NWWRFL PREVIEW | Key top of the table battles in all three divisions.

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Tranmere Rovers v Wigan Athletic

Having suffered defeat at home to Stockport County last weekend Tranmere Rovers face an equally tough task with the visit of third placed Wigan Athletic to Ellesmere Sports Ground this weekend.

Wigan start the weekend in third place having won their last two league games beating Penrith 5-1 (on 6/1) and Mossley Hill Athletic (on 16/12). The last time to two sides met Tranmere edged out a thriller winning 3-2 at Abraham Guests.

 

Stockport County v Accrington Girls & Ladies

Splitting the two sides in first and third are Stockport County who will be looking to extend their winning run in the league to ten with the visit of Accrington Ladies & Girls to the 3G of Stockport Sports Village. It’s a quick turnaround as the two sides met a fortnight ago with County running out 9-0 winners and it’ll be a big ask for the Lancashire side to upset a Stockport side who’ve scored 24 goals in their last five league games.

 

Premier Division Round-Up

5th place Mossley Hill Athletic host a 7th place Manchester Stingers side they defeated 5-1 in October as they look to establish themselves firmly in the top half of the table.  FC United will be hoping for three points away to bottom club Sir Tom Finney as they look to close the gap to the top of the table before cashing in on their games in hand. 9th placed Penrith welcome 4th placed Fleetwood Town Wrens.

 

Carlisle United v Bury

Subject to the Cumbrian weather 2nd hosts 4th as Carlisle United welcome Bury to Creighton Rugby Club on Sunday with just two points separating the teams.  Defeat for either side will put a crushing dent into their promotion hopes with Carlisle currently 8 points behind leaders Blackpool with two games in hand.  Bury are 10 points behind the leaders with three games in hand but it but should either side (or both) drop points it may bring promotion hopes to an end. Bury will be hoping to capitalise on their 3-0 win at home to Carlisle in October.

 

Burscough Dynamo v Penwortham Town

Bottom club Burscough Dynamo will be hoping to boost their bid to avoid relegation when they welcome Penwortham Town.  Burscough sit two points behind second bottom Preston and will be hoping to build on their narrow 2-1 defeat away to Penwortham in November.

 

Division One North Round-Up

10th placed Crosby will be looking to cap off a positive weekend in which they announced a formal partnership with Marine FC when they travel to 11th placed Preston North End.  9th placed Leigh RMI face a tough ask as they welcome unbeaten Blackpool.  3rd placed Blackburn Community welcome 7th placed Workington Reds to Harrison Playing Fields.

 

Liverpool Feds Reserves v Curzon Ashton

Top of the table Liverpool Feds Reserves welcome the divisions form team in Curzon Ashton.  Feds returned to the top of the table last weekend having beaten City of Liverpool 9-0 which ended a steak of consecutive defeats to West Didsbury & Chorlton in the cup and Altrincham.  Just four points separate the two teams with Curzon in fourth but the Nash have a game in hand.

Curzon have won three in a row since the turn of the year scoring 30 times in the process with them netting 12 times last weekend against Didsbury; their first home game after a string of five consecutive away fixtures.  Curzon will be keen to avenge a controversial 3-2 defeat against Feds back in October when the visitors won courtesy of a late penalty following a handball.

 

Warrington Wolverines v Altrincham

Following last weekends Cheshire Cup tie the two sides meet again with three vital league points at stake.  Altrincham start the day third, one point ahead of Warrington in fifth place and both sides hold games in hand over the current leaders.  With Warrington victorious on penalties last week and Altrincham 2-1 winners back in October Sunday represents the season decider between the two teams. The recent form however is in Warrington’s favour as they’ve recorded wins away to Manchester Stingers and Wythenshawe Amateurs since the turn of the year but Altrincham have shown their own resilience; defeating Workington Reds on penalties and Liverpool Feds Reserves 2-0.

 

Round-Up

Bottom club Wythenshawe Amateurs travel to second place West Didsbury & Chorlton in the first ever meeting between the two sides.  7th placed Stockport County Blues welcome 6th placed Chester whilst 8th place Northwich Vixens welcome point-less City of Liverpool.  Elsewhere Didsbury will host Cammell Laird in the first round of the Argyle Sports Cup, originally postponed from two weeks ago.

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