Witton Albion seek to end search for a win when leaders North Ferriby United arrive in Wincham

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Witton Albion v North Ferriby United (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue
Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee Ian Gittins (Morecambe)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Odds (bwin.com) Witton 2/1, Draw 5/2, North Ferriby Evens
Previous meeting Witton 2 North Ferriby 1 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, March 14 2009)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Plant (GK), Booth, Clayton, Anthony Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Meadowcroft, Wood, Andrews, Hancock, James, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Tuck
Doubtful Cooper (thigh)
Injured Jamie Harrison (foot)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (to the end of January) Y31 R2
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (17)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 50/1
Form (Past six home in league) D D L W W L
Record (home) P13 W6 D3 L4 F25 A19 Pts21
Record (overall) Pos5 P25 W12 D6 L7 F50 A39 Pts42

North Ferriby (from) Nicklin (GK), Pecora (GK), Anderson, Foot, Steve Gardner, Gray, Peat, Banks, Bolder, Clarke, Fry, King, Ridley, Taylor, Williams, Bradshaw, Kendall, Wilson
Doubtful none
Injured Lisles (ankle)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (to the end of January) Y34 R6
Top scorer Ryan Kendall (21)
Title odds (bet365) 11/10
Form (Past six away in league) W W L W W W
Record (away) P13 W10 D0 L3 F31 A13 Pts30
Record (overall) Pos1 P27 W18 D5 L4 F61 A29 Pts59

Match pointers
AFTER last week’s defeat at play-offs rivals Marine, Witton face next table-toppers North Ferriby United.

They could do with a win too, for the current four-match sequence is their longest this season without one.

Brian Pritchard’s men have only one victory from their past six Premier Division encounters, but still they occupy a play-offs position.

He will wait until the latest possible moment to make a decision on goalkeeper Matt Cooper’s involvement – the custodian was ruled out last Saturday after the warm-up with a thigh strain – with Stuart Plant, who made his first senior appearance last weekend, again on stand-by.

Jamie Harrison (foot) is out injured, but top scorer Shaun Tuck has trained this week for the first time since damaging ligaments in an ankle a month ago at Stocksbridge.

North Ferriby have picked up more points than anybody else from their past half dozen Premier Division games, winning five.

The Villagers’ record on the road is the best in the section too, with 10 wins from 13 away days, while nobody has scored more goals, or conceded fewer, away from their own pitch.

Their defeats away from east Yorkshire have been at clubs in the table’s top half.

Manager Billy Heath must decide whether to recall goalkeeper Adam Nicklin after he completed a suspension, while newcomer Oliver Banks is pushing for a first league start after hitting a hat-trick in a midweek cup win.

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