MANAGER Tommy Lawson says Skelmersdale United’s victory over Boston United in the FA Trophy was amongst the best wins of his career – but has labelled this weekend’s league match as equally important.
Skem moved into the last 32 of the competition and towards a second round tie with Guiseley next month with a 2-1 win in their first round replay on Tuesday night.
Goals from Mark Jackson and Adam Morning put United two nil ahead and though Boston pulled one back with five minutes to go, Lawson’s men held on for a deserved victory.
But no sooner had the final whistle gone and Lawson’s mind switched to Saturday’s Evo-Stik First Division North fixture with bottom of the table Garforth Town.
The Skem boss says his side’s midweek win has made them even more of a “scalp” and they must be wary of teams trying that extra bit hard against them.
“Tuesday night’s win has got to be up there with the very best we’ve had,” said Lawson.
“Sometimes you can get that bit of luck and things go your way in one off ties but to come through over two games always means the best side has won.
“We’ve got Garforth this weekend and then Prescot Cables before we even start talking about Guiseley.”
Garforth prop up the division but Lawson insists they will be paid the utmost respect.
“This game is every bit as big as Tuesday night.
“When you do well in the cup competitions you become a scalp and you run the risk of the next game being an ‘after the lord mayor’s show’ situation.
“It is another home game for us and we hope to retain some of that extra support we received on Tuesday night.”
After a gruelling couple of days, Skem’s players have been excused from training on Thursday night though Lawson will monitor various bumps and bruises.
Aaron Turner came through 72 minutes against Boston in his first start in a year.
Skelmersdale United v Garforth Town, Saturday, 3pm.