Skelmersdale United manager Paul McNally admitted Wythenshawe Town showed more fight as they were beaten in the clash of the promotion-chasers.
It was their second straight defeat after Macclesfield ran out winners during their top-of-the-table clash.
Skelmersdale United remain in a strong position with games in hand on the Greater Manchester side and reclaimed second after coming from behind to beat Runcorn Town 5-2.
It continues to be tight at the summit of the North West Counties with three points separating Macc, Skem and Wythenshawe.
But, the difficult run continues for McNally’s side as they welcome Northwich Vics who bounce into the clash after beating AFC Liverpool in midweek.
“No hiding, it was a disappointing result for us. They’re a good side, we knew that anyway, there was nothing really in the game it was just that goal separated us and it could’ve went either way,” he explained.
“Bit similar to the week before, nothing in it but we’ve played the two teams that are in and around us away from home and we haven’t got what we could’ve got.
“It’s just about bouncing back and seeing where it takes us. I tried to not put the lads under more pressure, I didn’t want to do that and make them panic.
“As it went on the lads knew the significance, the task of it, Wythenshawe were up for it, they wanted it more on the day.
“Wasn’t a great start [against Runcorn], the wind, the elements played a big part in the goals.
“Once we go 2-0 down, I’m thinking here we go again, but then the lads showed great character, they got the ball down and played.
“They played very well from the second goal onwards, they were revitalised again and there was some immense performances. 5-2 could’ve been a lot more than five but I’m just happy we got back to winning ways.
“Every game is going to be difficult from now until the end of the season, we’ve spoken about that.
“Northwich are a very big side, very good side, we’ll pay them their due respect and hopefully we can come away with the points.
“We’re just taking each game as it comes now, we’ve got to treat every game as a big game and go from there.”