Friday, February 06, 2009

Non League preview

10:40am Friday 6th February 2009

LEIGH Genesis will play at the town’s Sports Village for only the second time tomorrow looking for at least a point to end a disastrous run in the UniBond Premier League.

But second-placed Hednesford Town will provide a stern test.

Genesis need to improve on recent shows, however, which have seen them pick up just one point from their last eight league games.

FC United will look to consolidate their position in the play-off zone when they travel to promotion rivals Nantwich.

But they expect to be without striker Kyle Wilson. The league’s top scorer limped out of last week’s victory over Guiseley with a knee problem.

Radcliffe Borough visit Garforth Town on the back of an encouraging 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town in the Lancashire Cup on Wednesday. But director of football Gerry Luczka will be more worried about improving the club’s form in UniBond Division One North.

But they have now scored six goals in their last three games, an encouraging statistic for the Stainton Park men.

Boro will be without Michael Oates who is suspended, but Craig Dawson, who was banned for the Fleetwood game, is available.

MIDFIELDER Andy Walker returns from suspension to strengthen Atherton Collieries for their home game against Vodkat NW Counties Premier Division high-flyers Newcastle Town at Alder House tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

The Potteries side, currently second behind runaway leaders AFC Fylde, have transfer-listed all their contract players as a cost-cutting measure but will still povide a stern test for Dave Conlon’s Colls who are again without suspended striker Troy Hayder.

In-form Atherton LR, who were frustrated by the weather when their game at Congleton was postponed on Tuesday, take on Ramsbottom United at Crilly Park.

Ramsbottom, who lost to Skelmersdale United in the Lancashire Trophy quarter-finals in midweek, have not played a league game since Boxing Day.

Daisy Hill have been working hard to get their New Sirs pitch in shape for a home game against Norton.

Manager Craig Thomas has strengthened his squad by re-signing two former players – striker Kevin Hughes and midfielder Steve Collier. But he is unlikely to be able call on another ex-Daisy Hill favourite Danny Williams – now on FC United’s books – who was due to test his recovery from a recent injury in the game at Bootle on Tuesday until the game fell victim to the weather.