WINSFORD United head into FA Vase action this weekend on the back of consecutive defeats.

Blues host Gresley Rovers at Barton Stadium in the second qualifying round on Saturday, a reward for their last win against Stapenhill at home on September 11.

But while Lee Duckworth’s men enter the clash after losses at Vauxhall Motors and Lower Breck this week, Rovers are on a roll.

The fellow Step 5 outfit, who currently lie third in the United Counties Premier League North, are unbeaten in their last five games – a sequence that includes a 7-0 win against Dudley Sports in their opening FA Vase fixture.

Winsford will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Tuesday night at Vauxhall Motors.

They were defeated 4-1, with all the goals being scored in the second half.

Adam Barlow’s 87th-minute effort for Blues proved to be nothing more than a consolation in the North West Counties Premier League encounter.

Two goals in four minutes from Michael Burkey (55mins) and Harvey Sample (58) put the hosts in control.

Sample (75) again and Kieran Garner-Knapper (83) wrapped up the contest for Vauxhall.

The outcome leaves Winsford 15th on the ladder after four wins and two draws from their 11 outings so far in the 2021-22 season.

Blues also conceded four times on Saturday, but led midway through the second half at Lower Breck in a match that involved three goals scored from the penalty spot.

Jamie Menagh notched all four goals for Lower Breck, the first coming from the spot after 30 minutes.

But it was a topsy-turvy affair, with Oliver McDonough levelling matters for Winsford three minutes later.

The Anfield outfit turned round a goal ahead though thanks to Menagh’s second strike in the second minute of added time at the end of the first period.

Blues were all-square again thanks to a Joe Duckworth penalty (54) and took the lead through David Short (64).

The advantage was cancelled out two minutes later as Menagh completed his hat-trick and stole the points with his second penalty two minutes into added time.