Match of the Day

Winsford United v Abbey Hey

After three defeats in their past four North West Counties League fixtures, Winsford are desperate to get back on track.

Their performance was improved at West Didsbury & Chorlton last weekend, when Ashley Woods’ late goal for the home team denied them maximum points.

Lee Duckworth’s side has slipped from the Premier Division table’s top 10 for the first time this season as a result, although completing a double over opponents they have beaten already this term restore that position.

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The Villagers have been better since the turn of the year, and were unlucky not to record only a second league win of the campaign last weekend.

Steve Lloyd’s side had led 2-0 and then 3-2 before Maine Road substitute David Brown pinched a point for his side at Townfield.

Squires Gate visit this weekend, when the Villagers will be seeking to avenge a 6-4 reverse in the return meeting last month.

Chris Smith, their talisman, has been passed fit.

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Witton Albion reserves

They have scored 17 goals in two games since the Crewe and District League season resumed, including seven in a thrashing of back-markers – and neighbours – Winnington Avenue last time out.

They are likely to face a much sterner test when table-toppers Barnton Wanderers, victors in five of their past six Premier Division matches, make a short journey to Moss Farm on Saturday.

The teams have yet to meet this season.

Why not go and give your local side a cheer?

Here’s a full list of fixtures from the respective competitions our teams play in:

Northern Premier League

Premier Division (3pm unless stated): Ashton Utd v Stafford; Farsley Celtic v Buxton; Mickleover v Marine; Nantwich v Leicester; Rushall v Whitby; Shaw Lane v Halesowen; Stalybridge v Grantham; Stourbridge v Altrincham; Warrington v Hednesford; Workington v Barwell.

North West Counties League

Premier Division (3pm unless stated): AFC Darwen v Padiham; AFC Liverpool v Barnoldswick (at Marine FC); Ashton Ath v Burscough; Barnton v Squires Gate; City of Liverpool v Hanley; Congleton v Northwich Victoria; Irlam v Bootle; Maine Road v 1874 Northwich; Runcorn Linnets v Charnock Richard; Runcorn Town v West Didsbury & Chorlton; Winsford v Abbey Hey.

Cheshire League

League One (2pm unless stated): Cheadle Town res v AFC Macclesfiedl (3pm); Daten v Egerton; Deva Ath v Halebank; Golborne v Garswood; Mersey Valley v Styal; Pilkington v FC St Helens (3pm); West Didsbury & Chorlton res v Lostock Gralam.

Postponed: Windle Labour v Middlewich.

League Two: Blacon v Vulcan; Grappenhall v Ford Motors; Moore v Maine Road res; Sandbach Utd res v Orford; Tarporley v St Helens Town res; Unicorn v Cuddington.

Reserves Division: FC St Helens v Knutsford A; Greenalls PSO v Garswood; Middlewich v Billinge; Orford v Golborne.

Northern Cup

Third Round (1.30pm unless stated): Over 3 Grange v Gidlow Ath Blues; Poynton res v Ecclesfield; Rishton v Eagle res; Styal res v Moore res.

Second Round: Cestrian Alex v Mary Dendy; Daten res v Market Drayton Tigers; Pilkington res v Winsford Saxons (12.30pm); Rylands res v North Walkden; Winstanley v Rainford

Crewe and District League

Premier Division (2pm): Madeley White Star v Clock Tower; Sandbach Curshaws v Winnington Ave; Winnington Ave 1994 v Sandbach Town; Winsford res v Club AZ; Witton res v Barnton Wanderers.