Why should I watch..?

1874 Northwich’s exploits in knockout competitions, during 13 previous matches, have dominated their campaign so far.

A home date with Tow Law Town, who play in the Northern League’s second division, provides an opportunity to reach the FA Vase third round for the second time.

They start a rearranged contest, which was postponed at the weekend, buoyed too by winning each of their past four games in league and cup.

Co-managers Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison are boosted as well by the return of key players from injury and suspension.

Meanwhile their guests, beaten finalists in 1997, have reason to be optimistic after eliminating higher-ranked opponents in two of the previous three rounds.

They have also lost only once away from home this term.

What they’ve said

“We’ve proven that we can compete with anybody in a one-off game, and that’s what we’ll need to do again.

“The lads have chatted about the FA Vase, and we’re aware it’s the best chance that we have of playing at Wembley.

“That’s a long way off though.

“For now we’re just glad to have a home draw, and we’re keen to get the job done at the first attempt.”

Jake Parker, 1874 Northwich midfielder

“I’m sure that it’s going to be a tough game because they have been winning recently, but we are going there full of confidence and hoping to progress.

“We have played well away from home at some difficult places, and I’m sure that the players will rise to the occasion.”

Steve Murray, Tow Law manager

Numbers game

1874 have won four successive games in all competitions, their best run of results this season

Prior to their run during the current campaign, Tow Law had lost their previous six matches in the FA Vase

Man to keep an eye on

Jake Parker

Arguably 1874’s most in-form player, he has made a place in midfield his own since signing for the club in the summer.

A link between midfield and attack, the improving 23-year-old has also weighed in with five goals.

He will be tasked with prizing open a Tow Law defence that has conceded only 13 times in 17 Northern League matches.

1874 team news

Taylor Kennerley is available again after a ban, but full-back Paul Connor is still suspended.

Jake Parker (heel) is fit, while Lee Jackson and Mark Jones return after they were rested for last week’s Cheshire FA Senior Cup encounter with Macclesfield.

Meanwhile Ryan Jackson, Danny Thomas and Joe Woolley (all knee) are long-term injury absentees.

Route to this round

1874 1R bt Irlam (a) 4-1; 2QR (r) bt Congleton (a) 1-0; 1QR bt Vauxhall Motors (a) 5-4 (aet)

Tow Law 1R bt Bridlington (h) 2-1; 2QR bt Penrith (h) 5-1; 1QR bt Crook (h) 3-2

Form (past six in all competitions)

1874 W W W W L D

Tow Law W W L D W L

Most recent meetings

Tonight’s game is a first competitive fixture between the teams

Essential information

When Tuesday, November 14

Kick- off 7.45pm

Address St Luke’s Barton Stadium, Kingsway, Winsford CW7 3AE

Admission Adults £6, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £4, Under 16s Free

Next round (December 2, ko 3pm) Ashton Ath (h)

Prize money Winners £900, Losers £300