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MATCH PREVIEW: Squires Gate v Northwich Victoria

2 months ago By Mark Ashmore

Gate are back at The Brian Addison Stadium this Saturday, read our preview of the game here...

After a disappointing end to Saturday’s game against West Didsbury, Gate go again looking to get back to winning ways.

Pre-Match Build Up
Gate come into the game after losing out late against West Didsbury on Saturday. Whilst Gate dominated much of the possession, Andy Clarkson’s men just couldn’t unlock a decent defensive display from West.

Ric Seear cam closest for Gate when his header at the back post was cleared off the line towards the end of the first half. Brett Dawson had two great chances deep into the second half, but he couldn’t find the target with two headers.

West hit Gate on the counter as the homeside looked for a winner, a tricky run from midfield from their own half found Saul Henderson who made no mistake to fire past Ben Fletcher.

The Away Team
Northwich Victoria come into this game sat 9th in the league after five wins and two draws from their opening 11 games. Vics come into this game bang in form sat 2nd in the form table. Last time out they beat Silsden 2-0 with goals from Billy Whittle and Joel Brownhill in the second half. Wins against Abbey Hey, Hanley Town and Maltby Main also came last month though losses against Whitchurch Alport and Winsford United marred a perfect month for Steve Wilkes men.

Strikers Joel Brownhill and Brian Matthews were amongst the goals last month with the pair scoring eight goals between them.

Last Time We Met
Gate hosted Vic’s last April at The Brian Addison Stadium when Clarkson’s men blew them away.

Scott Harries opened the scoring seven minutes before half time after Gate had been wasteful in front of goal before that. Scott then grabbed his second of the game two minutes later the Gate captain looped his shot over the stationary keeper for a quick-fire double.

Gate who looked fired up for this game, would add to their lead in the 63rd minute. Gary Pett burst into the box and was hacked down by a Vics defender and the striker, who had been causing Vics problems all night finished Cooley from the spot.

Pett was again in the right place at the right one when he received the ball at the back post from Harries to tap in for 4-0.

Gate would round of the scoring and a massive victory through Dean Ing in the 81st minute. He showed his strength, easily getting past his man before firing past the keeper with his weak foot.

You can read the full match report here - Match Report

Head to Head
This will be the 3rd time the two sides have met since Vic’s relegation to this league at the start of last season. The first meeting ended with a 5-0 demolition from Gate with two goals a piece from Scott Harries and Gary Pett and a goal from Dean Ing. In the reverse fixture Vic’s opened the scoring early doors through Brian Matthews before Ryan Riley equalised in the 51st minute.

Other Premier Division Games
Abbey Hey v Whitchurch Alport
Ashton Athletic v Bootle
Barnoldswick Town v Irlam
Burscough v 1874 Northwich
City of Liverpool v West Didsbury & Chorlton
Congleton Town v Padiham
Hanley Town v Litherland Remyca
Silsden v Runcorn Town
Winsford Town v Charnock Richard

Adults £6, Concessions £3, Under 12’s Free with a paying Adult.

The Brian Addison Stadium
School Road

If you can't make the game on Saturday be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for match coverage as it happens. We'll also have a full match report and pictures on the website on Sunday as well as in Monday’s Blackpool Gazette.

Updated 10:43 - 5 Oct 2018 by Mark Ashmore

Where next?

SIGNING: Ex Burnley and Wales U19’s forward Jamie Thomas joins Gate. The 21 year old joined up with Andy Clarkson’s men at training on Thursday night and goes straight into Saturday’s squad.
NEXT UP: Squires Gate v Northwich Victoria Another home game for Gate as Andy Clarkson's men look to get back to winning ways


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