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30/10/2015 - Northwich Manchester Villa match preview

Whitley are back on the FA Vase trail this weekend when they travel across the Pennines to play Northwich Manchester Villa in the First Round Proper of this season's competition.

Having recorded big wins over fellow Northern League sides Willington and West Allotment Celtic in the Qualifying Rounds, this tie typifies what makes the FA Vase such a special competition for so many fans, with a journey outside the region to play new opponents.

Northwich MV play in the North West Counties League First Division, the same level as the Northern League Second Division. They are currently in 11th position and in good form, having won their last three games, all away from home.

They reached this stage of the FA Vase with a 3-1 home win over Rossington Main from Doncaster, having received a bye in the First Qualifying Round.

The club was formed just 10 years ago when they were known as Woodley, but have since had several name changes, becoming Northwich Villa when links were made with Northwich Victoria, then Northwich Flixton Villa when they relocated to Flixton.

Having moved to the Manchester Regional Arena, they took on their current name only this summer but due to ground grading issues they have switched this weekend's game to Silver Street, the home of Irlam FC, postcode M44 6HR.

Whitley have injury doubts over several players but one piece of good news is that Callum Anderson is available again having completed his three match suspension.

Whitley should not be lacking support at the game, with seats on the Supporters Club coach selling out very quickly and more fans travelling by other means.

Should the game end in a draw after extra time, the replay would take place next Tuesday evening at Hillheads, kick off 7.45pm.

JT


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