Friday, August 04, 2006

Last chance to impress


By David Magilton

LEIGH RMI will trial half a dozen players vying for just one remaining squad place when they wind up their pre-season friendlies, hoping for a timely cash boost from a bumper crowd against FC United.

Manager Andy Nelson says that with the exception of just one place, he has finalised his squad of 17 players and that will be offered to one of the trialists after tomorrow's encounter (ko 2pm), which has been arranged as part of the deal that took young centre-half Liam Coyne to the newly-promoted North West Counties First Division outfit.

The Railwaymen drew their mid-week friendly 2-2 at Rossendale United, but tomorrow's encounter will see Nelson start with what he believes is his strongest line-up, before he introduces the trialists.

RMI visit Skelmersdale on Tuesday but that will be with a reserve team.

Nelson said: "Saturday's game will be the last for our first team as with such a small squad I can't gamble with the players' fitness so close to the start of the season.

"FC United should provide us with a decent test and I am starting with my strongest line-up because I want to know just how good we are. It is our last chance."

RMI, who won a reprieve after being relegated form Conference North last season, open their new campaign with a trip to Vauxhall Motors next Saturday.

Leigh RMI v FC United