Why should I watch..?

There is plenty at stake, and for once bragging rights are not top of the list.

Vics start the game three points adrift of a position of safety in the Northern Premier League’s Division One South with two games left.

The same distance separates table-topping Shaw Lane from second-placed Witton.

Albion must win to keep alive their hopes of being promoted as champions but, if they do, then their tenants will be relegated should third-bottom Rugby avoid defeat at Bedworth.

Shaw Lane travel to Kidsgrove.

Numbers game

Despite losing at Shaw Lane in midweek, Witton still can boast of the best away record in the division after winning 14 of their 20 games.

Before that they had won seven successive matches on their travels – a new club best.

Vics have conceded 21 goals in their past seven fixtures at Wincham Park, and only fellow-strugglers Rugby have collected fewer points in front of their own supporters this season.

Man to keep an eye on

Lingouba Cesaire

With Matty Clarke unavailable, he takes on more responsibility in Vics’ midfield for their meeting with Witton.

Has been among their most impressive performers since agreeing last month to help in their fight for survival.

How he and John Bennett fare against Paul Williams and Tom Owens will be key to the outcome on Monday.

Vics team news

Defender Andrew Fitzgerald is suspended, but Reece Lyndon and Stuart McDonald are available again after completing their own bans.

Midfielder Matty Clarke is on holiday, so misses out.

Yaw Gyimah returned to the team for Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat against Loughborough.

Witton team news

Albion manager Carl Macauley will check on the health of Ryan Hickman (ankle) and Tolani Omotola (hamstring) after they both sat out Saturday’s win against Stamford.

After missing the previous three games, Michael Wilson (ankle) returned to action as a second-half substitute.

Goalkeeper Calvin Hare missed the game after succumbing to an injury sustained during Tuesday’s reverse at Shaw Lane.

After resting while Witton took on the Daniels, Paul Williams and Will Jones should return.

Most recent meetings

Witton 1-1 Vics (NPL Division One South, December 26 2016)

Vics 2-1 Witton (NPL Division One North, December 28 2015)

Witton 1-2 Vics (NPL Division One North, August 31 2015)

Form (past six league games)

Vics L W L L D W

Witton W L W D W W


Vics Pos22 P40 W8 D12 L20 F52 A81 Pts26* (*10 points deducted for entering administration)

Witton Pos2 P40 W29 D6 L5 F94 A41 Pts93

Essential information

Date Monday, April 17

Address Wincham Park, Wincham, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6DA

Kick off 3pm

Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £6, Under 15s £2