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Congleton Town return to league action on Tuesday evening as they make the journey to the Silentnight Stadium to face Barnoldswick Town.
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Following their FA Vase triumph against Pinchbeck United, The Bears will be looking to extend their impressive run of form with a win against Barnoldswick Town.

Richard Duffy’s side will make the journey to Lancashire on Tuesday in a bid to close the gap on the teams above them as they eye up a strong second half of their 2022/23 North West Counties Premier Division campaign.

Congleton haven’t dropped a point in the league since late November when a late Darren Chadwick goal wasn’t enough to claw a result back against Kendal Town.

As for Tuesday’s hosts, they welcome Congleton to the Silentnight Stadium in immense confidence themselves, picking up maximum points in their last three games. One which saw them defeat current league leaders Wythenshawe Town, 3-2.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s encounter, Manager Richard Duffy highlighted the challenge that awaits The Bears and the confidence that’s brimming around the squad:

“It’s going to be a tough game going up there after the boys have been working, but it is what it is, teams have to come here [Cleric Stadium] on a Tuesday night so we will go there and try and get three points.

“The boys have got the aura now when they go out on the pitch of ‘you’ve got to beat us’ and no one has been able to beat us at home yet so that’s a proud record to hold.”

Congleton Town confirmed their status in the last 16 of this year’s FA Vase with a statement 4-0 victory against Pinchbeck United last weekend to set up an away tie against AFC Wulfrunians next month.

Scorer of Congleton’s first goal on Saturday, Shakeel Jones-Griffiths, complimented the support the team has received this season and looks ahead to the Barnoldswick game:

“They’re [the fans] very good, no matter where we are around the country, they’re always there as we try our hardest the pitch for them.

“Another tough game, but we go there after our victory [against Pinchbeck] and hopefully get the three points.”

Come on you Bears!