Lower Breck manager Gary Moore hopes his side can respond to their Litherland REMYCA disappointment against Kendal Town this weekend.
Johnny Foy’s goal was the difference in the derby clash between the two sides on Wednesday. The defeat ended Breck’s three-match winning run.
Paul Speed was controversially sent off during the clash before Ricky Ager and MJ Monaghan talked themselves into the sin-bin.
For the Lower Breck boss he felt the defeat was an opportunity missed for his side to move up the North West Counties table but admitted his side were not good enough.
He told Off The Park: “Massive opportunity missed, no games a given but you go into that looking at the table and thinking a win could see you climb four or five places depending on other results but we wasn’t good enough.
“Not that we were outplayed, we were just five yards off it, we give them a little bit more. Once you give that much time to pick you off with balls, they’ve got good players who can do that and that comes from us standing off, we had our moment in the first half but it wasn’t good enough really.
“Second half was a bit all over the place but not just from us.”
Speed will now serve a three-match ban following his dismissal against his former side but Moore defended the midfielder and the two players that landed themselves in the sin-bin.
“From my point of view, I’m not happy to see it but at the same time I have to defend the players to a certain level.
“I think no one thought that was a red card, no one, a fair tackle but there was a couple before that our players went in for a 50/50 tackle and comes out with a yellow card, their player jumps straight up – honest as the day.
“Same as the red card for Speedy, they don’t get treatment and they’re dishing cards out willy-nilly. I felt sorry for Speedy and we were all a little bit gobsmacked.
“I can defend the players to a certain extent but certainly the sin bins, the red card I can’t do nothing about that, never in a million years is it a red but the sin bins, keep your mouthes shut but I understand their frustration.
“You can’t say much and there’s this emphasis about referees but you’ve got to give something backs to the players they’ve given their lives to play football for you, there’s another lad who comes away with a £55 fine and a three-game ban for a tackle that was a fair tackle.
“The catalyst is that, you can class it as ill-discipline but no one spoke out of term, I can vouch for that and if they did you’d be hearing different thoughts from me but at the same time, doesn’t look good on paper.”
This weekend they host Kendal Town a team who were relegated from the Northern Premier League West during the last campaign. He is looking for his side to bounce back.
“It’s one of those, we’ve been on a good run and been beat 1-0 away from home. We were down to eight men for them periods, we had an unbelievable chance with seconds to go, six yards out chance so we could’ve got something out that game, we’ve had a little bit of tongue-and-cheek that we were outclassed in the report – we certainly weren’t outclassed.
“For everything that went against us in the second half, we will still in a game of football and that’s been the case this season even playing poor.
“We can’t look too much into it because we’ve performed unbelievably against Bury, Winsford was a dogged display, you go into Kendal you’ve just got to pick yourself up.
“You’ve just got to start games a little bit better and REMY started better than us, take nothing away from them. When you get knocked down you’ve just got to pick yourself up, no perfect opportunity than a home game against a team in and around you then you’ve got the FA Vase.
“The chips aren’t down, the lads were gutted, deflated but certainly not down on our luck just got to bounce straight back – the perfect opportunity.”