Prescot Cables manager Steven Daley has talked up Mossley AFC’s quality ahead of their season opener.
The Pesky Bulls’ curtain raiser saw them run out 2-0 winners over Eccleshill United in the FA Cup.
John Murphy and a debut goal for American defender Nathan Koehler helped them into the next round.
The Cables boss spoke of his delight at progressing into the Preliminary Round of the competition. He told Off The Park: “We spoke last week and it was performance or result, we said result – as long you’re in the next round of the cup that’s the main thing. Job done, we’re well happy with that and looking forward to the next round.
“The clean sheet is the most pleasing thing. With the qualities we’ve got going forward, the goals I’m not concerned about, clean sheets are always very pleasing especially when you work on it through the week. We want to make sure that’s the basis we want to build off.”
Koehler’s header with little over 20 remaining was met with delight from his teammates. Daley lauded the togetherness of his squad and has tipped their bond to grow in the coming months.
He added: “We’ve manufactured a really good squad, they’ve gelled and bonded together. The team spirit is something that is really, really strong.
“Going forward, I think it’ll only get better and when you’ve had performances and good results, it brings everyone that little bit closer together. But you can see after the second goal, the celebrations, what is means to them, they’re in it together.”
David Fish’s side have traditionally made strong starts to their Northern Premier League campaigns but have often slipped outside the playoff positions.
Prescot Cables have found Seel Park to be an unhappy hunting ground with red cards in each of their last two trips across the Nrorth West.
Daley notes the difficulty that Mossley possesses but insists it is a challenge that they are looking forward to.
“Mossley is one of the toughest places you’re going to go to. In the last couple of games that we’ve been there in the league, I don’t think we’ve done ourselves any favours,” he continued. “It’s always a tough place to go, they’re a good, strong team but we know what we can do. We’re looking forward to it.
“The early stages of the season are always a bit of a surprise because players leave but some come in. We expect Mossley to be really strong, we pretty much know what they’re about, we’re going to have to be at it to get a good result but it’s a task we’re looking forward and more than capable of pulling off.”