Bournemouth Lions coach David Dunn believes Lydney RFC dragged his side down to their level in Saturday's defeat at Chapel Gate.
The Dorset side's Director of Rugby is wary his side's inexperience is hampering their results in National League Two South.
The Gloucestershire side secured their second straight league win with a 24-18 victory over Bournemouth - after the Dorset side were temporarily reduced to twelve men.
"I think they dragged us down to their level" said Dunn.
"We're a much better side than we showed. We got dragged into a battle, rather than keeping our heads up and keeping our shape.
"They're experienced at this level, they've been playing in this league for many years now.
"It's our inexperience at this level that's counting against us."
Before Saturday's clash with Lydney, the Lions had not played a game in three weeks - giving the side a chance to recover from a bruising opening to the season.
However, the Lions may have been caught a little cold against their Gloucestershire opponents - having a lack of match practice since facing Launceston on November 17.
"Hindsight is a wonderful thing" added Dunn.
"We were hanging at the end of the Launceston game, and we decided we wouldn't play a game in that break.
"Maybe we took our foot off the gas too much."
The Lions face an away trip to Barking on Saturday - who are still yet to win in National League Two South this season.