Five Things We Learned - Saturday 5th/Sunday 6th August 2017
Mon 7th August 2017 | General | By Ian Templeman
Business as usual for Craig
One of the outstanding features of last season was the goalscoring exploits of Runcorn Town’s Craig Cairns, and the Town hot shot showed on Saturday that the summer break has done nothing to nullify his striking abilities.
Craig struck a hat trick in Town’s 3-2 win over AFC Darwen, proving once again that he remains one of the sharpest penalty box predators in the league – which is bad news for Premier Division defences again this season.
Change of scene no problem for Tom
Another regular marksman in our league over the years has been Tom Bailey, and after years of hitting the back of the net for the likes of Maine Road, Glossop North End and more recently 1874 Northwich, he proved once again on Saturday that a change of club rarely affects his strike rate.
Tom opened his account for new club West Didsbury & Chorlton with two goals in West’s 5-0 win at Athersley, and it looks like his name will once again be featuring around the top of the goalscoring tables for yet another season.
Remy hit the ground running
After the disappointment of losing in the Division One play off final last season, and then losing manager Phil Stafford in the close season, there was much for everyone at Litherland REMYCA to contemplate over the summer.
However, with new manager Paul McNally in the dugout, and television cameras beaming their FA Cup tie with Premier Division AFC Liverpool live on the BBC Sport website, Remy showed that they will once again be a force to be reckoned with this season, as they despatched their Premier Division neighbours out of the FA Cup in front of a healthy crowd.
It was a result that certainly sent out the message to expect another strong promotion challenge from Remy in the coming season.
Purps pick off where they left off
After a storming first season which saw them capture the First Division play off trophy, the Reusch First Division Cup and the Macron Challenge Cup, it was always going to be interesting to see how City of Liverpool coped with the step up to the Premier Division.
It's so far so good as far as Simon Burton’s men are concerned, as they followed up the capture of the Reusch Champions Cup last week by travelling to face an experienced Padiham side, and emerge victorious from their first ever FA Cup tie with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Early days maybe, but it already looks like the noisy Purples support will have plenty to cheer as the coming season unfolds.
Battle for Northwich supremacy begins
It was always going to be a fascinating race between Northwich Victoria and 1874 Northwich to see which club would prove to be the most successful this season, and if Saturday’s 2-2 draw in the FA Cup is a guide, it is shaping up to be a close fought battle.
The sides meet again on Tuesday in the cup replay, and we await the next encounter with great interest!