STEVE KITTRICK: Bouncing back from Trophy exit

Steve Kittrick's view
Steve Kittrick's view

Saturday’s FA Trophy defeat against South Shields was a frustrating one, but we had chances to haul ourselves right back into it.

We hit the bar twice, then Luke Dean, Ross Daly and Nathan Valentine all had openings.

It was defensive mistakes that cost us in the end, but that is something we can learn from and work on.

We’ll be doing that before this Saturday’s big FA Cup fourth qualifying round game at home to Hyde United.

When we played Hyde in the league at the start of the season it was a tense game with nothing in it.

We definitely know enough about each other and both teams have recently had lengthy unbeaten runs ended.

It all comes down to who bounces back from that and who makes the least mistakes on the day.

There is a lot of talk about the first round of the FA Cup, but I’m honestly not thinking about that at the moment.

I’m concentrating on coming up with a plan to beat the team that lies immediately in front of us.

You can’t afford to get carried away with things, you have to concentrate on the job in hand.

We’ll see how things are at 5pm on Saturday afternoon. There will either be huge celebrations or a lot of hurt.

There are still a few injury concerns for us ahead of the game.

Danny Stimpson is another couple of weeks away, Jimmy Beadle is maybe a week off and we are not sure about Dave Merris at the moment after his blow to the head in the last round of the competition.

Lewis Clarkson has gone out to Barton to get some game-time, which will do him a lot of good, but we will have James Cadman back this week.

We have a lot of decisions to make between then and now, but hopefully it will all result in us taking our place in the hat for the next round on Monday afternoon.