Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch says his side are not ‘fearing’ the prospect of travelling to Workington AFC.
The Reds are one of the in-form sides in the Northern Premier League West as Danny Grainger’s squad look to build on last season’s playoff disappointment.
Cables returned to winning ways as they edged out rivals Skelmersdale United to kick off 2023. John Murphy’s important double kept them within seven points of the playoffs.
“A good game, derbies are always tight, intense affairs and it was no different,” Lynch told Off The Park.
“To come away with the three points was all that points. Local derbies are always a little bit extra special in terms of the bragging rights, good game, good support but we were at home, an always difficult place to come and it was nice to bounce back from the previous derby disappointment. Pleased to get on the bike, go again and get the three points.
“We had chances ourselves and when we went 2-0 up, we always knew it was a scoreline that is not favoured much but give credit, Skem went right to the end and sometimes you earn your own bit of luck, deserve your own bit of luck and to come away with a win was the most important when you look at the table, it’s three points. But, fair play to Skem.”
Cables came close to beating Workington in the reverse fixture but James Hooper’s stoppage time equaliser earned them a share of the spoils.
The Pesky Bulls have slowly restored their form in recent weeks but will face one of the sternest tests of the season as they make the trip to Cumbria.
Lynch is well aware of their threats but hopes his side will be on form on Saturday afternoon. He added: “You’re going there, they’re on a good run, the good thing is that they’ll be expecting to beat us but we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s a difficult place, a long journey but if you come away with a positive result, the journey’s a lot better going home. We’re well prepped, hopefully the weather is still good for us and you’ve got that consistent run of games, we know it’s going to be difficult.
“We’ve got to go there with the right frame of mind, we’re not fearing them, it’s going to be difficult, they’re the inform team and we know what to expect.
“The mentality is to just go with the mindset, don’t go in fear of them, we’ve got nothing to fear. If we stick to our gameplan we’ll always be a threat, we’ve got to approach it that way, the lads will, they’re on the back of a good result, spirits are high and we’ve just got to keep them that way.
“Going into that game, we’ve just got to approach it the way we can, the lads will be up for it… I think we will get chances, it’s about cutting out their chances and hopefully we get a result.”