PREVIEW: NWCFL Matchday #53

Fri 21st February 2020 | Match Previews
By Craig Kendall

Most of the NWCFL clubs are in action on Saturday in what is set up to be an enthralling day up and down the region - but with the weather winning as of late, can football be the winner?!

Shelley takes on Ellesmere Rangers in the Macron Cup Quarter-Final after their postponement last weekend - both sides will be hoping to get the go-ahead.

Top-flight league leaders 1874 Northwich host Burscough at Townfield looking to get back to winning ways in the lead after a 3-3 draw last time out against Northwich Victoria. Burscough have been inconsistent as of later and Nick Matthews know some positive results will put distance between them and the relegation zone.

Second-place Rylands host bottom side Litherland REMYCA, whilst Bootle travel to Irlam and fifth-placed Ashton Athletic host Congleton Town.

A win for Barnoldswick Town could propel Endrit Shehu's side up the table as they are in action against Padiham, meanwhile second-bottom Hanley Town host in-form Runcorn Town who are on a charge towards the promotion places - is it too little too late|?

In the other games, Longridge Town host Squires Gate, whilst Skelmersdale United travel to Whitchurch Alport and Northwich Victoria entertain Winsford United.

Just six fixtures are scheduled in the First Division North, and with leaders Lower Breck not in action, Emley AFC have the chance to close the gap to the summit to five points if they defeat promotion-chasing Ashton Town.

Daisy Hill are in with an outside chance of promotion but need to start a good run of form, and Brian Hart's side will want to start this when they host Cleator Moor Celtic, whilst Garstang faces a tough task as AFC Blackpool are the visitors to The Riverside.

Elsewhere, Golcar United entertain Holker Old Boys (playing at Avro), Prestwich Heys host Brent Peters' Bacup Borough and second-bottom St Helens Town are in action against third-place AFC Liverpool.

In the First Division South, seven fixtures are set to go ahead with leaders Vauxhall Motors in action away at bottom side St Martins. Meanwhile, it is second-place FC Oswestry Town away at West Didsbury & Chorlton in arguably the biggest game in the division.

Cammell Laird 1907 host Abbey Hey who are only outside of the promotion zone on goal difference, whilst Sandbach United travel to Eccleshall, and New Mills host Wythenshawe Amateurs.

A win for Abbey Hulton United when they face Maine Road would lift them several places as they look to move away from the drop zone, and finally, Alsager Town are in a similar situation as they face a tough trip to third place Wythenshawe Town.

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