Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch admits he was ‘sick’ over their start to the Northern Premier League West campaign.
The Pesky Bulls picked up two points from their opening two games after draws with 1874 Northwich and Workington.
Tuesday’s draw with the Reds was arguably the worst of the two after Cables lead until stoppage time until Workington equalised – with goalkeeper Mitch Allen saving a penalty during the clash.
But for Lynch, he notes the silver lining in their performances after their turnaround in just under 12 months.
“If I’m honest I was sick over the two in terms of Saturday, I thought we should’ve won. But to concede a 91st-minute equaliser is always a bitter pill to swallow, I must admit,” Lynch told Off The Park.
“When you reflect on the game, it’s important you realise they are a good team. They will be there or there abouts, I think anyone who finishes higher than them is definitely in the playoffs or winning the league because they are a well-drilled, well-experienced side.
“To say that we’re disappointed against a team like Workington shows how far we’ve come, it’s important to realise that from where we was last season, to where we are now and we’re feeling disappointed just shows you.
“We’ve got to give massive credit to ours players, we made them look ordinary at times, I couldn’t fault our players – they were excellent.
“Sometimes you think am I being a little bit greedy but I’ve got such admiration for the players. They’ve gelled well, the performance, some of the football they played was outstanding in terms of how we moved the ball and made them very ordinary.
“Second half, we come off the gas a little bit instead of going for it but sometimes you’ve to give credit to the opposition they are a really good side. In terms of 91st-minute equaliser, I thought the lads did deserve the win but when you look at it two points in two games, you look at the positives and we take that into Saturday.”
This weekend, Cables make the short trip to Burscough where they face Skelmersdale United. The two clubs groundshared over a number of years and meet in the prestigious FA Cup competition.
They almost never made it through to the next round as they needed a late equaliser against Ashton Town in their first meeting before Adam Hammill scored a wondergoal in the replay.
On Skem, Lynch added: “We’re not underestimating by any stretch of the imagination, I think they had a good cup run themselves.
“It’s a derby, anything can happen. I think we’ve got to prepare, set ourselves, I’m looking forward to it, it is a tough game. It’s never nice for a local team to be going out the FA Cup so early but as I said, we’ve got to look after ourselves, prepare ourselves right and be in for a tough game.
“It’ll be a tough game, they’re used to their pitch but I think everything goes out the window in a local derby and stuff like that whether it’s the FA Cup or the league or a friendly.
“Everything goes down the window. I think it does down to who wants it more at the end of the day, a little bit of luck might be needed but it’ll be a tough game, we’re braced and ready to go and our lads are up for the challenge.”