Witton Albion kick off the new season at home to Ossett Albion

Witton v Ossett Albion: preview

Witton v Ossett Albion: preview

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

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

Venue Wincham Park
Referee Kevin Sarsfield (St Helens)
Admission Adults £8.50, Concessions £5.50, U16s £4, Accompanied U14s Free
Previous Meeting Witton 5 Ossett Albion 0 (September 25, 2010)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Fletcher, Gardner, Ben Harrison, Wood, Andrews, Clampitt, Ennion, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Weaver, Woolley, Buchan, Frost, Newman, Titchiner
Doubtful none
Injured Bayley (knee)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (last season)Y56 R2
Form (Pre-season) P8 W5 D0 L3 F25 A11
Odds to win the title (SKY Bet) 14/1

Ossett (from) Connor (GK), Wood (GK), Biscombe, Copping, Griffiths, Holt, McManus, Taylor, Ferguson, Guiry, Hayton, Jordan, Moxon, Naidole, Noble, Paylor, Poole, Bugg, Cornelly, Adam Frost, Johnson, Kelly, Tracey, Wharam
Doubtful n/k
Injured Parker
Suspended none
Disciplinary (last season)Y86 R10
Form (Pre-season) P5 W3 D1 1L F14 A10
Odds to win the title (SKY Bet) 40/1

Match pointers

BRIAN Pritchard begins his reign in charge at Witton Albion at home to last season’s league whipping boys Ossett Albion.

He is expected to hand a debut to midfield pair Danny Andrews and Carl Clampitt as well as former Winsford United goals-getter Liam Newman.

Alex Titchiner will partner the teenager in attack if clearance from the Welsh FA comes through in time. Should he sit out the contest, then Mark Buchan could start in attack.

Meanwhile Paul Booth and Oliver James are in line to launch their second stints at the club.

Adam Bayley is out injured, although not long-term, leaving Pritchard’s biggest dilemma as who to pick at left back.

Matthew Wood’s future is unclear after he sat out Albion’s past three friendlies to consider an offer from a higher-ranked club. Since then James Fletcher, Dan Schwarz and Matthew Woolley have each filled in.

Ossett’s new management pair Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson have been tasked with avoiding a repeat of the relegation battle the club ended up in last term.

They shipped 134 goals on their way to finishing next-to-last but escaped the drop due to a reshuffle elsewhere in the pyramid.

However the duo has enjoyed success with Albion’s reserve and academy teams for the past two seasons and plan to promote the best players from those sides to the senior side.

Midfielder Tom Parker is a long-term injury absentee.

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