Gain with the pain for Owens

Southport Visiter - - Celebrations - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

SKELMERS­DALE United recorded a hugely im­por­tant 2-1 win against Moss­ley on Satur­day as they climb the league table.

Since Dave Pow­ell’s ar­rival, Skelmers­dale have shown vast im­prove­ment and the re­sults are now start­ing to go their way.

Goals from Andy Owens and Cal­lum Ma­honey en­sured Skem came away with three points.

Owens was de­lighted af­ter his run of good form con­tin­ued and he is now third in the league’s top goal-scorer’s table.

He has also been play­ing through a small in­jury in re­cent weeks but with Skelmers­dale en­joy­ing a week off now, he ad­mit­ted he was keen to play.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s good to get the goals. You al­ways set a tar­get at the start of the sea­son and try to aim to achieve that,” said Owens.

“You could see that the whole team bat­tled and cre­ated.

“It felt good get­ting that vic­tory be­cause we worked hard.

“The main thing is that we have gone four games un­beaten now, with three wins out of the four.

“Since Dave (Pow­ell) came in, you can see im­prove­ments.

“It’s nice to see the re­sults prov­ing that now. I spoke to Dave and I knew we didn’t have a game af­ter­wards so I wanted to try and get through this game and have time to re­cover.

“I’ve had these lit­tle in­juries be­fore so I know my own lim­its and ob­vi­ously we have a bit of time off now so it was okay.

“The first few ses­sions will prob­a­bly be light be­cause we don’t want any more in­juries. Ob­vi­ously we can work on more af­ter that.”

Man­ager Pow­ell echoed the thoughts of goal-scorer Owens and praised his side for their work ethic and “char­ac­ter.”

“It was a great three points against a very good, phys­i­cal Moss­ley side. The lads had to dig deep in the se­cond-half,” said Pow­ell.

“It was a great sign of the char­ac­ter of the team at the moment. We had to make those changes at the back again too”.

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