Skelmersdale United boss Paul McNally has talked up Prescot Cables’ quality ahead of their FA Cup clash, this weekend.

Skem picked up their first win of the season against City of Liverpool on Tuesday as they had to come from behind to beat the Purps.

The FA Cup is a competition that has been a happy hunting ground for Skem in the past after they reached the First Round in 2020 – where they were beaten by Harrogate Town.

Skem won promotion to the Northern Premier League West last term and will meet Prescot Cables in the league. But their first meeting comes in the prestigious cup competition but McNally is looking for his side to compete.

On the clash, he told Off The Park: “It’s an FA Cup game, they’re going to be at it, we watched them last week, very good side. It’ll be a different game to tonight (vs City of Liverpool) I think.

“But it’ll be one both teams want to win, it’ll be end to end again – which isn’t good for the ticker – but it’s good for the crowd.”

Cables have two points from their opening two but came close to beating last season’s playoff contenders Workington on Tuesday.

When asked about the derby match, the Skelmersdale United boss continued: “Very much so, they’ll be at it. That’s a fantastic result (vs Workington), we know that we’re up for a game, there’s no easy games.

“We’re in it, we’ve got to compete and I’m just happy with what we’ve done tonight but we’ll move on on Saturday.

“We want to get as many fans supporting us as possible but at the end of the day, people will class us as underdogs. We’ll just go about our business efficiently.

“We’ve got a good team there, good group of lads that work hard for each other and we’ll see where it takes us. If it’s not to be, we’ll focus on the league and we keep going, we’re looking to stay in this league. 

“Hopefully a win, it’ll be tough. I think we could cancel each other out or depending on the day. It’s going to be an unpredictable derby, both teams will be confident after today’s performances so I’m expecting a tough encounter.”

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