10:33am Friday 12th November 2010
Northwich Victoria v FC United of Manchester (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik League Premier Division
Venue Victoria Stadium
Referee Daniel Meeson (Newcastle-under-Lyne)
Admission Adults £12 (£10 to stand), Concessions £10 (£8 to stand), U16s £5, U12s £2
Odds (bwin.com) Vics 9/10, Draw 9/4, FC United 5/2
Previous Meeting Vics 3 FC United 0 (October 24, 2009)
Vics (from) Spencer (GK), Morrison (GK), Cherel, Collins, Flowers, O’Brien, Sumner, Thompson, Woods, Clegg, Crane, Fitzpatrick, Henry, Riley, Rowe, Sorvel, Fowler, McAliskey, Ryan
Doubtful Henry (calf), Riley (groin), Ryan (calf), Woods (match fitness)
Injured Brown (groin), Disney (broken leg), Peers (hamstring)
Suspended Connor (one match)
Top scorer Ollie Ryan (13)
Form (Past six home in league) L W L W W W
Record (Home) P7 W5 D0 L2 F18 A14 Pts15
Record (Overall) Pos4 P15 W8 D3 L4 F31 A20 Pts27
FC United (from) Ashton (GK), Hibbert (GK), Ayres, Battersby, Chadwick, Holden, Jacobs, Munroe, Neville, Parker, Carden, Cottrell, Ovington, Platt, Roca, Wright, Deegan, Hurst, Norton
Top scorer Michael Norton (13)
Form (Past six away in league) W L W L L W
Record (Away) P6 W3 D0 L3 F8 A7 Pts9
Record (Overall) Pos17 P12 W6 D0 L6 F21 A20 Pts18
NORTHWICH Victoria host FA Cup heroes FC United of Manchester in their worst run of league form this season after failing to win any of their past three matches.
The hosts lost back-to-back Premier Division games for the first time when they went down 2-1 at Frickley Athletic last weekend, so Andy Preece will be looking to bounce back in style on Saturday.
He will wait until the last possible moment to check on the fitness of top scorer Ollie Ryan (calf), while Paul Henry (calf), Wayne Riley (groin) and Steve Woods (calf) will have late tests too.
Mark Peers (hamstring) is out injured, while Michael Connor serves a one-match ban.
However Vics did defeat FC United in the two clubs’ first meeting in the FA Cup last term, a game in which Wayne Riley scored in a 3-0 win.
FC United, fresh from their stunning first round win at Rochdale last Friday, have won their past seven matches in league and cup.
However they are playing catch-up in the league after a slow start to the term that saw them lose four of their first seven Premier Division games.
Vics fans will no doubt want to welcome back Richard Battersby and Carlos Roca after they played a part in the club’s Football Conference North title-winning season back in 2006.