Words on the week - w/e Saturday 1st December 2018

Mon 3rd December 2018 | General
By Ian Templeman

Reds recover

Last week was always going to be a difficult one for everyone at AFC Liverpool, following the tragic death of their joint-manager Ben Williams.

The messages of sympathy and grief that poured in from all across non-league football showed the esteem that Ben was held in, and in such circumstances, it must have been very difficult for everyone at the club to contemplate playing football again.

But play they did, and wins at Litherland REMYCA and Atherton LR are a tribute to the players and coaching staff, who paid tribute to Ben in the best possible way.

He would have been proud of them all.

Uncharted Vase territory for Vics

Northwich Victoria are the one club guaranteed to be flying the flag for the league in the Fourth Round of the Buildbase FA Vase, after their 3-0 win over Silsden on Saturday.

For a club of Vics' longevity and standing, it's slightly incongruous that this season is only the second time they have competed in the Vase, and after going out in the opening round last year, reaching this stage of the competition is very much unknown territory.

But Saturday's win has set up a tie in January for everyone to look forward to, and with two more cup ties in the next few days, Vics manager Steve Wilkes will be looking to his men to keep the cup fever going.

Town firing again

Longridge Town appear to have recovered their goalscoring prowess,with their 6-3 win at Cleator Moor Celtic following on from a 4-1 win over Lower Breck the week before.

Town are the league's top scorers by some distance, with their 86 goals in 34 games outscoring everyone else in the league by some distance, but by their standards they had hit a bit of a dry run recently, scoring just once against Colne in a cup tie and against AFC Darwen in the league.

But the games against Lower Breck and Cleator Moor seem to suggest it's business as usual for Lee Ashcroft's men, which is bad news for everyone else in the First Division North.

Heys back on track

By their own standards, Prestwich Heys had been on a disappointing run in the middle of November, losing two games in succession and at the same time losing ground in the promotion race.

However, a win over Chadderton on the 23rd November got them back on track, and they ramped up the revival in fine style last week, with an 8-1 win over AFC Blackpool being followed by a 6-0 victory over Holker Old Boys on Saturday.

With seven players sharing the 14 goals scored last week, it looks like Heys are back in the groove again.

Vauxhall motoring

After a run of seven games without a win during October and early November, the last few weeks have seen an upturn in fortunes for Vauxhall Motors.

Saturday's win over New Mills was the Motormen's fourth in succession, and with 12 goals scored in the four games, it seems Mick McGraa's men have well and truly put their bad run behind them.

 

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