‘Time to stamp our authority’ – Lesson’s learned for Lower Breck after straight defeats as big month looms

Lower Breck manager Gary Moore hopes his side “stamp” their authority as they play eight games in September and play the majority of which on home soil.

He sees positives in his sides performances despite back-to-back defeats to Wythenshawe Town and Ashton Athletic.

It was a positive start to life in the North West Counties Premier Division winning all four of their opening games.

In and amongst the league form was four FA Cup matches, two of which were replays against Penistone Church and Mossley.

Moore’s side looked to be kicking off their Bank Holiday weekend with a win until Wythenshawe fought back from two goals down to beat Breck 3-2.

On Monday, problems mounted for the Anfield side after an injury early on forced a change before shortly after half-time they were reduced to 10 men as goalkeeper, Josh Molloy, was shown a straight red card as a result they were forced to field a defender in between the sticks.

For over half an hour, it remained goalless until Ashton went in front with 10 minutes left.

Despite picking up no points from a possible six, Moore was pleased with his sides showings after they played below par in their previous matches and came out on top.

“It’s disappointing but I’ll take that [defeat] more than I do the one on Bank Holiday Monday,” Moore begrudged speaking to Off The Park.

“The one at Wythenshawe you’re playing a very good side, if they’d of won which they did they’d of gone top of the league.

“Even though we scored the second, we were a little bit flat. We didn’t hold the lead for too long they got a goal back at the right time but ultimately they were soft goals, set pieces.

“Poor, poor goals to concede, it’s not like the cut us apart. Same on Monday, not like any side is cutting us apart just mistakes really that’s cost us.

“The positive from Saturday was that it was an eye opener so it’s something that you need to work on moving forward.

“The lads know there’s no easy games in this division, I’ve said it a few times every game is 50/50.

“We were very, very good on Monday, we should’ve been three or four up, Ryan Beigan was instrumental, he had a very good game. You come out second half and the keeper goes [sent off] on 50 minutes.

“Backs to the wall, with all respect to Ashton we were the better side even down to 10 men, we were playing good football with 10 men then you know sucker punch but that’s football.

“It’s tough to take, lessons are learned. Over the last two games we’ve played well, we’ve done well.”

Lower Breck sit in 11th having played five games, although Moore feels his side could have and should have more points on the board.

“We’ve played four away games out of the first five, we know ourselves we should be sitting on 15 points.

“That’s no disrespect to anybody but we should be on 15 points and that’s five wins and that would’ve been four aways.

“Now we go into a month of eight games with six home games, so we’ve got to stamp our authority on them playing at home. But going back to it, there’s no easy games.

“I don’t think anyone is going be running away with it. You’re only a couple of points away from them [league leaders] so it’s still early days, see where you are up at Christmas. When you’ve got months like September, eight games, that’ll have a big say in where you’re going to be, you’ve got to go on a run.

“It’s not do or die in September either, but you know you can’t afford to lose half of the games if you want to be up there challenging which is what everyone wants to do. “

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