The perfect remedy to a chastening defeat is another game, according to Shortwood coach Josh Loveridge.
Previously tipped to make a challenge at the top this season, Shortwood United fell to a 5-1 thrashing at home to Clanfield 85 on Saturday to make it just one point from their opening three Hellenic League Division One West games.
Matty Blythe’s side entertain in-form local rivals Stonehouse Town at Meadowbank on Tuesday night, 7.45pm.
“The performance against Clanfield was really disappointing,” said Loveridge.
“We weren’t able to meet the standards that we have set for ourselves and unfortunately, we deserved to get beat. As ever when you lose a game or have a particularly poor performance, you need that next game to come around quickly to try and put things right.
“Stonehouse at Meadowbank under the lights is the perfect game to show a response.”
Loveridge expects a tough test against Chris Burns’ side who have started the season with two wins and a defeat.
He added: “Stonehouse have started well and their confidence will be high coming into this game. Having said that, we know them well and have done our homework, so we are ready and really looking forward to it.”