1:38pm Friday 27th December 2013
By Andrew Simpson
Widnes Vikings v 1874 Northwich (Kick off 3pm)
North West Counties League Division One
Referee Scott Wilson
Venue Select Security Stadium, Lower House Lane, Widnes, WA8 7DZ
Admission Adults £5, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £3, Under 16s Free
Leading scorer Ronnie McCarthy (8)
Form (Past six home in league) D W L L W D
Record (home) P13 W5 D3 L5 F25 A25 Pts18
Record (overall) Pos9 P21 W7 D6 L8 F40 A40 Pts27
1874 (from) Conkie (GK), Bowyer, Duckworth, Farnworth, Mitchell, Thomas, Bailey, Coffin, Crane, Jones, Murphy, Stewart, Woolley, Brandon, McGregor, Wellstead, Woods
Injured Foy (broken leg)
Unavailable Ward (holiday)
Leading scorer Mike Brandon (24)
Form (Past six away in league) L W L W W W
Record (away) P12 W8 D2 L2 F27 A15 Pts26
Record (overall) Pos3 P22 W14 D4 L4 F47 A24 Pts46
1874 NORTHWICH return tomorrow to the ground at which they collected a first trophy back in the summer.
In July, they defeated fellow fans-run club AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Widnes’ Select Security Stadium to become the third team to win the Supporters Direct Shield.
This time Vikings, sent packing by Ian Street’s men in the Division One Challenge Cup last month, provide the opposition.
Front man Matthew Ward is unavailable again as he is on holiday, but defender Danny Thomas is available after returning from a trip to Cuba.
Steve Crane, plus new recruits Steve Murphy and Matthew Woolley, will battle for a starting place in midfield for the visitors.
Northwich have lost two of their past three league matches on the road, but can still boast one of the section’s best away records – only Formby have picked up more points on their travels.
Victory on Saturday will propel them back to second spot in the table behind title favourites Nelson, winners at Holker Old Boys on Boxing Day.
Widnes, on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat in a first competitive match against their fellow league newcomers, have won only one of their past four matches at home.
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