It’s a welcome for the first ever meeting between the recently formed City of Liverpool FC and the Rams at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Formed to offer affordable football to those in the city unable to watch the two Premier League sides, the new club merged the red and blue of the city’s main clubs into a kit that reflects their nick-name of “The Purps”.

Promoted from the North West Counties League last season (their second promotion in their short lifetime) they have adapted to life at this level well, and currently sit alongside the Rams in mid-table with both sides having played 12 league games and earning 20 points.

Both sides have games in hand and are only three points away from the play-offs, so a tight contest is likely. For the Rams it’s a chance to continue the improved form of late that was disrupted on Saturday when the planned trip to Dunston was thwarted by heavy overnight rain on Friday night.

The team’s last outing was a deserved three points over in Prescot with a 2-1 away win over the Cables, and another three points against CoL could see the Rams back up amongst the challenging pack, in what is becoming a very open race with no club running away with the League this time round.

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