Knutsford target last eight when they visit Newton

KNUTSFORD know what prize awaits if they can win a rescheduled Cheshire FA Amateur Cup clash with Newton on Saturday.

The weather prevented play at the weekend, leaving the two teams to try again with the victor earning an away date at Vauxhall Motors reserves in the last eight.

Kick off at Wirral is 1.30pm.

Paul Schofield’s men make the trip with back-to-back defeats behind them in league and cup, the first time this term they have suffered such a fate.

He will be hoping that star turn Dean Warburton continues a rich vein of form, the midfielder scoring a stunning goal in the Cheshire League representative team’s friendly success against Rudheath last Wednesday.

Steve Lloyd’s men ran out 4-2 victors on a night when Knutsford’s Mark Higgs was between the posts for the victors.

“It was good to get the lads back together again,” said team boss Steve Lloyd afterwards.

“The game provided an opportunity to look at some new faces as replacements for players who have moved to a higher level in the footballing pyramid – like Knutsford’s Tom Schofield and Tom Rutter – which is a reflection of the standard in the Cheshire League at the moment.”

There is no change at the Division One summit although Knutsford’s closest rivals, Whaley Bridge, can cut the gap to top spot if they defeat lowly Lostock Gralam this weekend.

Victory would leave them four points adrift of the table-toppers.

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