Non-league football weekend preview

AFC Darwen boss Kenny Langford wants a strong finish to the North West Counties League First Division season and is challenging his Salmoners to make a push up the table between now and the end of the campaign.

Langford’s men have had a stop-start campaign with the weather causing a rash of postponements and that in turn leading to inconsistent form.

But now with the weather finally showing signs of improvement, Langford is hoping for a run of results to take his side into the top half.

“It’s tough at this level,” he said. “There is a lot of frustration when you are not playing but with a bit of luck we can move forward.

“We are working hard at the club to progress and we have been played pretty well at times but what I want is for us to try and string a few results together.”

Darwen head to Northwich Villa tomorrow and Langford added: “It will be a tough game but there is no reason why we can’t go there and get something – and we play them next week as well.”

For that game Langford would love to see a big crowd to swell the Anchor Ground coffers and he added: “It would be great if any Blackburn Rovers fans who have fallen out with them would come and watch us.

“All our lads are local guys and give a good show and it would be superb if a few more would come through the gates.”

In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division Chorley entertain Matlock Town as they aim to maintain their promotion push, while in the First Division North Clitheroe go over the Pennines to Ossett Town.

Meanwhile former Accrington Stanley man Chris Turner has left Clitheroe and moved to Blue Square Bet Premier Barrow.

North West Counties League leaders Ramsbottom United are in League Challenge Cup action as they go to Winsford.

Bacup are also on the road in the Challenge Cup and head to Ashton Athletic, while Colne and Padiham are in North West Counties League Premier Division action.

Nigel Coates’ Colne go to Stone Dominoes and Padiham host Atherton LR at The Arbories.

In the North West Counites League First Division Nelson host Cheadle Town.

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