Mariners boss gives players a drubbing; FA TROPHY.
Byline: Mark Carruthers
SOUTH Shields joint-manager Lee Picton revealed there were some "home truths" told in the dressing room after their FA Trophy defeat at Stafford Rangers.
Hopes had been high that the Mariners could produce another shock, after their replay win over Rangers' Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Farsley Celtic in the last round.
But a Massiah McDonald hat-trick sent the Mariners out of the competition, despite the in-form Robert Briggs giving them an early lead.
And that left a clearly angry Picton to have strong words with their players after the full-time whistle.
"We deserved to get beat," the former Whitley Bay defender told the Mariners website.
"We got bullied, physically and mentally.
"They were the better team on the day.
"We are not going into the ins and outs of what was said in the dressing room but there were a couple of home truths said.
"It's not a knee-jerk reaction, we feel that performance-wise, this has maybe been coming for a little while.
"Me and Graham (Fenton, his joint-manager) have to think long and hard about how we move things on from here" Droylsden are the visitors to Mariners Park on Saturday as South Shields resume their Evo-Stik North promotion push.
And Picton urged to side to put their Trophy exit behind them and focus fully on securing a third consecutive promotion.
He said: "The Trophy is a competition where we wanted to go as far as we could.
"Now we are out of it, it gives us more room to focus on our number one priority.
"It would have been nice but we have to focus on picking up as many league points as we can and hopefully finishing in one of those top-two league spots"
South Shields' Lee Picton