Shelley chief tells his players to enjoy long haul to Barrow
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.