Non league preview

CHORLEY can expect a bumper away following when they host FC United of Manchester in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division tomorrow.

Garry Flitcroft’s men are five games without a win in all competitions and will be keen to put that statistic right against their high-profile visitors.

In the Evo-Stik League First Division North high-flying Clitheroe will be looking to cut the gap to leaders Mossley when they host Prescott Cables.

Clitheroe’s midweek trip to Radcliffe Borough was washed out but the Blues will be looking to continue their recent run of good form which has seen them notch three consecutive wins so far in November since a 7-1 thumping at the hands of Skelmersdale United at the end of last month.

Elsewhere, Ramsbottom United will be bidding to get back to winning ways in their home clash with Curzon Ashton.

The Rams have suffered back-to-back defeats to slip to sixth in the table but have games in hand on a number of clubs around them.

In the North West Counties League Nelson and AFC Darwen take a break from league action to contest their First Division Trophy second round matches.

Nelson are on the road to Abbey Hey while Darwen host Oldham Boro. League leaders Darwen will fancy their chances of progressing against Oldham – especially on home turf where they have lost just once this season.

Things might be a bit trickier for Nelson though with new manager Mark Fell taking his side to face an Abbey Hey side riding high in second place and with games in hand on those around them.

Fell is still searching for his first win since taking charge while Nelson are without a victory in all competitions in their last 10 games, a run not helped by a clutch of postponements in the past few weeks.

Free-scoring Colne will be looking to continue their good run of form in the North West Counties League Premier Division when they welcome leaders Maine Road to Little Wembley.

The Reds have plundered 13 goals without reply in their past two matches in their rise to fourth and a win could put them within a point of the summit.

Barnoldswick Town are just a point below Colne in a congested top half opt the table and they travel to fellow high-flyers Congleton tomorrow while another side looking up, Padiham, who sit seventh and within striking distance of the leading pack, welcome Stockport Sports to the Arbories.

Elsewhere Bacup Borough, on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat to Colne last time out, will be bidding for an improvement in fortunes away at Winsford United.

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