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1 year ago By Niall Owens

Villagers host West Didsbury & Chorlton at the Hinchliffe Holmes Stadium on Saturday

The Villagers return to league action this Saturday after the prolonged break thanks to the weather and they welcome West Didsbury & Chorlton to the Hinchliffe Holmes Stadium.

In our preview we take a look at a few key talking points ahead the visitors first ever visit to Barnton:

Home comforts

The Villagers have picked up 21 of their 34 points at gone this season, and haven’t lost at home since the visit of Runcorn Town in early December.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s clash manager Steve Lloyd is keen to see his side carry on with their impressive home record: “Every game is crucial for us at this stage of the season, it is certainly an opportunity for us to find some rhythm on our own patch but we aspire to hit that consistency whether home or away.”

He added: “We're not looking too far ahead, the most important game for us is the next one, that is our biggest & the one given complete focus.”

Push for points continues

The Villagers head into the weekend knowing they can take a huge step towards survival by taking all three points. Manager Lloyd discussed the push for points: “I will only settle when we are mathematically safe, until that point we remain focused on a relegation battle & hold the drive to get clear of it quickly.”

Lloyd is also keen to ensure that their focus doesn’t alter: “We can't allow any thoughts that we're clear, we're not, but we do have control of our own destiny & will work hard to retain that to try & get us over the line.”

He also confirmed that midfielders Josh Crofts and Jonny Jones will miss the contest after picking up injuries.

West Didsbury & Chorlton – A Background

In the reverse fixture at Brookburn Road the Villagers lost out 4-1 in September and with Chris Smith getting the only Barnton goal, in what was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

West Didsbury & Chorlton find themselves in 11th and have 42 points from 31 games, but they have struggled recently only picking up five points from a possible 18 available in 2017.

Despite their drop in form of late the Villagers are fully aware of the tough task that awaits on them on Saturday against a top team.

Speaking on the Hallmark Security League website during the week West Didsbury manager Steve Settle is targeting the clubs highest ever points total, from their remaining league games:

Kick off on Saturday is at 3pm and entry is just £5 for adults, get down and show your support

Updated 17:33 - 17 Mar 2017 by Niall Owens

Where next?

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