Weekend match previews

Sat 31st October 2020 | Match Previews
By Gary Langley

After a dramatic festival of goals last weekend, fans (not Goalkeepers) around the region will likely be hoping for more of the same as we approach a busy looking weekend of games.

Whilst events in the Buildbase FA Vase are covered in a separate preview there are still a considerable number of league games scheduled and weather and Covid 19 permitting there should be some great games to watch.

Looking first at the Premier Division, FA Cup heroes Skelmersdale United travel to Ashton Athletic this weekend looking to get some league points on the board.  They have only played a couple of league games thus far and as a result currently sit in lower-mid table.  Ashton Athletic are not a million miles behind them in the table, however they have only won one of their last five games and will be looking to improve on this using home advantage as inspriration.

Burscough have not been able to play a league game yet but they will be hoping that changes this weekend as they are scheduled to travel to the Fylde Coast to take on Squires Gate.  Squires Gate have had a rough start having won one and lost five of their first six games, conceding 20 goals in the process, they will be keen to start to redress that balance.

It’s Top versus bottom at Wincham Park as Northwich Victoria host Litherland Remyca with The Vics having had a solid start to their campaign having won four of their six games so far.  Goals maybe a concern for Steve Wilkes as they haven’t been able to score more than two in a game yet.  They sit top of the table though, so it may not give Steve Wilkes too many sleepless nights to be fair!  The Remy’s league position arguably does not match their performances on the pitch, they have lost their three games so far but match reports indicate that they have created the opportunities required to turn a game.

Winsford United are second in the table at the moment and they are in good form having lost only one of their first five games, they know where the goal is too averaging over three goals a game.  They face Avro who’s last away day saw them win 5-1 at Ashton United, their last game was at home to Congleton last weekend where they were beaten 3-1 at home.

Michael Morton’s Hanley Town side host struggling Whitchurch Alport this weekend with Hanley looking to bounce back from their 4-2 midweek defeat at Ashton Athletic.  Alport have had a tough start, not helped by the fixture list pitting them against the likes of Northwich Victoria, Warrington Rylands, Avro & Runcorn Town in their first five games.  They currently sit in the bottom four but will be looking at their next few games as a competitive opportunity to climb up the table.

Longridge Town host Barnoldswick Town with both clubs in the bottom five. Longridge have lost their last three games which were against Bootle, Northwich Victoria and Skelmersdale United respectively.  Barlick’ have also lost their last three games but conceded 16 goals in the process.  This is a good opportunity for both clubs to try and get some points on the board.

In Division One North Ashton Town host Chadderton at Profiles Park whilst Pilkington make the trip to Cleator Moor Celtic.  Nelson will be looking to climb off the bottom of the table as they host third from bottom Daisy Hill with neither side having notched up a win as yet.

Golcar United face a tough challenge this weekend as they welcome St Helens Town to the Skye Direct Stadium.  Golcar got off to a great start to the season but have been pegged back by recent defeats to AFC Liverpool, Lower Breck and Bacup Borough.  St Helens Town will be bemoaning their luck as they have struggled to get fixtures played due to logistical issues at their ground.  Last weekend they were leading 1-2 at Atherton LR in a monsoon before the pitch conditions led to an abandonment.  They will be keen to get some game-time in and try and get some points on the board.  Garstang welcome Prestwich Heys to the Riverside with both clubs in mid-table.

Looking at Division One South St Martins are without a win in their last six and they face a tough ask as third placed Sandbach United arrive at The Venue.  United arrive unbeaten in their last three and having scored 18 goals in their last six. 

League Leaders, Vauxhall Motors welcome Maine Road with the Motormen in good form.  Maine Road struggled against this opposition last season and so far in this campaign have only won one game and lost six in all competitions, showing that they will need to be at their best if they are to take anything from this match.   Eleventh placed Cammell Laird 1907 travel to Ellesmere Rangers whilst struggling Eccleshall are also on the road with them travelling to fourteenth placed Alsager Town.

Wythenshawe Amateurs are without a win in the league this season, however games have been hard to come by for them, having suffered a number of postponements they welcome in-form West Didsbury and Chorlton to Hollyhedge Park this weekend.  To finish up the round-up, third placed Stockpot Town make the short trip to Cheadle Heath Nomads looking to keep the pressure on Vauxhall Motors and Wythenshawe Town.  The Nomads themselves aren’t doing too bad at present being only a point off the top four, so a win for them could see them leap-frog their neighbours into that upper echelon if things go their way.

Just a reminder to all fans travelling to games this weekend, if you are travelling locally, please ensure that you follow all Covid guidance and precautions set down by the clubs and if you are travelling a bit further afield, please try and adhere to the Governments advice about travelling into and from Tier 3 areas.  Please stay safe and if you are able to watch football this weekend, take care.

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