PREVIEW: Luton Town v Skelmersdale United

For opponents Skelmersdale United their FA Trophy trip to Luton Town is already their seventh match in this season’s competition, writes Mike Simmonds.

Starting out in the preliminary round, they saw off Salford City 4-2, before overcoming Prescot Cables 3-0.

Witton Albion were defeated as United enjoyed a 3-2 away victory, while Skelmersdale beat New Nills before earning quite a feather in their cap knocking out former Football League club Boston United after a replay in the first round.

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If that result was impressive, the club’s last round triumph, beating defender Simon Ainge’s former side Guiseley, currently second in Blue Square North, was even more so as with 310 fans in attendance, they came out on top 2-0.

Managed by Tommy Lawson, the club have been in stunning form in the league too so far, sitting second in Evo-Stik League Northern Premier League Division One North with 15 win from 17 games, scoring 49 times and conceding just 17.

It’s only good enough for second at the moment as Skem are four points behind leaders Mossley, albeit with six games still in hand.

They did lose their last match though, a Doodson Sports Cup second round tie on Wednesday night, as United went down 3-0 on penalties at home to Cammell Laird after the game had ended 2-2 in normal time.

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The club have already confirmed they have sold out three supporters coaches for the match at Kenilworth Road as chairman Paul Griffiths is hoping for a financial windfall from the game.

He told the Ormskirk and Skelmersdale Advertiser: “It is a fantastic boost and should Luton achieve an average gate that day then it would be the equivalent of a minor sponsorship deal for us.

“We lost our sponsorship from Scott Rees for this season so the money from the Luton game will be like getting that back.

“Should we win the game, then there is another £7,000 on offer from the FA for us.

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“It secures next season for us. The money from Luton, put alongside existing deals, sets us up for next season which is a massive boost for us.

“Luton are still set up as a league club but we will give it a go and our squad is capable of beating anyone in the Trophy.”

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