AFC Liverpool manager Chris Anderson hopes his side will make amends for their defeat to Lower Breck in the North West Counties Premier Division with a win over city rivals Bootle in the FA Cup.
Jesse Dowling’s superb lob inside the opening minute on Tuesday gave Anderson’s side the perfect start but a second half barrage from the Breck paid off with Matthew Corness and Jamie McDonald securing the comeback with two goals in seven minutes as the match entered its final stages.
The Bucks, who play a step above AFC in the Northern Premier League West, received a bye in the extra-preliminary round.
Whereas AFC needed a late Kyle Schorah winner to seal a momentous comeback after being two goals down to Padiham.
Unlike the previous round, they will be hosts for the Preliminary Round tie at their temporary home at JMO Sports Park in Skelmersdale.
Anderson believes some of the players within his ranks could have a point to prove in the derby against Bootle.
“I think for the game, it’s a free hit, it’s an opposition we know and want to beat like every team we play,” he told Off The Park.
“I’m sure a few lads have a point to prove in regards to they’ve been there before and it didn’t work out.
“Hopefully I’ll have a couple of players back which will strengthen the squad so we’ll be up for it, if you’re not up for the FA Cup then what’s the point.
“Play with freedom, play and excite, that’s when we play our best.
“When we play against better opposition, or so called better opposition, we raise our game, so I’m expecting us to put a performance in and continue to work hard. Every foundation is built on hard work.
“I think we’ll put in a good performance and make amends for the other night [defeat against Lower Breck].”