Horsham manager Simon Colbran was unimpressed with his side’s display in a 2-2 friendly draw against Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.
The Hornets twice took the lead before being pegged back by the Essex League side - relegated from the Ryman North last season.
Former Crawley striker Mithun Nayee and Wayne Clark’s diving header gave Horsham the advantage, but goals from Ash hawkins and Dan Trenkel ensured honours were even.
And Colbran’s upset was magnified by the fact he was giving alternative players the chance to shine in the face of a number of absences.
He bemoaned: “I was disappointed with the performance. I expected the players to put themselves in the frame for the start of the season.
“It was a great opportunity but I was disappointed with some of the performances. I expect my players to give 100 per cent, whether it’s in a friendly, a cup game or a league match. I expect to beat teams like that if we are going to do anything in the league this year.
Colbran did, however, reserve praise for the Hornets youngsters who impressed from the bench.
Ben Collier, Connor Cushing, Jamie Ampleford and Ryan Hallet ‘did themselves proud’ said the Hornets boss.