THE West Lancashire League Premier Division table may not make great reading for Vickerstown at present, but manager Dave Round is far from downhearted.

His side needed a last gasp penalty to earn a point at Coppull United last week, but they were well worth a share of the spoils and Round said while results had not gone their way on some occasions, luck had not favoured the Park Vale outfit and he was happy enough with the level of performance and effort.

Coppull is never an easy place to go to, but Vickerstown more than matched their hosts only to fall behind with just four minutes remaining.

But they were not finished and in the dying seconds, Mike Rushton was felled in the area and Dave Round jnr stuck away the penalty to earn his side a point with what was virtually the last kick of the game.

"I honestly felt we were the better team," said Round.

"The performance was fine but as in a few games recently we've not been at our best in front of goal."

The Vickerstown boss said there was plenty of quality in the side at present despite having lost a number of players to clubs at a higher level.

And he said he was especially pleased the club had been able to bring through some home produced talent to replace the departed players, and said he was delighted at the contribution of the likes of Will Mcquire and Jack Litherland who had seized their chance to make an impact at first team level.

But as with so many clubs at Vickerstown's level, Round has had to put up with a spate of unavailability due to both injury and work commitments, which had prevented him naming a settled side in what is a tough, unrelenting Premier Division programme.

However, Vickerstown have a decent opportunity to get back to winning ways tomorrow when the host Poulton.

The Fylde based outfit have also struggled to produce their best form this term and have lost their last two home fixtures including a 2-1 defeat to Fulwood Amateurs last Saturday.

Key man Rushton is struggling with an ankle problem and Danny Cummings is a big doubt with an arm injury, but Round is hopeful the rest of thw squad have a clean bill of health as his side look to push away from the drop zone.