09 Feb 2018 in Fixtures
After weather prevented the First and Second Teams from playing last weekend, all three sides are in action on Saturday.
Chorltonians Reserves v AFC Oldham
Hough End Police Centre #1
Mauldeth Road West, Chorlton , Manchester M21 7SX
It has been a season to forget for Ross Elliott’s men, without a win since October, Saturday sees them face the last side they claimed all three points against as they travel to Chorltonians Reserves.
Fortunes since then have differed for the two sides, AFC have struggled and find themselves one place above the bottom on goal difference.
Chorltonians, however, have gone from strength to strength and currently find themselves in first place, with a 12 point lead.
Oldham have a maximum of 12 points to play for, with the end of the season looming, they will be desperate to finish strongly.
AFC Oldham Second Team v Hargreaves (Bury)
Hopwood Hall Sports Arena
Rochdale Road, Middleton, Manchester M24 6X
A year of transition is coming close to the end for the Second Team, after starting the season with a mix matched squad, the green shoots of recovery have begun to show.
While results have not improved, the performances have, last time out AFC looked the better side despite the 3-0 defeat.
Two weeks prior to that they faced Hargreaves (Bury), their visitors on Saturday, whose late winner sent them through to the Semi-Finals of the Whitehead Cup.
Revenge will not be the main motivation for a team who have claimed one point from eight league games, but another strong showing and confidence will grow.
Oldham go into this game once place above the bottom, with a point more than Moston Brook Third Team, a win won’t see their position change but it could close the gap on Chadderton Park.
Hargreaves go into this game eighth, knowing a win could see them move above Village Manchester and move up a place.
Manchester Rovers v AFC Oldham Third Team
Slade Lane, Levenenshulme, Manchester M13 0QJ
With a title challenge very much on for AFC Oldham, Saturday’s game could have huge implications for the rest of the season.
Manchester Rovers are one place and one point above AFC having played two games more, a win for Oldham will almost certainly end the home side’s chances of a title win.
A home victory will, though, make it very hard for the Third Team to catch up the leaders and claim the league and cup double.