HOLSWORTHY made a disastrous start to the new Carlsberg South West Peninsula League season.
They were thumped 6-0 by Dobwalls at a rain-soaked Upcott Field in Division One West.
Despite having five players unavailable, joint manager Kevin Taylor said his side could have no excuses.
"I would have expected the older and more experienced players to stand up and pull the younger ones through," he said.
"When everyone has an off day it can only lead to disaster. The result speaks for itself.
"Although clearly better than us on the day Dobwalls weren't that good, but we made them look like champions and they punished every mistake."
Jack Barnett was given too much space to charge forward and beat Jack Dixon with a dipping shot that skidded off the wet surface.
Dixon then saved a free kick by Joe Knight but the ball squirmed free for Martin Hake to force in the rebound.
It was 3-0 on the half hour with Knight firing a ferocious free kick into the roof of the net.
And despite another full-stretch save by Dixon, denying Harry Hook on the stroke of half time, Hake was on hand to score the fourth.
All Holsworthy could muster in a one-sided first half was a couple of half chances for Dom Abbott that were comfortably saved.
The Magpies improved in the second period as Roger Bonaparte went close with a header and Dean Chidley had a free kick saved.
But Hake completed his hat-trick with a penalty on the hour after Ed Hillier was judged to have handled.Hillier, the former Bere Alston and Hatherleigh Town player, was shown a red card for his protests.
Knight completed the scoring with 20 minutes to go after another shot was parried by Dixon.
In the closing stages, Chidley and Bonaparte were denied by the keeper and Mike Cornew saw his header come back off the crossbar, denying Holsworthy the solace of a consolation goal.
"It wasn't so much the scoreline as the manner of the defeat that was so concerning," said Taylor.