Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 10th February 2018

Mon 12th February 2018 | General
By Ian Templeman

More cup success for the Lions

We always enjoy reporting on our clubs' successes in county cup competitions, and it was good to see Stockport Town take the scalp of Evo-Stik League opponents when they beat Hyde United on penalties in the Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round.

What's more, the result was the latest in a run of cup successes for Dave Wild's men against opponents from higher leagues in cups this season. So far, they have won at Northwich Victoria in the FA Vase, and beat Premier Division opponents in Maine Road and Runcorn Linnets in the Macron Cup.

The Lions are fast becoming a team to avoid when it comes to cup draws.

Widnes winning run continues

With other teams' games falling foul of the recent bad weather, Widnes have taken full advantage of the artificial surface at the Select Security Stadium, with Saturday's 7-1 win over Barnton being their third home win in succession.

It's the latest three points in a fine run that has seen Widnes bag 12 wins and a draw in a run of games going back to the end of November, and conceding only nine goals in the process.

They may have played more games than anyone else in the Premier Division, but the run of form and the points in the bag have set a target for others to reach in the remaining weeks of the season.

United back in the groove

Every team has a mid-season blip, but it looks like Sandbach United have overcome their end of the year blues with a good recent run.

One win in five games in the run up to Christmas saw United drop to the edge of the promotion play off places, but since a fine home win over league leaders Silsden in the final game of 2017, Andy Hockenhull's men have now won five out of six in the league since the turn of the year.

The latest three points came in midweek at home to Cammell Laird 1907, and with four of their next six games at home, hopes will be high in the home camp that the good run will continue.

Heys long unbeaten run

A look back at Prestwich Heys' recent league form gives good explanation for their place in the promotion playoffs, with four wins and two draws from their last six league games.

The issue for Heys has been that they have been affected more than most by the bad weather in recent weeks, as those six league games are spread over a period going all the way back to mid-November.

It's to their credit that they have managed to keep the momentum going despite all the disruption, and a midweek win over Cheadle followed by a good point away at league leaders Silsden on Saturday keeps them very much in the promotion frame, with plenty of games to come.

Admirals steady the ship

One team who are continuing to make slow but steady progress as they battle to climb the Division One table are Nelson, whose goalless draw at home to Chadderton continued a run that has seen them lose just once in seven games.

The Admirals are still bottom of the table but the gap between themselves and the teams above them is narrowing, and based on recent results you wouldn't bet against the improvement continuing.


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