Bootle wary of ‘dangerous’ Market Drayton Town ahead of potential banana skin

Tom Peterson celebrates scoring for Bootle.

Bootle manager Brian Richardson is remaining cautious ahead of their clash with Market Drayton Town.

The Bucks welcome the Shropshire side who remain rock-bottom in the Northern Premier League West.

They were forced to have another free week after a late postponement at Runcorn Linnets in a difficult play-off decider.

As a result, he feels the fate of the play-offs is now in Calum McIntyre’s side.

But with the importance on the next game, Richardson is aware of the ‘dangers’ complacency could bring.

“The cancellation disappointed us because if you’re going to have a get a result against Runcorn to cut the gap, now it’s been put off for three to four weeks it’s in their own hands a little bit,” he told Off The Park.

“If they pick up the right amount of points they could squeeze that gap out.

“We’ve got three games in hand, we’ve got a tough end to the season as well. All we can do is take each game as it comes and just win as many as we can and leave what’s going to happen to somebody else that will be the way things will be decided.

The Bootle boss added: “All you can do is win your own games and hope you’ll be close enough to be in the playoffs. We are cramming games in, we’ve got to hope we can keep players fit, keep momentum and enthusiasm going and take it to the wire. 

“It’s a new manager, they know to a point they can’t stay up. But because of that they become a dangerous team on the flip side, no one expects them to stay up.”

“If the manager keeps them up he’s been a miracle worker, it’ll be on his CV forever and he’ll be the man people call when they have a fire hazard.

“At the end of the day, it’ll be difficult for that reason, most people thinking they’re down so what have got to lose by having a go?

“How many times have you seen teams with nothing to play for turn sides over who’ve got something to play for? I think everyone’s a dangerous opponent on the day, we’ve got to get on with our jobs and that’s winning as many games as we can.”

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