TOMMY LAWSON has paid tribute to his Skelmersdale United players after they negotiated an “outrageously tough” month unbeaten, maintaining their relentless charge towards promotion.
Victories over Ossett Town and Cammell Laird in the past week have seen Skem extend their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik First Division North to a massive 12 points over Trafford, on whom they still have two games in hand.
“It’s been an incredible month, an outrageously tough one,” said Lawson.
“We’ve played Curzon, New Mills, Trafford, Mossley, Cammell Laird, all top ten sides, and had battles with strugglers like Prescot and Ossett, who are fighting for their lives. There have been no gimmes.
“But what a great performance we have put in. It’s hard not to be proud of the players. We’ve used the squad, not just the team, and everyone has contributed.”
Lawson’s men entertain Goole at the West Lancashire College Stadium on Saturday, looking to take another step closer to promotion.
They are set to lose left back Louis Corrigan in the next fortnight, as he heads to play in Australia professionally. Lawson, though, says they may have found the ideal replacement.
“Warren Bellew has dropped in to left back and done wonderfully well,” he said. “He’s a winger by trade, but when he’s back there he can see the whole game. He’s been brilliant for us and could save me a whole load of hassle.
“I have been delighted with Warren. He seems a really good fit for left back actually.”