Football: West Lancashire gears up for the big one

Skelmersdale will try to take all three points this week.

Written by Neil Leatherbarrow

Saturday is a big day in West Lancashire football history, as Skelmersdale United entertains Burscough in the West Lancs Derby at JMO Sports Park.

The Colliers v The Boatmen, as it originally appeared in the 19th century, promises to be one of the most memorable, especially as both teams still have promotion hopes.

The latter two met at Burscough’s Community Ground on a windswept night in October and it ended 2-2, with Burscough taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Josh Quarless and James Salkeld, Skelmersdale fighting back and equalizing in the final five minutes, thanks to goals from Abdul Djalo and Joe Herbert.

However, Burscough’s heroes Quarless and Salkeld moved on, Quarless at Northern Premier club City of Liverpool and Salkeld at Skelmersdale United where he could create an infamous line in the scoring history books for the two. teams during the same season in a West Lancs Derby. One of Skem’s heroes is also gone, with Djalo controversially signing for Macclesfield three weeks ago.

Skelmersdale is currently second in the North West Counties First Division standings, Burscough is fourth, both have recently lost long streaks unbeaten and both have more than local pride to play, both teams have scored over 100 championships between them this season, it really could be an epic and not one for the feints.

If that’s not enough, there are a lot of stories off the pitch between some of the managers of both clubs and the two will want to fight each other and both teams will contain players who have played for the opposition. in the past. A large gate is expected on Saturday, the turnstiles open at 2 p.m.

Local Premier clubs are only in action later in the day or on Sunday. It will be an exciting and historic occasion with over 130 years of rivalry at stake.

Skelmersdale United will have another big game on Saturday 29 January when they travel to Macclesfield in what could be a decisive game, this is a game for everyone at Moss Rise Ground, with around 4,000 spectators expected. It is further understood that Skelmersdale will provide coach transportation.

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