Congleton Town FC

Congleton Town vs Irlam: Preview

Congleton Town welcome Irlam to the Cleric Stadium this weekend after three league games without a win.
Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes

The Bears looked set to see the game out against a ten men Squires Gate side on until Alex Welsh headed past Dave Parton in the closing stages of Wednesday night’s encounter.

In a bid to return to winning ways, Richard Duffy’s men face an Irlam side who currently sit in 12th and are yet to record a win in 2023, with three draws and a loss since the turn of the year.

The first meeting this season saw Irlam defeat Congleton 3-0, on an utterly disappointing night for The Bears.

An outstanding performance from goalkeeper Dave Parton earned The Bears a point on Saturday in a game where Avro may rue the chances they missed.

Richard Duffy: “Superb. I said to the lads in the changing room that you’ve got Dave to thank for a point because without him we probably go behind.”

Ahead of a number of a cup games on the horizon in the FA Vase, Macron Cup and the Cheshire Senior Cup, this is a perfect opportunity for Congleton to get back to winning ways as they look to continue their numerous cup adventures.

Manager Richard Duffy experimented with a five at the back formation on Wednesday in response to his usual 4231 formation having a slight dip in form.

Despite conceding late on, it’s the first result for a couple of weeks where Congleton would’ve felt like they should’ve won the game comfortably, and given the lack of chances created against Avro and Padiham, this should be treated as a positive.

It’ll be fascinating to see how Richard Duffy and Anthony Griffin set up The Bears on Saturday with a busy and exciting schedule fast-approaching.

Make sure to come down to the Cleric Stadium to support the lads on Saturday as they look to gain another three points on those teams above them in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Come on you Bears!