Brian Richardson relishing Prescot Cables reunion as Bootle look to affirm play-off credentials

Bootle in action against Marine.

Bootle manager Brian Richardson has expressed his pleasure at watching his side come back to beat Ramsbottom United last time out as he returns to Prescot.

The Bucks boss will be looking to continue their push towards the play-offs at his former club – who are looking to move closer to safety.

Cables have enjoyed a rejuvenation in recent weeks with Kevin Lynch’s side enjoying back-to-back wins at home.

Ben Hodkinson, Declan McLoughlin and Jack McGowan all found the back of the net as Bootle continued their formidable run of scoring in the second half.

With the gap between themselves and the play-offs at eight points, Bootle will be looking to make Richardson’s Prescot return a happy one.

“I’m really pleased with the win, it was a hard fought win because they went 1-0 up in the first half and they were good value for money,” he told Off The Park.

“But again, second half performances we proved that we’re never down and out. We came out well, very strong in the second half and we managed to pinch the three points. 

“I think we’ve got good character, good squad, the lads were probably a bit disappointed because there was obviously going to be a kickback from when we beat them earlier on in the season, they were well up for it and probably showed a bit more enthusiasm than we did but you know how football is, you can go through every nut and bolt with a player but when they get out there, it’s up to them.

“I think what we predicted could happen, happened and they then took the game plan in second half and better.”

On the matter of returning to the club he won multiple Liverpool Senior Cups – an achievement not many managers on Merseyside can boast – he is excited to see old faces and joked about contemplating whether to bring his “tin helmet”.

He added:  “Smashing club, great fan base, happy times when I was there. Expecting to get a bit of stick, don’t know whether to put my tin helmet on or not. I think it’ll be nice to go back and see a couple of old faces that we know. 

“I’m pleased that they’ve got some good results. It would’ve been very sad for me if Prescot would’ve went down, you always have a bit of an affinity with the clubs you’ve been at so it’s nice to see them getting results and let’s hope they don’t get one against us on Saturday. 

“We have an idea how they’ll set up, I’ve not seen the pitch this year, but certainly Ramsbottom’s pitch was a difficult one to play on, sometimes you have to adjust your game.

“I think they’ll be very organised, very very tight and I think goals will become difficult but then again we’re not bad at scoring goals either, to score three away from home at any level is not bad. 

“I think we’ve done okay, getting goals hasn’t been the problem, getting clean sheets has probably been our biggest problem but we’re fortunate that we have lads who have an eye for goal and that’s probably the most difficult part of the game scoring not defending.”

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