After their FA Vase heroics on Wednesday night at Burscough, Emley are again on their travels West, this time to St Helens to face Pilkington on Saturday 3.00pm, hoping to put 3 valuable points on the board.
After a break for the Vase, matters turn back to NWCFL action as Emley face Pilkington for 3 points which could prove vital even at this stage of the season as all teams seem to be struggling for consistency at the early stage.
Emley's last league outing ended in a disappointing defeat to Huddersfield rivals Golcar Utd, that defeat coming after, a 2-0 win away at Garstang, while Pilkington have also had an inconsistent time of it, a superb 3-1 win over league leaders Lower Breck is their only W so far this season, but that was followed up by 2 defeats to Bacup and Ashton Town respectively, so both teams will be eager to put league points on the board this weekend, despite that, both teams progressed through to the FA Vase 2nd qualifying round, Emley host Winterton Rangers, while Pilkington travel the few miles down the road to Liverpool to face league and Merseyside rivals Lower Breck.
Pilkington currently sit 19th and next to bottom on the league table with 4 points, Emley are currently 11th with 10 points.
After the game at Burscough on Wednesday, assistant coach Steve Nicholson was buoyed by the character and attitude of the team:
"Fantastic display and attitude from the squad in difficult conditions at Burscough, a thoroughly deserved win that showed the character these lads have when they apply themselves as a collective, we now move on and focus on the league game at Pilkington"
Let's get another good following over the hills to cheer the team on!
WHEN?Saturday 7th September, 3.00pm
WHO? The club was officially founded in 1938 but it has history dating back many years before their official formation. The team's origins come from the Pilkington glass factory in St Helens, which had numerous workers teams that have been around for almost as long as the company has been making glass in the 19th century.
The summer of 2017 was the springboard for the transformation of the club into the one you see today. A new junior section was set up with ex-players instrumental in bringing their own children to start their playing days at the club. Also a 5-year plan was developed with a new vision and one of its main objectives being the promotion of the 1st Team into the North West Counties League. This is their first season at this level.
WHERE?The Arcoframe Stadium, Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6RP
WHICH WAY?From M62 Junction 7
Follow the linkway into St Helens Town Centre, turn left at the roundabout with the mining monument and go past the Cineworld and Asda. Go through the traffic lights and at the junction turn left and Ruskin Drive is second on the left after Rivington Road and the pedestrian crossing.
OWW MUCH? £3 Adult, £1 concessions. Child in a club shirt - free, Programmes £1
OWT TO EAT ETC?There is a 'refreshment kiosk' on the ground prior to kick off and during the game with hot food and drinks on sale (pies, sausage rolls, bacon barms, tea, coffee, etc).
There is also a fully licensed bar and clubhouse 'The Sticky Wicket' for home and away supporters which is situated 50M from the ground. It opens at 12 noon on Saturdays and 6pm on midweek nights. A full range of food plus alcoholic and soft drinks available before, during and after the match