ANDY Welsh is looking for a reaction from his players after Bury AFC lost their first league game of the season.

Despite the 2-0 defeat at AFC Blackpool - a first in 29 NWCL First Division North fixtures - Welsh says his side's season will not be determined by what happened at the Mechanics Ground and instead will focus on the positives.

"I said to the lads I would rather celebrate what they have done in the past rather then be negative about this game," said Welsh whose side host AFC Darwen on Saturday.

"Like I have said all season, it is one game and one game isn’t going to determine where you are come the end of the season. It is a reaction, we always ask that, whether we win, lose or draw we always want reactions in the right way."

AFC went in to the clash on the back of an 11-game winning streak that had seen them move 10 points clear at the top of the table.

AFC Blackpool were the last side to deny Bury victory - drawing 1-1 at the Neuven Stadium back in November - and they went one better in the return as two second half goals from Jacob Gregory sealed victory.

"I am not going to stand here and say that we were at our best because everyone saw that, certainly second half," said Welsh who thought his side did not get the rub of the green from the referee. "It was one of those days when things weren’t going for us and you don’t get those decisions on those types of days...we lost the game and we have to move on."

He added: "It was disappointing but we have all got ourselves in a great position we have just got to keep going."

Welsh now turns his attentions to AFC Darwen and once again has called for fans to get behind his side as they look to get back to winning ways.

"We have had nine or 10 games in a very short space of time so we have got to recover well and we are back at home," he said.

"Like I said, even when we are winning games, drawing games, we need everybody there...just be positive because that is what we are about as a club.

"I think these lads will react in the right way and we all need to react in the right way and make it a real atmosphere on Saturday."