Four second half goals ended Tadcaster Albion’s bid for a financially beneficial FA Vase run as Northern League side Birtley Town crushed them 4-1 away on Saturday.
Albion fell at the competition’s first hurdle for the second straight season and manager Paul Marshall had labelled the game “imperative” to win last week.
But assistant boss Mike Morton insisted the club would bounce back when they returned to league action last night at Heanor Town, after the News went to press.
Tenth-placed Albion host basement side Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before league leaders Thackley visit the 2inspire Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Captain Nick Thompson remains unavailable for the clashes and goal machine Carl Stewart has a 50/50 chance of playing.
But Morton said Albion will be fighting fit on the hunt for points in both clashes.
“We are only going to get stronger,” he said.
“Every time we have come across a problem we have come back better.
“We understand that with a young team, we are going to drop points. We need to keep learning.”
Tad failed to find the net in the first period at Birtley despite hitting the post three times.
And four strikes in 33 second half minutes ended Albion’s victory hopes before midfielder Richard Bailey struck a late consolation.
“They hit us on the counter attack and after that our heads dropped,” said Morton.
“They had a lot of quality young players and the quality shone through in the end.
“The score didn’t reflect the game. We controlled the ball.”
Thackley have been in imperious form this season and have won all their NCEL Premier games.
At the other end of the table, Nostell are yet to gain a point but with new manager Mark Greaves in charge, Morton is wary they will still pose a threat.
He said: “Nostell always take points off people.
“With managers changing, teams can have that new believe that they can beat you.
“They always have one or two good players that want game time.
“Thackley will be a big test.
“But once we have our full squad back we are very strong and can get something against them.
“Looking at the league standings we aren’t far off to say how many injuries we have.”