'NAIVETY' cost Newton Abbot Spurs their place at the top of Division One East last weekend according to boss Paul Dyson, who saw his side draw 4-4 against Totnes and Dartington.
Spurs led 4-1 with little over 30 minutes left against Totnes, but were pegged back by three late goals.
Mark Dyson and then brother Adam Dyson had put Spurs 2-0 up before Tots' Liam Collins started and finished a move which made it 2-1.
Adam Dyson then struck on 55 minutes from a cross by his brother Mark, while Jake Chisholm was claiming credit for the scrambled goal which made it 4-1 to Spurs.
But the game was far from over. Two minutes later, John Rimmer made it 4-2 before Collins struck a bending free-kick which made it 4-3 with 15 minutes to go.
Tots' substitute Danny Scatings then made an immediate impact with a run and cross which enabled Rimmer to level the scores.
For Spurs, the ignominy was made worse as they were overtaken by Exmouth Town on goal difference at the top of the table because of the result of the only other match played.
Dyson's side travel to the University of Exeter on Saturday hoping to make good on the slip, which is the latest to have cost them points.
Centre-halves Jamie Dyson and Kev Dadd should both be available for selection having missed last weekend's clash, while Dyson Snr is hoping that Mark Forrester's transfer from Teignmouth will clear in time for him to feature.
But he said there were no excuses for last weekend's showing.
"Unfortunately it was more points dropped for us," said Dyson Snr.
"We should have won the game but we were sloppy and conceded three goals in the last half-an-hour.
"That's three times in the last five games that we've handed winning positions away.
"In a word it's naivety, as there are certain things which you do when you're ahead – and you don't stop going forward.
"We need to keep our shape and not give sloppy goals away, which is something that we've been doing."
Unsurprisingly, both managers believed their teams had dominated, and Totnes boss Sav Savva said it was only individual errors which had allowed Spurs to go ahead before the fightback.
"We absolutely dominated the game – their goalkeeper was man of the match," said Savva. "If it wasn't for us making four individual mistakes we wouldn't have been behind in the first place.
"If we can eradicate those silly errors then we can really move up the table.
"But I can't fault the way that my players turned it around."
Savva also said the goal which left his side 4-1 down was only given after club linesman Charlie Stephens had given it against his own side, with some confusion as to whether the ball had crossed the line.
"I don't think anybody apart from him would have done it – but it's commendable," said Savva.
Totnes are taking on Exeter Civil Service at the Foxhole Sports Ground this Saturday, which Savva believes should go ahead.
"It was great two weeks ago when we played Exmouth Town, so I'm hopeful that it will go ahead," he said.
A waterlogged pitch at Coombe Valley accounted for Teignmouth's clash against Galmpton United last weekend, while Stoke Gabriel's tie at Budleigh Salterton was also off.
Of the three sides, only Teignmouth have a scheduled clash this weekend, with a home match against Exmouth Town planned for Coombe Valley (2.15pm).