BOOTLE FC boss Neil Prince says the confidence coursing through the side makes them feel as though they can beat anybody.
The Bucks kept pace with the leaders in the North West Counties Premier Division on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Stockport Sports.
Prince’s men are just one point behind leaders Runcorn Town but have four games in hand.
Tonight, Bootle turn their attentions to the Liverpool Senior Cup and visit of Cammell Laird.
But Prince has reflected on a start to their league campaign which has gone swimmingly.
“It was a good win on Saturday,” said Prince.
“To beat them once this season would have been good because they are one of the teams fancied for the league.
“So to have beaten them three times says a lot about ourselves.
“We are playing with so much confidence that we feel we can beat anyone home or away. We are dominating games.
“We have only dropped seven points all season which says an awful lot abut the way we are playing.
“We are only one point behind the leaders but with four games in hand. So we could only end up winning one of those games and still go top.
“I couldn’t have dreamt that we would be in a better position.
“We have so much to play for.”
Although Bootle were unable to keep an 11th clean sheet of the season, their defence has been particularly strong so far with only eight league goals conceded.
“There is no real secret to the number of clean sheets we have kept,” said Prince.
“We just have a very, very good team shape and everyone knows their role within the team.
“The lads were gutted that we conceded a goal in the last minute and it hurt them. But take nothing away, we played really well.”
Given Bootle’s packed schedule, Prince says he will make changes for tonight’s first round tie - though he does not expect them to weaken the side.
“We have a few tired legs so I’ll look to freshen the team up tonight,” said Prince.
“But whoever gets picked will certainly not weaken the team. The changes will give some of the other lads a chance.
“I have 20 players in the squad and anyone of them could step in and do us a job.”
“It will be a tough game tonight,” he added.
“We played them in pre-season and know Tony sets his teams up well.
“They get the ball down and are a big, strong and physical side.
“But, if we play as well as we can then it doesn’t matter that they are in the league above, we can still beat them.”
lBootle v Cammell Laird, Liverpool Senior Cup first round, 7.45pm.