November Preview

Saturday 7th
Irlam (away)
First Division Trophy 2nd Round

Our first November fixture offers us the chance to step away from the stress of the league campaign and focus on the smaller of the two "domestic" cup competitions, the First Division Trophy.

Our record at Silver Street isn't that bad, upset only by the one defeat in our last five visits there but we will have to be wary of an Irlam outfit that have had a very good season thus far; at the time of writing they are sitting in 6th spot and have only been defeated twice at home.

This visit will also give us the opportunity to see how their new clubhouse is coming along. Going off what we have seen on social media it looks very smart indeed.

Irlam's new clubhouse - from the outside...

Irlam's new clubhouse - from the outside...

...and on the inside. We can only look on in envy.

...and on the inside. We can only look on in envy.

A win takes you into the quarter finals, the format of which will be announced by the NWCFL soon after all ties have completed.

Previous five seasons at Silver Street:
2014-15: drew 2-2
2013-14: lost 0-1
2012-13: won 5-3
2011-12: won 3-1
2010-11: won 2-1

Wednesday 18th
Eccleshall (away)
NWCFL First Division

Re-arranged from Saturday 14th (due to Eccleshall having a Staffordshire Vase tie), this will be our third midweek trip to Pershall Park in succession. A long night awaits, especially if the M6 is up to its usual tricks.

They may be rock bottom of the table but don't let that fool you. They still have plenty of games-in-hand to haul themselves out of trouble and gave us plenty of food for thought when they came to Park Road earlier in the season.

Previous five seasons at Pershall Park:
2014-15: won 1-0
2013-14: won 3-1
2012-13: won 2-0
2011-12: won 5-0
2010-11: lost 2-3

Saturday 21st
Northwich Manchester Villa (home)
NWCFL First Division

As this goes to press Northwich Manchester Villa have an FA Vase 1st Round replay versus Whitley Bay pending which puts this fixture in a "50-50" status as it's the 2nd round on Saturday 21st.

The fact that they have taken Whitley Bay to a replay should tell us that this won't be easy.

Despite our relatively good record at Park Road against 'Villa the victories haven't come without extraordinary effort on our part; 'Villa have always proved to be hard work and you never know what you are going to get when you face them.

At the time of writing they were in good league form. Another difficult afternoon awaits.

Previous five seasons at Park Road:
2014-15: won 2-1; lost 2-3 (Cheshire Senior Cup)
2013-14: lost 1-2
2012-13: won 2-1
2011-12: won 3-0
2010-11: did not meet

Saturday 28th
Whitchurch Alport (away)
NWCFL First Division

The powers-that-be at Yockings Park won't thank me for this but if I was a betting man I'd put my money on a draw.

Yockings Park - somewhere new for us to tick off the list

Yockings Park - somewhere new for us to tick off the list

At the start of November the NWCFL newcomers had already clocked up nine draws, seven of which at Yockings and were it not for two late goals for us in the fixture at Park Road at the start of the season, the number of draws would have been ten.

We always like to go somewhere new so we are looking forward to our first visit there...and to hopefully come away with all three points before a difficult-looking December schedule hoves into view....

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