Lancaster City’s road to Wembley begins this weekend when they play host to Northwich Victoria in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Cup. The game will take place at the Giant Axe Stadium at 3pm on September 7th.
The Dolly Blues head into Saturday’s fixture on the back of a 0-0 draw against FC United of Manchester and are on a three-game unbeaten run overall having defeated Gainsbrough Trinity and Atherton Town in previous weeks.
Meanwhile Northwich head into the fixture on the back of a 8-0 win over Litherland Remyca in the North West Counties league, so will be high on confidence going into this fixture. They will be looking to cause an upset against the dollies, who sit two leagues higher than their opponents. Northwich overcame Prescot Cables in the last round to set up the tie at the Giant Axe.
City have been a good run of form in the league, with the dollies sitting in 7th place after going three games unbeaten. They will be looking to hopefully take the positive results from the league into the FA Cup ties this season.
City’s last three games:
03/09/19 – City 0 – FC United of Manchester 0
31/08/19 – Gainsborough Trinity 2 – City 4
26/08/19 – City 1 – Atherton Collieries 0
Like City, Northwich have recently been in good form, winning their last game by eight goals to nil! A couple of days before that they also picked up three points against Prescot Cables, winning 2-1. Those two victories came off the back of a 2-0 defeat against Runcorn Town.
Northwhich Victoria last three games:
26/8/19 – Victoria 8 – Litherland Remyca 0
24/08/19 – Victoria 2 – Prescot Cables 1
21/08/10 – Runcorn Town 2 – Victoria 0
Ones to Watch
As a unit, City have been solid over their past three league games, but there were a few standout performers against FC United of Manchester on Tuesday night. Jason Walker showed how much of a threat he can be against any side and was very unfortunate not to score at least one goal against United. Niall Cowperthwaite was superb in the middle of the park, making strong challenges and running the ball deep from midfield to create attacking options. Jack Armer was also unfortunate not to score his second of the season on Tuesday night. The on-loan Preston defender is showing just what he his made of at both ends of the pitch. Glenn Steel and Luke Thompson were solid at the back, giving the United forwards a very hard time.
As for Northwich Victoria, there will be a few familiar faces to keep an eye on when they visit the Giant Axe. They have a number of ex Dolly Blues in their ranks with midfielder Ryan Winder, striker Tom Kilifin and defender Rob Henry set to face their former teammates. Rob Doran scored twice in Victoria’s 8-0 demolition against Litherland Remyca and so will be looking to get his name on the score sheet against City. Midfielder John Connolly earnt himself the man of the match award from that victory after scoring a goal of his own and could have easily scored more if it wasn’t for Litherland’s ‘keeper making some good saves against him.
It’s set to be an interesting cup tie this weekend, but one that City will be looking to control and win.