NORTH Ballarat has just four days to pick up the pieces after a 66-point drubbing at the hands of Frankston in the Victorian Football League at Frankston yesterday.
The Roosters must back up against Tasmania in Hobart on Friday.
North Ballarat not only has to ensure it is right physically.
Coach Steve Wright also has the task of getting his players mentally on top of their game.
North Ballarat is wallowing at the bottom of the ladder after losing its opening two matches.
Northern Bullants and Coburg are also without wins.
Meanwhile, the buoyant Frankston Dolphins are sitting fourth behind Port Melbourne, Springvale and Sandringham.
Frankston unleashed its new-found power in no uncertain terms yesterday and North Ballarat, again plagued by unforced turnovers, seemed helpless to stop the home team.
As they did against Springvale a week earlier, the Roosters began well enough.
They led by 12 points at quarter time, but again fell by the wayside as the match progressed.
While North Ballarat kicked only another five goals for the day, Frankston plundered the Roosters defence to add 17 majors.
Former Fremantle Docker Andrew Shipp, who originally hails from Springvale, led the rampage.
The creative midfielder did as he liked all too often, getting possessions and farming out handballs at will.
North Ballarat was also troubled by Frankston's superior height.
Mark Bradly was prominent in attack for the Roosters with three goals, although it should have been more.
Bradly and new centre half forward Nathan Saunders presented themselves well enough, but did not get enough opportunities to turn North Ballarat's fortunes.
Adam Jenkins was as serviceable as always on the ball and in defence, while Marc Greig was able to shrug off an early tag to be effective around the ground.
Adam Winter was the Roosters' best defender, battling the odds.
Jarrod Edwards will be sidelined after straining a hamstring.
* North Ballarat reserves player Jeremy Watt was reported for charging in the third quarter.
In a promising development, Stephen Jurica was North Ballarat's best in a seven-point win in the reserves.