Disappointed Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood told his squad to regroup after Saturday’s 4-0 thumping by promotion-chasing Dover Athletic.
National League top scorer Ricky Miller hit a brace as the visitors continued their chase of the play-off places and left Guiseley six points above the relegation zone.
Guiseley were second-best from Miller’s opening strike on 17 minutes and the forward could have had a fourth hat-trick of the season had he been left on the pitch for the duration.
The defeat was the Lions’ first in six games and the heaviest in the league this season.
Lockwood, who named an unchanged team from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Gateshead, said: “As a group we have won as a group, and we’ll certainly lose as a club.
“We’ll learn from it and, hopefully, we’ll take it into our next games.”
Miller, returning to the Dover side after a two-game suspension, fired home a left-footed snapshot to give the visitors a first-half lead.
Guiseley almost levelled moments after when Jake Cassidy headed wide from a corner and Kevan Hurst wasted an inviting free-kick 25 yards out.
After the interval, Miller came close to doubling their lead when a long punt over the defence fell kindly into his path.
It left home stopper Jonny Maxted stranded and he could only watch as Miller lifted the ball over his head – only for the ball to hit a post. Moments later, the second did arrive. Moses Emmanuel recycled the ball and his deep cross found Ricky Modeste waiting at the back post to nod in.
Miller, who attracted a six-figure approach from League One side Peterborough United in January, tricked his way into the area and tumbled under a challenge to win an 83rd-minute penalty, which he scored for his 34th goal of the season.
The 28-year-old was taken off with five minutes remaining and so Ross Lafayette sent Maxted the wrong way when Dover were awarded another penalty.
Lockwood added: “We’ve had a tough week. Maybe I should have freshened things up, I don’t know. I always ask myself questions and try and improve myself. We’ll be looking at things and maybe it was me that may have messed it up.”
There was late heartbreak for Harrogate Town who went down to a 1-0 defeat at second-placed Kidderminster Harriers thanks to an 88th-minute winner from Andre Brown.
Town looked to be on their way to a seventh away game unbeaten, only for Brown to loop a finish over Peter Crook and in with just two minutes left to play.
The visitors’ best chance came in the opening quarter of an hour when Simon Ainge fired over after a defensive mix up, and Town could not break through a defence that has shipped just 12 goals in 18 games on home soil this season.
Meanwhile, a superb first-half performance saw FC Halifax Town cruise to a 3-0 win at FC United.
Goals from Dion Charles, Jordan Sinnott and Liam King ensured it was over as a contest at the break against a disorganised and dysfunctional FC United team, who were comprehensively outplayed by The Shaymen for the second time this season. Town are now up to third place in the league.
Elsewhere, Bradford Park Avenue moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Altrincham.
Oli Johnson gave Avenue the lead only for Elliot Newby to equalise before Matt Hill netted the winner 10 minutes from time.
FARSLEY CELTIC slipped to second place in the Evo-Stik League First Division North after they lost 2-0 at Bamber Bridge and long-time rivals Lancaster City were 3-0 victors at Radcliffe Borough.
First-half goals from Christopher Marlow and Joshua Heaton were enough to give Bamber Bridge the victory. Lancaster’s triumph puts the Dolly Blues three points clear at the top.
It was a weekend to forget for sixth-placed Ossett Town who suffered a 6-1 drubbing at mid-table Droylsden.
Steven Ridley gave Town the lead after eight minutes but it was all downhill from that point.
A last-gasp equaliser helped Brighouse Town salvage a 3-3 draw with Tadcaster Albion.
The Brewers stormed out of the blocks taking the lead after two minutes through Gregg Anderson.
However, less than a minute later the home side were back on level terms.
Ex-Mossley striker Mike Fish jumped on a loose ball and delicately flicked an effort beyond Chandler Hallwood.
And Albion went ahead on 18 minutes when Conor Sellars chested the ball into the net after good work by Tom Corner. Tadcaster then made it 3-1 six minutes before half-time when Corner lashed a shot into the back of the net.
Town were given hope of a revival just three minutes into the second half when Tom Haigh tapped the ball home.
There was a moment of controversy in the 71st minute when Carl Stewart rounded goalkeeper Tom Taylor and crossed for Corner whose headed effort appeared to be kept out of the goal by the arm of Kurt Harris, but the referee waved play on.
And with just six minutes left on the clock, substitute Adam Shaw came off the bench to deftly flick in Thomas Dugdale’s free-kick at the front post to earn Town a share of the spoils.
Elsewhere, struggling Ossett Albion slipped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Hyde United.
In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic, Tevahn Tyrell’s goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to see Ilkeston to a 1-0 victory over Frickley Athletic.
Frickley are now third from bottom in the table and a point adrift of safety.
SECOND-PLACED Pickering Town grabbed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at home to Retford United in the NCE Premier Division but still lost ground in the title race as leaders Cleethorpes Town won 2-0 against Handsworth Parramore.
Cameron Dear and Bradley Kilner netted to give Retford a two-goal advantage by the 62-minute mark before Ryan Blott got one back for Pickering on 77 minutes and Joe Dale completed the comback in the 90th minute.
After taking the lead in the eighth minute through Stephen Bromley it proved to be a nightmare afternoon for Harrogate Railway Athletic as they crashed to an 8-1 defeat at 10th-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
Nash Connolly, Richard Collier both netted braces for Hemsworth and the other goals came from Samuel Jones, Jack Steers, Lloyd Henderson and Bill Law.
Thirteenth-placed Garforth Town suffered a 3-1 home defeat against Athersley Recreation.
Luke McCrum scored the Town goal in the 57th minute.
AFC Emley moved back to the top of Division One following their 5-0 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. Ashley Flynn gave Emley the lead on 12 minutes and further goals from Thomas Brennan, Thomas Robinson, Samuel Jerome, Callum Charlton ensured it would be a comfortable afternoon for the visitors.
Seventh-placed Knaresborough Town drew 1-1 with Penistone Church. Daniel Barlow gave Penistone the lead on 20 minutes, only for Colin Heath to equalise three minutes later.
Ninth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 home victory over Westella and Willerby.
Nathan Keightley netted a brace for Welfare and the other goals came from Ryan Poskitt and Ashley Scothern.
Elsewhere, Selby Town drew 0-0 with Ollerton Town and basement-side Nostell Miners Welfare lost 1-0 at Dronfield Town.