Preview: West v AFC Blackpool – West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

Preview: West v AFC Blackpool

We’re back in action tomorrow evening as we welcome AFC Blackpool to The Step Places Stadium in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy. The team haven’t had much time to process Saturday’s famous FA Vase victory on the coast but will be hoping to ride the crest of that wave and progress in another cup competition.

Key details

� Tuesday 6th December, 7:45pm
� Lancashire Challenge Trophy
� The Step Places Stadium, Brookburn Road (M21 8FE)
� This is a cup game so no season tickets can be used – £6 / £4 / Under 12s free
� No parking at the ground – use Hardy Farm, M21 8DP

To help everyone make it into the ground before kick off, we advise to arrive at least 15 minutes early and to bring correct change.


West are coming into the match unbeaten in 5 games and with confidence high following Saturday’s victory at Whitley Bay in the FA Vase. Tomorrow, we turn our attention to the Lancashire Challenge Trophy – a competition we reached the final of last season, eventually losing 2-1 to Southport. Chris Rowley and the West squad will want to go far in the competition again but will also be wary of the impact of two games in four days and will be monitoring the fitness of a handful of players. The main fitness concerns are around Rhain Davis, who was forced off at half-time at Whitley Bay due to a nasty looking head injury and Connor Hancock who limped off in the first half. Max Lewens comes back into consideration following his cup-tie absense at the weekend.

AFC Blackpool have had a mixed but symmetrical season in the league so far; winning five, drawing five and losing five. Similar to us, they also had an exciting match at the weekend (albeit with not quite as much drama) when they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Daisy Hill – Benjamin Dufflield bagging both goals for The Mechanics. Back in September, they reached the second round of this competition by winning 2-0 against Colne from the Northern Premier League. .

The West support was incredible yet again on Saturday and we would love more of the same.