Pow­ell back in busi­ness as McNally faces tough test against high fly­ing Lin­nets

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AXED Skelmersdale United boss Dave Pow­ell has made an im­me­di­ate re­turn to foot­ball with HSL Premier Di­vi­sion out­fit West Dids­bury & Chorl­ton.

Pow­ell de­parted the EvoStik West out­fit in Novem­ber but was handed an im­me­di­ate way back into the game by strug­gling Chorl­ton.

The Manch­ester-based out­fit are three points adrift of safety in the Premier Di­vi­sion but won 4-0 in Pow­ell’s first game in charge thanks to Joe Shaw, a Daniel McLaugh­lin dou­ble and cap­tain Matt Eck­er­s­ley.

Fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment, for­mer Burscough and Prescot Ca­bles supremo Pow­ell said: “I am de­lighted to be re­turn­ing to the NWCFL with West Dids­bury & Chorl­ton af­ter spend­ing the last eight years man­ag­ing and coach­ing in the Evo-Stik.

“West have largely been pro­gress­ing very nicely over that time and I feel sure that de­spite the cur­rent set­back I can help get the club back on track.

“We have a big job on this sea­son but along with my sup­port­ing back-up team headed by as­sis­tant man­ager Stu­art Humphreys, we will be giv­ing it our all.”

Skelmersdale’s new boss, Paul McNally, is yet to land his first win at the club fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 6-0 hum­bling at Leek Town. The club lost in­flu­en­tial cap­tain Phil Mooney to Evo-Stik West out­fit Widnes at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber and con­tinue to play their home matches out­side of Skelmersdale due to a dis­agree­ment with the owner of their tra­di­tional Uretek Sta­dium home.

United are cur­rently three points adrift of safety and win­less since Pow­ell’s fi­nal vic­tory at the club in Septem­ber. Since that win over Rad­cliffe, Skem have lost 11 of their next 13 matches.

McNally will be hop­ing to kick-start his reign with a re­sult at high-fly­ing Run­corn Lin­nets this week­end.

Lin­nets were pro­moted from the HSL Premier Di­vi­sion last term but have made a fly­ing start to the sea­son.

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