Preview: West v Atherton Collieries – West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

Preview: West v Atherton Collieries

After an unexpected break, West are at home once again in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy Quarter-Finals, as they look to create yet more cup history in a season that has already provided so much.

Key details

� Tuesday 24th January, 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.


Despite last weekend’s fixture postponement, West are coming into this challenging home tie riding the momentum of the recent FA Vase victory, from which we advanced to the last 16 for the first time in the club’s history. The management team will surely be looking to continue in positive fashion and take some good form into this match as well as our upcoming league fixtures. Chris Rowley’s side have won three of their last five games in all competitions and as we all know well, this squad will always find any room for improvement, they are never satisfied, and they will be all the more determined to reach the semi-finals of this competition.

Team news is looking similar to how it did for last weekend’s league game before it was called off. New signing Kyle Perry is likely to be in the squad after he made his debut last time out against Horden Community Welfare. Rhain Davis and Connor Hancock also made the squad for our last match, so it looks as if they will be included in this match. Ben Elliott was facing a race to be fit against Litherland so hopefully the postponement gave him more time for recovery, he faces a fitness test ahead of this tie.

Our visitors, Atherton Collieries are currently two divisions above, they sit in 15th place in the Northern Premier League (Premier Division), and they also come into this match off the back of a game that was called off over the weekend. Before that, they had won one of their last five games in all competitions. With this form in mind, they will be desperate to pick up a victory and change their fortunes as their campaign progresses.

After a longer than usual wait for a West game, we cannot wait to be back at Brookburn Road cheering the side on as they aim to make more history. We hope to see you there in your numbers, bringing your usual fantastic support, come on West!

Other Lancashire Challenge Trophy Quarter-Final fixtures/results


Radcliffe 1 – 1 Ashton Athletic (Ashton Athletic won on penalties 4 – 5)


Bamber Bridge v St. Helens


Southport v Padiham or Charnock Richard (tie to be played on 07/02/2023)