Shel­ley chief tells his play­ers to en­joy long haul to Bar­row

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Ather­ton Labur­num Rovers and AFC Black­pool.

On pa­per, it should be a fourth vic­tory run­ning, since the Cum­brian team are sec­ond-bot­tom hav­ing won just two and lost 12 of their 16 league games so far.

But Berry won’t be tak­ing any­thing for granted, and knows last Sat­ur­day’s 1-0 win at Ather­ton LR will have lifted Holker, who joined the North West Coun­ties back in 1991.

“I’ll be telling my lads to for­get about the league ta­ble,” he said.

“We have done well so far, but it’s only No­vem­ber and there’s still a long way go this sea­son.

“Holker had a poor start, but they have changed man­ager (for­mer player Kevin Watkin re­placed ex-Bar­row de­fender Guy Hef­fer­nan) and re­ports are that things are start­ing to set­tle down up there.”

While Craig Billing­ton is aim­ing to add to his 17-goal tally – he scored the opener in the 2-1 win at AFC Black­pool – Berry could hand a full de­but to young prospect Jor­dan Bot­wood.

The 17-year-old front­man is on dual-regis­tra­tion from Brad­ford Park Av­enue, of the Va­narama Na­tional League North.

Hav­ing come off the bench for Shel­ley against AFC Black­pool, he did the same as Brad­ford went down 5-1 in Tues­day’s West Rid­ing County Cup sec­ond-round tie at Brig­house Town.

Av­enue boss Mark Bower, whose team is up among the pro­mo­tion chal­lengers, is keen Brad­ford-based Bot­wood gets some ex­tra ex­pe­ri­ence of se­nior foot­ball – and Berry is happy to help out.

“Jor­dan’s highly thought of at Av­enue, but with them do­ing well, his chances are lim­ited at the mo­ment. He’s en­thu­si­as­tic, he wants to learn, and he’s got some­thing about him,” ex­plained Berry.

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