Tadcaster Albion Manager, Paul Marshall, said he has ‘the strongest squad in the league’ to bounce back after they lost 2-1 at Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday.
Ellis Wall scored two second-half goals to give the home the advantage but Matthew Sparkes’ goal nine minutes from time set up a dramatic finish to the game.
Tadcaster had a number of penalty appeals waved away by the referee in the final few minutes and could not find the equalising goal to save them from only their second defeat of the season.
Marshall admitted that the defeat was a ‘hard one to take’ and said that his side struggled with the loss of in-form midfielder Josh Greening to an injury in the warm-up.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Marshall said: “We’ve done really well over the last few weeks, played most teams off the field but today we came across a really stubborn Staveley team.
“We had lots of chances but nothing clinical, it was all sort of hit and hope. A lot of fans behind the goal who are fair people said we should have had two or three (penalties).
“It’s all about how we bounce back now. We’ve got a weeks rest, we’ve played a lot of games and maybe it has caught up with us. We’ve played two games a week for the past four weeks.
“Josh has pulled up in the warm up which was a massive blow for us and a great incentive for Staveley. Obviously when you’ve got a player who is bang in form like Josh is it does make a difference.”
Greening enjoyed a fruitful September in front of goal for Tadcaster, scoring 13 goals in seven games but Marshall said he did not want to risk the midfielder with games against Pickering and Heanor Town coming up.
Marshall is now looking ahead to the important North Yorkshire derby on Saturday against local rivals Pickering and is expecting a bumper crowd and a positive reaction.
He said: “Some lads haven’t tasted so we’ve got to bounce back with the right attitude.
“We’ve got to train hard on Tuesday night and Thursday night and look forward to getting our best team on the field next Saturday and getting a positive result.”
Marshall confirmed Callum Ward would be available for selection for the derby after being disciplined for his reaction to being substituted in the win over Parkgate on Tuesday (September 30).
He said: “He came off and didn’t show the right attitude. Hopefully he’s learnt his lesson and it’s a lesson for all the players.
“You’ve got to be disciplined when you play for Tadcaster Albion. There the rules now and everyone has to abide by them.”