Bootle manager Brian Richardson identifies City of Liverpool dangermen ahead of derby clash

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Bootle manager Brian Richardson has discussed their rivals City of Liverpool ahead of their encounter on Saturday.

The Bucks have been left frustrated in the last week as their trip to Glossop North End was postponed at short-notice before the visit of league leaders Workington fell victim to the weather.

Just six-points separate Bootle and their former ground sharers as a slight glimmer remains for their playoff hopes.

The Purps were victors the last time the two met in what was the last match for long-term Bootle manager Joe Doran.

“I think City of Liverpool are a good side, they’ve got a good setup, probably not as consistent as they’d want to be,” Richardson explained to Off The Park.

“They seem to do very, very well against good sides then seem to throw things a little bit against sides below them.

“They’ve had four points out of Leek who are a very good side and you can’t ignore that- they’re a dangerous team on the day.

“They probably don’t have enough good days with the squad they’ve got.

“I think Michael [Ellison] would probably say he’s got a lot of frustration going away getting a result at Leek then playing Kidsgrove at home and also getting a draw so they’re obviously a work in progress like we are but I have no doubt they’re a dangerous team and you’ve got to treat them with respect. 

“They’ve signed Quarless, they’ve got two good wingers, Jack Hazlehurst he’s a dangerous man, they’ve got a dangerous front four if they’re all fit and available.

“They’re obviously a team that can cause problems but on the day, they’re maybe types of players who are good technically but don’t always turn up on the day but you don’t know do you? I don’t watch them enough to come to a conclusion but I’ve certainly had good reports on three or four of their attacking players.

“They do seem to take the bigger scalps then maybe fall away, I don’t mean lose, but I think they have a habit of drawing against worse sides.”

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