Leigh Genesis look to maintain their momentum in the UniBond League First Division North when they entertain Mossley tomorrow, before the two sides meet again just three days later when Leigh visit Seel Park for a UniBond Challenge Cup second round tie.
It is Genesis’s first home game for four weeks and they will be up against former Leigh favourites Steve Settle and Karl Brown, Leigh came back from the dead to grab an unlikely victory at struggling Clitheroe in midweek when two late goals clinched a 2-1 win.
They take on Skelmersdale United at the Sports Village on Saturday, October 31, in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Gerry Luczka insists his Radcliffe Borough side will not suffer any FA Trophy hangover when they return to league action tomorrow.
Brave Boro bowed out of the Trophy on Tuesday night after being defeated 6-3 in a replay at Quorn.
It was a tough pill to swallow after they had been leading twice in the game, but director of football Luczka says his men will not dwell on the past.
“We were 2-0 up and coasting until Shaun Connor was forced to bring his man down and was sent-off,” said Luczka, reflecting on the game’s turning point. “Then we were 3-1 up at half-time and looking good. It was relentless pressure in the second half, though, and we just capitulated really when they scored their second after 65 minutes.
“Boston United and a probable crowd of 900 were awaiting the winners and then you start to dream if you win that one.
“But it wasn’t to be and we have to take a little comfort from the fact we have done better in the FA Cup and FA Trophy than we have in any of the last few seasons.”
Boro host lowly Clitheroe tomorrow before visiting Wakefield on Monday, and Luczka is looking for a positive reaction from his men.
“We are a bit behind in the league now, but that's the price you pay for being relatively successful in the cups,” Luczka added. “It’s important we put everything behind us now because Clitheroe are a better side than their league position suggests. It will be a tough encounter.”
FC United are dreaming of a glamour tie in the first round proper of the FA Cup if they can overcome Northwich Victoria.
The likes of Leeds, Southampton, Charlton and landlords Bury all await the breakaway club if they can beat their Blue Square North opponents. And, having already upset Stalybridge Celtic from the same division in the last round, the Gigg Lane tenants will be confident of keeping their Wembley dream alive at Victoria Stadium.