Ahead of the hugely anticipated clash we take a look at the key talking points
Can the Villagers bounce back?
Last Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to 10 man West Didsbury & Chorlton was a real kick in the teeth for the Villagers.
Speaking during the week manager Steve Lloyd was keen to move on but promised the result was the kick up the backside his team needed in order to finish the season strongly: “We were naïve after they had a player sent off, we expected something to happen, and didn’t take responsibility. Too many players relied on others to do something.”
Captain Jack McKay is also confident that the defeat was just a blip and that the team will move on quickly: “Morale in the camp is still very strong. I think that a key aspect of this team is that morale is always high and everyone is always looking to better the previous performance.”
He added: “We have a very strong side now and I feel we are more than capable of getting as many wins as possible, hopefully starting with Saturday. Last week was just a blip and will be put right!”
There will be a number of players involved this weekend who have played for both clubs, keeper Matt Conkie and Captain Jack McKay have turned out for 1874 along with Ryan Broadhead, Jack Woolley, Josh Crofts and Jonny Jones at Under 21 level.
McKay explained the importance of the derby and about playing against his former club: “There are a number of factors which make it a big however the fact that it's a local derby and the support that Northwich 1874 have make the game massive for us and we are looking forward to the game full of confidence.”
He added: “It's always good playing against old clubs as any player will tell you however it does make the game a big one. A few of the lads have previously played for 1874 so I know they will be right up for the challenge as will all of the lads!”
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It’s been a week of change at 1874 with Ian Street handing in his resignation following the clubs 4-1 home defeat to Runcorn Linnets.
Having been with the club since its formation it will have been strange for fans to have not seen him in the dugout on Thursday night as they beat Witton Albion 4-1 at home in their Mid Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-Final win.
Stand in managers Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison oversaw the impressive victory which will serve as a massive confidence boost for a team who had lost their last four games.
There is no doubt the task facing the Villagers on Saturday is massive but manager Lloyd is keen to ensure his side remain focussed throughout their final 9 league games: “It's always nice to win a big game like this one but the next 3 points is massive for us, that just happens to be against 1874. All we are focused on is getting the next set of points on that total, of course it would be terrific to win such a high profile game, but our agenda is simple, it is the beginning of a 9 game run in & it's imperative we kick start that off positively on Saturday.”
Updated 15:57 - 31 Mar 2017 by Niall Owens