Match of the Day

Widnes v Northwich Victoria (at Barnton, ko 3pm)

Northwich Victoria perhaps didn’t envisage returning to Townfield so soon after the end of a tenancy agreement with the Villagers.

Widnes, for now at least, will be ground-sharing with Barnton while they wait for a new playing surface to be laid at the Select Security Stadium following the conclusion of the current Super League campaign.

Their promotion to the Northern Premier League at the end of last term makes them one of the highest-ranked opponents that Steve Wilkes’ side could have been drawn against.

The victors will play either Burscough or 1874 Northwich at the next stage later this month.

It’s an important afternoon for…

Middlewich Town

The Witches have enjoyed an encouraging start to a new season back in the Cheshire League’s top-flight, collecting four points from two matches this week.

There will be some frustration they let slip a two-goal interval lead when Crewe visited on Wednesday, an exciting encounter ending level at 3-3.

FC St Helens Town lost at home to Billinge the same evening, but did record a 3-0 victory at home to Malpas on the opening day.

And what about…

Winsford United v Irlam (ko 3pm)

Blues have been in front during both of the North West Counties League matches they played this week, only to be pegged back each time.

Lee Duckworth’s men hope to make it third time lucky when they turn their attention to the FA Cup and an extra preliminary round encounter with Premier Division rivals Irlam.

Why not go and give your local side a cheer?

Here’s a full list of fixtures from the respective competitions our teams play in:

FA Cup (3pm unless stated)

Extra Preliminary Round inc: AFC Darwen v Barnton; Burscough v 1874 Northwich; Widnes v Northwich Victoria (at Barnton FC); Winsford United v Irlam

To see the draw in full, click here

Cheshire League (3pm unless stated)

Premier Division: Billinge v Knutsford; Denton Town v Daten; Eagle Sports v Altrincham res; Egerton v Congleton Vale; Greenalls PSO v Crewe; Malpas v Whaley Bridge; Middlewich Town v FC St Helens; Pilkington v Poynton

League One: Blacon Youth v Buxton res; Broadheath Central v Vulcan; Ford Motors v Mersey Valley; Golborne Sports v Moore; Grappenhall Sports v Orford; Halebank v Lostock Gralam; Windle Labour v Styal

League Two: Ashton Town res v Holmes Chapel; Cheadle Heath res v Mersey Valley; Club AZ v Ashton Ath res; Maine Road res v St Helens Town res; Rylands res v Cuddington; Winnington Ave 1994 v Cheadle Town res (at Lostock Gralam FC); Wythenshawe Town Development v Sandbach Utd res

Reserves Division: Broadheath Central v Moore Utd; Daten v Golborne Sports; FC St Helens v Styal; Garswood United A v Greenalls PSO; Pilkington v Middlewich Town (12.30pm); Poynton v Eagle Sports; Vulcan v Orford; Winstanley Warriors v Billinge