Witton Albion v Curzon Ashton (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 Curzon Ashton 1 (January 15, 2011)
Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Harrison, Gardner, Wood, Andrews, Clampitt, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Schofield, Sheehan, Woolley, Buchan, Gahgan, Moseley, Newman,
Injured Glover (toe)
Disciplinary (up to end January 2012) Y25 R5
Top scorer Alex Titchiner (25)
Form (Past six home in league) L W W L L W
Record (Home) P14 W9 D0 L5 F30 A16 Pts27
Record (Overall) Pos4 P27 W17 D2 L8 F57 A33 Pts53
Curzon (from) Ollerenshaw (GK), Furnival, Heald, Graham Kay, Young, Woodford, Blackshaw, Edghill, Hampson, Goodeve, Matthew Kay, Nightingale, Purcell, Settle, Walker, Watson, Fish,
Injured Dennis (knee)
Disciplinary (up to end January 2012) Y36 R4
Top scorer Chris McDonagh (21)
Form (Past six away in league) W W W D D L
Record (Away) P14 W10 D3 L1 F33 A13 Pts33
Record (Overall) Pos1 P27 W19 D7 L1 F60 A24 Pts64
WITTON Albion host table-toppers Curzon Ashton knowing they can ill afford to lose a third successive match in seven days.
The omens are not good.
Brian Pritchard’s men have lost three of six encounters against teams in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One North in front of their own fans this term.
Perhaps more surprising is that they have retrieved something only twice – against AFC Fylde and Mossley in matches at the Help for Heroes Stadium – from nine attempts after conceding a contest’s opening goal.
Pritchard welcomes back fit again Paul Booth after illness, while Chris Gahgan is pushing hard for a recall following an unconvincing display by Albion’s attack in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against play-offs rivals Skelmersdale.
Top scorer Alex Titchiner, on target against Kendal Town in the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday, is desperate to end a league drought lasting almost three months.
Only in-form AFC Fylde have scored more points than Curzon Ashton in the past eight matches.
John Flanagan’s men are the section’s best travellers too, winning 10 of their 14 encounters on the road, picking up more than half of their points haul away from the Tameside Stadium.
They have scored in every league game since October, a sequence of 14 games.
Kristian Dennis (knee) hasn’t played for six weeks after he was injured in a 3-0 win at Wakefield last month, but everybody else is fit to face Witton.