Irlam Preview

Irlam Preview

After a dominant and well deserved victory at Winsford United on Tuesday night, Avro face their third away game on the bounce this weekend, an important FA cup fixture against Irlam. 

Our 3-0 win at the Barton Stadium means we have taken all six points from our first two league games, keeping us on track to achieve the promotion we all want and strive for as we move up to third place in the early stages of this season. However, attention at the weekend turns to the FA Cup, where hopes are high that we can progress to the Preliminary Round for the second year in a row. Last year after victory against West Didsbury and Chorlton at this stage, we pushed NPL Division One West side Runcorn Linnets all the way until we were eventually defeated 4-1 in a replay after extra time.

The Opposition 

Irlam had a perfectly average season in their 2021/22 campaign, finishing 10th on 57 points, three more than Tuesday night’s opponent. However, despite the 10th place finish, it could have been much higher for them if only it wasn’t for their poor run of form towards the end of last season, losing two out of their last three to Charnock Richards and Northwich Victoria and only managing to get one point on the final day against nearly relegated Ashton Athletic. They have started this season with two defeats, so will no doubt be extra motivated to make up for this early disappointment by progressing in the FA Cup.

Irlam’s last six results

12/07/22         Ramsbottom Utd (H)      D 2-2 

16/07/22         Wythenshawe AFC (A)   W 4-0

21/07/22         Mossley AFC   (H)           L 1-0

26/07/22         Salford XI    (H)               W 2-1 

30/07/22         Wythenshawe Town (H) L  3-1 

3/08/22           AFC Liverpool   (A)         L 2-0

Head to Head 

Both sides won their home fixtures last year. The first meeting came almost a year ago in late August at the Vestacare, with Avro emerging victorious thanks to goals from Danny Byrnes, Lewis Lacy and Louis Potts. However at the RG3 Digital Stadium, it was Irlam’s turn to secure the three points as a last minute goal resulted in a 2-1 win. Jake Cottrell gave the visitors the lead, but a brace from midfielder Millen Brown meant that our captain’s goal counted for nothing in the final analysis.

One to Watch

Louis Holt started the season on the bench last Saturday against Wythenshawe, but his goal when introduced in the second half earned him a place in the starting eleven four days later against AFC Liverpool, and despite the 2-0 loss, he turned in a Man of the Match performance. He will be looking to impress again today if given the opportunity.

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