Skelmersdale United manager Paul McNally says his side have been “preparing as normal” ahead of their Fa Cup Second Qualifying round clash with Lancaster City.
McNally said: “We haven’t changed our preparations ahead of the game on Saturday, we have just been preparing as normal, we trained hard on Tuesday and Thursday and we have been like that the whole way through preseason with the focus always being on the next game.”
After a successful pre-season for The Blue Boys which seen them defeat sides such as Penistone Church, Congleton Town and most recently a 2-1 win over Bootle, McNally insists his players are “fit and more than ready for the season to begin”.
Saturday’s game against The Dolly Blues signifies the start of the competitive season for Skelmersdale as they take on the NPL side who sit a few divisions above the hosts.
United first faced the visitors to the JMO Sports Park in the FA Cup back in 1979, with Skelmersdale losing 4-1 on the day.
The home side can take some encouragement from previous meetings between the teams despite being the underdogs this time around, as Skem ran out 1-0 winners in a friendly a couple of seasons ago.
The last time the sides met in a competitive capacity was the title winning season of 2012/13 with Skelmersdale recording back to back home and away victories with the same score line of 3-2.
Lancaster will be strong favourites going into the game and anything other than a win for the North West side would be a disappointing result as they make the short trip to Skelmersdale.
City will be hoping to keep the celebrations going as this week they celebrated the 2-year anniversary of the managerial appointment of Mark Fell ahead of the FA Cup game.
Unfortunately for the City faithful none of their fans will be in attendance to enjoy this landmark together as it was confirmed late this week no fans would be in attendance.