Manager Spencer Fearn was unhappy with his side’s display against Peterborough Sports, but is backing the Frickley Athletic team to bounce back quickly.
The Blues lost for the first time in 11 matches, but still remain in second place in the Evo-Stik South with 14 games remaining and Fearn is confident the defeat will just be a blip.
He said: “Congratulations to Peterborough, they deserved the win even if we had quite a few chances, especially near the end. We weren’t very good. We prepared well, but we didn’t keep the ball well enough.
“It was a bad day for us, none of us are happy that we’ve lost, but let’s think back over the past couple of months at how well the lads have done.
“It’s up to them to show their character now – and us as a management and a coaching team – to bounce back.
“There’ll be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season, but we have a good group.
“The lads are devastated that they’ve lost a game, which shows how far we’ve come since the turn of the year. They’ll always get a lot of credit off me because they work tremendously hard.”
Fearn, meanwhile, is pleased to have added promising youngster Tyler Walton to his squad.
The 19-year-old can play at centre-back or midfield and has signed for Frickley until the end of the season.
Walton has been with York City most recently and also had three years with Manchester City Academy and one year with Leeds United’s Academy.
Fearn said: “Tyler has had a very good footballing education at Man City and Leeds United, he can play off both feet and he likes to get forward. We are delighted that he has joined us until the end of this campaign.”
He went straight into the side for the game at Peterborough Sports last Saturday.