UNITED manager Garry Haylock said the occasion got the better of his team as they were battered by play-off candidates Luton Town at Church Road this afternoon.
In front of a club record attendance of 1,881, more than half being Hatters fans, United were on the back foot from the first whistle as Luton stated their intent.
It came as no surprise when Liam Hatch headed the visitors in front after 23 minutes before Claude Gnakpa slotted home a penalty just six minutes later after he was felled unnecessarily by Matt Ruby near the byline.
Justin Cochrane reduced the arrears with a sublime long range effort after 58 minutes but Hatters substitute Tom Craddock made it 1-3 with a deflected drive from close-range.
United skipper Tom Cadmore set up a tense three minutes of added time when he nodded in Toby Little's corner, just the hosts' second of the game, before Town stopper Mark Tyler, a virtual spectator for the duration, denied Craig Watkins from point blank range at the death.
For Haylock his side's brief comebacks were too little, too late.
“We got what we deserved which was nothing,” fumed the United boss. “It was plucky and valiant but we just didn't have the quality.
“We were awful in the first half, it was embarrassing. We didn't pass the ball well, we didn't keep possession and we didn't deserve anything. If Luton had a bit more quality in front of goal they could have ended up with five or six.
“We created chances and kept going but 3-2 flattered us just a little bit.”
Line-up: Masters, Green, Cadmore (cpt), Ruby (El-Abd, 82), Marwa, Binns, Cochrane, James (Little, 71), Harris, Stolcers (Wishart, 55), Watkins.