Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 2nd December 2017

Mon 4th December 2017 | General
By Ian Templeman

17 and counting for 1874

1874 Northwich continued their love affair with cup competitions on Saturday, with a 2-0 win over Ashton Athletic in the Buildbase FA Vase booking them a place in the Fourth Round.

Saturday's game was, remarkably, 1874's 17th cup game of the season, and as they are still involved in four cup competitions, there's plenty more cup action to come yet.

As a result, a busy fixture schedule awaits the Greens, but if some silverware arrives at the end of the season, no one will be complaining.

Away day joys for Padiham

Once again, Padiham picked up a win on the road on Saturday, with their 2-1 win at Northwich Victoria.

It's now seven wins and a draw out of eight on the road for the Storks, and in their last four away games they have scored 17 goals. Home form isn't too shabby either, and they currently sit second in the Premier Division form table.

There's a fair old momentum building at the minute under the management team of Liam Smith and Dixon Lambert, and it looks like there's plenty more to come, based on current form.  

The Late Late Show from Holker

American baseball legend Yogi Berra is the man credited with coining the phrase 'It ain't over until it's over' and one team who practiced that mantra last week in our League were Holker Old Boys.

The Old Boys were 1-0 down at AFC Blackpool last Tuesday with five minutes to go, but then Jack Stoker and John-Paul Stanway both scored to earn them a 2-1 win.

That was impressive enough, but a repeat performance was delivered on Saturday at home to Litherland REMYCA, when a 2-1 deficit with two minutes to go was turned into a 3-2 win, thanks to goals from Nathan Reid and Nathan McHugh.

With that sort of form, no one can afford to write off the Old Boys until the final blast of the referee's whistle.

A win on the road at last for Daisy

Daisy Hill finally got a long standing monkey off their backs on Saturday, with their 5-1 win at New Mills being their first away win of the season.

Daisy were the only club in the league going into Saturday's games who hadn't won away from home, but they finally broke their duck in fine style with their biggest win of the season.

With five of their next six games also away from home, manager Phil Roberts will be hoping for more of the same from his side in the coming weeks.

FC Oswestry Town bounce back

One of the most remarkable turnarounds in fortune in recent weeks has been that of FC Oswestry Town, who now sit comfortably in mid table after a nightmare start to the season.

It's easy to forget that just a few short weeks ago, Town were marooned at the bottom of the league after losing their first nine games, and only picking up one win in the opening 13.

But that memory is well and truly banished to the annals of history now, and although a run of five straight wins was ended by a last gasp 4-3 defeat at Litherland REMYCA last midweek, Town bounced back in fine style on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Eccleshall.

They remain one of the form sides in the league at the moment, and with four of their next six games at home, you fancy their chances for ending the calendar year on a high.


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