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Ward: We need more consistency

The gaffer had no complaints as he suffered his first defeat as AFC manager.

The Bulls were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Cleethorpes, who could have easily scored five or six on a different day.

"Cleethorpes are a good outfit. They put us on the back foot, we struggled to get out in the first half due to the weather, Ward said after the game.

"There were a couple of phases where we created the odd half-chance, but we also rode our luck a little bit.

"It's a difficult one to take since we've been playing so well, but that's football.

"They're a mid-table to top side, so if we want to compete with those sorts of teams then we need to have a more consistent performance."

Ahead of another tough game - this time a trip to seventh-placed Belper Town - the Bulls face a midweek Notts Senior Cup quarter-final at Carlton Town, which the gaffer sees as a good opportunity to experiment with his squad.

"Hopefully I can create a bit more competition for (first team) places. Pat Lindley's coming back into the side, so it gives me a few more options."

Fans can watch the full post-match interview on Bulls TV.


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