Saturday 9th February – SMCCFL Division 3
One week later than scheduled due to a frozen pitch, Northgate travel to Manchester in a bid to avenge their frustrating 2-3 home defeat in October in which Dave Tonks suffered a long-term hip injury, and Rob Elkington swallowed a bug that somehow put him out for a large period of the game also.
Undefeated in their last 3 games, most recently with a fantastic 4-1 away in to Division 1 Bridge Bolton, Northgate have every reason to be confident heading to the team favourites to go up alongside high-flyers St Kentigern’s. However, sitting in second and hot off the back of a 6-1 win against 3rd place Kay Street United, People’s Church will also be in a buoyant mood.
Clark has several high-profile enforced changes to the side that secured that famous win in Bolton, with Broomhall, Coleclough, Davenport, Jones and Ward all absent. In their place though come able replacements in goalkeeper Chris Luke, captain Josh Slade, and wingers Theo Thomas and Alex Clayton. Pete Davies faces a late fitness test in the early hours, but is not expected to make an appearance.
Venue: Partington Sports Pavilion, Moss View Road, Partington, M31 4DX