MATCH PREVIEW | Runcorn Town v West – West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

MATCH PREVIEW | Runcorn Town v West

Saturday 20th January 2018 (3pm), NWCFL Premier Division
Runcorn Town v West
Pavilions, WA7 4ET
£6 adults, £3 concessions, free for accompanied under-16s

Weather permitting, West will travel to Runcorn for the second time this season on Saturday. Steve Settle’s team will be looking to maintain the momentum from last weekend’s dramatic win against Winsford United, while Town aim to chase down Runcorn Linnets at the Premier Division summit having surrendered top spot over Christmas.

If there is such a thing as a good time to visit Pavilions, it may be now – Town’s 4-0 hammering at Padiham last weekend was their fourth defeat in seven games, a run of form that also included a calamitous Boxing Day derby against Linnets and one that threatens to unravel their good work at the start of the season.

The mood on Weston Point may be more lower than when Town won 4-2 at Brookburn Road in September, part of a winning start that lasted well into October, but they remain one of the leading candidates for promotion and West will be wary of a venue where they shipped six on their last visit.

This weekend also sees two of the division’s deadliest marksmen do battle – Town’s Craig Cairns and West’s Tom Bailey have 25 goals each this season in all competitions.

At a glance

Town v West
2nd Position 16th
WLWDL Form (all competitions) WLLLW
23 Played 23
16 Won 9
3 Drawn 1
4 Lost 13
51 Points 28
56 Goals for 47
37 Goals against 69
Craig Cairns (25) Top scorer (all competitions) Tom Bailey (25)
West v Town (NWCFL era): P9 W4 D1 L4 F13 A17

Last time at Pavilions

Wednesday 26th October 2016, NWCFL Premier Division

Runcorn Town 6 (Holt 13, Cairns 21, 77, Thelwell 53, James 58, Forbes 90)
West 2 
(Mendes Gomes 6, Kay pen 18)
Att: 83

West: Robertson, Botchey, B. Woods, Andrews, Bayunu, Potts, Black, Shaw, A. Woods, Kay, Mendes Gomes. Subs: Poole, Whyment, Henderson.

Read the match report from the October 2016 meeting.

Getting to Pavilions

By car
The quickest route from Chorlton to Runcorn is via the M56 and takes around 30 to 45 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.