After a trip to Cheadle Town in mid-week, which saw the Ravens progress in the First Division Challenge Cup, its back to league business this week for the promotion chasing Ravens.
Dropping back to second after West Didsbury & Chorlton won one of their two games in hand against second bottom Rocester in mid-week, the Ravens need to produce the goods again this weekend as third place Abbey Hey enter the Bernabowl.
With regulars Michael Williams, Lee Gale and Ste Whitley clogging up the physio room last week, Chris Bass was forced to go deep into his squad, something we may well see again on Saturday.
Last week’s 3-1 saw impressive second half performances from Luke Murray and Dan Simpson, who grabbed the headlines with their goals, but there was a lot of thankless work done by Sean Doyle and Furo Davies while Sam Caine put in a solid display at the back along the Great Wall of Quaye, Alex Maitland and Ryan Burns.
This weekend’s side will be hard to predict again given the injuries but Chris Bass will want to see a better start than the Ravens made last week when a sloppy first half found them one down at the break.
The title may be just out of reach, but for their part all the Ravens can do is continue to win and put more pressure on West Dids who, despite having been top for a long time, have shown cracks in recent weeks.
It was a young side who went to Cheadle Town in midweek as the Ravens began their cup run and several strong performances could just see some of them players grabbing their chance and making it into this week’s squad.
As for Abbey Hey, the Gorton side arrive in decent form having won four of their last six and with 93 goals under their belt, they are the leagues second highest scorers, behind the Ravens.
As for their goal threat, Jordan Lazenbury, Ben Halfacre and Dylan Fitzgerald come as the danger men for the Rebels.
However, while the Ravens have been fairly free-scoring, Abbey Hey have a mean defence, shipping just 34 goals all season, incidentally this is second only to West Dids.
As ever, kick off is at 6.30pm, gates open 5.30pm, buy your tickets from the Raven’s site here.