AFC Liverpool manager Chris Anderson admitted that the Congelton Town defeat on Saturday was a lesson learned.
The hosts scored six second half goals as AFC could only respond once with Anderson only describing it as “men v boys”.
It was their third defeat in their last five with wins coming against New Mills and Runcorn Town during that spell.
They sit five points off the relegation zone with at least a game in hand over the surrounding clubs near the foot of the table.
“I think it’s to be expected, we’re not going to win every game we’ve got to be realistic about that, we’ll win some, we’ll lose some and hopefully win some more than you lose,” he told Off The Park.
Kyle Schorah’s goal offered a glimmer of hope but Congleton’s strength proved too much as they fired home five goals in 32 minutes.
“I thought we were very, very good first half, if we scored I think that the dynamics of the game would’ve changed I praised them at half time.
“But I also told them that they had threats and they were not going to roll over and die, but it was one of them days where they scored six goals from seven shots. In theory, it was a bit of a lesson, men v boys really.”
Saturday’s sees the visit of in-form Burscough who have just one defeat in their last nine and go into the clash on the back of a 2-2 draw with Skem but Anderson is aware of the threat.
“They don’t get club of the month for nothing. Every game is a tough one, you don’t come away with any easy game in this league.
“These night games, changes to teams and personnel it all affects every game. We know what they’ll do and how they’ll do it but we’d like to say more times than not if we play against a better team we normally stand up and deliver. I don’t think we’ve seen it as much as previous when we’ve played in cup completions.
“When we play teams in higher leagues we normally stand up and be counted. They’ll be strong, confident, they’re on a good bit of form that’s where we can take them off the perch if that’s the case. We’ll do our utmost and be ready on Saturday.”