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Match Preview - 1874 Northwich FC vs Newcastle Town FC

Trip to relegation bound Northwich offers chance to get first win in five

We might not be in a position ourselves to gain promotion or, happily, to suffer relegation but over the next four days, we could have a direct influence at both ends of the table.

If Leek beat Stalybridge later today, depending on how Prescot Cables fare away at Clitheroe tomorrow, then our near neighbours may already have been crowned champions by the time we play them on Monday. But first it’s basement side 1874 Northwich that demand our attention.

1874 have been cast well adrift at the bottom of the league for some time now and we can confirm their relegation at Townfield tomorrow afternoon. The Cheshire club have won just four league games all season but one of those victories did come at Buckmaster Avenue all the way back in September.

Speaking to Will at training last night, gaffer Neil Baker was remaining level-headed about the challenge of playing twice in three days over the Easter period. “I’d like to think we’re good enough to win tomorrow but we’ve got to play well,” said the gaffer.

“There are no thoughts about Leek on Monday, we have to respect our next opponents and focus on the challenge that they will present tomorrow.

“We have been struggling with a few injuries lately, and we won’t see Tommy Van der Laan, Jake Twyford or Callum Holland over the weekend. We have got Isaac Graham back though. And we’re adding a few new players into the mix for the final stages of the season.

“Nathan Barry has been training with us for a while now, Ewan Catt is a wide player who looks very lively and has two good feet, midfielder Ben Kershaw joins us from Stoke while Lewis Nolan who signs from Crewe, like Ben, has excellent pedigree and will make us better with the ball.”

We’re without a win in four, so it is important to get off the board in March and change that. If we can come away with three points tomorrow, then that will be a huge help psychologically taking on champions elect Leek in front of a bumper crowd on Easter Monday.

Come on Castle!


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