WINSFORD United are hoping the return of Mischa Showers to the Barton Stadium will help re-ignite the Blues’ play-off push in the Vodkat Premier League.
Lying tenth before tonight’s away trip to Glossop (7.45pm ko) Joe Gibiliru recaptured Showers after he left the club last season due to work commitments.
The Blues boss said: “I need someone strong in midfield and that is why I have brought back Mischa. It’ll be good to see him pull a Blues shirt on again.”
Gibiliru has also signed promising striker Sam Siddel and the manager is hoping he will get on the goal scene immediately. He had been tracked by Burscough and Marine.
On Saturday, Winsford fought back to earn a valuable point at home to Atherton LR. Danny Smith opened the scoring for the visitors but Blues defender Ian Callaghan hit a piledriver from 35 yards to equalise.
Atherton went further ahead just before half-time through Paul Crewe but Ross Kennedy earned Blues’ share by guiding home Darren Connell’s cross shortly after the break.
Last Tuesday, United were taken to penalties by a determined Middlewich Town side in the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup.
David Nolan and Connell scored in normal time for the Blues and an extra-time strike from Shaun Holmes was still not enough to see off Town.
But Connell, John Riley, Mark Calland and Mick McGraa held their nerve from the spot to earn a place in the semi-finals.
United head to Formby on Saturday (3pm ko).
Barnton’s poor league form spilled over into the Cheshire Amateur Cup on Saturday.
Steve O’Hara’s men had no reply on the Wirral as they were convincingly beaten 5-0 at West Cheshire League outfit Poulton Vics.
With just one win to their name this season, Barnton lie bottom of Cheshire League Division One but have the perfect opportunity to turn their form around on Saturday.
Derbyshire side Gamesley, who are just three places above Barnton, arrive at Townfield Lane on Saturday (2.15pm ko) with also just one victory to their name.
Lostock Gralam earned their second away win of their Cheshire League Division Two campaign at Maine Road Reserves on Saturday.
The Grey Lambs, who are now eighth, took the points in Manchester thanks to a storming second-half display.
After a goalless first half, Butters cut in from the left to start the scoring with a low curling drive. Palmer then doubled Lostock’s lead after being found in space.
The visitors then sealed the points when Kyle Wilding smashed in a 30-yard piledriver in off the bar. Maine Road made it 3-1 with a late consolation.
Neil Bithell’s men host Golbourne in a re-arranged fixture on Saturday (2.15pm ko).
Lostock Gralam reserves defeated Sandbach Town at home thanks to goals from Mike Clarke (2), Tom Shutt and James Kimber.