Cleethorpes Town and Louth Town prepared for a derby day showdown
OWLS boss Andy Liddle wants to see an improved performance from his team when they resume derby rivalries with Louth Town tomorrow lunchtime (12.30pm).
In the first meeting between the two sides back in September, Cleethorpes Town put in a what Liddle describes as a 'disappointing' performance when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Park Avenue.
Tomorrow, the two sides meet again – this time at the Bradley Community Stadium – in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One's only early kick-off.
And Liddle has warned opposite number Daryl Clare that Louth will face a different Owls side this time round.
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"It's our home game and it's a local derby so the onus is on us to perform," he told the Telegraph.
"We went to their place earlier in the season when we were still trying to find our feet in the league and we didn't play particularly well.
"I was really disappointed – we just didn't turn up. I want us to put in the opposite performance tomorrow.
"I feel we've come a long way since that game," he added.
"The personnel has changed, the system has changed and it's been proved right with where we are in the league at the moment.
"On our day, we're as good as anyone in this league – we score goals for fun and we've stopped conceding them now as well.
"We're a completely different side from that game and I think Louth will see that."
Liddle has previously spoken of his admiration for Clare and the job the former Grimsby Town striker has done in his first ever managerial appointment.
And with Louth having established themselves firmly in the top half of the table this season, the Owls chief is expecting a tough test tomorrow.
He continued: "I'm expecting an open game – I think both sides will be trying to score goals and trying to be as attractive as possible.
"It will be tough for us – as it is every weekend for us in this league – but we're looking forward to it.
"Louth are a good side. They are in with just as much of a shout of promotion as anyone in this league.
"They've shown they can put a good run together and they're very capable of winning games."
Tomorrow's game has been brought forward to a lunchtime kick-off, with Grimsby Town's FA Trophy semi-final tie with Dartford in mind.
And Liddle hopes that by avoiding a clash with the Mariners, tomorrow's derby will be watched by a bumper crowd at the Bradley facility.
He continued: "Credit to Louth, because they're the travelling team and they've agreed to an earlier kick-off.
"It's been done because Grimsby Town are at home, so I'm glad we've been able to sort it.
"The early kick-off is ideal really and hopefully it will encourage a couple more to come down.
"Town are a big club and people do want to watch them, but having our game earlier means that you can come and support Clee or Louth, and then go on to the Town game afterwards.
"Hopefully they watch a Clee Town win and then another for Grimsby Town later on in the afternoon."
He added: "Daryl is like me in that he always wants his players to give 150 per cent and I think you'll see that from both teams tomorrow.
"I just hope we can do that bit more and come away with the win because that's what derbies are all about."