April Preview

Saturday 2nd
Manchester Northwich Villa (away)
NWCFL Division One

Our first match of the new month takes us to plush surrounds as we go to the Manchester Regional Arena.

Where? If you've ever been to The Etihad Stadium then you may have noticed a small athletics stadium next door. This was the home of Manchester City's Women's Team before they moved across the road to the new City Football Academy. Manchester Northwich Villa have been using it as their home this season.

Manchester Regional Arena (the one at the top of the picture!)

Manchester Regional Arena (the one at the top of the picture!)

Traditionally this is an awkward fixture for us, home or away, and a controversial match back at Park Road in the first half of the season may add some unwanted tension and truculence to this encounter.

Whatever prevails, we need a win to kick the month off.

Last five seasons away to MNVFC:
2014-2015: lost 1-2
2013-2014: lost 1-3
2012-2013: won 3-0
2011-2012: drew 1-1
2010-2011: did not meet

Wednesday 6th
Barnton (home)
NWCFL Division One

Fond memories. The (deserved) win in the reverse fixture back at the start of December cemented our place at the top of the table.

Now matters are slightly different. We're not top anymore and the three points will keep our play-off chances alive. Barnton are here for different reasons as, at the time of writing, they are neck-and-neck with Irlam for one of the promotion places.

Last five seasons at Park Road:
2014-2015: lost 0-3
2013-2014: did not meet
2012-2013: did not meet
2011-2012: did not meet
2010-2011: did not meet

Sunday 10th
Rochdale Town (away)
NWCFL Division One

The Mayfield - as you can see below, traditionally a good hunting ground for us of late.

File under "usually win there"

File under "usually win there"

Alas, Rochdale Town are in rare form at the time of writing and will probably be cursing the fact that they have left their charge that little bit too late to make a significant challenge for the play-off places.

And yes, you read it right. This match IS on a Sunday.

Last five seasons at The Mayfield:
2014-2015: won 4-2
2013-2014: won 2-0
2012-2013: lost 0-1
2011-2012: won 3-2 (FDT); won 1-0
2010-2011: won 3-1

Saturday 16th
Irlam (away)
NWCFL Division One

By the time it kicks off, this third meeting between us and Irlam this season could be absolutely crucial, just as crucial as the match at Park Road the other night.

The clubhouse at Silver Street. We like it a lot.

The clubhouse at Silver Street. We like it a lot.

Same importance, hopefully not the same outcome....

Last five seasons at Silver Street:
2014-2015: drew 2-2
2013-2014: lost 0-1
2012-2013: won 5-3
2011-2012: won 3-1
2010-2011: won 2-1

Saturday 30th
Daisy Hill (away)
NWCFL Division One

And so it all endeth here, at New Sirs.

Pointless to try and predict whether we'll be all checking Twitter feeds and doing ad hoc mathematics to see if we're still in the play-off picture...but let's just hope we are and thus treated to a thrilling end to the season.

Goals guaranteed in this fixture, it would seem. Not sure what another 5-4 win would do for one's health....

Last five seasons at New Sirs:
2014-2015: lost 3-4
2013-2014: won 2-0
2012-2013: won 3-1
2011-2012: won 2-1
2010-2011: won 5-4