Emley look to make it 3 games unbeaten in the North West Counties Division 1 North when they travel to AFC Darwen on Wednesday evening (7.45pm), weather permitting!
After last week's game at Bacup Borough was waterlogged off again, Emley fans will be hoping for better luck weather wise as it's almost a month since they were on the road!
After Saturdays 1-1 draw with Cleator Moor Celtic and the previous weekend's 2-1 over Nelson, Emley manager Richard Tracey will be hoping to keep up the chase on the top 4 promotion places.
Darwen, though will be looking for points though to move themselves up the table and keep up their own decent run of form, which has seen them pick up 4 points and pull themselves away from the bottom 2 places, last week's 1-1 draw with Nelson, came after a 4-1 win over Garstang in the Lancashire cup, following on from 4 consecutive defeats, which saw manager Luke Evans leave the club.
Emley's biggest problem has been scoring goals, or not as the case may be, despite creating numerous chances, they have struggled to find the back of the net, as was cruelly demonstrated by last week's draw, when the Pewits should have really wrapped all 3 points up, and also by their last away game, which saw them squander plenty of chances, and a 2-0 lead at struggling Pilkington in a 3-2 loss.
That Pilkington defeat was Emley's second on the artificial 3G pitches that are allowed in this league, and Darwen will be hoping theirs works to their advantage, Emley will be hoping it's 3rd time lucky on "plastic"
WHEN? Wednesday October 2nd, 7.45pm
WHO? AFC Darwen were formed in 2009 after the original Darwen FC folded, a lease was secured on the anchor ground and AFC Darwen were off and running the West Lancashire league, and re-admitted back into the NWCFL at the end of 2009-10, their most successful recent season was in 2014-15 they won promotion to the Premier league as well as winning the First Division cup.
WHERE? WEC Group Anchor Ground, Anchor Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0BB
WHICH WAY? Directions: M65 to junction 4. At traffic lights turn left onto A666 (signposted Darwen). After approx. 1/2 mile turn left between Anchor Car sales and the Anchor Pub. Bear right and ground is on the left.
OWW MUCH?£6 Adults, £3 Concessions, £2 Children but FREE if accompanied by Adult, Programmes £1.50
ANY OTHER BUSINESS? Crown Paints Car Park is a large car park which is adjacent to the ground.