The Silkmen make the trip over to Bootle this evening, as they prepare to face a Litherland REMYCA side who are rooted to the bottom of the NWCFL Premier Division table.
REMYCA have claimed ten points from their opening twenty-four games and are fourteen points from safety – although with goal average taken into account, in reality this can be considered to be fifteen points.
Of the twelve home games that REMYCA have contested, they have won twice, drawn once and lost nine times.
Litherland began their home campaign with a 1 – 0 reversal against Runcorn Town, with Craig Cairns’ 21st minute strike proving to be decisive.
Congleton Town then inflicted a 5 – 1 defeat on Derek Goulding’s side, despite the fact that Niall Moran’s 25th minute strike cancelled out Richard Duffy’s 2nd minute opener.
Comprehensive home defeats were then suffered against Squires Gate (0-3) and Northwich Victoria (0-4), before James Hammill gave REMYCA the lead against Charnock Richard on 8th September.
Despite leading in the game on two separate occasions, Charnock were ultimately to run out 5 – 2 winners as REMYCA their fifth consecutive home defeat.
Derek Goulding was then relieved of his duties following a 6 – 0 home defeat against Wythenshawe Town in the Buildbase FA Vase and the team responded in a positive manner – initially at least.
Colin McDonald was installed as First Team Manager and his first home game saw REMYCA secure their first victory of the season.
A first half hat-trick from Joe Cawley gave the hosts a commanding lead against Ashton Athletic – despite Ethan Beckford drawing the two sides level midway through the opening period.
A 3 – 1 victory was secured and this was followed by a seven-goal thriller against Prestwich Heys on 9th October.
Goals from Ryan Cox and Joe Cawley put Litherland two goals to the good and although Jack Coop reduced the deficit in the 34th minute, REMYCA’s two-goal lead was restored on the stroke of half-time when Ryan Cox fired the ball home.
Coop then claimed his second goal of the game, before Corey Kelly restored parity in the 73rd minute.
The home side showed an immense amount of character to battle back however and claimed all three points when James Hammill struck eight minutes from time.
Joe Cawley then gave Litherland the lead in their next home game against Avro – yet Jake Cotterell and Michael Afuye were to give the visitors a 2 – 1 victory.
Ground issues then meant that Litherland were forced into transferring their home games to Bootle, with Winsford United their first opponents in their temporary home on 10th November.
Adam Hammill and Hogan Ako gave the hosts a two-goal lead, yet this was to be cancelled out by Oliver McDonough and Daniel Boden as the two sides claimed a share of the spoils.
James Hammill then hit a late consolation as Lower Breck claimed a 2 – 1 victory in Litherland’s tenth home league game, before Padiham successfully came back after falling behind to a Ryan Cox goal. Mark Ayres and Joel Brownhill’s second half strikes meant that REMYCA suffered an eighth home defeat.
Litherland’s home league record is complete with reference to their 5 – 0 reversal against AFC Liverpool on 5th January.
Jesse Dowling grabbed a brace that day, with further goals coming from Luke Stephens, Rhys Hardacre and Anthony Lyons.