WITTON Albion will again be without striker Rob Hopley when they play a return game against Leek Town on Tuesday.

The front man, on target 22 times this season, is ruled out by a toe injury.

He is joined on the side-lines by Matty Devine, who aggravated a hamstring injury during an appearance as a substitute during last week’s meeting.

The visitors, who ran out 5-2 victors in that game, will be desperate for a return to winning ways after stumbling to a first home defeat of the campaign against struggling Rugby Town on Saturday.

They had won 11 of their previous 13 Northern Premier League fixtures, drawing the other two, before a 4-3 reverse during which they conceded a decisive goal in the ninth minute of added time.

Goalkeeper Danny Roberts, who returned to action during a Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-final reverse at holders 1874 Northwich on Thursday, was named as a substitute at the weekend.

He hasn’t played in Division One South since hurting a foot at Basford back in January.

Hosts Leek have lost their past three matches, including a 2-1 reverse at AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday, leaving them four points adrift of a promotion play-offs place.

Player-manager Ant Danylyk is suspended as punishment for his dismissal during the previous meeting with Witton.

Jordan Johnson (elbow) is out for the rest of the season, but Aaron Carter (calf) and Dan Shelley (ankle) have resumed training after long-term absences.

Kick off is at 7.45pm.