MATCH PREVIEW | West v AFC Darwen – West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC


Tuesday 23rd January 2018 (7.45pm), NWCFL Premier Division
West v AFC Darwen
Brookburn Road, M21 8FE
£5 adults, £3 concessions, free for under-12s accompanied by an adult

After last weekend’s trip to Runcorn Town was postponed, West will try to beat the weather again on Tuesday night as AFC Darwen visit Brookburn Road.

Tuesday’s game will be the third attempt at completing this fixture. The Salmoners won the original September meeting 5-4, but that result was voided after Chappy Massamba, who scored four times for Darwen that day, was found to be ineligible. The first attempt at replaying the match, in early December, was scuppered by a waterlogged pitch.

The confiscation of Darwen’s three points in September was just one of a series of lows in an excruciating campaign thus far. The Salmoners return to Brookburn Road 13 points from safety, and only Barnton have garnered fewer points and conceded more goals. A goal difference of minus-53 was not helped by 9-1 and 10-0 annihilations at Charnock Richard and Bootle respectively in recent weeks.

West would climb above Squires Gate into 15th with a win, but they would be wise not to underestimate a Darwen side that accounted for holders City of Liverpool in this season’s Macron Cup and held Runcorn Town in November.

At a glance

West v Darwen
16th Position 22nd
LWLLW Form (all competitions) LLLLL
23 Played 23
9 Won 2
1 Drawn 5
13 Lost 16
28 Points 11
47 Goals for 22
69 Goals against 75
Tom Bailey (24) Top scorer (all competitions) Sidi Fofana (6)
West v Darwen (NWCFL era): P7 W2 D1 L4 F11 A18

Last time at Brookburn Road

Saturday 29th October 2016, NWCFL Premier Division

West 3 (Gleave 10, Woods 29, Steer 63)
AFC Darwen 0
Att: 125

Read the match report from the October 2016 meeting.