NWCFL First Division: The Run-In

As we head into the final few games of the season, B Live Sports’ David Brindle looks at the important┬árun-in fixtures.

The heat has been turned up to full blast at the top of the table, with Charnock Richard and Widnes leading the way.

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With the top five all having bagged a playoff place, we turn our attention to who will finish where in the First Division.

Charnock Richard

The league leaders have arguably the most difficult end to the season, with three away games against Widnes, City of Liverpool and St Helens Town.

No home advantage could seriously dent their hopes of finishing top, and Andy Westwell’s men will do well to pick up wins with some seriously difficult trips on the road.

Widnes

Joe Dunn’s side know their hopes of winning the league title rest on Saturday’s huge game against Charnock Richard.

A victory for Widnes would see them go top, with AFC Blackpool away and Daisy Hill at home to finish their season.

Those two games would be expected to give Widnes six points, although stranger things have happened.

Litherland REMYCA

The only team to have played 40 games in the league currently sit three points off top place.

Phil Stafford’s men know that their chances of winning the league lay in the hands of the other teams above them.

They have to travel to Daisy Hill and host Holker Old Boys in their last two games, and will be keeping their eye on other results to know their future.

City of Liverpool

The surprise result of Easter Monday was Cheadle Town’s 2-1 win at the Delta Taxis Stadium.

That result all but ended Simon Burton’s side being able to win the league this season, meaning they will be reliant on the playoff’s to go up.

Their remaining league games include Prestwich Heys (H), Charnock Richard (H) and Bacup Borough (A).

Whitchurch Alport

The loss to Litherland REMYCA created an eight point gap between first and fifth – where Alport currently sit.

Luke Goddard and Carl Everall’s men will be fully focused on the playoff’s now that their chances of finishing in the automatic spaces are highly unlikely.

They face trips to AFC Blackpool, Carlisle City and Prestwich Heys to finish their campaign.

The Battle For Sixth

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Sandbach United currently occupy sixth place with a gap of seven points between them and Alsager Town.

Prestwich Heys hold a game in hand on both the teams above them, but would need to win all of their games, like Alsager, to stand any chance to finish in the last playoff spot.

Alsager were in pole position to clinch sixth until they lost five on the spin, with their 4-2 win away to Oswestry Town breaking that bad run.

Sandbach and Prestwich clash on 24th April, which could be a pivotal game in deciding who gets sixth.

Sandbach United’s last three:

Holker Old Boys (A)

Prestwich Heys (A)

Stockport Town (H)

Alsager Town’s last three:

Silsden (H)

Stockport Town (H)

AFC Blackpool (A)

Prestwich Heys’ last four:

City of Liverpool (A)

Sandbach United (H)

Eccleshall (A)

Whitchurch Alport (H)

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