Sunday, 07 February 2016

Vickerstown eager for action and points

VICKERSTOWN are hungry for some football action and to put three points in their West Lancs Premier League bag.

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KEEN TO PLAY Carl Pearson, like the rest of the Vickerstown squad, is desperate for a game, with Town set to face Lostock St Gerards at Park Vale tomorrow

They take on cellar-dwellers Lostock St Gerards tomorrow in a fixture which could see them build on their mid-table position.

The last thing boss Dave Round wants is to see is his side embroiled in a relegation dog-fight.

Vickerstown have 19 points but have been starved of regular football because of the weather conditions.

Their last match was on January 12 when they lost 2-1 against Thornton Cleveleys at Park Vale, but before that you have to go back to December 8 for their previous game, when they won 4-1 at Fulwood Amateurs.

Round wants the points tomorrow as he prepares for what could be testing times ahead with his side looking to fit in the games which have been missed.

With just 14 matches under their belts regular action is vital for the club to make sure players don’t go stale because of a lack of game play.

Round said: “I think we’ve had three games in three months. It’s been like a five-week spell between each game, an absolute nightmare. It’s been training and not playing. We had a good win at Fulwood and then five weeks off and then we played at Thornton and were a little bit off it really.

“It’s going to all come at once in the last six weeks of the season.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Lostock, Round said: “They are going to be fighting for every point to avoid relegation and if we’re not too careful we could get dragged into that.

“We need to get playing again and get our sharpness back, and no matter how much training you do, it’s matches we need now .

“The lads are just fed up of training and not playing really. They will probably be champing at the bit for a game this week. It’s vital to get three points.”

Vickerstown are due to play Burnley United, Tempest United and Coppell United in the following three Saturdays, so it is there where they will be looking to add to their points tally, especially against lower clubs Burnley and Tempest. But the immediate aim is for success at Park Vale tomorrow, to make their position safer.

They will have to do it without defender Joe Pearson, who is unavailable because of work.

Other than Pearson, Round should have a full squad to select from including Sean Paterson, Rob Bruce and Carl Pearson who have been finding the net for his side.

Round added: “I think they will all be champing at the bit to get a win.

We just need a win and to get a few games under our belts, then we can kick-on and get it going.

“I think we have just stalled a little bit because of just not playing games. We came off the Fulwood game after a 4-1 win and we didn’t play for five weeks, it’s hard work.”

Crooklands Casuals’ match at Slyne with Hest was the only one in The Bay West Lancashire League to survive the weather last week. The thrilling encounter ended 4-4 with Cassies denied a win due to a 94th-minute equaliser.

Dave Mansergh grabbed a hat-trick for Cassies with Jonathan Jones also netting. They are at home and face Fulwood Amateurs in what should be an equally exciting encounter.

In Division One, Furness Rovers will be aiming to add to their points tally when entertain Haslingden St Mary’s while Hawcoat Park will want to push themselves up the table at the expense of visitors Lytham Town. Millom entertain Bac/Ee Preston while Dalton United face a tough encounter at Norcross & Warbreck, who still have to taste defeat in the league after playing 14 matches.

In Division Two, Furness Cavaliers are at home against leaders Hurst Green while GSK Ulverston Rangers are also at home and entertain Todmorden Borough. Walney Island take on Croston Sports at Tummerhill and Barrow Wanderers are at Whinney Hill.

In the North West Counties League, Holker Old Boys are in cup action when they take on high-flying Abbey Hey in the First Division Trophy Quarter finals at Rakesmoor Lane.

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