8:51pm Friday 14th March 2014
By Andrew Simpson
1874 Northwich v Abbey Hey (Kick off 3pm)
North West Counties League Challenge Cup Quarter finals
Venue Barton Stadium, Wharton Road, Winsford, CW7 3AE
Referee John Dowd
Admission Adults £5, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £3, Under 12s Free
1874 (from) Conkie (GK), Duckworth, Farnworth, Tagoe, Thomas, Aston, Bailey, Jones, Murphy, Short, Stewart, Woods, Woolley, Brandon, Ward, Wellstead
Injured Foy (leg), Mitchell (groin)
Unavailable Bowyer; Lunn (cup tied)
Leading scorer Mike Brandon (27)
Form (Past six home in league) W W W W W W
Route to this round R3 bt Formby (h) 1-0; R2 bt Squires Gate (a) 5-1; R1 bt Hanley Town (h) 3-2 (aet)
Leading scorer Justin Pickering (9)
Form (Past six away in league) L D L L D L
Route to this round R3 bt Bootle (a) 1-0; R2 Eccleshall (h) 4-0
DEBUTANTS 1874 Northwich will hope to knock out another higher-ranked team when Premier Division Abbey Hey arrive in Winsford.
Ian Street’s men proved too strong for Squires Gate in the second round, scoring five times.
The hosts will have available again Michael Aston after he missed their midweek win while at work, though forward Chris Lunn is ineligible.
Ryan Mitchell (groin) is unlikely to be risked as he recovers from an injury sustained in last Saturday’s success at Atherton Collieries.
Northwich are unbeaten at Barton Stadium since September, a sequence of seven matches in league and cup of which six have ended with a victory.
Guests Abbey Hey, promoted to the top flight from Division One last season, have won only one of their past 10 games in all competitions. However that was in the previous round against Bootle.
Winners of the competition in 2010, when they defeated Winsford United in the final, they have fared well on previous visits there – winning on four occasions.
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