1874 Northwich boss targets winter winning streak

First published in Football Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

IAN Street has asked his players to score maximum points from the next three matches, which include head-to-heads with two rivals for a promotion place.

The 1874 Northwich manager, following a run of three successive league wins without conceding a goal, is confident they can.

He said: “I know it’s a tall order, but we have momentum right now that I believe we can keep going.

“I want us to look at the table on January 1 and see a clearer picture because we’ve won six games in a row. Half of those are out of the way already.”

Nelson, the first team to beat the newly-formed club in a competitive match in August, are up next.

They trail Street’s side by two points, but have a game in hand.

“It’s a big game for us,” added the 1874 boss.

“But we’re in form and scoring lots of goals while keeping clean sheets at the other end.”

Since losing 4-3 at Rochdale Town at the start of last month, goalkeeper Matt Conkie has not been beaten since.

In the same period, his teammates have plundered 17 goals from five matches.

Street added: “At the moment, I always feel we’ll find a way to break through. We have so much firepower, and it’s proving more than some teams can cope with.”

The manager must plan ahead without defender Jack McKay, who has switched to Cheshire League title hopefuls Rudheath Social after struggling to break into the starting line-up.

There he joins front man Liam Newman, playing at Griffiths Park to improve his match sharpness.

“Liam remains part of our plans and I’m keeping an eye on his progress,” said Street. “I’d like Jack to have stayed on as part of the squad, but he’s keen to play games which I’ve not been able to allow him to do. That’s partly down to the system we play, as well as Ryan Mitchell’s form.”

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