Makinson planning to be a party-pooper

Karl Cross in action for Leyland
Karl Cross in action for Leyland
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Dave Makinson admits he and his Leyland side will be out to spoil the National Knockout party against Chorley.

The two sides hope to play their regional final of the National Knockout this Sunday at Chorley’s Windsor Park.

The National Knockout is a competition Chorley have done exceptionally well in over the years, recording two cup final victories in the 1980s, suffering defeat in a third final and last year reaching the semi-final before losing to Sandiacre Town.

With Makinson already admitting winning the Northern League will be one step too far this season, he wants his team to step it up against Chorley after Leyland defeated Bolton League outfit Bradshaw on Sunday to set up the mouth-watering derby clash.

“They are our local rivals and we always want to win against them,” skipper Makinson added.

“It’s a big game and Chorley always aspire to do well but we are determined to spoil the party.

“It’s a major focus for us, usually we’ve used the cup as a training game to give lads a go.

“But with our league form the way it is, we’ll be going all out on Sunday for the win.”

At the weekend, Leyland were well beaten by table-toppers Morecambe.

After restricting Morecambe to 150-9, Leyland had no answer to Edward Read, who took 5-12 off 15 his overs.

Read’s spell was the difference in the game and Makinson hailed the Morecambe all-rounder.

“It’s one of the best amateur bowling spells I have seen in recent years,” he said.

“We thought we’d be able to get after a bowler but he bowled everything perfect.

“It’s disappointing for us as it’s one step forward and two steps back.”