1874 NORTHWICH will meet a familiar foe when they attempt to reach the Macron Cup final next month. 

A draw for the semi-finals stage, made on Saturday night, paired them with North West Counties League top-flight rivals Congleton Town. 

The Bears host the first leg with the return at Barton Stadium in Winsford seven days later. 

The side managed by Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison has won both Premier Division meetings between the teams this season. 

They progressed to the last four following a 3-2 win at home to Barnoldswick Town on Friday before Congleton, with former Witton Albion manager Brian Pritchard at the helm, swept aside lower-ranked guests Cammell Laird the following afternoon. 

Avro, currently second in the First Division North, and City of Liverpool complete the semi-finals line-up. 


Macron Cup 


Saturday, February 16 

Avro 3-1 Nelson 
City of Liverpool 2-1 Northwich Victoria (at Bootle FC) 
Congleton Town 6-0 Cammell Laird 

Friday, February 15 

1874 Northwich 3-2 Barnoldswick Town (at Winsford United FC) 


Macron Cup 

Semi-finals first leg 

Saturday, March 30 

Avro v City of Liverpool 

Congleton Town v 1874 Northwich 

Semi-finals second leg 

Saturday, April 6 

1874 Northwich v Congleton Town (at Winsford United FC) 

City of Liverpool v Avro (at Bootle FC)