Witton Albion continue latest attempt to reach FA Trophy first round against Skelmersdale United

Witton v Skelmersdale: FA Trophy preview

Witton v Skelmersdale: FA Trophy preview

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

Witton Albion v Skelmersdale United (Kick off 3pm)
FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round
Venue
Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee Simon Mather (Droylsden)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Prize money £3,250
Replay date Tuesday, October 30 (Kick off 7.45pm)
Previous Meeting Witton 1 Skelmersdale 2 (Northern Premier League Division One North, February 18 2012)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Plant (GK), Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Wood, Andrews, Cross, Fallon, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, Shaw, Sheehan, Moseley, Stott, Tuck
Doubtful Shaw (match fitness)
Injured Connors (hamstring)
Suspended none
Cup tied Foster
Disciplinary (up to end of September) Y12 R0
Top scorer Ashley Stott (8)
Route to this round 1QR bt Blyth Spartans (h) 4-1
Prize money to date £2,550
Last season in FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
League record (Home) P7 W4 D1 L2 F11 A9 Pts13
League record (Overall) Pos5 P14 W7 D3 L4 F22 A20 Pts24

Skem (from) Ashton (GK), Corrigan, Field, Hardwick, Rendell, Strickland, Bellew, Birchall, Morning, Saleh, Woolcott, Wright, Burnett, Hickey, Hine, Jackson
Doubtful none
Injured none
Suspended McIntosh (one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of September) Y4 R0
Top scorer Joshua Hine (10)
Route to this round 1QR bt Prescot Cables (a) 3-0; PR bt Salford City (h) 4-2
Prize money to date £4,850
Last season in FA Trophy Preliminary Round
League record (Away) P4 W4 D0 L0 F8 A0 Pts12
League record (Overall) Pos2 P9 W8 D1 L0 F25 A7 Pts25

Match pointers
WITTON, who have not reached the FA Trophy’s first round proper in six seasons, resume their latest attempt against old foes Skelmersdale United tomorrow, Saturday.

Albion have been knocked out on home turf on four occasions since then too.

However they have not lost to a lower-ranked team in the competition since 1996, going out after a replay against Workington.

Manager Brian Pritchard will be forced to make at least one change to the team that started Tuesday’s league defeat at Hednesford as on-loan striker Steve Foster is cup tied.

Top scorer Ashley Stott should be restored to the team.

Visitors Skelmersdale were denied victory in a league encounter for the first time on Tuesday, ceding a lead three times when sharing six goals with New Mills.

They had won the previous eight Division One North games.

Boss Tommy Lawson, who lost leading marksman Shaun Tuck to Witton over the summer, will make at least one change as central defender Rob McIntosh serves a suspension as punishment for a dismissal in the previous round.

Tony Rendell is a likely stand-in.

Skem’s only defeat to date has been on the road in a cup competition, their participation in the FA Cup ended after a 4-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion in September.

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