NWWRFL | Previewing the Argyle Sports Cup & Plate Quarter Finals

Argyle Sports Cup

The Quarter Final stages of the Argyle Sports Cup take place this weekend with the final set to take place at Runcorn Linnets FC on Sunday 14th May, 4pm KO.

FC United of Manchester v Penrith

FC United head into the game nine games unbeaten and on the back of six consecutive clean sheets.  This will be the first meeting of the season between last year’s respective Division One Champions.

FC United have been the beneficiaries of a home walk over against Burscough in the second round before they defeated Blackburn Community 3-0 at Broadhurst Park 3G as they bid to retain the NWWRFL Argyle Sports Cup they won at Runcorn Linnets FC last season.  They face a Penrith side who registered an impressive 1-0 win away to Stockport County Blues in round one before defeating Cammell Laird 3-1 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Construction Stadium.

Merseyrail v Tranmere Rovers

Seventh host second in this Merseyside derby as the third meeting of Merseyrail and Tranmere Rovers promises to be another incident filled encounter. The first meeting of between the two teams occurred on opening day as they played out a 4-4 draw before the return fixture was abandoned due to player injury.

Merseyrail have made light work of their Argyle Sports Cup campaign as they defeated  Accrington 6-0 in round one before seeing off Altrincham 3-1 in round 2 to set up their tie with Tranmere Rovers.  Tranmere Rovers defeated Wythenshawe Amateurs 3-0 at home before an impressive 3-0 win on their travels away to Mossley Hill Athletic.

Stockport County v Sir Tom Finney

Stockport County will be looking to exorcise their Argyle Sports Cup demons as last year’s runners up look to complete a clean sweep of league honours when they host Sir Tom Finney.  The two sides are still yet to meet  in the league making for an intriguing match-up.

To reach the quarter final the Hatters saw off a determined Wigan Athletic side 4-2 before edging past Bury winning 2-1.  Sir Tom Finney have played an extra round to reach the quarter finals albeit were beneficiaries of a walkover against Crosby before thrashing Leigh RMI 13-0 in the first round.  They pulled off an impressive 3-2 win against Warrington Wolverines to set up the quarter final tie at Stockport Sports Village.

West Didsbury & Chorlton v Chester

West will be looking to prove that their first setback of the season against Northwich Vixens last weekend was a fluke when they host the Lions at Brookburn Road.  Chester will need to overcome their recent league form against West however having lost 5-0 at West in the league who completed a league double with a 4-1 win at the Ellesmere Sports Village.

West have defeated Liverpool Feds Reserves 2-0 and Curzon Ashton 4-0 to reach the quarter final stage for the first time since they joined the league in 2017. The Cheshire League Champions defeated Blackpool away 1-0 before thrashing Northwich Vixens 5-0 in the second round to ensure their quarter final berth in their debut NWWRFL season.

 

Argyle Sports Plate

The Quarter Final stages of the Argyle Sports Plate take place this weekend with the final set to take place at Runcorn Linnets FC on Sunday 14th May, 12pm KO.

Blackpool v Manchester Stingers

The Division One North leaders will be looking for a Premier Division scalp this weekend when they host Manchester Stingers at Wyre Villa.  Blackpool reached the second round thanks to a timely 3-2 win over fellow Division One North side Penwortham Town. Manchester Stingers were 7-1 winners away to Morecambe Reserves at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Fleetwood Town Wrens v Wigan Athletic

Fleetwood Town Wrens were the rare beneficiaries of City of Liverpool failing to fulfil as they were awarded a walkover against the Division One South’s point-less club.  They host a Wigan Athletic side who defeated Liverpool Feds Reserves 2- 0 in the Plate first round.

Stockport County Blues v Carlisle United

Stockport County Blues earned their Plate second round birth after they put Wythenshawe Amateurs to the sword winning 7-2 at the Stockport Sports Village.  Carlisle United took some time to learn their first round Plate opponents before dispatching Didsbury 7-0 at the Didsbury Sports Ground.

Workington Reds v Leigh RMI

Workington Reds reached the second round as they upset Premier Division side Accrington on penalties winning 3-2 after a 3-3 draw at Borough Park. They face a Leigh RMI side who recorded an impressive 3-2 win away to Preston North End.

 

Premier Division

There is just one Premier Division game this weekend which has serious relegation implications for the home side Accrington.

Accrington v Mossley Hill Athletic

Time is running out for Accrington who host Mossley Hill Athletic in the Premier Division’s only league game this weekend. The bottom club sit level on points with Sir Tom Finney and Penrith but not only have the worst goal difference of the three but have played the most games too. With just five games remaining for Accrington they badly need three points against a Mossley Hill side who ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture and have an eye on a top four finish themselves having beaten Manchester Stingers last weekend.

 

Division One North

Whilst there might only be three Division One North games this weekend there’s no shortage of impact on the league table with Bury and Cammell Laird 1907 both at home and looking to close the gap to leaders Blackpool who are in Plate action.

Bury v Preston North End

With Blackpool in Plate action Bury will look to cut the lead to the top of Division One North to just one point when they host Preston North End on Sunday.  It’s the first of two meetings between the two sides in March as Bury look to extend their unbeaten run in the league which has ran since the opening day of the season. Preston, who’ve managed just nine league games this season, will be hoping to kick start their campaign and push themselves clear of the bottom club Burscough whom they sit just one place and one point above.

Cammell Laird 1907 v Burscough Dynamo

Bottom club Burscough travel to Cammell Laird hoping to avenge the 8-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Ship Builders back in October and with time running out for the bottom club in Division One North.  Lairds still have their destiny in their own hands and will be looking to go one better than finishing runners-up last season as they build on a 2-1 win over Workington Reds from last weekend.

Morecambes Reserves v Penwortham Town rounds off the norths weekend fixtures.

 

Division One South

Without Liverpool Feds Reserves, Curzon Ashton or West Didsbury & Chorlton in league action this weekend Northwich Vixens, Warrington Wolverines AND Altrincham will be looking to close the gap to the Divisions leaders with wins in their respective games.

Northwich Vixens v Didsbury

Northwich Vixens host Didsbury looking to build on their last two league games which has seen them collect four points from games against West and Altrincham.  This is the first visit between the two clubs in the space of three weeks as Didsbury will be looking to get their debut NWWRFL season back on track and finish the season in style.

Warrington Wolverines v City of Liverpool

Warrington Wolverines can leap to fifth place with a win over a City of Liverpool side they defeated 13-0 in the reverse fixture and with four games in hand over Feds and Curzon will be confident of using this weekend to catch them.

Wythenshawe Amateurs v Altrincham

Altrincham travel to bottom club Wythenshawe Amateurs in the hope that a win will reignite their season which has seen them yet to win under new manager Wayne Goodison.  The two sides will meet on back-to-back weekends with Ams still looking for their first win of the season whilst Alti aim for their first league win since January 6th.