MATCH PREVIEW | Hanley Town v West

Tuesday 7th August 2018 (7.45pm), NWCFL Premier Division
Hanley Town v West
Potteries Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8AJ
£5 adults, £3 concessions, free for under-12s

West are on the road for the first time this season on Tuesday night as they head to Staffordshire to face Hanley Town.

Registering a first three points of the campaign will be top of the agenda for West after Saturday’s disappointing opening-day defeat at home to Northwich Victoria.

Hanley, meanwhile, got off the mark with a 2-1 win at Burscough – Josh Thorpe scoring twice, including a winner four minutes from time – a perfect tonic after a tough close-season which saw the Blues lose both of last season’s powerful forward pairing. Dan Cope has headed north to Congleton Town, while Theo Stair has also exited Potteries Park. Manager Michael Edwards will hope to shrug off these losses to improve on last season’s eighth place – a underwhelming finish after his side were sniffing around the top two for the majority of the season.

At a glance

Hanley v West
Position
W Form (all competitions) L
1 Played 1
1 Won 0
0 Drawn 0
0 Lost 1
3 Points 0
2 Goals for 3
1 Goals against 5
Josh Thorpe (2) Top scorer (all competitions) Three players (1)
West v Hanley (NWCFL era): P4 W1 D2 L1 F9 A12

Recent meetings

Both fixtures last season were feisty, goal-laden affairs – Hanley won decisively in Staffordshire in January, before six goals were shared in a thrilling draw at Brookburn Road two months later.

13/3/2018 – West 3 (Woods, Steer, Mason) Hanley 3
27/1/2018 – Hanley 6 West 2 (Bailey, Steer)
4/2/2017 – West 2 (Evangelinos, Kay) Hanley 2

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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