MATCH PREVIEW: Pitch inspection planned

Reds’ NPL Premier Division encounter against Warrington Rylands on Saturday will depend on an early morning pitch inspection at Borough Park.

The playing surface was unplayable after several nights of freezing conditions with club officials hoping that the thaw will save the fixture.

Should the game get the go-ahead, Reds face an uphill task against second-placed Rylands who remain the only premier Division outfit still to lose on the road.  They have played twelve away games so far, winning five and drawing the other seven.  To date, they have won at Ilkeston, Matlock, Stafford, Whitby and, most impressively, Radcliffe.

They emerged narrow 1-0 winners against Reds back in October when Matty Regan headed home the 77th minute winner in an evenly fought contest and are currently second in the table and Radcliffe’s nearest challengers.  

Reds, without a fixture for a fortnight, have yet to beat Rylands in the three meetings between the clubs so far.

The two clubs were West Division title rivals two seasons ago with the Warrington outfit clinching the championship by one point on the final day.

They finished a commendable 10th last term but are expected to feature strongly in the promotion race over the remaining three months of the season.

Reds have trained regularly over the past fortnight with good numbers but there are still fitness concerns over the long-term absentees.

Joe Bunney said his farewells to the squad after his successful two-month loan spell with the manager thanking him for his commitment to the group in the training sessions and nine matches he played.

There will be a minute of silence before kick-off as we remember two of our long serving supporters, Joan Crellen and Jacqueline Holland, both of whom passed away in early January.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.
Don`t copy text!