May 1 2008
by Philip Kirkbride, Skelmersdale Advertiser
SKELMERSDALE United go into Saturday’s Unibond First Division North play-off final with boss Tommy Lawson in fearless mood.
United booked their place in the promotion finale with a resounding 3-0 win over Curzon Ashton on Tuesday night.
Skem’s opponent’s in the weekend’s winner-takes-all clash was determined last night in the match between FC United and Bamber Bridge, but Lawson is not worried by either team.
He said: “To be honest I don’t care which team we get in the final - I just say bring it on.
“Whoever we get we have got no reason to fear anyone because if we are on our game then we are capable of beating any side.”
Consecut ive wins against Curzon Ashton have now given Lawson’s troops a shot a winning a ticket to the UniBond Premier Division.
Lawson has pinpointed their late surge back to form down to one thing.
He said: “Our resurgence goes hand in glove with getting players back. If we hadn’t lost players like Georgie Donnelly then who knows what might have happened.
“The squad is now more competitive and it doesn’t matter who you are, any club is going to miss their key players.
“All the lads have pulled together on and off the pitch and we are now full of confidence.
“We’ve got a young side but the cup defeat to Eastwood has provided the lads with an experience which is really helping us push on for the big prize of promotion.”
Against either of their potential final opponents, Skem have an excellent record this campaign in the six encounters they have had.
Two emphatic wins and a draw against Bamber Bridge and a win, loss and draw against FC United hold Lawson’s side in good stead come Saturday.
Lawson added: “We’re pretty much even with FC United this season but I think we probably have the edge over Bamber Bridge because we beat them well in the last game.”