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Witton Albion seek to register a season first when rock-bottom Eastwood Town visit this weekend
Witton Albion v Eastwood Town (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee Paul Hodkinson (Preston)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Odds (bet365) None available
Previous meeting Witton 1 Eastwood 2 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, November 1 2008)
Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Wood, Andrews, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Tuck
Injured Connors (hamstring), Cross (knee), Fallon (fractured arm)
Disciplinary (up to end of October) Y19 R1
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (12)
Title odds (bet365) 16/1
Form (Past six home in league) W L W W L W
Record (home) P9 W5 D1 L3 F16 A11 Pts16
Record (overall) Pos4 P18 W10 D3 L5 F35 A25 Pts33
Eastwood (from) Stainsby (GK), Breach, Graham, Green, Travis Munn, Raven, Aaser, Atkinson, Holland, Marriott, Bradley Munn, Piliero, Rogers, Selvam, Clarke, Simmons
Injured Christie (knee), Riley (n/k), Ryan (knee)
Suspended Hanson (three matches), Elliott (two matches), Shaw (one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of October) Y16 R3
Top scorer TJ Nightingale (7) (NB. Now at Spalding United)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 5000/1
Form (Past six away in league) L L L L W W
Record (away) P10 W2 D1 L7 F7 A21 Pts7
Record (overall) Pos22 P18 W3 D1 L14 F16 A49 Pts10
WITTON target a season first – three successive wins in the Premier Division – when Eastwood visit.
It’s a feat not yet managed this term by Brian Pritchard’s men, who have yet to keep back-to-back clean sheets in the top flight either.
The hosts start life without Ashley Stott, released earlier this week, so top scorer Shaun Tuck will start in tandem with Steve Foster in attack.
Long-term injury absentees Steven Connors (hamstring), Matthew Cross (knee) and Rory Fallon (arm) are all absent, although Josh Glover is ok to play despite a struggle with asthma forcing him off the field early in Tuesday’s 9-1 hammering of Middlewich.
Only two teams –North Ferriby and Hednesford – have picked up more points than Witton in the past half dozen matches.
Visitors Eastwood, now under the tutelage of player manager Chris Shaw, have sunk to the foot of the Premier Division standings after seven successive defeats.
Only Frickley, hammered 5-0 by Witton last week, have conceded more goals away from home this term than the Badgers.
Eastwood have failed to score on half of their 10 away trip so far too, losing five of six league games at teams in the top half of the table.
Shaw, his new right hand man Mitch Hanson and midfielder Danny Elliott are all suspended for the trip to Northwich, so the visitors will make at least two changes to the team that started last week’s 1-0 defeat at Blyth.
Midfielder Alex Troke, scorer of a double against Albion a fortnight ago, has since left.