Widnes travel to Volair Park on Saturday for the second time in 11 days to do battle with neighbours Prescot Cables.
The two sides go head-to-head in Evo-Stik League West action less than two weeks removed from their Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final tussle, which Cables edged on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time.
Widnes followed up their penalty heartbreak with a 2-1 loss at Newcastle Town last time out, and will eager to return to form at the expense of their local rivals.
In fact, Widnes have only won four league games since the turn of the year, but they will be buoyed by a series of impressive results away from home against sides pushing towards the top end of the division.
The Whites have won away at the title-chasing pair of Atherton Collieries and Ramsbottom United, to go along with a point picked up at Trafford in November.
Opponents Prescot remain in the push for the play-off positions but are guaranteed to be on the outside looking in as the season heads into its final month.
Cables were comfortably beaten away at Ramsbottom last Saturday but bounced back with a hard-fought win at Colne in midweek, in which captain James McCulloch scored the only goal of the game.
Brian Richardson will be eager for his players to keep up the pressure on the sides around in the race for the play-offs, and will be keen to ensure that Prescot remain fully focused on the task at hand with Tuesday's Liverpool Senior Cup final against Southport looming large.
Kevin Towey said...
“I do factor in that mentally, not physically, for a youngish group, last Tuesday against Prescot in the Senior Cup was a little bit of a punch in the stomach,” he said.
“However, I do think we’ll be stronger for it but still we’ve got to dust ourselves down and the boys have got to learn quickly from that.”
Danny Ventre remains Widnes' only confirmed injury absentee as of time of writing as the midfielder continues his recovery from a dislocated elbow suffered last month.
Widnes should be boosted by the return of Niall Watson who has missed Widnes' last two outings, while Phil Mooney is available again to bolster the Whites' defence.
Elsewhere, Sean Myler and George Lomax will be pushing for recalls while Brendan O'Brien could be handed a debut after joining the club on Deadline Day.
Last five results in Evo-Stik League Division One West (from the left):
Prescot Cables: W L D L D
Widnes: L W D W L
Date: Saturday 30th March
Updated 20:28 - 29 Mar 2019 by Callum Chadwick
Location: Volair Park, Eaton Street, Prescot, L34 6HD