Skelmersdale United travel the short distance this coming Saturday, (26th November, Kick Off 3pm), when they face Bootle in the “M58 Derby”. Manager Richard Brodie is looking for the same kind of commitment the lads showed in the second half in their narrow defeat to Workington last week.
“Our commitment and performance in that second half was very pleasing to see, I thought we at least deserved a share of the points and if I’m honest I don’t know how we didn’t win the game, I was really pleased with the attitude and desire. We have a lot of new lads in the side and they are still getting to know each other but if we can perform like that then all bodes well for the future.”
Amongst the older heads in the side keeper Sam Ashton will be making his belated 100th appearance for the club, signed by Tommy Lawson from FC United back in August 2012 and was part of the side that won the NPL (North) title in 2014, even getting himself on the scoresheet with a penalty at Farsley Celtic and appeared at Luton Town as the club reached the latter stages of the FA Trophy. Sam returned to the club last month after spells at Chorley, Macclesfield and his previous club Bootle.
Bootle are a point better of than United in the Pitching-In NPL West Division after a 3-0 win at Glossop in their last outing, they have to be aware of former United hot shot Ben Hodkinson who has already scored 10 goals this season.