MATCH PREVIEW | Runcorn Town v West

Saturday 18th August 2018 (3pm), NWCFL Premier Division
Runcorn Town v West
Pavilions, Runcorn, WA7 4ET
£6 adults, £3 concessions, free for accompanied under-16s

West head to Runcorn Town looking to kick-start their season but face a stiff challenge against a home side who have flown off the starting blocks.

Steve Settle’s side will chase a first win of the season at Pavilions after a pair of defeats sandwiched by a point at Hanley Town. West were dumped out of the FA Cup by Squires Gate last weekend, but will hope to retain the momentum from a last 20 minutes where they almost snatched a replay from 3-0 down with ten men.

Chris Herbert’s Town were edged out of last season’s promotion race by Widnes, but have shrugged off the summer departure of hitman Craig Cairns to make an impressive start to this campaign. They have a 100% record in the league following wins over Padiham and Abbey Hey, and are still on the road to Wembley after seeing off Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the second attempt.

At a glance

Town v West
Position
WDWW Form (all competitions) LDL
2 Played 2
2 Won 0
0 Drawn 1
0 Lost 1
6 Points 1
7 Goals for 4
2 Goals against 6
Stephen Lewis (3) Top scorer (all competitions) Saul Henderson (2)
West v Town (NWCFL era): P10 W4 D1 L5 F15 A20

Recent meetings

Town took all six points from last season’s meetings – after a 4-2 win at Brookburn Road in September, they came back from 2-0 down to snatch a last-minute winner at Pavilions in February.

21/2/2018 – Runcorn Town 3 West 2 (Middleton 2)
16/9/2017 – West 2 (Evangelinos, Shaw) Runcorn Town 4
26/10/2016 – Runcorn Town 6 West 2 (Mendes Gomes, Kay)

Getting to Pavilions

By car
The quickest route from Chorlton to Runcorn is via the M56 and takes around 35 to 50 minutes. Please check traffic news before you set off.

By rail
Runcorn station is around one mile from the ground. From Piccadilly, change at Liverpool South Parkway. See the National Rail website for train times.

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