AFC Liverpool skipper James Howell pinpoints areas after debut North West Counties Premier Division season

AFC Liverpool captain James Howell in action

AFC Liverpool captain James Howell revealed he was happy with the Non-League Reds’ performance during their first season in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Chris Anderson lead his side to a respectable 14th-place finish, last season, finishing above the likes of Litherland REMYCA, Barnoldswick Town and Prestwich Heys to name a few.

During the campaign, AFC Liverpool put in a number of high-level performances including their emphatic win over REMYCA as Jesse Dowling bagged a brace.

The 24-year-old missed the end of season run-in after suffering a medial ligament injury but was happy with the showing in their first spell in the Counties Premier.

“Overall, good performance, good season because it’s hard making that step up and we kept a lot of the lads (who came up,” he told Off The Park.

“It was a long time due, to be honest, we had COVID impacting us but we obviously want more as well so overall not so bad.

“There’s a few results that I can look back through where we conceded a little bit too early but kept ourselves in the game whereas in times of old, it would’ve been three, four, five against better opposition.

“I think sometimes we were more liable to concede goals at the start of games than just after half-time and we kept ourselves in games than we had done in others. That aside, football-wise we can be one of the best teams in the league, it’s just can we have enough days where we are on our day is the thing in question.

“We had quite (draws) a few two-alls, ideally if we can sharpen up across the pitch and score from more attacks but it’s our first time in the league after a few seasons out. As I say, if we can turn those draws into wins a bit more, a little bit more experience this time around, it’ll be a nice situation and it’ll propel us up a little bit.”

AFC Liverpool will kick-off their campaign against Squires Gate next season but have had a change of guard as Matt Potter replaced Chris Anderson, who has taken up a role as assistant manager at Chorley FC.

*Interview conducted in May.

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