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W Bacup Borough 0 – Sandbach 2 Sandbach United earned three points on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Bacup Borough in a crappy affair at the Brian Boys Stadium. Despite no real chances being created early on, Mathew Pearson opened the deadlock with a superb header which spun away from the keeper’s grasp and in the top corner. George Riley provided the assist with an accurate free-kick near the half-way line. Another chance fell to Sandbach when Mathew Pearson drove the play out into the wing. Daniel Bartle was there to latch on and send a fine cross into the box where central-defender Kris Stockton headed fractionally over the crossbar. In the second half, Sandbach doubled their lead when George Riley’s cleverly lifted pass saw Daniel Bartle through on goal. The centre-forward was then brought down by a rash challenge from a Bacup defender inside the box. And it was the number nine who doubled Sandbach’s lead with the hard-hit penalty which almost tore the roof off the Bacup net. Sandbach United have responded well to their defeat on Tuesday, remaining in the playoff zone of the Hallmark Security League in 6th position. Carlisle City await them for their next fixture on Saturday. MoM: Mathew Pearson: Vocal, consistent throughout and always causing havoc down the right flank.

Preview: Sandbach United vs Carlisle City Sandbach United earned a well-deserved away win on Saturday in a 2-0 win over mid-table team Bacup Borough, but this Saturday they face another challenge in way of a tough contest against Hallmark Security League rivals, Carlisle City. The claret and blues head up north to Carlisle City, a team who are currently in 17th place in the table. The Cumbria team are coming off the back of a 4-3 victory over St Helens Town, their fourth win this season despite their league position. Sandbach United could go 4th with a win against their northern rivals, further making the case of them to be promotion contenders. The match will kick off at 3pm at Gillford Park (CA1 3AF)

Jacque Talbot

Sandbach United v Widnes  
Sandbach United v Widnes