TOMMY LAWSON will make late checks on the availability of a number of first-team regulars ahead of Skelmersdale United’s trip to Warrington Town this weekend.
The Evo-Stik First Division North hopefuls visit Cantilever Park on Saturday looking to maintain their push at the top of the table, having seen successive league matches postponed over the festive period.
Games at home to Ramsbottom United, on Saturday, and at Prescot Cables on New Year’s Day, fell victim to the weather, meaning Skem’s only fixture over the Christmas period was a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Burscough on Boxing Day.
Warrington, sixth in the table and with promotion aspirations of their own, should pose a threat, and Lawson has doubts over several players.
Paul Woolcott, Rob McIntosh, Tony Rendell and Jamil Saleh will all be assessed ahead of the game after sustaining injuries, whilst forward Anthony Hickey could also be absent.
“We will need to look at things,” said Lawson.
“Those players would all have been missing had the Prescot game gone ahead, but we will give them every chance for the weekend.
“It will be a tough game, of course. People will have looked at the Boxing Day game and been surprised that Skem didn’t win, and that shows what kind of reputation we are getting. But no team has a divine right to win. We know we will have to work hard.
“Warrington are a club that has made big investments in their playing squad, they’ve brought some terrific footballers in the likes of Ciaran Kilheeney, John Miles, Adam Flynn who I had at Prescot, Phil Mooney who I had at Skem.
“They have good players, but they have to win. We don’t. If they have any aspiration to be up the top, they have to beat us. We are there no matter what. We will go there very confident, and look to get another three points on the board.”
Lawson was pleased with his side’s character in the Boxing Day clash with Burscough. Skem were 2-0 down, and missed a penalty before coming back to secure a draw which preserves their unbeaten league record.
“When Kenny (Strickland) misses that penalty, you start to wonder if it is not your day,” he admitted. “But we came out with a lot of purpose in the second half, and we got right into them. They contributed to a very entertaining game of football, but so did we.
“They might feel a bit aggrieved, or that they were a bit unlucky, but so do we. It was a great game for a great crowd to enjoy, and a lot of people have passed comment on it to me since. That’s what it’s all about.”