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Match Preview : Skelmersdale v Flint, Sat 30th July 3pm

By Nigel Sheen
Our final pre-season match sees us take on Skelmersdale United. The game will be played at the Community Ground, Bobby Langton Way, Burscough, which is where Skem will be playing their home fixtures for the new season.
Lee Fowler shared his thoughts about this game and pre-season in general. He told us, ” Tomorrow see us play our last game of pre season. I always enjoy the games v Skelmersdale, it throws up many memories from my time at Radcliffe, especially battling on the old jmo pitch. Their manager Paul (McNally) has done a great job in his time there, and I’m looking forward to locking horns with him again.
Turning to pre season as a whole, it’s true to say that it hasn’t been ideal, as we’ve had to juggle lots of different factors such as quality of pitches, trying to get games at short notice, being late in recruitment, and not always having sufficient quality of players available. So, with all that, the results have not ever been at the forefront of our mind, as we tried to chase performance and install good habits. It’s the first time this week that we have really seen the sun shine through the clouds, and it’s taken patience and lots off effort by everyone within the group to reach this position.
With the addition of Jay Owen and players coming back off holiday and other new recruits, things are definitely looking up, and we have enjoyed better quality training sessions, and both the intensity and morale of the group has grown, which is great to see as a manager.
So after all the sleepless nights, and the endless phones calls, things are coming together. We are by no means the finished article yet, but we know we are now on an upward trajectory”.

Lee has also arranged an informal meet and greet session with his staff and players and the supporters in the Flint Social Club following the match tomorrow. They are expected to arrive back around 6pm to 6-30pm, so why not pop down and say hello to our new team.