LEE Duckworth will insist Winsford United’s players don’t repeat the mistakes they’ve made in the past two matches when they take on Squires Gate tonight.

Blues recovered from a slow start to beat Cammell Laird last Monday, but they could not repeat the trick when they trailed at the interval in Saturday’s meeting with New Mills.

Instead they fell to only a second defeat in the North West Counties League since mid-December.

It leaves them outside of the Premier Division’s top 10 at kick off later.

“After a defeat you want a chance to put it right quickly,” said Duckworth.

“There were words said at full time on Saturday, and we gave them a bit of a dressing down.

“New Mills gave them a reminder that nobody will hand over points at this level.

“There seems to be a pattern emerging that we perform and raise our game when we’re the underdogs, but struggle to take the initiative when we’re expected to get a result.

“It’s a young side, and that’s perhaps in part due to their immaturity.

“However they’ve been told there can be no coasting by anybody from here until the end of the season.”

He will be boosted by the return of defender Sam Parr following a suspension.

However captain Kyle Riley is still banned, while Will Foster (toe) is recovering after an operation.

Danny Hudson and Brandon Moores are not yet ready to return after injury either.

That means in-form Jordan Johnson, on target seven times in his past five appearances, will again lead Winsford’s attack.

They meet hosts that have failed to win any of their past six matches, losing five of them.

In fact, Gate have only beaten back-markers Cammell Laird since Christmas.

Not that Blues’ boss will take them lightly.

He added: “This is a side that has proven time and again that they can take opponents by surprise.

“We’ve not played them yet, but we have an idea what to expect.

“It’s a testing away trip in midweek, and they will be desperate to end the run they’re on.”