Bootle 2-1 Skelmersdale United
Skem Utd fell to their 4th narrow defeat on the trot, which leaves them perilous close to the relegation spots.
The much anticipated “M58 Derby” failed to live up to expectations, with United Manager Richard Brodie stating “it was the worst display since I have been here” the home side cheered on by a large crowd of over 500 thanks to no local Premier League games took the lead after 9 minutes a defensive mix up allowed Nivaldo to pounce. United were allowed back into the game when Sam Sheen fired home from the edge of the box after 35 minutes, his shot taking a deflection that sent the keeper Stanway the wrong way.
The Second half was largely uneventful, United’s returning striker Max McCarthy going closest as the two sides cancelled each other out. Bootle claimed all three points when former Skem striker Ben Hodkinson scored direct from a corner, which left keeper Sam Ashton, making his 100th appearance for the club stranded.
A late flashpoint saw McCarthy shown red after an altercation on 90 minutes but it was a game to forget for Brodie and his United side.
United will have to show more fighting spirit next week when they face Kidsgrove Athletic at the Burscough Community Stadium.
BOOTLE: Stanway, Cooper, Devine, Welsh, McCarten, Smart, McGowan, Rydel, Ferreira, Peterson, Hodkinson. SUBS: Holland, Obasoto, Flight, Lenehan, Ellis.
SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Ashton, Hagan, Freeman, Sheen, Herbert, Grogan, Morris, McLaughlin, McCarthy, Hamilton, Prescott. SUBS: Gerrard, Djalo, Wagster, Turner, Lees.