Colls, LR, Daisy and Boro preview round-up: Colls to go 'four' it
6:00am Friday 7th February 2014 in Sport
ATHERTON Collieries will be looking to record a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday when they welcome Cheadle Town to Alder House.
Colls are enjoying a solid run at the moment, scoring 12 goals without reply in their last three matches to leave them third in the North West Counties League Division One.
Despite beating Cheadle 4-0 at home in the last meeting between the two sides in October, tomorrow’s game is expected to be a tight affair with the Stockport-based side winning their last two matches 3-1 and 4-2.
Injuries and suspensions mean Colls manager Steve Pilling is still without a full-strength squad with Mark Truffas serving the final match of a three-game ban and defender James Halpin expected to be out for the remainder of the season following a skiing accident.
Atherton Laburnum Rovers have not played since Boxing Day but have managed to maintain sixth place in the same division.
On Saturday they travel to Silver Street where they will face an Irlam side who have faltered somewhat since threatening for a promotion place earlier on in the season. Just two points separate the sides and Irlam will leapfrog LR with a win.
Realistically, Rovers can now only finish as high as sixth place with the top five teams opening up a substantial points margin.
They have 11 matches left in this campaign in which to cement a sixth-placed finish which would certainly be an achievement given the rebuilding process which has taken place in recent months.
Daisy Hill are reaping the benefit of their pitch improvements as they have played the equal most number of matches in the First Division.
As a result they have the weekend off and can prepare for a trip to Ashton Town next Saturday.
Although relegation is not possible from Division One, the New Sirs side will hope to pick up their first win since September to pull away from the bottom two who have a number of games in hand over them.
Evo-Stik Division One strugglers Radcliffe Borough have a good enough squad to get out of relegation danger, says assistant manager Paul McGuire.
The Stainton Park men are at home to New Mills tomorrow after seeing their last two games against fellow strugglers Ossett Albion and Prescot Cables postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
McGuire said: “We know it’s going to be a real dogfight for the run-in, but I do feel we’ve got enough in the squad to get out of this.
“It’s been disappointing not to be playing but it has given us a chance to get some of the lads back from injury, so in some ways it’s been a blessing in disguise."