Witton Albion seek to extend winning run against injury-hit Durham City

Witton v Durham: preview

Witton v Durham: preview

First published in Sport Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

Witton Albion v Durham City (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North

Venue Help for Heroes Stadium
Admission Adults £8.50, Concessions £5.50, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel (with valid ID) Free
Last season Witton 1 Durham 1 (April 29, 2011)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Harrison, Gardner, Glover, Wood, Andrews, Hancock, James, Schofield, Sheehan, Woolley, Buchan, Gahgan, Stott, Titchiner
Doubtful Stott (ill)
Injured Newman (hamstring)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end February 2012) Y26 R5
Top scorer Alex Titchiner (31)
Form (Past six home in league) D W L W W L
Record (Home) P16 W10 D1 L5 F34 A19 Pts31
Record (Overall) Pos3 P34 W22 D4 L8 F76 A37 Pts70

Durham (from) Lewis Graham (GK), Brown, Davis, Arjun Purewal, Shaw, Wilkinson, Harbord, Stephenson, Conor Winter, Cutts, Pounder, Thompson
Doubtful none
Injured Dowson, Madden, Amar Purewal, James Winter
Suspended none
Unavailable Ayre, Evann Graham (work commitments)
Disciplinary (up to end February 2012) Y43 R4
Top scorer David Dowson (19)
Form (Past six away in league) L W W W W D
Record (Away) P18 W9 D1 L8 F24 A27 Pts28
Record (Overall) Pos10 P36 W17D2 L17 F61 A65 Pts53

Match pointers
WITTON hope to extend their wins sequence to five matches when Durham visit this weekend.

Albion are unbeaten in seven, placing them third in the table with an eight-points gap to title favourites Curzon Ashton although with a game in hand.

Brian Pritchard may start with Chris Gahgan alongside top scorer Alex Titchiner with Liam Newman out injured and Ashley Stott laid low by a virus.

Everybody else is available.

Visitors Durham, hoping to avoid a third successive defeat after losses against Salford City and Curzon Ashton, are decimated by injury and unavailability.

Manager Dickie Ord is away on a coaching course, so goalkeeper James Winter takes charge.

City are likely to be without strike pair David Dowson and Amar Purewal – a duo that has contributed more than half of the team’s goals to date – through injury.

Defender Dan Madden is ruled out as well, while Rufus Ayre and Evann Graham have work commitments elsewhere.

Durham had been unbeaten in six matches on the road before stumbling at Salford, winning five of six Division One North matches in the run-up to a 3-0 defeat against the Ammies.

They kick off this weekend’s contest nine points adrift of a play-offs place.

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