We look strong and ready to go
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”.
Skem in action against Irlam and (inset) Paul McNally