WAYNE Goodison is confident that 1874 Northwich have learned lessons from a previous meeting with Northwich Victoria that they can put into practice tonight, Thursday.

The rivals clash at Wincham Park in a Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup last-four tie that decides who takes on Winsford United in the final.

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Vics prevailed in a North West Counties League game in January, but they host in-form rivals this time around who have lost only one of their past 10 matches in all competitions following a 2-0 win against Barnoldswick on Tuesday.

“I would definitely say we’ve improved,” said Goodison, co-manager at 1874 with Paul Bowyer.

“And we go there in a better position from a selection point of view too.

“We were reminded in the first game of certain situations we have to do better in, but we’ve gone away and worked on those.

“Sometimes when you get beat it can bring those things to the fore and that was the case when we played them last time.”

1874 are in buoyant mood too after securing their place in the Macron Cup final last weekend following another victory against Congleton that left them seven goals better off on aggregate after two legs.

They will take on Premier Division rivals City of Liverpool in the final, but Goodison dismissed a suggestion that relieved pressure on his side to beat Vics.

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He added: “I don’t think the dynamic has changed for us.

“We’re disappointed with how our season has panned out in the league, but we have a real opportunity to finish on a high and this competition is important in that respect.

“It’s a derby, and for that reason alone Vics will be motivated too.

“Does their FA Vase exit put a different complexion on it for them? Maybe, although I still think they’d want to win this game even if they had beaten Chertsey.”

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.