Skem United face tough Radcliffe task in the FA Cup

Northern Premier League side Radcliffe stand in the way of Skem United’s hopes of reaching the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round, but despite the difference in league’s, manager Paul McNally insists they won’t be fearful.

McNally’s side defied the odds making it to the First Round of the FA Cup last season where they bowed out to the hands of Harrogate Town.

Skem’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end after they were beaten 1-0 by Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, but they soon returned to winning ways some 48 hours later after beating Litherland Remyca 3-1.

Radcliffe have won just one of their opening six with their sole triumph coming in a resounding win over Witton Albion, but despite their form, the Skem manager isn’t under any illusions going into the tie.

“Radcliffe are a fantastic side they’re just having a tough time in their league and two divisions above us.

“[In a]Very very strong league; so it tells you the quality. They’ll come good because it’s just a sticky spell and it’s early days isn’t it so I don’t expect anything other than a quality Radcliffe side.

“We’re not going there fearful, we’ve got a bit of experience in the cup haven’t we from last season but that won’t count for nothing.

“We’ll show them respect, we’ll go with a game plan and hopefully go through to the next round and see where we go from there.”

[Featured image: John Driscoll]