Read skipper Kyle O’Connor has re-iterated that his players need to become immune to complacency following defeat to Whalley.
Following promising victories over Salesbury and Great Harwood to kickstart the 2014 term, Richard Lamb’s side led Read to the slaughter when inflicting a devastating seven-wicket reverse.
But O’Connor believes the loss could act as a blessing in disguise and serve to galvanise his dispirited troops.
“It was one of them days where everyone failed with the bat,” he said. “It was quite embarrassing to watch. We lost two early wickets, started to rebuild for a while but once the next wicket fell we went really quickly.
“Whalley bowled really well to their credit but it wasn’t a 59 all out track. It was a case of bad discipline with the batting and shot selection. The side was really down in the changing rooms after.”
Ahead of Saturday’s Ramsbottom Cup clash with Barnoldswick at Whalley Road, O’Connor added: “It was a wake up call for us. The result showed that we are not going to walk this league so we need to dig in and prove that we’re good enough.
“It could be a blessing in disguise because I think I’ll get a reaction from the players. We spoke for a while after and we’re eager to put it right. I’d rather it happened now than at the end of the season.”