MATCH PREVIEW | Hanley Town v West

Saturday 27th January 2018 (3pm), NWCFL Premier Division
Hanley Town v West
Potteries Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8AJ
£5 adults, £3 concessions, free for accompanied under-16s

West will look to maintain their recent resurgence as they travel to Staffordshire to face Hanley Town.

Tuesday’s 4-1 win over AFC Darwen was West’s second win in a row and a third in six games, with Tom Bailey’s quickfire hat-trick making him the Premier Division’s leading scorer outright. Victory at Potteries Park could propel West into the top half of the table, depending on other results.

Hanley, meanwhile, risk seeing their promotion charge fizzle out after claiming just one point from the last available 21 – although that point did come a fortnight ago at home to Widnes, denying the Halton side an 11th successive win. Last week’s visit to City of Liverpool fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Despite the home side’s recent troubles, a trip to Potteries Park still represents a stern test for Steve Settle’s team. Only Runcorn Linnets and Widnes have better home records than Hanley this season, and Hanley boast the best home defensive record – just nine goals conceded in 12 games.

At a glance

Hanley v West
6th Position 15th
LLLLD Form (all competitions) LLLWW
23 Played 24
13 Won 10
3 Drawn 1
7 Lost 13
42 Points 31
50 Goals for 51
30 Goals against 70
Daniel Cope (24) Top scorer (all competitions) Tom Bailey (27)
West v Hanley (NWCFL era): P2 W1 D1 L0 F4 A3

Last time at Potteries Park

Saturday 17th December 2016, NWCFL Premier Division

Hanley Town 1 (Mountford pen 57)
West 2 
(Evangelinos 7, Potts 70)
Att: 87

West made it three wins in a week with a hard-fought 2-1 win in the first-ever meeting against Hanley Town.

West: Williams, McGrath, Socha, Andrews, Rogers, Potts, Evangelinos, Shaw, Henderson, Kay, Mendes Gomes. Subs: Steer, Poole, Black, Poizer, Brockley.

Read the match report from the December 2016 meeting.

Getting to Potteries Park

By car
The quickest route from Chorlton to Hanley is via the M6 and takes around 60 to 85 minutes. Please check traffic news before you set off.

By rail
Stoke-on-Trent station is around two miles from the ground. From there, you can catch local buses or a taxi. See the National Rail website for train times and the First Potteries website for bus times.

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