Spennymoor Town manager Jason Ainsley says that it’s too early to judge his side after a mixed first week in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Moors started the season well with a 2-0 win at Padiham last Saturday, but they were brought back down to earth with a bang when they lost 2-0 at home to Darlington in a one-sided game last Tuesday night. They face Prescot Cables, who have one point from two games so far, at the Brewery Field this afternoon.

“It’s an opportunity for us to bounce back from Tuesday night,” said Ainsley.

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“The best time to judge us is after ten games. We have to make sure that we don’t get carried away by a good result, and not get too disheartened by a bad result.

“We were beaten by a much better team on Tuesday night, but it was the manner of the defeat that was disappointing. Darlington were strong and powerful all through the side, and we were outmuscled in some areas of the park, but I was still disappointed because I expected us to be better on the ball.

“We have to learn quickly how to adapt and learn from our mistakes and the experience. Darlington were a well-oiled machine, and we didn’t have the know-how to beat them.

“But now, we must take the defeat on the chin, and start again on Saturday afternoon.”

Midfield general Keith Graydon, wingers Anthony Peacock and John McReady are all carrying knocks and face fitness tests.