Weekend Preview: 14th September

Fri 13th September 2019 | Match Previews
By David Brindle

The FA Vase returns this weekend as several NWCFL clubs look to continue their journey in the competition.

Emley, Skelmersdale and Wythenshawe Town kick off the weekend on Friday, while a bumper slate of fixtures - including a few league games - takes centre stage on Saturday.

A total of 22 Vase ties will take place on that day, with seven clashes featuring two NWCFL sides going head-to-head.

Vauxhall Motors will travel to Cheadle Heath Nomads in one of those games, with Mick McGraa's side beating early-season promotion rivals Stone Old Alleynians 3-1 in their last showing.

Their opponents, a fellow First Division South team, are 17th in the league having lost four of their last six.

The leaders of the First Division North Lower Breck also take on a club from the same division in Pilkington.

These two have already met this season when Pilks won their first game as an NWCFL side picking up a 3-1 win. 

Prestwich Heys, 6th in the North, welcome Premier Division club Charnock Richard on Saturday with Charnock winning three of their last six games.

Another Premier Division vs. First Division North clash sees Longridge Town host AFC Blackpool with both clubs winning three, drawing one and losing two of their last six games.

Runcorn Town extended their FA Cup run with a 3-2 win away at Newcastle Benfield last time out, and they shift their focus to a home Vase tie with West Didsbury & Chorlton, with Brad Cooke's side in good form picking up four wins in their last six.

Two sides from the South collide when Alsager Town travel to Abbey Hulton United. Hulton have won three of their last four while Alsager are unbeaten in their last three.

Abbey Hey travel to Stockport Town and when these two met a few weeks back it was Abbey Hey who ran away winners by a 2-0 scoreline.

Teams at home against opposition from outside the NWCFL are Ashton Athletic, Chadderton, Cheadle Town, Cleator Moor Celtic, Rylands, Squires Gate, Steeton, Whitchurch Alport and Wythenshawe Amateurs.

Travelling NWCFL teams are Sandbach United, Hanley Town, FC Oswestry Town, Maine Road, Barnoldswick Town and Padiham.


Avro have won their last two league games and moved off the bottom of the table. Up next is a trip to Congleton Town who've also won their last two in the league.


A trio of games which includes a chance for Shelley to go level on points with Lower Breck at the summit as they face Atherton LR - a win for LR would see them enter the top four.

Nelson are a point ahead of their next opponents AFC Liverpool, and both sides will be targeting a win to climb towards the top four.

Golcar United are sandwiched between both of those teams in 10th, and they host Bacup Borough, who, after recording back-to-back wins, have lost their next three.


St Martins were level on points with the top two in this division after three games, but have since lost six straight and fallen to 13th. They'll look to bounce back when they host a Barnton side coming off the back of a 4-2 defeat to Abbey Hey.

Cammell Laird have won two of their last six games and their next clash puts them against Eccleshall after they beat New Mills in PlayerMatch.com Cup on penalties last week.

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