Joint manager Tony Joynes was left frustrated and disappointed as Newark Town failed to raise a team for their weekend Central Midlands League North match.
They were due to travel to second-placed FC Bolsover, but were left short with only nine players on the morning of the game.
Joynes said he had been ringing around until late on Friday and had assembled a team of 12, only for three to drop out on the morning of the match.
Town now face a maximum punishment of a £250 fine and two-point deduction.
The Bolsover match has been rearranged for May 6.
It was the first time Town had failed to raise a team since joining the league, and Joynes said it was a desperate situation.
“It is difficult to describe how I feel. I did feel a lot of frustration. Some of the reasons lads couldn’t play were quite disappointing,” he said.
“There were 25 players unavailable for the match. A weekend like this takes a lot of pleasure out of the job.
“It is not something I want to happen again at this club.”
Joynes said he had considered going out to Bolsover with a depleted squad, but said it would have done the club more damage than good.
“My first thought was to honour the fixture, but when you are playing one of the top teams in the league you have to be very careful,” he said.
“It would have been a heartbreaking day to take nine lads to a place like Bolsover.
“It would have been a heavy loss and would have been a big hit for confidence.
“For the nine lads it would be a kick in the teeth and there is a good chance you wouldn’t see some of them again.”
Town will be back in action on Saturday against tenth-placed Phoenix.