Whitby Town v Witton Albion (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue The Turnbull Ground, Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HZ
Referee Matthew Dicicco (Middlesborough)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £5, U18s £2, Accompanied U16s Free
Odds (bwin) Whitby 17/11, Draw 5/2, Witton 5/4
Previous meeting Whitby 1 Witton 0 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, April 22 2009)
Whitby (from) Liversedge (GK), Campbell (GK), Burgess, Corker, Hassan, Craig James, Purewal, Robinson, White, Henry, McTiernan, Portas, Williams, Armstrong, Farrell, Mulligan, Snaith
Disciplinary (up to end of January) Y43 R2
Top scorer Craig Farrell (17)
Form (Past six home in league) W W W L L W
Record (home) P12 W5 D1 L6 F16 A17 Pts16
Record (overall) Pos15 P24 W9 D4 L11 F42 A43 Pts31
Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Plant (GK), Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Meadowcroft, Wood, Andrews, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, Oliver James, Powell, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Tuck
Doubtful Cooper (thigh), James (hamstring)
Disciplinary (up to end of January) Y31 R2
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (17)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 66/1
Form (Past six away in league) L D W W W L
Record (away) P12 W6 D3 L3 F25 A20 Pts21
Record (overall) Pos6 P26 W12 D6 L8 F52 A43 Pts42
WITTON Albion’s latest attempt to win a first league match of the calendar year takes them to one of the Premier Division’s most in-form teams.
Brian Pritchard’s men have not won in their past five games, their longest sequence without maximum points in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League since he took sole charge at the beginning of last season.
Most important is a solid start, for the Northwich outfit has conceded the first goal in four of their past five encounters in league and cup.
New recruit Michael Powell, signed this week following his departure from last year’s champions Chester, could make his debut in the heart of midfield.
Goalkeeper Matt Cooper (thigh) is a major doubt, so understudy Stuart Plant stands by once more.
Hosts Whitby protect a seven-match unbeaten sequence stretching back to November, including wins in their past four Premier Division games.
However the Seasiders have played only once since the first week of January, a 2-1 victory at home to play-offs hopefuls Worksop a fortnight ago.
It marked the first time this term that Darren Williams’ men have beaten on their own pitch a visiting team from the table’s top half.
Goals may be hard to come by, for only games at Rushall’s Dales Lane home have a lower average this term.
Nathan Mulligan and Ashley Corker were both doubts for last weekend’s trip to Nantwich, subsequently postponed, but with an extra seven days to recover should be available for selection.