Why should I watch..?

To see if 1874 Northwich can finish a job they started last weekend with a five-goal demolition of their Cheshire neighbours in the first leg.

An aggregate lead makes them favourites to reach the Macron Cup final for the first time in the club’s short history.

The performance at Booth Street of a side managed by Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison is the latest in a sequence that has seen lose only one of their past seven matches in all competitions.

Congleton responded to last week’s humiliation with a 3-0 win against Winsford United in the North West Counties League’s top-flight on Tuesday.

They have scored five goals in a game on four previous occasions this season including in a quarter-finals success against Cammell Laird.

READ > McGowan treble a highlight as 1874 thrash Congleton

What they’ve said

"The last thing we want to do is take our foot off the gas and put in a sloppy performance.

“This game will provide an important measure of our mentality and maturity; if we want to be considered a good side, then what matters is we reach the same standards as in the first leg.”

Wayne Goodison, 1874 Northwich co-manager

Numbers game

1874 have scored 21 goals in five Macron Cup matches this season, an average of more than four every 90 minutes

A reminder of the rules

If the aggregate score is level at the end of the second leg, a winner is determined by away goals counting double.

However if that can't separate them then a penalty shoot-out will follow to decide who reaches the final.

1874 team news

The hosts will be forced to make at least one change with captain Matthew Woolley unavailable. Jack Irlam stands by.

Full-back Lee Jackson (knee) hasn’t recovered from a knee injury and so sits out a second meeting with his former club.

Meanwhile midfielder Jake Parker is ineligible after featuring for Wythenshawe Town in a second-round encounter with Avro in November.

Sam Freakes, Ryan Jackson, Jack Tinning and Joe Woolley (all knee) are long-term injury absentees.

Form guide (past six games in all competitions)

1874 W D D W L W

Congleton W L W L L W


1874 Y50 R4

Congleton Y62 R5

Last season in the Macron Cup

1874 Third Round

Congleton First Round

Route to this round

1874 QF bt Barnoldswick (h) 3-2; R3 bt Abbey Hey (a) 4-1; R2 bt AFC Blackpool (h) 5-0; R1 bt Chadderton (a) 4-3

Congleton QF bt Cammell Laird (h) 6-0; R3 Abbey Hulton (a) 1-0; R2 bt Stone Dominoes (a) 4-0; R1 bt Barnton (a) 4-0

Previous meetings this season

Congleton 0-5 1874 (Macron Cup, March 30 2019)

1874 3-2 Congleton (Premier Division, January 5 2019)

Congleton 0-1 1874 (Premier Division, October 9 2018)

Essential information

When Saturday, April 6

Kick-off 3pm

Address Barton Stadium, Kingsway, Winsford CW7 3AE

Admission Adults £6, Concessions (OAP/Students) £4, Under 17s £1, Under 12s Free

Parking Free at the ground