Coach Ben Harvey warned his players they need to start learning fast if the Bees are to survive in National League One this season.

The scoreline from Saturday's defeat to Plymouth suggests it was a one sided affair but in truth the visitors were never 24 points better than the Sharmans Cross Road side.

On numerous occasions the Bees exposed weaknesses in the visitor's defence but then failed to complete basic tasks which would have yielded points. And with the pressure already mounting after three straight defeats, Harvey, pictured, knows they need to start learning their lesson and quickly.

"If we'd played like that against Rotherham or Moseley we would have beat them, unfortunately we came up against a full-time side in Plymouth who will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season and when they start to keep the ball as they did in the last 15 minutes it makes it very difficult to get control of the game," he said.

"Our game plan was right and if it was not for a couple of knock-ons or forward passes we would have been through to score. The older players know in this league you can't get away with it. The players need to realise the basics of the game apply at whatever level of the game."

Ross Laidlaw put Plymouth ahead on six minutes with a penalty, after missing two other efforts in the opening minutes.

Mike Hook levelled the scores three minutes later with a penalty of his own but in truth Bees should have been further in-front at that stage as seconds before Pete Murchie had run in to score only for the referee to rule the final pass had gone forward.

Bees then had two decent try scoring opportunities but conspired against themselves to squander them.

The first came on 19 minutes when some fast hands allowed them to move the ball wide quickly to Reece Spee. With Murchie in support it should have been a simple case of feeding him the ball and running through the gaping hole in the visitor's defence. Instead his pass was low and short and although Murchie rescued it he had lost his momentum and Plymouth recovered to steal back the ball.

Four minutes later and an Ashley Maggs' miss-pass picked out Miles Benjamin in a good position out wide, but he knocked-on.

Plymouth were less forgiving and two tries in four minutes towards the end of the half from captain Tom Hayes and James Owen along with a conversion from Laidlaw saw the visitors open up a 12 point gap, which was cut by three with a penalty from Hook just before the break.

Hopes of a Bees second-half revival were raised when three minutes after the interval Maggs found space out wide and showed enough determination to get to line for an unconverted try. But having got back into the game the errors crept back in and the trusty boot of Laidlaw added two more penalties to open up an 11-21 advantage.

In the final quarter of an hour Plymouth began to dominate, starving Bees of the ball and it yielded two more converted tries. Their third of the afternoon on 74 minutes was gifted to them as Bees failed to collect their lineout from inside their 22 and the ball fell kindly for Adam Kettle to dive over.

Then with the last action of the match a series of forward drives on the Bees line eventually created a gap for Edward Lewsey to squirm over the line.