CLITHEROE travel to Ramsbottom tonight still looking for their first win of the season.

The 2-1 defeat at home to Prescot Cables on Saturday was the Blues' fourth defeat of the season - their third in the league.

Their North West Counties First Division rivals Ramsbottom are unbeaten with two wins and two draws - including an FA Cup win over Blackpool Mechanics on Saturday - since the beginning of the season.

Clitheroe, who finished second in the league last season behind Rossendale United, were expected to be challenging again this season but boss Dave Burgess has seen his early season hampered by injury, suspension and work commitment problems.

"That is not an excuse but perhaps it is a reason why we haven't got going yet, hopefully we will put it right soon - it would be nice to start at Ramsbottom.

"We haven't got a win in five matches and Clitheroe are not used to that sort of run. We won't be moaning and groaning though, the answer lies in hard work."

In the UniBond League Premier Division Accrington Stanley travel to Colwyn Bay after an up-and-down start to the season.

John Coleman's side have won two and lost three of their opening five league games, scoring 12 goals and conceding 13.

They lost to a late goal against Vauxhall Motors at the Crown Ground on Saturday.

UniBond First Division side Chorley are at home to Workington and Rossendale United are at home to Ossett Town.

Rossendale are enjoying their best start to a campaign since 1987, when they won 11 of their first 12 games. Tonight's visitors Ossett have won four out of four this season and are top of the league whereas Dale have won three and drawn one, and lie fourth.

Bacup keeper Adam Potts is a doubt for the North West Counties Second Division side's match at home to Alsager tonight. He suffered a suspected broken finger in the 1-0 defeat at Guisborough on Saturday.

Jason Leese (bruised foot) and Wayne MacKenzie (hamstring) are also doubtful and Mark Hall is out with work commitments.

Darwen face North Counties East side Liversedge in the FA Cup Preliminary Round reply at the Anchor Ground.

Leeds United striker Alan Smith is planning a visit to watch his brother Gavin play for the Yorkshire side.

Darwen's Jimmy Khan should be fit again after a calf strain, manager Steve Wilkes could recall himself after a one-match ban, Mark Heys should be back in contention after missing Saturday's game with work commitments and Phil Rose is hoping to be fit after coming off on Saturday with a hamstring strain.

Second Division Colne travel to Chadderton with boss John Lister hoping to bounce back from the defeat at home to Stand on Saturday. Stand travel to Daisy Hill, who were beaten 9-1 by Nelson.