Why should I watch..?

To see if 1874 Northwich can continue what is now their best run of results this season.

A 5-1 thrashing of Tow Law Town in midweek is a fifth successive win in league and cup, and clinched a third-round date with Ashton Athletic next month.

A meeting with West Didsbury & Chorlton provides an opportunity to improve their position in the North West Counties League table; they sit 18th, but have completed only 10 fixtures.

The visitors are on a wretched run, losing seven of their past eight games.

They have shipped 28 goals in that time, including four against Barnton – who had failed to win any of their previous 18 Premier Division matches, in a 4-1 defeat on Tuesday.

What they’ve said

“We’re feeling confident, and will take on anybody right no.

“Everybody is pulling together, and for the first time [co-manager] Wayne [Goodison] and I are having some difficult conversations about who we should leave out.”

“There’s a sense we have the potential within the squad to keep this run going.”

Paul Bowyer, 1874 Northwich co-manager

Numbers game

Out-of-sorts West, who have never beaten Northwich, have conceded 22 goals during a sequence of five defeats in league and cup – an average of more than four goals a game

Man to keep an eye on

Taylor Kennerley

The teenager was arguably 1874’s outstanding performer during a midweek hammering of Tow Law in the FA Vase second round.

His contribution to Scott McGowan’s opener, an incisive pass in a counter-attack, is proof he is adding an end-product to a game already blessed with impressive speed and dribbling ability.

1874 team news

Full-back Paul Connor is available again after completing a suspension.

The hosts will check on Adam Whitlock (ankle) after he limped off during the second-half of Tuesday’s game.

Jack Lever (knee) is not ready to return, while Ryan Jackson, Danny Thomas and Joe Woolley (all knee) are long-term injury absentees.

Form guide (past six in league)

1874 W W L D D L

West L L L L L W

Most recent meetings

West 1-3 1874 (FA Cup PR replay, August 22 2017)

1874 3-3 West (FA Cup PR, August 19 2017)

West 0-1 1874 (NWCFL Premier Division, October 15 2016)

Familiar faces

Tom Bailey’s goal-scoring exploits for West this season – he has 18 to his name already – won’t surprise anybody that follows 1874 Northwich.

After all, the front man netted 31 times in total for them last term.

Kevin McGrath only had a brief spell at St Luke’s Barton Stadium, but has been a regular in central defence for Steve Settle’s side.

Meanwhile full-back Ben Woods, now at 1874, is hoping to feature against his former club.

Essential information

When Saturday, November 18

Kick-off 3pm

Address Barton Stadium, Kingsway, Winsford CW7 3AE

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

Parking Free at the ground