AFC DARWEN can mathematically make sure of their Hallmark Security League Premier Division status when they host 1874 Northwich tomorrow.

The Salmoners recorded a thumping 4-1 home victory over Squires Gate on Wednesday night which moved them above their opponents and nine points clear of trouble with three games to play.

One point from their remaining matches will see Adam Douglas's side safe while they will stay up regardless of their own performances if New Mills drop points in any of their final three fixtures.

Nicholas Hepple was the hero for Darwen in midweek as he plundered a 19-minute second half hat-trick at the Anchor Ground.

Bobby Langford was also on target for the home side with all the goals coming in the second period.

Barnoldswick Town's home game with Runcorn Town was called off due to a crash on the M6 as was Padiham's home game with AFC Liverpool.

Both sides are back in action tomorrow with the Storks away at Runcorn Town while Barlick are on the road at Hanley Town.

Padiham's postponed clash with AFC Liverpool will now take place on Monday.

Nelson, already relegated, entertain Congleton Town tomorrow at Little Wembley before travelling to Winsford United on Monday.

In the first division Bacup Borough will look to build on a superb midweek victory over AFC Blackpool when they host struggling Eccleshall.

Brent Peters' side claimed a 4-0 win over the Seasiders on Wednesday to climb a place to 17th in the table.

James Constantine gave Borough the lead at the Brian Boys West View Stadium before Adrian Bellamy and a second for Constantine made the game safe before the break. Alexander Nwachwkua added a fourth three minutes after the re-start to complete the scoring.