AFTER successive defeats, Buxton FC travel to newly-promoted Chorley on Saturday in search of their first points of the season in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Unlike their visitors, Chorley proudly sit at the Premier Division summit on goal difference after a perfect start to the season. A 2-1 win at North Ferriby United on the opening day was followed in midweek by a 6-0 thumping of Frickley Athletic.
Striker Steve Foster was the hero against Frickley, bagging a hat-trick in front of a home crowd of over 600 on Tuesday night. He has four goals for the season, just ahead of his Buxton counterpart, Kieran Lugsden, with three.
It could be another difficult afternoon for John Reed’s side, who have conceded six goals in their first two games - 3-2 reversals to Northwich Victoria and Hednesford Town.
The teams last met during the Bucks’ First Division championship-winning season of 2006/07, when the Silverlands outfit, then under the leadership of Nicky Law, completed the double over Chorley, 1-0 away and 4-0 at home.
The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, are New Mills’ visitors in the Evo-Stik First Division South on Saturday.
It’s been a week to remember for league newcomers New Mills. Ally Pickering’s men gave away a two-goal lead before drawing 2-2 at Quorn on their debut last Saturday, before defeating Newcastle Town, last season’s beaten playoff semi-finalists, 4-2 on Monday night.
And yesterday evening (Thursday), a crowd of over 600 saw the Millers lose 7-0 to Manchester United Reserves in a friendly to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary.
Sheffield, who finished mid-table last season, got off to a winning start last Saturday, 3-2 over Sutton Coldfield Town, but lost 2-1 at Kidsgrove Athletic in midweek.
Glossop North End are in FA Cup action on Saturday as they enter the competition at the Extra Preliminary Round stage with a tie against Boston Town at Surrey Street.
Paul Colgan will be buoyed by his side taking nine points from their opening four North West Counties League Premier Division fixtures, with the only blemish, a 3-1 defeat at Ramsbottom United, already a distant memory. And the three games they’ve won have come with clean sheets.
The Hillmen’s Lincolnshire-based visitors play in the United Counties League Premier Division.
All matches kick-off at 3pm.
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