Woodhouse United were set to face a test of character away to Heywood Rangers in the Rochdale Sunday League earlier today.
They lost 4-0 at home to same opponents four days ago and boss Gavin James conceded that Rangers had played the better football but was concerned about the visitors’ over-robust approach.
Although one Heywood player was sent off - for dissent - James felt the official didn’t give his young side enough protection.
Jay Connor was one late-tackle victim, his assailant escaping with a booking while Connor was unable to continue due to a nasty leg injury.
Rangers, who led 1-0 at half time, have now won three out of three but the United boss hopes to have a much stronger defence on Sunday.
Towering ‘keeper Anthony McCarthy is likely to switch from ‘keeper to the centre of defence with Reece Gill coming in between the sticks. Full-backs Ryan Proctor and Tommy Uttley should return.
McCarthy made a few fine saves last weekend while Alan Pickering caught the eye with his composure on the ball when switched to midfield.
Woodhouse are awaiting further news following the recent brawl with Asia FC. However, bans for Chris Ford and Jonny Sutcliffe will stand.