Liddle wants his Cleethorpes Town side to relax for repeat tie
ANDY Liddle wants his side to play without fear as they prepare to take on the same team for the second time in seven days.
The Owls travel to Pontefract to play Hemsworth Miners Welfare tomorrow (3pm) – a team who they played, and beat, as recently as last week.
They go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Teversal on Wednesday evening, after Jason Flint's goal was cancelled out by Alex Flett's penalty.
And Liddle feels it was a point that could prove valuable at the end of the season.
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He said: "Teversal were a very good, well organised outfit – they're probably the best team we've played so far.
"I think when we look back at the end of the season, it will turn out to be a very good point.
"We're picking good points up when we're not playing that well.
"So as a manager, I know there's more to come and hope that we can do well tomorrow.
"We will have played them back to back now which is a bit unusual.
"It was a pretty physical game last time and I think they may have felt a bit hard done by that we beat them, although I do feel the best team won.
"Tomorrow, I wouldn't say they'll be looking for revenge but it will be a difficult game all the same
"We've got a few more players available for this game so it will be good to have them back tomorrow."
Liddle said that although the Owls have made a good start to their first season at this level, he believes their best is yet to come.
After winning promotion from the Lincolnshire League in such impressive fashion last season, he feels his side is playing under a weight of expectation for them to replicate that success again.
He added: "We're still trying to find our feet and our best form at this level.
"Being newcomers to the league, we've had a reasonably good start.
"But I said after the game on Wednesday that the lads aren't relaxed yet.
"They've got the pressure of what they achieved last year on them.
"Credit to the lads, they've settled into the league quite well despite that pressure.
"But we want them to go out for games without that pressure of last season, it's a new league and a new season for us, so we don't need to worry about those expectations.
"Hopefully that can start tomorrow when we come up against Hemsworth."