FURIOUS Dabbers boss Steve Davis ordered his players to apologise to the club's supporters after a disappointing defeat on Monday.
Nantwich were bidding to extend their impressive unbeaten run to 11 games at Atherton, but instead succumbed to a surprise reverse to the mid-table outfit.
Davis expected better after Saturday's 4-1 success at Colne, and blasted his players at the final whistle.
He said: 'We were poor in the extreme. We were light years away from how I know we can play and in the end I made them walk over to our supporters and apologise.'
Fatigue may have played a part in the Jackson Avenue outfit's demise. Their second outing in three days came against a side which had not been in action for more than a week.
Rain and windy conditions did not help either, and the opening 20 minutes was contested largely in the middle third of the pitch.
In the 20th minute, Danny Griggs shrugged off three challenges before unleashing a ferocious 20-yard shot that keeper Gavin Bates did well to hold under the bar.
Phil Parkinson and Adam Beasley also came close, but it was the hosts who edged ahead in the 37th minute when a poor clearance was returned with interest by Barry Massay.
The Dabbers levelled six minutes into the second half when a Griggs corner was shot goalwards by Paul Taylor and Beasley got a delicate touch to divert the ball home.
But parity lasted only 60 seconds as Massay again beat keeper Rob Hackney with a crisp angled strike from close range.
Stuart Cliffe made it 3-1 in the 63rd minute when Nantwich again failed to clear their lines.
Andy Bott nodded just wide and Griggs was denied by Bates as the visitors tried to respond, but it was all over when David Rhodes powered a header home two minutes from time.
It was an altogether different story at the weekend when Nantwich had the game wrapped up before the half-hour mark.
Griggs (5), Bott (23), Andy Kinsey (25) and Stuart Scheuber (28) were all on target at Colne in a game in which Davis included himself in the squad for the first time since August.
Then, Davis said: 'It was a tremendous effort and we scored four excellent goals. Overall, we dominated the game and the spirit amongst the players is very high.'
Nantwich, who remain third in Division One, entertain Flixton on Saturday. Meanwhile, the club is backing the FA's Shirts for Peace initiative, which was launched last week by England boss Steve McClaren.
Nantwich are one of 11 clubs to donate a full team strip to kit out a team competing in the Foot-ball4Peace tournament in Tel Aviv which features mixed teams of Jewish and Arab children.