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MATCH PREVIEW: West Didsbury & Chorlton v Squires Gate (FA Cup)

5 months ago By Mark Ashmore

Gate travel to West Didsbury & Chorlton this Saturday for the start of the FA Cup, read our preview of the game here...

Gate’s FA Cup journey starts this weekend as we travel to West Didsbury & Chorlton on the road to Wembley.

Pre-Match Build Up
Gate come into the game after our first win of the season on Tuesday night, in some style.
Goals from Joe Booth and two from Gary Pett gave Gate a 3-0 lead after just 20 minutes after Gate started the game on fire. The visitors couldn’t deal with Gate’s movement and quick passing with Gate scoring a further two goals before half time.

Ryan Charnley then scored the goal of the game, maybe even season, when he took aim from 30 yards out to fire past the keeper after 30 minutes. That was followed by Ric Seear getting in on the goal scoring act as he rose highest with two minutes of the first half reaming to head past Povey.

Gate added a sixth goal five minutes into the second half through Brett Dawson. The half time sub ran onto a lovely through ball before firing low past the keeper for his first of the season.

With just ten minutes of the game left, the prospect of a clean sheet was quashed when the visitors were awarded a penalty. Captain Alex Parkes stepped up to finish for what was a slight positive for the visitors.

The Home Team
West opened their league season with a 5-3 defeat at home to Northwich Victoria. Vics took a 2-0 goal lead in the game before Nicky Platt got a goal back from the penalty spot just before half time. Rory Breslin then equalised before a late goal from Saul Henderson was nothing more than a consolation for West.

On Tuesday night West picked up a decent point away at Hanley Town. Josh Starching opening the scoring before Karl O’Neil-Martin equalised for the homeside from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

Steve Settle’s men have recruited well in the closed season with Jack Langford and Rory Breslin joining from relegated Maine Road. Former FC United, Stockport County and Ashton United midfielder Nicky Platt has joined them whilst they’ve replaced outgoing keeper Aaron Ashley, who was key for a lot of last season, with Henry Turner.

Last Time We Met
The two sides last met March last season where 85th and 89th minutes goals denied Gate all three points.

Gate opened the scoring on 23 minutes from the penalty spot. Ryan Riley crowded out in the box and pulled back, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Gary Pett stepped up and converted the spot kick to give the homeside the lead.

From there Gate road their luck but weren’t tested an awful lot by the visiting team.
Chances for Ben Steer before the break and after it made Gate sit up, but the winger couldn’t find the target.

It wasn’t until the last 25 minutes that the away side struck. They finally finished their chances when Tom Bailey found space to head the Manchester side level from Affleck’s cross.

West then won the game with a minute of the game left when Bailey struck with his second goal this time from the spot to send the visitors home with all three points.

You can read the full match report here - Match Report

Head to Head
This will be the 11th time the two sides have met, the 2nd time at this stage in the FA Cup. Gate currently hold the most wins over West with five wins, whilst the Manchester side have three. West though have scored more goals with 23 in games involving the two sides, whilst Gate have just 16.

Other Premier Division FA Cup Games
AFC Liverpool v Ashton Athletic
Athertone Town v Hanley Town
Barnoldswick Town v Billingham Synthonia
Burscough v 1874 Northwich
City of Liverpool v Silsden
Congleton Town v Eccleshill United
Coventry Sphinx v Whitchurch Alport
Hemsworth Miners Welfare v Runcorn Town
Litherland Remyca v Charnock Richard
Liversedge v Padiham
Penistone Church v Bootle
Prestwich Heys v Abbey Hey
Widnes v Northwich Victoria
Winsford United v Irlam

Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 12’s free with a paying Adult.

The Recreation Ground
Brookburn Road
M21 8FE

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 Sunday’s Blackpool Gazette.

Updated 15:31 - 10 Aug 2018 by Mark Ashmore

Where next?

NEXT UP: Squires Gate v Congleton Town Gate are back home for our second home game of the new season hosting Congleton Town this Saturday 18th August.
POST MATCH: Manager Andy Clarkson on Burscough win We caught up with manager Andy Clarkson after last nights 6-1 win against Burscough


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