We look strong and ready to go

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Services - BY KEV PAN­THER

WITH still no date in place for when the new sea­son will kick off for non-league clubs, Skelmers­dale United coach Paul Mc­Nally has given an up­date on train­ing ahead of the forth­com­ing cam­paign.

How’s train­ing been go­ing?

We have been back train­ing a few weeks now, we have been on South­port Beach giv­ing the lads a wake-up call, but it’s been dif­fi­cult with the lim­its im­posed by the Govern­ment.

We have been in groups of three and keep­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing, we have now pro­gressed to six lads to a group.

We are just wait­ing for in­struc­tions so we can get the team play­ing in larger groups.

Have you been cop­ing dur­ing the lock­down?

I had to take a break, just as we started, as my dad, who many of you will know, he at­tends ev­ery game, was taken ill, hav­ing had a heart at­tack and I spent a night in hospi­tal at his bed­side. He is a lot bet­ter now but still not back to his usual self.

I work for Liver­pool FC and we had a Youth trip sorted for early Au­gust to Ice­land for a cou­ple of games but there has been an out­break of the virus, so that’s been put on hold.

Me and the fam­ily have just been tak­ing things easy, we have been home school­ing the chil­dren and I have man­aged to get a few things done that I have been putting of for quite a while.

What’s the squad look­ing like?

We have the ma­jor­ity of last sea­son’s team back, plus a few new faces who want to come down and play for Skelmers­dale

United, plus there is a few lads who played un­der pre­vi­ous man­agers who have re­turned a bit stronger and a bit more savvy.

We have had around 20-odd ev­ery week, which has been pleas­ing to see.

We are ob­vi­ously still on the look out for play­ers but like other teams in the North West Coun­ties we are not al­lowed to sign any play­ers on yet, so we are all in the same boat, it will all be­come a lot clearer when re­stric­tions re­lax.

We are just all ready and rar­ing to go when we even­tu­ally get the green light, we have a few friendlies in the pipe­line al­ready or­ga­nized but at the mo­ment we are all in the dark as ev­ery­one else.

When are you ex­pect­ing to start?

There have been re­ports on so­cial me­dia that we could start by mid Septem­ber but noth­ing has been con­firmed as yet.

We will just keep on train­ing and do­ing our bit to keep as fit as pos­si­ble and be ready for the big kick off when it even­tu­ally comes round.

We had a good run-in when we re­turned to Skem at the JMO, our foot­ball was bet­ter and the sup­port helped us through on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

The sup­port­ers were in­cred­i­ble and we are look­ing for that to con­tinue and hope­fully we will be nearer the top of the ta­ble next sea­son.

I let Paul get back to the lads as they did a few more laps of the field be­fore they wrapped things up.

The play­ers on show looked sharp and some of the new faces looked very com­fort­able with the ball at their feet.

We just wait for the pow­er­sthat-be to give us the goa­head and hope­fully be­fore not too long we will be back at the JMO cheer­ing on the “Blues”.

John Driscoll

Skem in ac­tion against Ir­lam and (in­set) Paul Mc­Nally

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