Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch says his side are relishing the prospect of facing Clitheroe.
The Pesky Bulls have had a disappointing week as they were beaten by Mossley in the league before two late goals saw them exit the Liverpool Senior Cup to Runcorn Linnets.
This season has marked a considerable difference in ambitions after their positive start. This time last season, Cables were in the midst of a relegation battle.
Now, a win could see them rise back into the playoffs after they sat second going into last weekend’s clash with Mossley.
However, the Lillywhites ran out 2-1 winners to keep the pressure on Macclesfield.
Speaking to Off The Park, Lynch said: “When you reflect on the game, we’re disappointed, I knew that they’d be dangerous from set-pieces and that was the case where we conceded that. Then for Nicky Clee to score a wonder goal, it’s difficult you take that on the chin, it’s an unbelievable strike.
“I thought second-half, how we responded it was a credit to everyone, the lads, what they put in. I thought we had them on the ropes, scored a great goal, Josh Gregory scored and then I think the sending off killed the momentum a little bit.
“You’re not going on about the referee but it shows when the sponsor of the game wanted to give the man of the match to the referee for not giving the pen which was so blatant.
“You’ve got to get on with it, second-half performance against a very good Mossley side, we held on our own, ran them close, massive improvement from last year so pleased overall but disappointed with losing the three points.”
Clitheroe are the visitors this week as Cables look to get back to winning ways in the league.
Billy Priestley’s side go into the clash on the back of their 7-1 thrashing of Newcastle Town last week, a challenge Lynch is excited for.
He added: “With our home fans, it is a difficult place to come especially with the home crowd behind us but it’s another massive test. Where we’re looking at, where we need to be, are we quite there yet? I don’t know.
“These are great gauges for us, Clitheroe are a great, solid team, had a great win at the weekend, these are tough tests but something we relish. I think the lads are up for it, you look on performances, it’s not we’re lacking in confidence, it’s great exposure.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge, they are a very good team; Sefton Gonzales is a handful for anyone in this league, some good young players, very energetic but we’ve got to be right at it from the word go.
“We are a good side, it won’t be an easy game. I think our lads sometimes when you’re feeling hurt they respond very well. We’re not underestimating Clitheroe, they’re a good side, it’s something we’re going to relish because it is a good challenge. This is where we’re looking at and we’re ready for them.”