Lewis Bruce is convinced his Peterborough Town side will bounce back quickly from their first defeat at Bretton Gate for over two years.
The city side lost by 53 runs to Rushden on Saturday and slipped from second to fourth in the Northants League Premier Division table as a result.
But Bruce insists his side didn’t perform badly and believes the reigning champions will quickly get their title push back on track.
They travel to fifth-placed Northampton Saints on Saturday and Bruce is expecting a response from his players.
“We didn’t play that bad against Rushden - it was just that they had an Aussie who played out of his skin,” he said.
“And that’s something that is always going to happen at this level. Several teams have professionals who are matchwinners and if they come off you’re in trouble.
“We have a number of matchwinners ourselves - five or six players who have played Minor Counties cricket - and I’m sure they’ll do to other teams what Rushden’s Simon Branston did to us.
“Maybe a bit of complacency set in after a few easy games but the defeat will motivate us and I’m sure we’ll be a bit more up for it against Saints on Saturday.”
Rushden skipper Branston hit the first ton against Town for five years and it was a cracker with 50 coming off just 42 balls. He finished with 105 out of Rushden’s 213.
Then he dismissed both Town openers and their leading scorer and Town were all out for 160.
Meanwhile in Cambs League Division One, Ramsey have gone 27 points clear after two weekend wins.
They beat Saffron Walden seconds by eight wickets on Saturday and then on Bank Holiday Monday hammnered Warboys by 148 runs.
David Carlaw (5-15 and 4-33) and Michael Cafferkey (3-29 and 4-32) were the aces in the pack on both days.
This weekend Ramsey can expect a much tougher battle when second-placed Wisbech visit.
Last Saturday Wisbech walloped Waresley by 148 runs thanks in the main to an explosive performance by Tom Meyrick. He came in at number eight and blasted a brilliant 86 off 45 balls - an innings that included six fours and seven sixes.
Silas Mutubaki also did well with the ball, taking 3-18.
At the other end of the Division One table, March were beaten at home by 13 runs at the hands of fellow strugglers Warboys and stand-in captain Chris Ringham says his side are in a relegation dogfight already.
Warboys were all out for 163 and March could only respond with 150.
Ringham said: “It was very disappointing to lose the game. I couldn’t fault the start we made with the ball but we then gave them too many runs. Having said that, 160 is not too many to chase. We lost too many early wickets and found ourselves on the back foot.
“We are aware that we are in a relegation battle. Maybe that extra pressure got to us.”