Richard Brodie weighs up Macclesfield chances as Skelmersdale United look to extend winning run

Richard Brodie Skelmersdale United

Richard Brodie is enjoying life at Skelmersdale United and has urged his players to enjoy themselves as they face Macclesfield.

The table-toppers visit Skem on Saturday looking to strengthen their grip at the summit of the Northern Premier League West.

A recent upturn in form for Skelmersdale United has propelled them an opportunity to apply pressure on the playoff places. Clitheroe sit four points ahead but face pressure from the teams below with Brodie’s side in contention following a run of five straight wins.

Their latest win came against previous challengers Mossley but the triumph saw them leapfrog their opponents.

Speaking to Off The Park, he said: “We went into Mossley who were above us in the table at the time, the game was dreadful it lacked quality from both sides although I thought we edged it slightly.

“We scored second-half, there wasn’t a lot of grass on the pitch, it was muddy, wet, we scored fortunately with their goalkeeping dropping it. Even after that we were quite comfortable, we got 2-0 and concede in the 92nd minute. With the standards that we’ve set recently we’re disappointed that we’ve conceded a goal, things are good, positive and it’s a good place to be.

“Every win is important and all of a sudden, everyone is fit. It’s the first time I’ve been in a position where we have had to leave players out of the squad, Sam Sheen, Ste Milne who have been left out of the squad because I’m a believer that players who have done the business previously can carry it on. We’ve got the win without our best number nine, he comes back this week and we’ve got a massive game Saturday.”

On the visit of Neil Danns’ side, he said: “We’ve got momentum, confidence, a bit of belief, we’ve been winning games but at the end of the day, Macclesfield’s resources are better than anyones in the division so I’m not really expecting anything from the game – as much as I believe in the players but who knows what football can throw up? When you’ve got confidence, momentum and belief nothing phases you, no one knows what can happen, our players will put on a good performance, a good show and we’ll see what happens.

“We’re always looking to improve, the lads have bought into what we’re trying to do. The away game was one mistake and you get punished, that’s what happens against good sides. Macclesfield are a great side and I’ve said to the lads ‘go test yourselves and enjoy it’ because once you start enjoying football, you play relaxed with a bit of belief, who knows what can happen. I’m looking forward to it to test ourselves against a good football club.”

[Featured image: Gordon Johnson]

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