ANOTHER important weekend has arrived for our football teams.

Warrington Town and Warrington Rylands face big games while our Cheshire Football League sides return to action for the first time in 2022.

Town make the short trip to FC United of Manchester tomorrow in the second of five league games against promotion rivals this month.

Mark Beesley’s men will move up at least one place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division table with victory at Broadhurst Park, with South Shields’ trip to Mickleover postponed and fellow contenders Bamber Bridge and Buxton are playing each other.

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It is a meeting between two of the division’s in-form teams, with FC United and Yellows second and fourth in the form table respectively.

Yellows were 2-0 winners over FC United in the reverse fixture at Cantilever Park on the opening day of the season. Picture by Mike Boden

Yellows were 2-0 winners over FC United in the reverse fixture at Cantilever Park on the opening day of the season. Picture by Mike Boden

Town have lost just one of their past 13 league games and are part of a tightly bunched top five – they trail leaders Matlock Town by just three points, albeit having played two games more.

After a difficult start to the season, a five-match unbeaten run has helped FC gain ground in the chase for a play-off spot but they are still seven points adrift of the all-important top five.

Meanwhile, Gorsey Lane will see action for the first time in 2022 on Saturday as Warrington Rylands return to home soil.

Blues host Mossley having not played a home game since their 5-2 win over Newcastle Town on December 11, with their festive fixture against 1874 Northwich postponed due to a Covid outbreak – that game has now been rearranged for February 12.

Rylands won 3-0 at Mossley in the reverse fixture in October. Picture by Mark Percy

Rylands won 3-0 at Mossley in the reverse fixture in October. Picture by Mark Percy

Dave McNabb’s side sit third in the NPL League West Division table and will be aiming to close the gap on those above them while keeping teams below at range.

Leaders Marine and second-placed Workington have opened up a bit of a lead over Blues, who trail the latter by four points and the former by eight.

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Perhaps more worryingly, teams below them have closed the gap – indeed, defeat on Saturday could see them drop out of the play-off spots.

Goal difference keeps them above fourth-place Leek Town, Runcorn Linnets in fifth are a point behind with a game in hand while Clitheroe in sixth trail Blues by three points.

Mossley arrive in Warrington having ended a 10-match winless run last time out via a 2-1 victory at Ramsbottom United on New Year’s Day.

In the Cheshire League, Daten have a big bottom-of-the-table clash with second-bottom Knutsford at Charnock Road while Eagle Sports and Greenalls PSO are also in Premier Division action.

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Northern Premier League (kick off 3pm):

Premier: FC United of Manchester vs Warrington Town

West: Warrington Rylands vs Mossley

Cheshire Football League (kick off 2pm):

Premier Division: Daten vs Knutsford, Greenalls PSO vs Broadheath Central, Winstanley Warriors vs Eagle Sports

League One: Moore United vs Maine Road Reserves

Reserve League One: Eagle Sports Res vs Vulcan Res

Reserve League Two: Crewe FC Res vs Greenalls PSO Res