City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison was pleased with his side as they romped to a 6-0 win over Prescot Cables but heaped importance on the next game.
He urged that the win wasn’t an “isolated incident” as Jack Hazlehurst scored a hat-trick for the Purps as they emphatically earned bragging rights over their city rivals with Scott Lycett, James Murphy and Adam Hughes getting in on the action.
Ellison’s side were so ruthless that they had made it six shortly after the hour mark, it could’ve been more as Josh Quarless clipped the bar as Adam Hughes’ speculative effort from just inside the Bulls’ half hit the inside of the post.
They face Workington next, subject to a pitch inspection, as the visitors look to keep the pressure on league leaders Marine after their midweek draw with Bootle took them to within a point of Neil Young’s side.
“Good day at the office for us, three points, six goals and a clean sheet, don’t think you can ask for anything more really,” Ellison told Off The Park.
“With it being a local derby, we know it’d be tough. The conditions played a big part in it, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“The ref was there from 12, we were having a pitch inspections every half an hour sometimes that’s tough, you’ve got to get in your mind that the games going to be on and you’re going to plan for it. It was excellent in those conditions, so I’m delighted.
“He [Hazlehurst] took his goals really well, to be fair to the lad he’s been playing really well the last few weeks got himself a couple of goals.
“If I’m being greedy could’ve had a couple more but he’s got himself back fit, we’ve missed him for a long time. It’s the stuff off the ball that’s impressed me, his work for the team, he’s always had that quality to put the ball in the back of the net or pick a pass so as long as he’s doing the other stuff I’m happy.
“You don’t want it [6-0 win against Prescot Cables] to be an isolated incident. For our last six games, we’ve been excellent and we should have more points on the board but ultimately that’s not the case for different reasons.
“It’s important it’s not an isolated incident and we put it in a good shift against Workington, they’re a good side, we played them early on and there was a gulf in class between the two sides but since then we’ve got a number of our players back, still missing one or two, if we can get them back we’ll make a fist of it.
“I spoke to the lads the other day, the key thing is consistency and we look at the sides we’ve beat, got a good point at Runcorn, beat Mossley, beaten Rylands, Clitheroe so we’ve beaten some really good sides.
“Again, on your day you can beat anybody, it’s about getting that consistency and in the past couple of weeks we’ve had consistency in the side licking the team and that’s helped.
“They’re one of the big guns, they’ll be in the shake-up come the end of the season without a shadow of a doubt but it’s a good game to test ourselves, see where we are, over the next couple of weeks going into the new year depending on results we’ll have a good idea of where we’ll finish.”