Why should I watch..? 

To see if 1874 Northwich can use the momentum from a winning start to the season to knock out higher-ranked opponents from the FA Cup. 

They travel to Lancashire buoyed by collecting maximum points from two North West Counties League fixtures, including a 3-1 derby success against Winsford on Tuesday. 

Their opponents have had an encouraging summer under new boss Phil Brown, but a much-changed side has yet to play a competitive game this term. 

That makes them vulnerable. 

1874 will also want to put behind them the disappointment of losing at this stage last season. 

What they’ve said 

“Playing an FA Cup tie first up is new to me but we’ve prepped. 

“We’ll give it a good go against difficult opposition that has already played two competitive games. 

“They’re a decent side and we won’t take them lightly.” 

Phil Brown, Clitheroe manager 

“We go there exactly as we wanted – full of confidence and with a couple of good performances behind us. 

“It remains a free hit for us too; they play at a higher level, and also have home advantage. 

“But I think we’ll have given them something to think about after they watched us [against Winsford]."

Wayne Goodison, 1874 Northwich co-manager 

Numbers game 

Curiously, 1874 have only once failed to score in 19 previous FA Cup games – a 0-0 draw with Ossett Town in October 2017 

Man to keep an eye on 

Taylor Kennerley 

Perhaps an odd choice given he hasn’t started either of 1874 Northwich’s previous matches but he may have an opportunity to impress in the absence of Callum Gardner. 

If the 21-year-old wide-man can channel any frustration in the right way, then he will be a potent attacking weapon on Saturday. 

1874 team news 

Goalkeeper Tony Aghayere is still away, and so Nick Ward continues to deputise. 

Lee Jackson returns after a holiday, while Jack Pritchard is likely to be included in the squad for the first time after missing most of pre-season. 

Sam Hare (eye) is ok to play too, but work commitments rule out James Blair and Callum Gardner. 

Mark Jones is available after completing a suspension. 

Last season in the FA Cup

Clitheroe First Qualifying Round

1874 Extra Preliminary Round

Remember when…

1874 visited Mossley, rivals of Clitheroe in the Northern Premier League’s North West Division, in an FA Cup first qualifying round encounter two years ago? 

Northwich twice came from behind to force a replay against higher-ranked opponents, Sam Hind’s last-minute goal earning a deserved 2-2 draw. 

A side managed by Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison then went prevail at the second attempt in emphatic fashion. 

Essential information 

When Saturday, August 10 

Kick-off 3pm

Address Shawbridge, Pendle Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1LZ 

Admission Adults £8, Concessions £5, Under 17s £3, Under 14s £2, Accompanied under 14s Free 

Replay date Tuesday, August 13 (ko 7.45pm) 

Prize money £2,250 (winners), £750 (losers) 

Next round (August 24) Thackley or Handsworth Parramore (h)