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Matt’s thoughts ahead of Saturday’s fixture

1874 Northwich’s Matt Woolley is hoping for a slice of luck this weekend, as the greens entertain Avro at Townfield this weekend.

Coming off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Runcorn Linnets last weekend, Matt was quick to praise the effort of the players, despite the result.

“Last weekend showed how cruel football can be, when you are in a bit of bad form often you don’t get that little bit of luck.”

“I thought a draw would have been a fair result but I thought the attitude and commitment was the best we have seen for a while.”

“The lads have now showed what they are capable of and the levels they can reach so for us to improve and start getting some results that has to be the benchmark.”

Avro have impressed in the early stages of the season, and find themselves in a play off position before kick off on Saturday. Woolley spoke about the importance of setting high standards from the off in order to stand a chance of forcing a positive result.

“Mark and I went to watch them (Avro) during mid week. They are a strong well organised side and very good defensively.”

“It will be important we show the same levels of attitude and discipline from last week, this weekend and will need everyone to perform to the best of their ability.”

“I would like to think we have all seen a difference in the players these last couple of weeks. I think the performances have deserved a little more than what we have got.”

“I would like to thank everyone for their support over these last 2 weeks. We believe we are heading in the right direction and aren’t far away from getting an important win. Once again we will give our all this weekend, we hope you can do from the terraces!”

1874 will be without Michael Ibeto who is ruled out with a broken foot, whilst the fitness of caretaker manager Mark Jones will be assessed ahead of kickoff. 1874 have however bolstered the squad with the addition of Elliot Coleman from Alsager Town, who has been brought in to provide cover.

Matt’s thoughts ahead of the weekend match

Ahead of their first game in caretaker charge, Matt Woolley has issued a rallying call to 1874 Northwich fans.

For the first time since 2017, 1874 will start with two new men in the dugout, after Wayne Goodison and Paul Bowyers departure earlier this week. Woolley was quick to praise the outgoing duo, before turning his attention to the weekends fixture against Bootle.

“They have both been huge for our club and we’ve all had some amazing times under the tenure.”

“I think if you look at social media and the statement that was released you see supporters, players, other coaches from many different clubs recognising not only their work on the pitch but how they conducted themselves off it. So for Mark and I, we believe that honesty and integrity is a must.”

1874 sit two points above the relegation zone before entertaining Bootle, and Matt is keen for a response after the 4-0 defeat to Clitheroe last weekend.

“A response is required, and there will be one.”

“I was very critical of the lack of energy and desire to stop them playing on Saturday but you do have to put it in to perspective, Clitheroe are a good side who will towards the top of the table at the end of the season.”

“We want to put a team on a pitch that the fans can relate to and get behind. We will expect the basics of work rate, effort & passion to be a minimum but give you something to shout about, we want to be exciting and attack with purpose.”

In what will be another tough fixture, Woolley hopes the side can draw on the home support tomorrow.

“This is a new chapter for 74 and needs all of you (the fans).”

“Be loud, proud & really get behind the lads on Saturday!”

Club Statement: Paul Bowyer & Wayne Goodison

1874 Northwich FC wishes to announce that Joint Managers Paul and Wayne have
stepped away from their roles at the club, after a very open and amicable discussion
with members of the Board.  As ever, Paul and Wayne have conducted themselves
with the utmost honesty, transparency and integrity. Their intention was to manage
the team for the final time at the Mid Cheshire Cup game last night however their
overriding desire now is for a smooth transition into a new period for 1874, where
they will remain 100% supportive of the club.

Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup tie postponed

Due to the potential impact of four games this week on a wet surface it has been agreed with the Mid-Cheshire F.A. & Northwich Victoria to postpone tomorrow nights match.

The new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

1874 on the road to Clitheroe

Another tough test awaits 1874 on Saturday, and co-manager Wayne is hoping to pose a threat againat Clitheroe, on a ground that has seen positive results for 1874 in recent seasons.

Reflecting on the previous weekend, Wayne shared the collective disappointment in the squad regarding the manner in which the goals were conceded.

“Last Saturday we were very good for the first 15/20 minutes but once we conceded needed to keep doing what we were doing.”

“Ultimately the goals against were very avoidable, but we won’t be the only team that Leek beat at home.”

This weekends opponants sit in 3rd ahead of the weekends fixtures, and have collected 11 points in their last 6 games. Wayne spoke about the recent change in management at Clitheroe, and what he thinks 1874 can expect on Saturday.

” I know Danny well and he will be really keen to take them on a level.”

“As always we will look at their threats and try to counter those with our own, the pitch generally there lends itself to our players being able to play to their strengths, if we can do that we know we can perform well.”

1874 will be well backed on the road with a supporters coach yet again sold out for the trip, and hope to return home with 3 points before Tuesday nights outing in the Mid Cheshire Cup.

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