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Cables upbeat over new season

Prescot Cables are approaching the new Evo-Stik League season in positive fashion and hoping to build on an excellent 2017-18 campaign, which saw them reach the promotion play-off final. 

Having lost narrowly at Bamber Bridge in front of more than 1,600 supporters, the Volair Park club are hoping to put that disappointment behind them and secure promotion this time around.

However, the Football Association has made Cables task harder before a ball has been kicked in anger. 

Last season, there were three guaranteed promotion places and, had Prescot won the play-off, they would have been the fourth team elevated from Evo-Stik North. 

However, having created one extra division at both Step 4 – Cables current level – and the tier immediately above, The FA had four divisions at Step 3 and seven divisions feeding into them. With three clubs relegated from the Step 3 divisions, there are only 12 promotion places available at the next level. 

All seven champions will go up, as will the five play-off winners with the best playing records. This means that, in theory, Cables could win the divisional play-offs but not be promoted.

Not that anyone connected with the Pesky Bulls is thinking about that possibility. 
A club spokesman said: “The new Evo-Stik West Division will be extremely competitive.

We will be playing half a dozen clubs based in the West Midlands instead of going over the Pennines, so there are new challenges ahead of us. There is momentum within our club, but we will show respect to all of our opponents.”

While the majority of last season’s Liverpool Senior Cup winning squad are expected to stay with Cables, four players have definitely moved on. 

Goalkeeper Marcus Burgess, who lost his place after sustaining an injury, has moved to divisional rivals Mossley. Local lad Andy Scarisbrick, who came through the club’s youth and reserve teams, has dropped down two levels to join North West Counties League side Cammell Laird 1907. 

Scarisbrick is due to become a father and this, coupled with work commitments, meant that he could not commit to the demands of Step 4 football for the coming season, although he hopes to return to the club in the future.

Two of Prescot’s defensive unit have moved on to clubs higher in the Pyramid. Reece McNally has moved into the National League North, while Louis Coyne has joined Marine and played for the Evo-Stik Premier outfit against Cables on 31 July in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Mercurial winger Harry Cain has been on trial with another Evo-Stik Premier Division club – Nantwich Town – but may yet start the season with Prescot.

Manager Brian Richardson has moved to replace the departed Coyne and McNally, recruiting Robert McIntosh and Casey Reid. 

McIntosh has played for Cables in the past and was a long-serving captain of Skelmersdale United. 

Reid is a young left-sided defender who has moved to Volair Park on a season-long loan from National League North club Chorley.

Richardson is expected to make further additions to his squad before the Evo-Stik League season begins with a trip to Trafford on 18 August, followed by a home match against Glossop North End on 21 August and a home FA Cup tie against Winsford United or Irlam on 25 August.     

 

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