Why should I watch..?

To see how both sides respond to a disappointing results on Bank Holiday weekend.

Winsford lost back-to-back away games in the North West Counties League’s top-flight, and have been beaten now in their past five matches in all competitions.

Blues have yet to register a victory this term, and hope an FA Vase victory can be a catalyst.

Liversedge suffered a bruising 10-1 defeat at Frickley Athletic in the FA Cup last Saturday, which followed a 4-1 defeat against Worksop Town in a Northern Counties East League fixture.

However the West Yorkshire outfit had started a new season with four successive wins before those results.

What they’ve said

“We won’t be fooled by what happened to Liversedge last weekend.

“They’re a better side that result suggests, and will be desperate to put things right.

“It won’t do us any harm to have a break from the league, although after going out of the FA Cup ourselves we’re eager to make an impression in this competition if we can.”

Lee Duckworth, Winsford United player-manager

Numbers game

Winsford have only ever once previously been eliminated from the FA Vase in the first qualifying round

It’s an important afternoon for…

Sam Marshall

The wide-man will be expected to supply the ammunition for a front-line that should be bolstered by the return of Pete Watling.

Marshall has enjoyed an encouraging start to a new campaign and has already been nominated as man of the match by Blues’ opponents on three occasions.

His willingness to dribble and ability to create chances is important if Winsford are to end their wait for a first win.

Blues team news

Lee Duckworth can count on Ryan Hopper and Pete Watling after they returned from holiday.

However Lee Jones and Danny Kerr are both banned following their dismissals in a 4-2 defeat at Silsden last weekend.

Scott Taylor is ruled out by an injury sustained in the same game, while Steve Jenyons is continuing to recover after leaving the field on a stretcher when Blues played Runcorn Town a fortnight ago.

Joe Duckworth, Dave Short and Jack Woolley are all unavailable.

Form guide (past six in all competitions)

Blues L L L L L D

Liversedge L L W W W W

Last season in FA Vase

Blues Second Qualifying Round

Liversedge First Round

Essential information

When Saturday, September 1

Kick-off 3pm

Address Barton Stadium, Wharton Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 3AE

Admission Adults £6, Concessions £4 (over 65s, under 21s, registered disabled), Under 16s £1

Prize money Winners £550; Losers £175

Next round (September 15) Worksop Town or Grimsby Borough (h)