LEEK Town travel to that bastion of football, the city of Manchester, tomorrow (Feb 9), where they face Trafford FC in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Trafford are no United or City, but their Shawe View ground, in Flixton, has been something of a fortress to date.
The Mancunians have lost just twice at home this term and leap-frogged over Blues in the West Division table by winning 1-0 at Widnes last Saturday..
The victory moved Trafford into fifth spot and pushed Blues down to seventh place.
Blues will be keen to get their promotion push back on track after seeing their game away to league leaders Atherton Collieries postponed because of the inclement weather last weekend.
Trafford followed this up with a 3-1 win at the home of the former league leaders, Runcorn Linnets, in the Integro Cup quarter-finals in mid-week.
The result extended Trafford’s unbeaten run to three games since their 3-1 reverse at Colwyn Bay last month.
Blues boss Neil Baker (pictured) told the Sentinel’s Jim Hannah: “Trafford are a well organised side, but we will go there looking for something from the game as we always do.”
Baker may include new recruit Aaron Dwyer, the 22-year-old former Mossley winger, in his line-up as they fight to regain their place in the play-offs after slipping down to seventh place..
It is the first meeting between the two teams this season, with the return clash at Harrison Park on Saturday, March 2.