WITTON Albion are about to enter what could be a critical week in their battle to avoid relegation.

As well as furthering their own goals, Carl Macauley’s men have the chance to push rivals closer to the Northern Premier League Premier Division trap door.

Tomorrow sees them travel to Lincolnshire to face Grantham Town, who sit directly below them at the bottom of the table.

The Gingerbreads are four points behind Albion but have boosted their chances of late with a four-game unbeaten run while Witton saw two home games scheduled for this week – Saturday’s clash with Stafford Rangers and the visit of Morpeth Town on Tuesday – postponed due to a waterlogged U Lock It Stadium pitch.

On Tuesday, Macauley’s men then make the short trip across Cheshire to face Nantwich Town, who go into the weekend’s fixtures three points above Albion having played two games more.

Meanwhile, 1874 Northwich also have two fixtures this week in the NPL West Division having seen their trip to Newcastle Town postponed at the weekend.

They will aim to avoid a fifth consecutive home defeat when they welcome City of Liverpool to Townfield tomorrow.

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A midweek trip to Lancashire follows for Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison’s side as they visit Ramsbottom United on Tuesday.

Northwich Victoria, whose trip to Wythenshawe Town on Saturday also fell victim to the weather, have just the one game this week against a side they last met in sunnier times back in July.

Steve Wilkes’ side are slated to welcome Prestwich Heys to the U Lock It Stadium tomorrow for the first of what is due to be a run of five consecutive home fixtures in all competitions.

Vics have won their past four North West Counties League Premier Division games on home soil and host a side they beat 4-0 away from home on the opening day of the season last summer.

In the NWCFL First Division South, Barnton were due to welcome league leaders West Didsbury & Chorlton to Townfield on Wednesday but the game fell foul of a waterlogged pitch.

The Villagers are on a run of four winless games in all competitions and tomorrow, they visit an Eccleshall side that sit just above the relegation places.

All weekend fixtures are due to kick off at 3pm, with midweek games getting under way at 7.45pm.