It’s time for us to wake up says Pow­ell

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

SKELMERSDALE United boss Dave Pow­ell has warned his play­ers to ‘wake up’ or face los­ing their start­ing berth af­ter los­ing their open­ing two games of the cam­paign.

United - who fin­ished sec­ond­bot­tom last year - started the new term with a 4-0 home de­feat to Leek Town af­ter con­ced­ing three goals in the open­ing 11 min­utes.

Dan Trick­ett-Smith made it four with half-an-hour re­main­ing as Skelmersdale were re­duced to nine men fol­low­ing the dis­missals of Cal­lum Woods and Con­nor Bel­ger.

“We’ve got to start games bet­ter. We were poor for the first 25-30 min­utes. We were off men, not track­ing run­ners, de­fend­ing poorly,” Pow­ell as­sessed af­ter­wards.

“We know how to de­fend - we just didn’t ap­ply our­selves. The lads know it. They’re not stupid play­ers - they just un­der­per­formed. It was a bad day at the of­fice.”

Woods’ dis­missal came af­ter just 20 min­utes and ef­fec­tively ended any hopes of a spir­ited come­back.

Dave Pow­ell

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