DEREK GOULDING says Burscough were utterly outclassed by Darlington 1883.
The Linnets fell to a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of the North East side on Saturday as their two game winning streak came to an abrupt end.
Goulding admits he is struggling to fully analyse the defeat given the sheer quality of Darlington.
The Burscough boss has labelled them as the "best side we've played this season" and says the level of their play belonged at a much higher level.
But Goulding says it is hard to try and forget about losing a game by such a heavy margin.
The Greens boss will be hoping his players can get back on track today when they travel to struggling Radcliffe Borough in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
"They were miles better than us," said Goulding.
"We were well beaten and they are by far the best side we have come across this season.
"Ramsbottom are another of the best sides we've faced this season and I felt that maybe we did compete a bit better against them than we did on Saturday.
"We were missing a few players on Saturday which impacts on us quite a bit and especially when we are playing against a team as strong as they were."
"Are they better than this standard of football and another side just passing through with greater resources?" he asked.
"It is confusing in some respects. You don't ignore a game and result like that but it is hard to look at because they certainly did not play like a side from this league."
Paul Williams, John Connolly and Liam Dodd were all missing from the game through injury.
And Goulding says losing such key players was always going to impact on their chances.
"It left us a little short at the back," he said.