BLACON YC are hoping the confidence they took from their first Division One win of the season can help them overcome enforced team changes tomorrow.
After a crucial 5-3 victory at home to basement rivals Halton, Blacon want to put a run together to pull them away from the relegation zone.
Pete Hughes’ side had lost every league game they had played up until last Saturday, but their next challenge is a daunting trip to sixth-placed Newton.
"It is never an easy place to go," said manager Hughes. "But we will go there buoyed by our first win of the season.
"It was belated, but we got it and we need to kick on. The lads were all lifted after that and we need to keep that going."
Knee injuries to goalscorer Danny Owen and Simon Quinn have ruled them out for the next couple of weeks and another of Saturday’s hot-shots, two-goal Will Collins, is also unavailable.
Captain John Dean returns for Blacon, whose other scorers against Halton were Tom Hayden and Niall Peaker.
The second round of the Umbro Cheshire Amateur Cup saw Division Two outfit Helsby commit a giant-killing feat, beating Division One side Vauxhall Motors Reserves 2-1 away from home. Anthony Carroll scored for Motors but it was the goals of Mark Richards and Darren Moore that sent Helsby into the third round.
Upton AA maintained their strong form ahead of a tough game against Poulton Vics tomorrow by claiming a simple victory over Broadheath Central in the cup, winning 3-0 with goals from Danny Andrews (2) and Martin Gaulton.
Division One side Christleton suffered no complications against Division Two team Bebington Athletic, winning 4-0. Steven Finlay got two and Paul Hollifield one before an own goal capped Bebington’s misery.
The Swans welcome Ellesmere Port to Little Heath tomorrow.
Capenhurst Villa were knocked out, losing 4-2 at Manchester Premier League side Stockport Georgians despite goals from Tom McGill and Darrell Freeman.
In Division Three on Saturday, Capenhurst Villa Reserves snatched maximum points, beating Southport Trinity Reserves 3-2. Andy Newlam scored a hat-trick to earn the narrow victory.
St Werburgh’s shocked Upton AA Reserves by winning 4-1. Saints are near the bottom of the table while Upton reside among the top teams, but the form book was turned on its head as John Aiden Jones (2), Dave Carmen and Steve Rowland bagged all three points for the hosts. Lee Highfield replied.