Skem United face ‘fired up’ Runcorn Town as they eye first league points

Skem United manager Paul McNally hopes for six points with the first of which coming against Runcorn Town on Saturday ahead of Charnock Richard on Tuesday.

Both sides come into the match off of contributions in the FA Cup with Skem going to a replay and beating Vauxhall Motors whilst Runcorn were beaten 6-1 by Barnoldswick Town.

Skem are looking for their first points of the season after their opening night defeat to Longridge Town.

“It’s essential for me [to bounce back] it’s not the be all and end all,” McNally told Off The Park.

“We’ve still got 35, 36 other games after that but to get back up and running we need to start putting points on the board whether it it’s good performances or bad performances.

“Just to get a build on otherwise some teams will gather momentum and build a bit of a gap, at this early stage of the season it’s about picking up points when you can to stay with the pack.

“Runcorn will be fancying their chances as well, they’ve played two and lost one so they won’t be wanting to roll over for us, it’ll be a tough game and one we’ll be looking forward.”

Runcorn Town bowed out of the FA Cup after a defeat to Barnoldswick Town, but McNally believes it shouldn’t be looked into too much in regards to Runcorn’s quality.

“Barnoldswick are going to be challenging for our league with the performances and players they’ve got and they’ll be disappointed, the week before they only lost 2-1 so it shows how tough of a place it is to go.

“They will be up for it, you will get a different response from them you won’t see a team that lies and rolls over and they’ll be really up for it.

“There’s four lads who didn’t come on, they will be looking to push on I believe if we’re playing well not to change it but we’ve got too many attacking player sand we may need to freshen things up,.

“We’ve got a game on Tuesday against Charnock, two tough league games and we will be pushing for six points.

“If we can play how we can normally play, I’m expecting a good performance and that’s what I ask.

“If we can get a good performance and we won’t be far away from three points and that’s no disrespect to Runcorn because they’re a good side but I know if we play to our best levels then we’ve got three points in us so hopefully we get off the mark.”

(Featured image by Barry’s Photography)