MAINE ROAD look to keep their hot streak going as they welcome Bootle to Brantingham Road in the North West Counties Premier tonight.
After a mixed start to the season, Road went on a run of four straight defeats, going out of the FA Cup and the FA Vase. But Chris Hirst’s men have bounced back to register three straight league wins.
Having beaten Nelson 2-0, Road hit Darwen for six last Wednesday and on Saturday they put another six past Squires Gate, with Callum Broady scoring two penalties in a 6-1 victory.
The league table is lop-sided due to the Cup competitions, with Road having three games in hand on the top two. But they are now up to 11th while Bootle are fifth having also played nine league games.
Road will also be out for revenge as Bootle knocked them out of the FA Vase, although the Merseyside outfit remain in form having gone on to win 4-0 in the second qualifying round on Saturday.
League rivals WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON, NEW MILLS and ABBEY HEY all suffered agonising exits in extra-time. West came from behind to go 2-1 in front with 13 minutes left, but Penistone Church struck at the death to send the tie into extra-time before claiming a 3-2 win.
New Mills made an even better comeback as they trailed 3-0 to Radford with 11 minutes left, yet hit back with three goals in five minutes. However, the visitors went through after sealing a 4-3 win late in extra-time. Abbey led 2-0 at AFC Liverpool but the hosts came back, equalising with an 84th-minute penalty before clinching a 3-2 win.
First Division sides CHADDERTON and STOCKPORT TOWN managed to get through, though, with a Nick Alexander brace settting Chadderton on course for a 4-1 win at Widnes while Jake Pollard scored two in Stockport’s 3-0 win at Alsager.
Chadderton were handed an away tie against AFC Emley in today’s first-round draw while Stockport will welcome Sunderland Ryhope CW to Woodley. Both ties are due to be played on Saturday, October 22.
In the First Division on Saturday, Erike Sousa struck twice as newly-promoted PRESTWICH HEYS won 4-0 at home to Carlisle City while CHEADLE TOWN conceded two late goals to lose 5-3 at home to Eccleshall.
Chadderton hope to build on Saturday’s win as they host Silsden in the league tomorrow night while West Didsbury & Chorlton visit Radcliffe Borough in the Manchester Premier Cup. Cheadle host Widnes in the league on Wednesday night.