GREG Clowes has demanded an instant response from his players at Colne tonight after their 20-game unbeaten record came to an end.
The Bullets were shot down in a 1-0 reverse at St Helens Town in midweek. Despite dominating throughout, they could not find the net and Lee Madin's second-half penalty proved decisive.
Saturday's visit of Bacup Borough was another victim of the weather. Clowes wants his injury-hit squad to get back to winning ways this evening.
He said: 'We didn't deserve to lose. It was a one-sided game and they defended well. But 20 games unbeaten is very good at any standard of football.
'We knew a blip would come, but it has just made the players all the more determined to put it behind them straight away.
'We have a lot of players out but that is no excuse. Colne offers us a good chance of three points, as do Ramsbottom United on Saturday.'
Richard Mitchell, Peter Heler and Paul Ireland all went close in the first-half last Tuesday, but St Helens keeper Ray Clifton was on form.
Alsager keeper Phil McGing tipped over a 20-yard drive from Madin, while Wayne Brotherton and Steve Elks also threatened.
But Matt Gregory committed a foul on 51 minutes and Madin drove home the spot kick. Alsager bombarded the visitor's goal as they defended desperately, but they could not break through.
With Brotherton (suspended), Karl Espley (ribs), Paul Macari (knee) and Ryan Dicker (dead leg) out, and Chris Budrys called up for a college game, Town are stretched to the limit.
Left-back Adam Parkinson, 18, has been drafted in on loan from Witton Albion and could figure, while Clowes has given seven-days notice of approach for St Helens midfielder and captain Carl Robinson.