PREVIEW: NWCFL Premier Division, First Division North & First Division South

Fri 17th January 2020 | Match Previews
By Tom Besford

With a drier looking weather forecast, twenty-seven games are due to take place across the North West Counties League this weekend. 

At the top of the Premier Division, 1874 Northwich look to continue their twelve game unbeaten run in all competitions as they host 3rd place Charnock Richard, who will be looking to extend their 100% record in 2020. The standout game in the league this weekend as an away win could lead to the top three teams being all within three points of each other going into the business end of the season.

Second-placed Bootle travel to seventeenth placed Hanley Town looking to continue their superb start to the year. Scoring fourteen goals and conceding three since the turn of the year the club sit top of the form table. Hanley Town are still looking for their first win since Boxing Day and will be up against tough opponents.

Longridge Town, on the back of their 5-1 FA Vase win against Newark Flowserve, travel to eighth place Whitchurch Alport who have picked up four points in the new year.

At the bottom of the league, Litherland REMYCA and Burscough are both without a game. Third from bottom Padiham have a tough away game against sixth-placed Rylands in the look for three points to pull away from the drop zone.

Congleton Town, who are still looking for their first win of the year having only scored once in the last four games, travel to thirteenth place Winsford United who also are without a win since the turn of the year. 

Around the rest of the league fifteenth placed Skelmersdale United visit twelfth place Squires Gate, tenth-placed Runcorn Town visit seventh place Irlam and ninth-placed Avro host fifth-placed Ashton Athletic.

In the First Division North, all twenty clubs are involved in games throughout the counties. At the top of the division Lower Breck, who have one win in their last six games, entertain sixteenth place Garstang who beat the hosts in the return fixture less than a month ago. 

Inform Emley, currently sitting in second spot, travel to ninth-placed Chadderton looking to continue their form against an in-form Chaddy side who sit just one spot below them in the form table.

Third-placed AFC Liverpool host fifteenth placed Cleator Moor Celtic at the Marine Travel Arena and fifth-placed AFC Blackpool host fourteenth placed Golcar United.

The standout game at the top of the table will have to be at The Stafflex Arena where fourth-placed Shelley, the most inform club in the league with five wins in their last six, entertain sixth-placed Pilkington who come into the game with four wins in their last six. 

At the bottom of the table eighteenth placed Bacup Borough host nineteenth placed St Helens Town, both clubs currently have twenty-four points each as they both try to climb away from the relegation zone. Both clubs have one win and one draw from their last six games.

Bottom of the table Steeton have a tough game at home to seventh-placed Daisy Hill and the visitors will be wanting to put their 8-0 defeat against thirteenth placed Holker Old Boys behind them. Holker travel to eighth-placed Ashton Town looking for another three points as they look to reach the top half of the table.

Atherton Laburnum Rovers will look to pull away from the bottom of the table as they look for their first win in ten league games as they host twelfth placed Nelson. After two wins in their last six, Nelson will be looking at this game as a good opportunity to climb into the top half. 

The final game in the league is a battle of midtable as eleventh placed Prestwich Heys host tenth-placed AFC Darwen. Prestwich have picked up four points since the turn of the year, one point more than their opponents.

Nine games are to take place in the First Division South with Cammell Laird 1907 and Cheadle Heath Nomads the two teams without a game.

Top of the table Vauxhall Motors return to league action after their FA Vase exit at Hebburn Town the week before with a trip to ninth-placed Stockport Town.

Second-placed FC Oswestry Town host fourth-placed Abbey Hey with both teams looking to close the gap on the top of the table. Third-placed Stone Old Alleynians host sixth-placed West Didsbury and Chorlton who will look to get back to winning ways after their 2-1 midweek defeat at Cheadle Town. Cheadle are the most inform side in the division and visit thirteenth placed Sandbach United looking for their sixth successive win. 

Fifth-placed Eccleshall, looking to climb into the top four, host tenth-placed Maine Road, who come into the game with four wins in their last six games in all competitions.

At the bottom of the league, St Martins travel to eighteenth placed Alsager Town looking to close the gap on the teams just above them. Second from bottom, Barnton will be wanting to pull away from the relegation zone and have a good opportunity as they visit seventeenth place Abbey Hulton United. The bottom four all playing each other on a busy match day which could have a big say on relegation come to the end of the season.

Elsewhere in the league fifteenth placed New Mills host seventh place Wythenshawe Town and sixteenth placed Ellesmere Rangers visit fourteenth place Wythenshawe Amateurs.

Let’s hope it stays dry and all scheduled games can take place around the counties. 


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