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AFC Darwen bidding for final
AFC DARWEN put their North West Counties Division One promotion push on hold tomorrow when they travel to Abbey Hey for the First Division Trophy semi final second leg.
Kenny Langford’s men trail 1-0 from the first leg two weeks ago but the Darwen boss remains confident his side can turn the tie around.
“We go there with hope,” he said. “They are a good side and they beat us 4-0 in the league but if we take our chances I am sure we can go through.
“I would love to bring some silverware back to Darwen and it is nice to have a little break from the league and focus on a cup game because we’re not in great form at the moment.”
Abbey Hey are a place and four points above Darwen in the league in second with Langford hoping a victory can strike a psychological blow.
“Who knows what will happen if we win the game?” he added. “It proves we can match the best teams in the league and hopefully we can go on a run and get promotion.”
In Evo-Stik League First Division North, second placed Ramsbottom will look to continue their promotion push as they welcome Ossett Albion to the Riverside.
The Rams were beaten last time out by Curzon Ashton to end a long unbeaten run stretching back to early January, and trail runaway leaders Skelmersdale United by 12 points.
Clitheroe begin the day just a point behind Ramsbottom ahead of their home clash with seventh-placed Cammell Laird and the Blues also have eyes on promotion having lost just once in their past seven matches.
Padiham continue their promotion push in the North West Counties League Premier Division with a trip to Glossop North End.
The Storks saw their lead at the top trimmed to a single point after a 4-3 defeat to nearest challengers Maine Road last weekend but still have promotion in their own hands with 11 games left.
Elsewhere, Bacup Borough will look to pull further away from the bottom five when they travel to fellow strugglers AFC Liverpool while Barnoldswick Town in seventh and Colne in eighth, have home games with Bootle and Stockport Sports respectively.
In division one Nelson, on a good run of late under Mark Fell, travel to Leek CSOB knowing a win will take them above tomorrow’s opponents.
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