Huddersfield player-coach Gareth Lewis is demanding his side show the same positive approach to tomorrow’s trip to Sedgley Park as they did to last week’s battling home display against National II North leaders Ampthill.
Lewis’s men found the perfect response to their 27-18 horror show at bottom club Stockport by holding Ampthill to a 17-17 Lockwood Park draw seven days later.
It was a performance which proved Huddersfield are capable of matching it with the division’s best.
But now Lewis has challenged his players to back that up with another positive display against a Sedgley Park side commanding a solid mid-table place in the table with six wins and a draw from their opening 11 League fixtures.
“I couldn’t have been prouder with the response of the players against Ampthill last weekend,” said Lewis, whose own mid-table team boasts a record of four wins and two draws from their opening 11 games following last season’s promotion.
“After that embarrassing performance at Stockport, we called for an immediate positive reaction, and that’s exactly what we got.
“It just showed what this team can do if we show the right character and mental attitude.
“So, obviously, we’re looking for the same at Sedgley Park this weekend.
“When we lost at Otley the other week, we came back with a strong performance at home to Broadstreet. We then didn’t back that up at Stockport, but came back well against Ampthill.
“We want to end that cycle and start to be more consistent as a side and start to put in solid displays, week in, week out.
“That’s a process we want to start in this game tomorrow.”
What made Huddersfield’s performance last weekend even more noteworthy was the fact it was achieved without two of the club’s most potent strike weapons in Tom Hodson and Charlie Martin.
But Martin is set to return in the centre after being sidelined with a rib injury picked up at Otley, while the coaching staff are hopeful Hodson will pass a late fitness test on an ankle injury suffered against Broadstreet the following week.
There’s also a slight doubt over forward Adam Malthouse, who is looking to shake off a couple of niggles.