Haworth ready to step up

Action from Clitheroe's 3-2 defeat at Prescot Cables on Saturday'''''''''Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Clitheroe's 3-2 defeat at Prescot Cables on Saturday'''''''''Picture: Peter Ryan
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Simon Haworth is eager to prove that he can cut it at a higher level in football management when Clitheroe take on Altrincham in the FA Trophy.

And the Blues boss is adamant that his players will be keen to show that they can compete at that standard when they take on the Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders in the first qualifying round of the competition at Moss Lane.

The one-time Wales international striker guided the Blues to victory over AFC Fylde in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and Workington in the League Cup last term and he’s determined to upset the odds again.

The Robins top the division above alongside Shaw Lane and Warrington Town having averaged two points a game from 17 fixtures.

However, Haworth is confident that his squad will step up to the challenge and give a reaction to their poor showing against Prescot Cables.

After conceding three times at Volair Park at the weekend, he said: “They are being prepared right and they’ve set a standard in recent weeks where they’ve shown that they can do it.

“The players are doing things right in training, we’re putting on sessions geared towards that, they’re working hard and being given the right foundations.

“They’ve shown a standard of defending that proves they can keep clean sheets or at least make the opposition work for their opportunities.”

Haworth added: “Hopefully that will start to pay off. We’ll have to be right on it to make sure that we’re ready for Saturday.

“They are flying at the moment and scoring a lot of goals. We need to be on our mettle if we are to be competitive.

“It’s a nice ground, Conference level facilities, and it will be a good occasion. Some of the players aspire to play at that level and I’m sure they’ll raise their game for it.

“We’ll need to be at it from the start to make sure we don’t do any damage to ourselves early on. If we give Altrincham a two goal lead then it will be a long afternoon.

“Nobody is expecting anything from us so there’s no pressure in that respect. It’s a free hit in a way.

“I would like to show that I can do it at a higher level and I’m sure that the players will want to do the same. We can’t be fearful, we’ve got to show what we’re about.

“Hopefully the lads will rise to the occasion. We’ve got to go there and enjoy it and give it a right good go. A big cup upset could help our season a hell of a lot.”