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Skem Boss Relishing 'Testing' Friendlies

Tommy Lawson says he has been "encouraged" by Evo-Stik League Premier Division club Skelmersdale United's pre-season preparations – and believes his side will benefit from a "testing" friendly schedule.

The Evo-Stik League Premier Division new boys have set themselves a challenging pre-season routine, featuring stand-out games against Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United and Stockport County at the West Lancashire College Stadium.

Lawson (pictured) has been busy trimming and re-shaping his squad, and aims to assess the merits of "one or two" new faces in the coming games.

"We let three go earlier this week," he revealed.

"At this stage of the season it is about looking at what you've got, seeing what you can use and what you can do without, and making decisions accordingly.

"But I have been very encouraged by the levels we have shown so far in training. The lads are all really sharp and trim and they are all champing at the bit to get started now.

"We won't push them too hard in the friendlies to begin with. We will start with basically two teams, and give players 45-50 minutes at first.

"It is no use asking lads to go all out for 90 minutes because all that does is risk injuries.

"Our pre-season opponents will be big tests, but that is what we want. The likes of Bolton and Manchester United will be sending teams of young professionals – kids, but professionals.

"Their fitness levels will be ahead of ours, of course, but that's the challenge for us."

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