The end of the season is almost here. All that remains for Stretford Paddock in what can only be described as a ‘mixed’ first season in the Cheshire League is a home fixture against West Disbury & Chorlton Reserves. Despite Paddock no longer fighting for promotion, any kind of result tomorrow would ensure that the YouTube side’s first season in the Cheshire League ends with a top half finish.


Situational Preview

Stretford Paddock currently sit 8th in Division 2 of the Cheshire League, level on points with Haydock who have a superior goal difference. Haydock, however, have played all 26 of their games this season meaning that a draw or win for Paddock would guarantee them a top half finish.

It’s tough for Paddock to see a 7th place finish as a success down to the fact the club were at one point just a handful of points away from the top 3. Despite this however, when considering the large amount of injuries and the permanent loss of some key players – 7th is respectful.

West Didsbury & Chorlton are currently in 10th place in Division 2 but have 2 games remaining. They need to win both to make sure they finish 9th however, depending on results elsewhere, they might only need one win.

When the two sides faced each other 8 months ago, Paddock were 3-0 victors in what was their first victory of the season. It would also be the first win of their 7 win streak in the Cheshire League.


Opponent Watch

West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves are currently in 10th place in the Cheshire League division 2. They have played 23 games, winning 8, drawing 7 and losing 8. They have scored 42 goals and conceded 33.

They are a young side with players from a number of academies in Cheshire. The skill level of their players is high.

Their form has been mixed of late, wining 3 and losing 3 of their last 6 games. It will for sure be a tough game for the Paddock boys considering their opponents also have something to play for.


Team News

After serving his 1 game suspension against Moore United, Stretford Paddock’s captain, James Oatt, will return to the line up.

One man who has returned to training after a long absence is Paddock midfielder, Dom Molloy. Dom was a key player for Paddock during their impressive unbeaten run however, a number of reasons including multiple injuries has kept him out of the team.

We will have to wait and see wether or not Dom returns to the first team squad for Paddock’s final outing of the 22/23 season.


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