Witton Albion seek a third successive win in Evo-Stik Northern Premier League when Grantham Town visit

Witton v Grantham: preview

Witton v Grantham: preview

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

Witton Albion v Grantham Town (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue
Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee Bob Roberts (Leyland)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Odds (bet365) Witton 8/15, Draw 3/1, Grantham 15/4
Previous meeting Witton 1 Grantham 1 (Northern Premier League Division One South, December 12 2009)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Ben Harrison, Andrews, Cross, Fallon, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Stott, Tuck
Doubtful Ben Harrison (knee)
Injured Connors (hamstring), Glover (groin), James (match fitness)
Suspended Wood (one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of September) Y12 R0
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (9)
Title odds (bet365) 20/1
Form (Past six home in league) W W L W L D
Record (home) P7 W4 D1 L2 F11 A9 Pts13
Record (overall) Pos3 P15 W8 D3 L4 F26 A20 Pts27

Grantham (from) Lindley (GK), Martin (GK), Brindley, Magee, Meikle, Potts, Purcicoe, Sam Saunders, Watt, Ball, Demidh, Higginson, Lewis, Nwadike, Robinson, Battersby, Briers, Grimes, McGhee, Ben Saunders
Doubtful none
Injured Carchedi (hamstring)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end of September) Y16 R2
Top scorer Phil Watt (4)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 750/1
Form (Past six away in league) L L D W L W
Record (away) P6 W2 D1 L3 F4 A6 Pts7
Record (overall) Pos17 P15 W3 D4 L8 F19 A24 Pts13

Match pointers
WITTON host the Premier Division’s most out-of-sorts team hoping to extend a winning run to three matches for the first time this season in the league.

Brian Pritchard will be forced to make at least one change to the side that started Tuesday’s romp at Rushall as full back Mathew Wood serves a one-match ban.

His most likely replacement, Josh Glover, is out too with a groin strain to Albion’s boss will need a creative solution.

Teenager Adam Clayton did the job with assuredness in midweek, making his first appearance in senior football as part of the visitors’ four-goals success.

Ben Harrison (knee) is a doubt too, though Pritchard should have Paul Booth available again.

Visitors Grantham ended a run of eight successive defeats in all competitions in Tuesday’s goalless stalemate with Buxton, but have not won in the league since September 1.

That’s a run of 10 straight matches.

The Gingerbreads have scored fewest goals on the road this season – just four in six away games – although their defence has conceded fewest with six.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Lindley is available again after suspension, so challenges James Martin for a starting place.

Gio Carchedi (hamstring) is out with an injury though.

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