Thursday, May 01, 2008

Skelmersdale in play off final

Thursday, May 01, 2008

SKEM United are to play FC United in the UniBond League Division One North play off final this Saturday (May 3) at Gigg Lane at 3pm.

Skem booked their place in the final with a 3-0 win over Curzon Ashton, with a brace from George Donnelly and a third from Anthony Murt.

Manager Tommy Lawson is in a confident mood ahead of Saturday's game against FC United of Manchester.

Speaking after the game last night, Tommy said: "In many ways it is fitting that the 2nd and 3rd placed teams are contesting the play-off final.

"FC United played with plenty of confidence against Bamber Bridge, but tired considerably towards the end of the game, but considering the run-in they've had towards the end of the season it's hardly surprising.

"It's going to be a tough game in front of a huge biased crowd, but at the same time it's going to be played in a fantastic atmosphere.

"Their supporters were fantastic last night, but I'm sure our supporters albeit on a smaller scale will be able to match them in terms of passion.

"The club has come a long way in a short space of time, and this season has been tremendous for all those concerned with the club.

"We have proved that we can compete with the best teams in the league, and against FC United the honours are even going into Saturday's contest with one win a piece and a draw.

"I'm sure both clubs will pay each other the greatest of respect, but I know that our players are capable of beating the favourites."

Frank Hughes, managing director for Skelmersdale United Football Club, said: “We are delighted to get to the final. It is going to be a tough gig for us at Gigg Lane. But it is great for the town and great for the club to get this far.

“It will be squeaky bum time on Saturday. It is a good way to finish the season and we could be 90 minutes or 120 minutes from the UniBond Premier.”

It's pay on the gate: £7-50 adults; £4 concessions; £2 under 18's and unwaged.

A coach will leave for the game from Skem’s home ground at 12pm. For more information contact Frank Hughes on 07766054548 or Paul Griffiths on 0797 673 8551.