Next up: Barnton #Operation500

This week sees Alder House stage Friday night football for the second time this season. The club have labelled this match #Operation500 in an attempt to bring 500 through the gates. Both Collieries and Barnton have agreed it will be beneficial to bring this match forward 24 hours following the huge success of the Daisy Hill match in November. On that evening, 607 turned up to watch Colls beat local rivals Daisy Hill 5-3.  Not only will Alder House be alive with a large crowd but it will showcase two of the best sides in the division as second take on third. Collieries will go top of the table with a win, while Barnton could close the gap on Michael Clegg's side if they record a fifth consecutive league victory. Collieries won the reverse fixture 3-0 back in December with goals from Gareth Carson and Mark Battersby. The Townfield outfit - who are plying their trade in the NWCFL for the first time this season - have strengthened since that defeat and are slowly but surely building a competitive and experienced squad. Two well known non-league players in Shaun Tuck and James McShane have been brought in by Allan Glover who is assisted by former Chelsea, Swansea and Brighton striker Leon Knight and former Atherton Collieries defender Chris Lawton.  The town is getting behind #Operation500 and we hope as many of you can brave the cold weather as possible on what will be a fantastic evening of NWCFL football.   If you are attending the match, let us know on Twitter and Facebook by using #Operation500.

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