19 Jul 2018 in News
West Didsbury and Chorlton visit Ericstan Park on Saturday 21st July for a 3pm kick-off that will allow both teams to begin fine tuning ahead of the North West Counties season. For the Steve Settle managed Premier Division side, this pre-season fixture forms part of their preparations to improve on the club's 10th place finish last term.
The last time these two sides met was back in 2011, when both clubs played their football in the Manchester League. West ran out 3-1 winners that day at their 1,000 capacity Brookburn Road home, the same scoreline as they were victorious by in the reverse fixture. 2010/11 proved to be a very successful campaign for West Didsbury and Chorlton, as they claimed the league title and before long a spot in the North West Counties ahead of the 2013/14 season. The South Manchester side quickly left their mark on the NWC Division One, immediately gaining promotion to the Premier Division after just one season at that level.
West Didsbury and Chorlton were formed in 1908 under the name Christ Church AFC by the Superintendent of a local Sunday School. The club changed its name to West Didsbury AFC ahead of the 1920-21 season and switched from the Manchester Alliance League to the Lancashire and Cheshire League. Following a ground move around the turn of the millennium, the club took on the name it is known by today in 2003 in order to reflect its new location. Three years later the club joined the Manchester League setting them on their journey to North West Counties football.
West hosted their first pre-season fixture last Saturday and gained their first win thanks to a goal from the returning Saul Henderson and a late penalty from Tom Bailey. This followed a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cheadle Town who, thanks to a late James Plumb winner, proved they will be a tough side to beat in the NWC Division One South this term.
With the season now just two weeks away, the intensity is increasing with each pre-season fixture. While Town are currently unbeaten in their preparations for the new season, James Kinsey and his men are under no illusions of the challenges that face them both this weekend and in the campaign ahead. West Didsbury and Chorlton are a side that is experienced at this level, providing a beneficial but challenging test for the Ericstan Park natives.
Tickets to see Town take on West Didsbury and Chorlton can be bought on entry to Ericstan Park this Saturday, with entry costing £5 for Adults and £3 for concessions.