Richard Brodie reveals Skelmersdale United ambition after extending winning run

Skelmersdale United manager Richard Brodie vs Clitheroe

Skelmersdale United manager Richard Brodie has praised his players following their win over Colne.

Finnan Crofton and Elliot Morris were on target to secure their fourth straight win as the Blues continued their impressive run.

More importantly from a league position point of view, they claimed 12 points from teams who are fighting the drop in the Northern Premier League West.

Brodie conceded that his side didn’t perform at their best against Colne but still managed the claim the win.

Speaking to Off The Park, he said: “It’s exciting, we’ve won four on the bounce, I wouldn’t say Saturday was pretty, they come and threw everything at us.

“The two big lads up front were a handful, physical, they knew what they were trying to do, up until January we would’ve lost that game, the character we showed by winning a game and not playing well, it’s another box ticked.

“We didn’t play well at all and they probably deserved something out of the game but on the flip side, when you are winning games, the lads have put their bodies on the line, defended with their lives and we’ve come out with a win. The luck and momentum is with us at the moment, long may it continue.

“When I come into the job, we just had to stay in the division that was our aim, it’s not a lack of ambition, it’s just where the football club is at,” he added. “In your first season in a new division, you just want to find your feet and we’re massively overachieving at the minute, we still haven’t stayed in the division but we are moving in the right direction.

“Around Christmas time, we were struggling against teams around us, struggling to beat them, we’ve done that now and bridged a gap between us and the bottom four playing a game more, we’re still in a really good position, still punching above our weight.”

While avoiding relegation remains the priority for Skelmersdale United, their fourth win moved them 12 points clear of the bottom four.

Brodie added: “I said to the lads on Saturday, we’re winning games and more people are coming through the gate, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, people will come to watch and that’s a credit to the players because there’s a spirit there and it shows on the pitch, I’m proud of what they’ve done in recent weeks because it seems a long time ago when we lost the first six.

“To turn things around the way they have, the problem now is keeping everyone because everyone wants to play and it’s great, it’s been good.

“As long as we stay in the division, one more win I think will do us because out of the seven games, we still have Macclesfield and Leek to play they’re going to be tough, going for the league.

“We’ve got to keep momentum going and once we do get ourselves safe, we can take the shackles off, start enjoying it and finish as high as we can.”

[Featured image: Gordon Johnson]

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