Graeme Lee praised the example set by a trio of first team faces in Saturday's 7-1 win over Bishop Auckland.
George Friend wore the captain's armband and got an hour under his belt at Heritage Park, while Adam Clayton and Marvin Johnson played the full game.
Lee credited the inout of the three on an afternoon where in truth it would have been easy to become complacent.
"The first thing I said in the tunnel, I said you three set the standards and our lads will follow," he said.
"The first team are up there and our lads should be looking at their example to follow.
"We're asking for ninety minutes at a certain tempo, but in the second half it got a bit scrappy.
"The scoreline was high so you can lose concentration, we needed to be a bit more switched on, use the ball a bit better and keep those standards.
"As a run-out, the lads got ninety minutes which we wanted and a few goals went in as well."
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