Stockport Town entertain local rivals Cheadle Town at Stockport Sports Village on Good Friday in the Hallmark Security League.
Both clubs have endured difficult seasons over the campaign but this fixture has that extra edge too it. Local bragging rights are at stake on Good Friday.
Cheadle Town arrive at SSV, under Terry Hincks’ management, and they will be looking for nothing short of a win, and defeats against Prestwich Heys, Widnes and Alsager Town will only entice the Cheadle players to perform on derby day.
Meanwhile Stockport Town returned to winning ways following defeat at Bacup Borough last week as they overcame Atherton LR 2-1 at Crilly Park, in a match that the Lions dominated from start to finish. That match ended a five match streak away from home for Dave Wild’s men and SSV will be a glad return to home ground for the Lions.
Both managers have met already this season back in August, during Wild’s time at Northwich Victoria, and that result in the early rounds of the FA Cup went the way of Hincks and so Stockport’s boss will be looking to even the scores.
The visitors currently sit in the bottom half of the Division One table, with Stockport rounding off the top 10 behind Chadderton. Neither side are in trouble, nor have anything to play for, and so local bragging rights will be the main trophy come Friday evening.
Ben Halfacre has been in ominous form with three goals in his last three appearances, including a match winning brace at Silsden, before opening the scoring at Atherton last week. However Cheadle will be looking to their attacker Rhys Webb to help them overcome the Lions, with six goals in his last eight matches, and all six goals came in Cheadle victories.
All the action gets underway at Stockport Sports Village on Good Friday, kick-off 1pm.