1874 Northwich manager Damian Crossley will be hoping his side can reproduce Saturday’s second-half performance when they host arch-rivals Northwich Victoria in tonight’s Mid Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-final.

Crossley’s men, yet to secure a win under their new boss, lost 1-0 at home to second-placed Northern Premier League West side Prescot Cables at the weekend but displayed promising signs in their last 45 minutes.

Bottom team 1874 will see tonight’s highly anticipated ‘derby’ with Midland League Vics at Townfield, kick-off 7.45pm, as a turning point in their campaign if they can secure a win.

“I thought there were big lessons for us,” said Crossley, reflecting on Saturday’s fourth successive loss.

“First half we were very passive, wanted to put it deep and not really impose ourselves on the game.

“And second half we went out and had a right go at them and looked like a really dangerous team.

“We had more chances than we’ve had in weeks. If we just had a bit more belief about us and knowing we’re capable of playing and competing with the team that’s second in the league then I think we’ll be all right.

“But we have to have that aggressive and assertive nature to our game because when we do we’re not a bad team.

“We know how big Tuesday is. It will be a case of everybody that’s fit will be on the pitch.

“It’s probably a bit too soon for the lads who are injured to come back in, so the lads that played on Saturday might have to do it again with the exception of one or two.”

Crossley remains without the services of numerous players through injury, illness and suspension.

Forward Max Chimenes, who was signed from Newcastle Town in September, covered in the heart of the ’74 defence on Saturday.

“I have to say, I thought Max was unbelievable at centre half,” said Crossley.

“I asked him last week if he’d ever done it in his life and he said no. But you wouldn’t have known that, I thought he was absolutely superb.

“And you can go across the team, I thought there were plenty of them. I thought Jack Marrow had his best game since I’ve been here.

“Young Joel Jones did very well up front and we looked a threat.

“There are positive signs there but we have to start winning, we have to start getting points on the board.

“We can’t be positive and be getting beat, we’ve got to be positive and picking up points.”

Vics, who have not played since Boxing Day due to successive postponements, are without a win in their last four matches.

They will also be looking for a strong performance to put their season back on track.