Saturday, 06 February 2016

Vickerstown aiming to keep Tempest at bay

IT would probably make more sense for players to wear flippers rather than boots tomorrow as the atrocious weather conditions looks set to hit the fixture programme.

Football matches at all levels have been affected in what has probably been one of the wettest seasons for years.

And with the forecast for this weekend unlikely to show any abatement players and managers will be hoping there will be a chance of some action.

Last weekend saw just one Bay West Lancs Division One game take place while in Division Two, Askam’s Duddon Road venue also saw action. Throughout all five leagues in the West Lancs, just eight games took place.

Crooklands Casuals will be keeping their fingers crossed that the game at Euxton Villa gets the thumbs up.

Victory over opponents who sit mid-table in the Premier Division could see the Longlands Park side enjoy a quick climb up the league in what is a tightly-congested table.

Cassies were due to play at Burnley United last week but the game was postponed.

Vickerstown CC are at home and entertain Tempest United, a side who sit five places below them in the table.

In the last four league matches played, United have failed to find the back of the net. Their last win was back in October when they scored a 2-0 away win at Thornton Cleveleys.

Vickerstown have notched six league wins so far in their campaign and recently ended a run of four defeats with a 4-1 victory at Fulwood Amateurs earlier this month.

Furness Rovers were one of a rare breed who played last week but a lone Dave Woodburn strike could not save his side from falling to a 2-1 home defeat against Mill Hill St Peters.

They will be hoping for a change of fortunes tomorrow for their Division One encounter at Bac/Ee Preston, a side thumped 6-1 by Ambleside at the start of December.

Rovers will be hoping to gain revenge for their 2-0 defeat at the Training Pitch in September.

Dalton United are at Railway Meadow and face a Hesketh Bank outfit, who among their league victims this season have been Rovers, Ambleside and the high-flying Wyre Villa.

Hawcoat Park are also at home where they face Burscough Richmond. Park’s last league match saw them enjoy a 5-1 win over Stoneclough with goals from Carl Mackay, Ryan Mackay (2), Ollie Jackson and Trevor Houghton.

Millom, who sit at the foot of the table with just one win so far, entertain Wyre Villa who put eight goals past them in the first round of the Presidents Cup.

However, Millom can take heart from the last game which saw them play out a 2-2 draw with Hesketh Bank in which Carl Waters and Paul Walker scored.

In Division Two Barrow Wanderers, who defeated Walney Island 2-1 last weekend thanks to goals from Andrew Whiteford and Jasper Carey entertain Bolton County, and if the game goes ahead, will be looking to secure a victory to push their way up the table.

Likewise, Furness Cavaliers will be aiming to pick up some points against visitors Leyland United, who drew 1-1 at GSK Ulverston Rangers last week.

Holker Old Boys are set to have a pretty hectic time over the Christmas period.

They are at Rakesmoor Lane tomorrow and face a tricky encounter against high-flying AFC Darwen in their North West Counties Division One game, however the game at Nelson on Boxing Day looks, on paper, to be an easier match.

Both sides have collected just 12 league points but Nelson, who sit third bottom in the table have a superior goals advantage over their Barrow opponents.

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