MATCH PREVIEW | Northwich Victoria vs West

West play their third game in five days as they look to get back to winning ways on the road to Northwich Victoria, with both sides desperate to put together a strong end to seasons that look destined to end in midtable at best.

Having a chance to make it 5 wins in a row on Thursday night, West clearly (and justifiably) had their minds elsewhere when they conceded the crucial goal in a 2-1 loss against AFC Liverpool on Thursday. With both sides pushing for a winner, West defender Joshua Tinker went down in the 90th minute after an innocuous aerial challenge for the ball, with play only resuming after a lengthy delay – at which point Josh was on his way to hospital. He will, understandably, be missing for the game.

The second attempt at playing this fixture, on 3rd March, was billed as a relegation six-pointer but West are now closer to the top six than the bottom four after a terrific start to spring. Tuesday night’s excellent win over Padiham was their fourth victory in a row and they have taken 17 points from a possible 24 since that postponement against Thursday’s visitors.

The hosts currently sit 3 places below West in the table in 14th, though they do have 2 games in hand and only a 3 point deficit to make up. The Trickies will have been hoping for better in their debut season in the North West Counties, though recent fundraising efforts and signing their management team to 2 year deals mean they are already building towards the future. Their recent fixtures have been somewhat of a mixed bag, too: along with a 5-0 win at AFC Darwen and impressive victories against Winsford (2-3) and Maine Road (0-1), they’ve also been soundly beaten by Irlam (1-4) and Burscough (2-1), with their last game ending in a 5-0 loss away at Squires Gate.

At a glance

West v Vics
11th Position 21st
WWWWL Form (all competitions) WLLWL
36 Played 34
15 Won 14
4 Drawn 4
17 Lost 16
49 Points 46
76 Goals for 57
100 Goals against 74
Tom Bailey (33) Top scorer (all competitions) Brian Matthews (28)
West v Vics (NWCFL era): P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A2

Last time vs Northwich Victoria

Tuesday 28 November, 2017

West Didsbury & Chorlton

1-2

Northwich Victoria

Tom Bailey (41)

HT: 1-0

Att: 140

Jason Hart (55)

John Bennett (79)

Starting XI

 

Starting XI

Aaron Ashley

1

Michael Donlon

Joshua Tinker

2

Daniel McDonnell

John Pritchard

3

Daniel Johnson

Ryan Eiselt

4

John Bennett

Harold Hagon

5

Kieron Kenny

Anthony Potts

6

Brandon Barski

Benjamin Steer

7

Matthew Clarke

John Sergeant

8

Liam Bickett

Thomas Bailey

9

Brian Matthews

Joseph Shaw

10

Yaw Gyimah

Ashley Woods

11

Jason Hart

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

Scott Mason

S1

Rory Gorman

Steven Dryden

S2

Oscar Durnin

Georgi Whyment

S3

Oliver Walker

Adam Hilton

S4

Ian Willis

S5

Adam Lawrence

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