Holker v 1874: preview

4:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

By Andrew Simpson

Holker Old Boys v 1874 Northwich (Kick off 3pm)
North West Counties League Division One
Referee
John Dilnut
Venue Rakesmoor Lane, Hawcoat, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4QB
Admission Adults £3, Concessions £1.50

Holker
Leading scorer
Jamie Pattinson (13)
Form (Past six home in league) W W W W L D
Record (home) P12 W7 D3 L2 F28 A12 Pts24
Record (overall) Pos7 P24 W12 D7 L5 F54 A35 Pts43

1874 (from) Conkie (GK), Bowyer, Duckworth, Farnworth, Mitchell, Tagoe, Abdullah, Aston, Jones, Stewart, Wellstead, Woolley, Brandon, Lunn, Short, Ward
Doubtful none
Injured Foy (leg)
Suspended Woods
Unavailable Bailey, Thomas
Leading scorer Mike Brandon (30)
Form (Past six away in league) W W W W L W
Record (away) P17 W12 D2 L2 F37 A17 Pts38
Record (overall) Pos3 P29 W20 D5 L4 F62 A27 Pts65

Match pointers
1874 NORTHWICH make the longest, and likely most difficult, trip of the season this Saturday to improving Holker Old Boys.

Ian Street’s men are among the section’s best travellers though, with only title favourites Nelson able to boast of picking up more points on opposition pitches.

A 2-1 win in midweek at Hanley Town, rivals who still have a chance of finishing in a promotion position, is their fourth in succession away from Barton Stadium.

Northwich welcome back defender Craig Farnworth following a suspension, but fellow back-marker Danny Thomas is unable to play.

Nor is midfielder Rick Bailey, while wide man Daley Woods is banned as punishment for his dismissal against Abbey Hey in the North West Counties League Challenge Cup.

Sakeel Abdullah, a scorer in two of his three appearances since signing for 1874 from Nelson, will be hopeful of hanging on to his place in the starting line-up.

Hosts Holker had won six successive matches in Division One before last Saturday’s draw at Chadderton, though they remain unbeaten in the league during 2014.

Nelson and Ashton are the only teams to have won at Rakesmoor Lane this season.

Dave Swarbrick is a man in form after finding the net nine times since the turn of the year, scoring in each of his past three matches for Old Boys.

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