MATCH PREVIEW | City of Liverpool v West

Saturday 6th October 2018 (3pm), NWCFL Premier Division
City of Liverpool v West
TDP Solicitors Stadium, Bootle, L30 1NY
£6 adults / £3 concessions / free for under-15s

West travel to Merseyside this weekend looking to inflict a first league defeat of the season on table-topping City of Liverpool.

Steve Settle’s side fell to a late home defeat against Barnoldswick Town on Tuesday night despite leading twice through Scott Mason and Saul Henderson. They face an ominous task against a Purps side who have won nine of their 11 league games so far this term, but can take confidence from the sides’ last meeting at the end of last season, when West won a memorable game 4-3 at the home of Atherton Collieries.

City of Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Silsden last time out but sit two points clear of second-placed Runcorn Town as they aim for a second promotion in three seasons. The Purps have been in devastating form this season and have scored at least four goals on six separate occasions – including an eye-catching 6-3 defeat of 1874 Northwich on opening day – but they suffered a heavy defeat of their own in the FA Cup when they were beaten 4-0 at Chester.

The quirks of the NWCFL calendar mean that this is the first of two meetings between the sides this month – the Purps visit Brookburn Road on 27 October.

At a glance

West v Purps
15th Position 1st
LLLWL Form (all competitions) WLWWD
11 Played 11
2 Won 9
2 Drawn 2
7 Lost 0
8 Points 29
14 Goals for 35
27 Goals against 11
Saul Henderson (7) Top scorer (all competitions) John McGrath (10)
West v Purps (NWCFL era): P2 W1 D0 L1 F5 A9

Recent meetings

1/5/2018, League – West 4 (Eckersley, Shaw, Bailey, Kay) City of Liverpool 3 – at Atherton Collieries
6/1/2018, League – City of Liverpool 6 West 1 (Bailey)

Getting to TDP Solicitors Stadium

By road
The quickest route from Chorlton to Bootle is via the M62 and takes around 45 to 65 minutes. Please check travel news before you set off.

By public transport
There are limited train services to and around Liverpool this weekend due to strike action and the Liverpool Giants event. Please check National Rail and Merseyrail.

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