Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 18th March 2017

Mon 20th March 2017 | General
By Ian Templeman

County Cup final for 1874

1874 Northwich have the chance to lift the Mid-Cheshire Cup for the second year in a row, after their fine 4-1 win over Witton Albion in Thursday's semi final at the St Luke's Barton Stadium.

It's the second year in a row that the Greens have beaten their Evo-Stik League rivals in the competition, after last year's win in the final, and their victory sets up an even tastier clash in this year's final when they face Northwich Victoria.

The Greens' promotion hopes have been dented in recent weeks, but the prospect of lifting a trophy at the expense of their local rivals is a tasty prospect for supporters and players alike.

A good week for Sandbach

Sandbach United rounded off a good few days work by clinching a place in the final of the Reusch First Division Trophy against City Of Liverpool with a 5-4 aggregate win over Holker Old Boys.

Earlier in the week, a new stand was installed at the Sandbach Community Football Centre, and it got its first airing on Saturday as United made history by earning a place in the final in their first season in our league.

A new stand, a cup final place, crowds increasing week by week and still in with a chance of promotion - it's all looking pretty good at the moment for United

Purple defensive power

Speaking of Sandbach United's opponents in the Reusch First Division Trophy final, City of Liverpool's 3-0 win over Widnes in Tuesday's second leg was followed by a 4-0 win at FC Oswestry Town on Saturday, two results that continued the Purples' remarkable defensive record of late

Simon Burton's men have now kept six successive clean sheets, and have conceded just one goal in the last nine games - impressive form by any standards.

When they are in that sort of form, it will take some impressive attacking play to penetrate what is currently a water tight Purple defence.

Seven up for Chaddy again

At the end of January, Chadderton recorded a 7-1 win at Eccleshall, a result notable as it was the first time since 1st December 2007 that they had scored seven goals in a game.

But within two months, they have repeated the feat again, this time hitting seven without reply at home to AFC Blackpool on Saturday.

It's now 12 goals and three wins in three games for Chaddy, and it's particularly interesting that they are hitting form just as they move into a sequence of games that begins at the weekend at Sandbach United, followed by games in succession against Alsager Town, City of Liverpool FC in the Macron Cup, Charnock Richard and Prestwich Heys.

Chaddy may be mid-table in Division One, but they could have a big say in the destiny of both league and cup success for a number of clubs over the coming weeks.

A win at last for Lairds

At around five o'clock on Saturday, there was jubilation down Rock Ferry way in Birkenhead as a long awaited first was celebrated - Cammell Laird1907 won their first league game of the season, beating AFC Darwen 4-1 at the North West Construction Stadium.

Granted, it is probably only a matter of a week or so before Lairds' relegation from the Premier Division is confirmed, as the result did little to stave off the increasingly inevitable, but no one could begrudge them a moment of cheer in what has been an otherwise gloomy season.

Their last league win was last season on the 10th April away at Silsden when they won 2-1, and their last home league win was 51 weeks ago when they beat Squires Gate 2-0 on 26th March 2016. 

The hope now is that they can build on Saturday's victory, and enjoy a few brighter days between now and the end of April.