that’s the only way to describe it,” said Lewis.
“Both myself and (backs coach) Ian Shuttleworth gave it to the players with both barrels over the way it went.
“It was a totally unacceptable performance, and we were left feeling we’d let the club down, the supporters down and the town down.
“It’s pretty obvious it’s going to be a tough week training-wise. There’s a lot to put right and some more home truths to be told.
“The feelings were fairly similar to this after the Otley defeat the other week, but this one feels even worse.
“We’re at home to leaders Ampthill on Saturday, and if our approach to that game is similar to the one we saw at Stockport, then it could be even more embarrassing for us.”