WINSFORD United play in a cup final with fans in attendance on Saturday.

Blues chiefs created a tournament for the St Luke's Cup to provide some meaningful competition for their players and three rival teams in the wake of the league football season being brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row.

So after United, Sandbach, Skelmersdale and Runcorn played each other twice, Winsford finished top of the pile and Sandbach second to allow them to meet in the final at Barton Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

Heading into the final group games, any one of three teams could have finished in top spot but Winsford sealed the deal with a 3-2 defeat of Skelmersdale.

Kenny Strickland slotted a free-kick past Tom Scott after 19 minutes to put the visiting Skem side ahead.

A through ball from Andy Keogh saw Jesse Dowling collect, cut inside and loft the ball past the reach of Skem keeper Ben Barnes to make it 1-1 early in the second half.

Keogh picked out the run of Joe Duckworth who advanced on goal and after avoiding pressure from Alex Griffiths fired past Barnes for 2-1.

The lead lasted just four minutes before Skem levelled.

Jack Grimshaw's lofted pass matched the run of Mitchley who supplied Adegbenro, who advanced past two challenges before slotting past Scott.

Keogh was the provider again on 82 minutes as after collecting a Matt Russell pass he squared for Duckworth who fired home.

With sports venues having been allowed to open to fans again on a restricted basis since May 17, it means up to 500 fans will be permitted to enter Barton Stadium for the final on a first come first served basis.

The bar and café will be open and the game will kick off at 2pm.

Following a restructure, Winsford United will have some different opponents in the North West Counties Premier Division when its new season gets going at the end of July.

1874 Northwich, Bootle and Warrington Rylands, who were 3-2 victors over Binfield in the FA Vase Final at Wembley on Saturday, will no longer provide opposition as they have received 'upward movement' to the newly formed Northern Premier League West Division on the back of their success over the past two seasons.

Also gone from the last campaign are Congleton, Hanley and Whitchurch Alport, who have been moved to the Midland Football League.

The "new" Macclesfield FC will play their first season after the demise of the original club.

AFC Liverpool, Vauxhall Motors, Prestwich Heys, Lower Breck and Wythenshawe Town complete the new look.

Meanwhile it has been announced that Kaseem Taylor, academy manager at Winsford United, will be one of 50,000 running the virtual London Marathon on October 3.

He will be doing so in order to raise funds for St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice.

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