We can’t af­ford to go down

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SKELMERS­DALE United boss Dave Powell be­lieves the club must re­main in the Evo-Stik West this term to ease the club’s fi­nan­cial wor­ries.

United took part in friendlies against both Widnes and Abbey Hey this week to build match fit­ness dur­ing the free week­end with Powell also hand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to sev­eral tri­al­ists.

With his side cur­rently one point and one place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, the man­ager says the drop is un­think­able for Skem’s fu­ture af­ter be­ing evicted from their tra­di­tional Uretek Sta­dium mid­way through last sea­son and be­ing forced to play their home games in Prescot.

“It’s cru­cial for the club to avoid rel­e­ga­tion in the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion we’re in with us play­ing out of town,” he said. “The spon­sor­ship has waned and the sup­port’s not what it was back in Skem.

“We’ve got to be re­al­is­tic. It turned from ear­lier in the sea­son when we were on a rea­son­able bud­get for mid-ta­ble po­si­tion and the bud­get’s gone away be­cause of the cir­cum­stances and we’ve just got to bat­ten down the hatches.

“I’m made up with the com­mit­ment the lads have shown to the club in the cir­cum­stances and long may it con­tinue.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, where we are now, we’re in a group of six or seven at the bot­tom end of the league. We’ve got to treat that, for now, as our mini-league ta­ble and get to the top of that and then we can kick-on from there. It’s as sim­ple as that re­ally.”

Skelmers­dale have net­ted less goals than any other side in the di­vi­sion this term and Powell be­lieves his young for­wards are in need of a con­fi­dence boost ahead of this week­end’s trip to Rams­bot­tom United.

“I think the board are re­al­is­tic enough to un­der­stand that in this league the money side mat­ters.

“The lads we’ve got at the mo­ment are try­ing to get up there and pro­duce those goals for the club. They’re work­ing hard to do so and I’m con­fi­dent they can do that”.

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