First Division North Preview: 24th August

Fri 23rd August 2019 | Match Previews
By David Brindle

Just four points separate 1st to 15th in the North with only Bacup Borough yet to notch up any points.

Bacup face a home game against Pilkington this Saturday, after Pilks beat table-topping Lower Breck 3-1 in midweek.

After that loss, Lower Breck will welcome Chadderton, who drew 1-1 with Prestwich Heys on Tuesday.

Ashton Town are level on points with Breck despite being held by Emley AFC in midweek, and they will be heading north on Saturday to face Holker Old Boys - back in action after a 1-1 draw with AFC Blackpool last time.

AFC Blackpool are away at St Helens Town after their 6-2 drubbing at the hands of AFC Liverpool on Wednesday.

AFC Liverpool face a home game against a Daisy Hill team coming off a 3-0 home victory over Garstang on Monday.

Andy Payton was relieved of his duties as Garstang manager on Thursday, and they'll be searching for a new manager while preparing to host Emley AFC fresh off a 2-2 draw with Ashton Town.

A late goal saw Nelson overcome Bacup Borough in midweek for their second win of the term, and Shelley are the visitors to Little Wembley after a 4-1 victory over AFC Darwen on Tuesday.

AFC Darwen fell out of the top four this week, and will travel to Steeton next who fell 1-0 to Cleator Moor Celtic on Wednesday evening.

Cleator Moor are on the road themselves as they prepare to face Golcar United - defeated 2-1 by Atherton LR in their last showing.

Prestwich Heys play host to LR on Saturday after they drew 1-1 with Chadderton in midweek.

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