MATCH PREVIEW | West v Winsford United

Saturday 13th January 2018 (3pm), NWCFL Premier Division
West v Winsford United
Brookburn Road, M21 8FE
£5 adults, £3 concessions, free for under-12s accompanied by an adult

West are set to play at home for the first time in almost two months as Winsford United visit Brookburn Road.

Home fixtures against AFC Liverpool, AFC Darwen, Hanley Town and Padiham all fell victim to the weather over November and December, but Saturday’s meeting with the Blues looks set to go ahead as West aim to respond following last weekend’s 6-1 defeat at City of Liverpool.

There has been little to choose between the sides in recent years, and that has continued this season – West won 3-1 at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium in October’s league fixture, but the Blues won 5-1 at the same venue in a Macron Cup tie the following month.

At a glance

West v Blues
18th Position 10th
LWLLL Form (all competitions) WWLDL
22 Played 23
8 Won 9
1 Drawn 6
13 Lost 8
25 Points 33
44 Goals for 38
67 Goals against 44
Tom Bailey (24) Top scorer (all competitions) Callum Gardner (10)
West v Blues (NWCFL era): P10 W5 D0 L5 F18 A18

The Blues

Little has changed for Winsford in the weeks following their last clash with West – they remain safely ensconced in mid-table, though an inability to put together a sustained run of form is likely to continue to hamstring any attempt to challenge the top six. The Blues did record a hugely impressive 2-1 win at high-flying Runcorn Town at the start of December and followed it up with an equally notable win at Ashton Athletic, but they endured a poor festive period. They fell at in-form Widnes before drawing to Squires Gate and suffering a New Year hammering at home to Runcorn Linnets.

Last time – Winsford 5-1 West, Monday 20th November 2017

West were ushered out of the Macron Cup as Winsford dominated the second half at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium. After a goalless first period, Michael Koral and Tom Bailey exchanged goals, but Rhys Webb, Daniel Hudson and Callum Gardner (twice) struck as West’s interest in the competition ended at the second round stage.

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