WINSFORD United boss Joe Gibiliru has added two more players to his squad ahead of Saturday’s Vodkat Premier clash with Atherton LR.
Stephen Cain, 22, has arrived from Kendal Town and will push for a starting place while 18-year-old goalkeeper Alex James, from Halewood Town, looks to be one for the future.
Gibiliru had high hopes before last night’s Mid Cheshire Senior Cup clash at home to Middlewich Town and was hoping to blood some new faces.
He said: “I can’t flood the team with new players but I do want to give some fringe players a game and give them some experience at this level.
“Stephen is fairly experienced and will want a starting place while Alex looks promising.”
Last Tuesday, the Blues stopped the rot after three consecutive defeats in the Vodkat Premier League with a battling 2-2 draw at Maine Road.
Blues striker Jacob Baptista opened the scoring after just two minutes but the visitors soon found themselves behind after Steve Cheetham and Matthew Zajac found the net.
Sean Holmes levelled for Winsford on 37 minutes and despite the Blues having the majority of the play, they could not find a winner.
Gibiliru said: “We should have won the game. At the moment we’re looking for results, get back to winning ways and climb the table.
“Hopefully we can use the Maine Road result as a platform to build on and get some happiness back among the camp.”
United: Mottershead; Sayer, Riley, Barnes, Callaghan, Calland, Owens, Holmes (Bluck), Kennedy (Sheppard), Connell, Baptista (Mason). Subs not used: Ennion, McDonnell.
Match rating: 3/5.
Barnton’s miserable run in the Cheshire League continued on Saturday when 10th-placed Styal left Townfield Lane with all three points.
Steve O’Hara’s men had no answer to the visitors and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat that keeps them rock bottom of Division One.
Barnton travel to Lancashire on Saturday to face an inconsistent Billinge side and victory may be good enough for them to leapfrog fellow strugglers Garswood.
Lostock could not repeat last week’s free-scoring form although three goals on the road in the Cheshire League is a notable effort.
But Warrington-based hosts Eagle Sports took the Division Two points, edging a 4-3 thriller.
Lostock travel to Maine Road Reserves on Saturday (2.15pm ko).
Lostock Gralam Reserves stayed top of the Crewe & District League with a smart 3-0 home win over Manchester Metro University, courtesy of goals from Gareth Barry, Scott Fulwood and Tony Hyland.
Cuddington, in second, maintained their unbeaten record with a 5-4 thriller over Winnington Avenue Reserves at Norley Road. Glaze (2) Alley, Stone and Stenhouse netted for the hosts with Chris Roberts, Woodward, Bradley and Grant Roberts in reply.