LOWERHOUSE will be backed by huge support as they chase LCB Knockout glory at Old Trafford this weekend.

More than 500 supporters are set to make the journey to Manchester on Sunday to cheer on the Liverpool Road men against Ormskirk.

Their opponents are top of the Liverpool Competition and have enjoyed a stellar season so far.

But Lowerhouse have saved some of their best cricket for this competition so far this year - none more so than a superb derby victory over Burnley in the semi-finals.

And House chairman Stan Heaton believes his side can thrive on the big occasion.

"We are a well supported club and people are travelling by all modes of transport to watch the final.

"It will be a great day out and it has encouraged some people who don't come and watch us regularly to make a special trip.

"We know Ormskirk are a great side, everyone is telling us that, but we are not a bad side either and hopefully we can do the business on the day."

The clash is arguably the biggest match Lowerhouse have been involved in, although Heaton cites the 2004 Worsley Cup win over Haslingden as the definitive game in the club's history.

"In some ways it is difficult to compare," said Heaton.

"Sunday is a countywide final and it is at Old Trafford. It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We would like to think we will be in a position where we can reach the final again but there would be no guarantee it would be at Old Trafford.

"The reason we entered the competition was for big games like this.

"But for me, the 2004 cup final will be the biggest. That was the first time we had ever won a trophy and ended a long wait for us in front of 3,000 people.

"It will be difficult to top that."

Lowerhouse host Burnley in league action tomorrow ahead of their Trophy trip and Heaton insists the players have not been distracted by the possibility of Old Trafford glory.

He added: "I don't think there is too much over-excitement among the players because we have a big game against Burnley in the league on Saturday and they know that focussing too much on the Knockout is not going to help.

"There won't be any players rested, I think they would rather arrive at Old Trafford with a 50 or three or four wickets than having not played."

Saturday's home game with Burnley is one of two matches being played tomorrow with Haslingden travelling to league leaders Clitheroe in the other clash.

And Heaton still has one eye on league points as Lowerhouse bid to finish the season strongly.

"We think fourth place is a realistic aim and we want to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season," said Heaton whose side are currently sixth of nine in Division A, 28 points adrift of Burnley in fourth.

"We definitely don't want to finish in the bottom two even though there is no relegation.

"And Burnley is the biggest game of the league season for us, we played very well to beat them in the LCB Knockout but they have an outstanding side and we know it will be a tough game."

Sunday's Division A fixtures see East Lancashire host Todmorden, Nelson entertain Clitheroe and Darwen travel to Ramsbottom.

Lowerhouse team for LCB Knockout final: Ben Heap, Ocki Erasmus, Chris Bleazard, Dean Barlow, Toxy Hussain, Joe Halstead, Joey HAwke, Paddy Martin, Joe Martin, Dom Stuart, Charlie Cottam. 12th man: Adam Hugill