Skem hit for 10 as dis­mal sea­son sinks to fur­ther depths

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

IT was an evening to for­get for Skelmers­dale United as they were thrashed 10-1 by Ash­ton United on Tues­day.

The Evo-Stik Premier strug­glers have just seven games left to play and they are 18 points from safety as they sit at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Fail­ure to win on Satur­day at home to Bux­ton would con­firm their rel­e­ga­tion.

Boss Alan Rogers has had a huge task on his hands since tak­ing over ear­lier this year but he was left feel­ing frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed af­ter their lat­est de­feat.

At times this sea­son, the man­ager has been im­pressed by the at­tack­ing foot­ball of his young squad but it was the de­fend­ing which let them down on Tues­day.

Skem have looked sus­cep­ti­ble in set-pieces and they were un­done by a num­ber of long balls, cor­ners and throw-ins yet again this week.

“We started quite brightly but we fell apart very quickly and there was just no com­ing back from it,” said Rogers.

“We must have con­ceded all of our goals from just long balls which were kicked across the pitch and that’s not good enough.

“The play­ers haven’t taken on board what I’ve been telling them about de­fend­ing and it has cost us hugely.

“It was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing and it was un­ac­cept­able to pro­duce so many mis­takes like that in the game.”

Their de­feat on Tues­day fol­lowed an­other big loss on Satur­day as they were de­feated 4-0 by Blyth Spar­tans.

It means Skelmers­dale have now lost five games in a row and their last vic­tory came at the end of last month.

They have con­ceded 28 goals in to­tal through­out March and have only man­aged to score four at the other end.

Rogers knows his team is still young and de­vel­op­ing but he is des­per­ately look­ing to strengthen the side and he hopes to be able to in­tro­duce some new faces on Satur­day when they take on Bux­ton in their lat­est home fix­ture.

“I’m try­ing to get a few play­ers in be­fore the game on Satur­day but it’s prov­ing re­ally dif­fi­cult at the mo­ment,” said Rogers.

“We will con­tinue to do all we can and bring in some more ex­pe­ri­enced boys but we just have to keep go­ing.

“The play­ers we have are too young at the mo­ment so we need ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to come into the side and play along­side them to help them de­velop.

“Our cen­tre-backs are only 19 years old at the mo­ment. It’s just too young.

“The play­ers made six mis­takes which cost us the goals.”

Nathan Ran­dell scores Skem’s goal at Ash­ton – but they shipped 10 at the other end John Driscoll

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