Craig Davis was left to reflect on a mixed Bank Holiday weekend after a best performance of the season was followed by a disappointing derby defeat.
Goals from Rob Carr – his third of the season – and a brilliant 74th minute volley by Jack White saw Fleet twice come behind to earn a deserved share of the spoils against big guns North Leigh on Saturday.
But with key man Carr missing on Monday and the player-boss still out with a calf strain, the Blues struggled to contain a Didcot side, who took the lead on the stroke of half-time with John Mills netting the first goal of a quite brilliant hat-trick.
“It was not a good day for us today,” admitted Davis, wose side make the trip to Hellenic League side Cheltenham Saracens in the FA Cup on Saturday. “Especially coming so soon after a tremendous performance on Saturday.”
“It was a game we easily could and should have got something from, but once again sloppy errors cost us dearly. There’s absolutely no point controlling a game, as we did today right up to the last few seconds of the first-half, and then throwing it away by one moment’s lack of concentration.
“We absolutely have to eradicate these lapses from our play, especially ahead of the tricky FA Cup match on Saturday. Away games like that are never easy but we will do all we can to get into the next round.”
Carr struck five minutes after Andy Caton had handed the visitors a 25th minute lead, only for Stuart Hole to put the visitors back in front within two minutes.
But Fleet kept plugging away and were worthy of their equaliser on 74 minutes when White smashed the ball home from Carr's cross.
There was no such delight, however, on Monday when Mills' opening strike in the second minute of time added on turned the tide in the Railwaymen’s favour.
Fleet then had centre back James Scott sent off for dissent on 65 minutes and Mills made them pay with a late double to seal victory.
Fleet: (v Didcot): Pryce, Byres, Martin, Carter, (Smith 60), Scott, Rousell, C Stanley (Bowen 60), B White, J White, Mlambo, Davies. Subs: Davis, Westbrook, B Stanley.