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MOVE WAS A NO-BRAINER; Powell hails decision to extend season.

Byline: Neil Jones

DAVE POWELL has welcomed the decision to extend the Evo-Stik season into May, saying it was "best for all concerned".

The league made the call to lengthen the campaign until Saturday May 4, in light of the recent bad weather, which has decimated fixture lists up and down the country.

With some Evo-Stik teams having to fit in as many as 13 league fixtures before then, it promises to be a congested end to the campaign. Prescot have 10 matches remaining, and Powell says the league's decision made perfect sense.

"It was a bit of a no-brainer really," he said. "It's getting ridiculous with all the games piling up. Some teams are going to be playing three games a week.

"I think, personally, that it creates a bad situation for the league, where teams are having to cram games in. It's not always fair, especially on sides who are playing for high stakes, so it's a good move on behalf of the league to extend the season."

With Cables' game at home to Ossett Town on Saturday postponed due to snow, Powell's side were unable to extend a run which has seen them lose just one of their last five games. They remain 18th in the Evo-Stik First Division North table.

They are due to welcome second-placed Ramsbottom United to Valerie Park tonight, though that game will, predicatbly, itself be subject to a pitch inspection.

"It doesn't look too good at the moment," admitted Powell yesterday afternoon. "We will have to inspect it before the game."

On his side's upturn in form, he added: "It was exactly what I expected. We have built a brand new side from scratch, and we are up against paying clubs, so the first few months were always going to be very tough for us.

"You almost approach those months with the aim of trying not to lose games. Then around Christmas you can find one or two players who are not getting regular football, bring them in, and then once they are up to speed, your results will pick up.

"The experience I have had at Ashton Athletic has stood me in good stead in that regard. I knew how to keep heads up and keep confidence high. That mental transition, from trying not to lose games to trying to win them, can be difficult, but we have coped with it pretty well.

"I think that has been reflected by the way we have performed in the last four or five weeks. We've been excellent."

Powell says he has "one or two feelers" out ahead of the league's transfer deadline this week, and is hopeful of adding at least one player to his squad before Thursday.

He admits, however, that he will be glad to see the deadline pass, having already seen star men Danny Lambert and Liam Dawson poached from the club, by Ashton United and Warrington Town respectively.

"We're not the biggest club, so it can be difficult," he said. "We always look around and see if we can improve the club, but I like players who stick with clubs throughout the season, and I have spoken to one or two lads who are eager not to be seen as 'club-hoppers'. I can respect that. I think we've got similar lads here at Prescot, which is a credit to them."

Cables' game with Ramsbottom at Valerie Park tonight will be subject to a pitch inspection this afternoon.


Prescot Cables' Jonathan Bathurst in action during the recent win over Burscough
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2013
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