EUXTON Villa manager Mark McDonnell insisted his side had a ‘bad day at the office’ as they lost 5-1 to Thornton Cleveleys.

The visitors suffered a set-back before kick-off as defender Ryan Thompson, midfielder Mike Galliers and striker Connor Gronback unavailable.

Also the match was only given the green light for play at 1pm.

Cleveleys opened the scoring on the break after 12 minutes then Ian Billington was given his marching orders for a mis-timed challenge.

They found themselves 2-0 down at the break and things went from bad to worse in the 70th minute when Cleveleys enjoyed a three-goal cushion.

Kieran Mawdesley pulled one goal back for Villa but any hopes of a revival were soon quashed as Cleveleys made it 4-1.

The add insult to injury, Villa had to see out the game with nine men as Sam Bolton was forced off with a broken nose.

McDonnell said: “The conditions were very poor but you have to adapt to them and we didn’t.

“To lose the spine of the team made it even harder but we did not turn up.

Villa take on Blackburn Wren Rovers on Saturday and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

He said: “We are going to have quite a few players back and I may be looking to add to the squad to help us out until the end of the season.

“Blackpool are the best team we have played this season and they will be really tough.

“We have to just keep going and we would like to win our last two home games.”

Elsewhere in Division Two, Croston Sport enjoyed a 4-1 victory against Furness Rovers.

Dan Cooper bagged a brace of goals while Ashley Mills and an own goal rounded off the scoring for the Westhead Road side and they are level on points with Kendal County.