Blyth Spartans are looking for an instant response to their weekend FA Cup exit as they entertain unbeaten Ashton United tonight.
Spartans fell at the first hurdle in the cup, as they lost 3-1 at home against Evo-Stik League rivals AFC Fylde on Saturday.
But Tom Wade’s side is straight back into league action this evening as fifth-placed Ashton visit Croft Park, with the manager insisting that his team must build on the positives that came out of their cup defeat.
“Fylde were definitely the best side that we have faced so far this season, but we competed against them and gave them a difficult game – the difference was that they took their chances when they came along,” he said.
“But there were a lot of positives to come out of that game and we need to take those into the Ashton match tonight.
“Having a match on the Tuesday straight after losing on a Saturday can be a help, too, because it gives us a chance to get the defeat out of our system. Ashton are a good, professional, team and we will have to be at our best, but we have made a decent start to the season ourselves and we are confident we can give them a game.”
Wade will be without Aaron Wearmouth and Dean Holmes through injury, while skipper Joe Kendrick is a doubt.
Wade said: “We have a fairly small squad, and we have a couple Blyth Spartans injuries and Joe [Kendrick] is only touch-and-go.
“But we have a blend of experience and some good youngsters, and where players are missing it is an opportunity for others to come in.”