Football: Alsager aiming to celebrate clubhouse opening with cup success
CHAIRMAN Terry Greer is hoping for a double celebration as Alsager Town continue their hunt for the League Challenge Cup and officially open their new clubhouse.
Alsager are aiming for a top-10 finish in the league, but can still aim for glory in the cup, anticipating a bumper crowd when they host AFC Liverpool in the third round tomorrow.
On Sunday, the club will open the doors again when they cut the ribbon on the clubhouse, which has been built thanks to a £85,860 grant from the Football Foundation.
The club almost went out of business when the building was gutted by a fire in July 2011, meaning they had to play their first 22 games of last season away from home.
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"It is a relief and very exciting to get to this stage," said Greer.
"On the pitch, Andy Turner has put together a very young team and although we have lost 12 games this season, nine of those defeats came before October.
"We are gradually getting there and, although Liverpool are on a good run, we think we can be a match for anyone in this division on our day.
"Off the pitch, we're delighted to be able to officially open the clubhouse, and all the people who have helped us build it will be down on Sunday to celebrate."
Turner has brought in former Airbus left midfielder Andy Stockton to add to the recent signing of Stone Dominoes' Matt Dodwell.
Neil Hulme has left for Atherton LR, while Jacob Vernon has joined Norton United.
CONGLETON TOWN are also in League Challenge Cup action, taking on table-topping Maine Road at home hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 Cheshire Senior Cup defeat to Witton Albion in midweek.
Keeper Martin Pearson and midfielder Bradley Yearwood have both joined Jim Vince's team from Mossley, while Shaun Williams has arrived from Bacup Borough.
NORTON UNITED, in 15th, travel to 11th-placed Glossop North End in the league, hoping for a repeat of their 5-3 win in the reverse fixture in November.
STONE DOMINOES have a six-pointer in their fight against relegation when they make the trip to third-bottom Squires Gate.
Dominoes have only won one game all season, but a victory tomorrow would lift the bottom side to within seven points of their opponents and safety.