Saturday non-league preview: Salmoners in the mood for an upset

Kenny Langford

Kenny Langford

First published in Sport

AFC Darwen will be hoping to use their stunning 7-2 First Division Challenge Cup victory over Leek CSOB to spring a surprise on Runcorn Town tomorrow.

Kenny Langford’s side booked a last four date with with a fantastic victory at the Anchor Ground.

And they are back on the cup trail tomorrow when they visit Runcorn in the League Challenge Cup third round.

Darwen are a division below their hosts and face a tough task against a side who still harbour hopes of winning the North West Counties League Premier Division title.

In midweek, Ryan Steele netted a hat-trick while Bobby Langford weighed in with two as Darwen came from 1-0 down with a fantastic performance.

Danny Banks and Stevie Lee were also on target as Darwen hit five without reply after the tie was delicately poised at 2-2.

Struggling Bacup and Rossendale Borough welcome St Helens Town in the Premier Division in search of a win that could lift them out of the relegation places while Barnoldswick Town host Stockport Sports knowing a victory would lift them above their visitors and potentially into a top half placing.

Colne, sitting in eighth, are on their travels as they head to a Glossop North End side who are two places and 12 points better off.

In Division One, league leaders Nelson host Eccleshall.

Evo-Stik League Premier Division leaders Chorley bid to maintain their five point gap at the top of the table when they travel to Grantham Town.

There is a local derby in the First Division North where Padiham host in form Ramsbottom United.

The Rams have surged into the play-off places after a sparkling run of form while Padiham sit eight points above the bottom two and look set to survive in their first season at his level.

Elsewhere, Clitheroe are on the road at Wakefield.

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