Why should I watch..?

This is a big game for Winsford.

They celebrated a first victory of the campaign last time out, and progressed in the FA Vase as a result, but they haven’t won any of their six Premier Division matches.

Player-manager Lee Duckworth hopes that success against Liversedge is exactly the lift his players needed.

Burscough have had a similarly slow start in the league, losing five of their half-dozen matches, but have recorded two victories in knockout competitions.

They also eliminated 1874 Northwich from the FA Cup following a penalty shoot-out.

Attacker Terry Cummings has been in fine form, and received the Premier Division Player of the Month prize for August.

What they’ve said

“Burscough have been difficult to predict this season but it’s fair to say their best performances have been at home and so we need to be wary of that.

“We put six goals past them in this fixture last season only for them to then hammer us at our place!

“It’s true that there’s an important cup game on the horizon, but the league is our bread and butter and we need to start putting some points on the board.”

Lee Duckworth, Winsford United player-manager

Numbers game

The two league meetings between the sides last season featured 13 goals in total – and one win apiece

Man to keep an eye on

Peter Watling

The front man marked his return to action by scoring a decisive goal against Liversedge last time out.

It is his third in four appearances since a transfer from Premier Division rivals Abbey Hey, and Blues may have found the striker they have been looking for to lead the line.

Blues team news

Lee Jones sits out the second game of a suspension following his dismissal at Silsden last month.

Danny Kerr has completed his ban, but is unavailable.

Steve Jenyons (knee) is still recovering from an injury, and Liam Collins is definitely out, while Scott Taylor is rated as doubtful Lee Duckworth.

He can call again on goalkeeper Michael Langley after he missed the FA Vase victory against Liversedge last week, but newcomers Caldon Henson and Danny Byrnes won’t feature just yet.

Form guide (past six games in all competitions)

Burscough L L W L W L

Blues W L L L L L

Last season’s meetings

Burscough 1-6 Winsford (October 10, 2017)

Winsford 1-5 Burscough (May 5, 2018)

Essential information

When Tuesday, September 11

Kick-off 7.45pm

Address Victoria Park, Bobby Langton Way, Burscough, Lancashire L40 0SD

Admission Adults £6, Concessions £4, Children £1 (or free with paying adult)

Parking None at the ground but available at Tesco superstore nearby