Match of the Day

1874 Northwich v Ashton Athletic

These teams are familiar foes in the North West Counties League’s top-flight.

However they have a different objective in mind for their next meeting on Saturday; to reach the last 32 of the FA Vase.

Both sides have demonstrated their knockout prowess this season already by reaching the FA Cup third qualifying round, when they were eliminated by Ossett Town – on penalties – and Chorley respectively.

1874 will want to avoid a midweek replay; they have never won at Brocstedes Park.

It’s an important afternoon for…

Northwich Victoria manager Steve Wilkes

Denied by the weather from facing his former club last month, his side is scheduled to meet Padiham in a North West Counties League encounter.

Disappointed at how his departure was handled, a victory for in-form Vics – winners in six of their past seven Premier Division fixtures – would be particularly sweet.

The Storks are playing well too, and have triumphed in four of their past five games in all competitions.

And what about…

Middlewich Town

The high-flying Witches travel to Windle Labour for a Cheshire League One fixture as table-toppers following an impressive 6-3 win at AFC Macclesfield last weekend.

Town protect an unbeaten away record too after winning four of their half-dozen games away from Seddon Street this term.

Why not go and give your local side a cheer?

Here’s a full list of fixtures from the respective competitions our teams play in:

Northern Premier League

Premier Division (3pm unless stated): Ashton United v Rushall; Buxton v Barwell; Halesowen v Farsley Celtic; Hednesford v Farsley Celtic; Lancaster v Matlock; Mickleover v Altrincham; Nantwich v Coalville; Shaw Lane v Warrington; Stafford v Marine; Sutton Coldfield v Stalybridge; Witton v Grantham; Workington v Stourbridge.

FA Vase

Third Round (3pm unless stated): 1874 Northwich v Ashton Ath (at Winsford United FC); Runcorn Linnets v Marske; Stockton v City of Liverpool.

To see the draw in full, click here.

North West Counties League

Premier Division (3pm unless stated): AFC Liverpool v Abbey Hey; Barnoldswick v West Didsbury & Chorlton; Bootle v Squires Gate; Burscough v Charnock Richard; Irlam v Congleton; Maine Road v AFC Darwen; Northwich Victoria v Padiham (at Barnton FC); Runcorn Town v Winsford; Widnes v Hanley.

Cheshire League

League One (2pm unless stated): FC St Helens v Styal; Pilkington v Egerton (3pm); West Didsbury & Chorlton res v Garswood; Windle Labour v Middlewich.

League Two: Blacon v Buxton res; Cuddington v Unicorn Ath; Sandbach Utd res v St Helens Town res; Vulcan v Grappenhall; Winstanley v Maine Road res.

Reserves Division: Billinge v Linotype; Daten v Poynton; Denton v FC St Helens; Golborne v Rylands; Moore v Golborne; Pilkington v Vulcan (Midday); Styal v Rylands.

JA Walton Challenge Cup

Second Round (2pm): Ford Motors v Lostock Gralam.

Reserve Division Challenge Cup

Second Round (2pm): Eagle v Middlewich; Garswood v Orford.

Crewe and District FA Cup

First Round (1.30pm unless stated): Crewe FC v Witton res; Sandbach Utd v Madeley White Star.

Crewe and District League

Premier Division (2pm unless stated): Club AZ v Winnington Ave 1994; Mary Dendy v Barnton Wanderers; Over 3 Grange v Clock Tower; Sandbach Curshaws v Sandbach Town; Winsford res v Winsford Saxons.