We welcome Newcastle Town to the Skuna Stadium for the first time in 10 years! Well apart from the postponed game in December as the heavens opened late on to ensure the fate of the game. The visitors headed off into Manchester for their Christmas do with our best wishes.
The Castle won the North West Counties Premier Division in season 2009/10 and have since been plying their trade in the Evo-Stik Division One South where they most recently competed in the end of season play-offs in 2014/15 after finishing in 3rd place.
Manager Robin van der Laan strengthened his squad following last season’s 20th place finish in the Division One South by bringing in his son Jack, goalkeeper Matt Johnson from Eccleshall, Taylor Attrell from Alsager Town and Matt Ward from Port Vale. With Attrell and Luke Dennis also having experience with Port Vale, we can expect a technically proficient squad.
They currently sit in 15th place in the league, a stunning away win at Trafford in mid-February being followed by heavy defeats to Ramsbottom and Chasetown. Their home game to Trafford in November where they recovered from being 3-0 down to square at 3-3 surely being one of the games of the season. However last weekend, they sacrificed their own 3-1 lead at home to Colwyn Bay to lose 4-3 in the 91st minute.
After losing last season’s top scorer Aaron Bott to Leek Town, our danger man is former Leek man Mike Conlon, who was also on the books of Port Vale previously. The midfielder impressing enough this season to gain a contract.
Saturday 9th March 3pm KO
Skuna Stadium, M46 9EY
£7 adults, £4 concessions & students, U16 £2, accompanied u12s free
Match sponsor - SG Window Systems