UPDATE: Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an inspection on Saturday morning

Why should I watch..?

To see how Winsford United measure up against one of the fancied teams in the North West Counties League top-flight.

Blues claimed a creditable draw at Hanley back in August, although they have yet to beat the Potteries outfit since they were promoted from Division One as champions at the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Lee Duckworth’s side start the contest buoyed too by recording their biggest home win of the campaign against West Didsbury & Chorlton in the Macron Cup on Monday.

That followed a disappointing 3-1 defeat at City of Liverpool last weekend.

In-form Hanley have won six of their seven away matches in the Premier Division this term, an arrive in town sat second in the table.

What they’ve said

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to see Hanley where they are when you consider the signings they’ve made.

“It’s going to be tough, but we can take heart from the fact we got a draw down there earlier in the season – that was no mean feat when you look at the run they’ve been on since.

“We’re the underdogs, and they’ll be expected to beat us. However we’d be than happy to send them back down the M6 empty-handed!”

Lee Duckworth, Winsford United player-manager

“I’ve got to be happy with where we are at the moment.

“I think I’ve got a very good squad here, and it’s certainly good enough to be in the promotion mix at the end of the season.

“We are on a good run in the league at the moment too, and that’s all down to the players working hard.”

Michael Edwards, Hanley Town manager

Numbers game

Blues have found their shooting boots at St Luke’s Barton Stadium, scoring 15 goals in their past four games there

Man to keep an eye on

Michael Koral

The striker is starting to rediscover sharpness after a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Has been on target in two of the three games he has started since returning, including the opener in an emphatic 5-1 win against West Didsbury & Chorlton in the Macron League Cup on Monday.

Winsford team news

Blues have a doubt over goalkeeper Matthew Green, who is struggling with a knock and will be assessed beforehand.

Danny Kerr and Damian Skolorzynski are both unavailable, while striker Jordan Johnson (knee) is still ruled out by a long-term injury.

Justin Pickering has departed this week to join Stockport Town.

Form (past six in league)

Winsford L D W D L W

Hanley W W W W L W

Most recent meetings

Hanley 1-1 Winsford (NWCFL Premier Division, August 16 2017)

Winsford 1-3 Hanley (NWCFL Premier Division, November 14 2016)

Hanley 2-0 Winsford (NWCFL Premier Division, October 18 2016)

Essential information

When Saturday, November 25

Kick-off 3pm

Address St Luke’s Barton Stadium, Kingsway, Winsford CW7 3AE

Admission Adults £6, Concessions (OAP/under 21s) £4, Under 16s £1

Parking Available for free at the ground