Witton Albion seek a swift return to winning ways in the Premier Division at strugglers Eastwood

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Eastwood Town v Witton Albion (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue
Coronation Park, Chewton Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3HB
Referee Stuart Eagland (Lichfield)
Admission Adults £9 Concessions (NUS/OAP) £6
Odds (Bet Victor) n/a
Previous meeting Eastwood 2 Witton 1 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, January 31, 2009)

Eastwood (from) Watkinson (GK), Turner (GK), Breach, Graham, Green, Raven, Smedley, Aaser, Elliott, Hanson, Marriott, Munn, Piliero, Selvam, Simmons, Troke, Clarke, Harris
Doubtful n/k
Injured Christie (knee), Riley (n/k), Ryan (knee)
Suspended Shaw (three matches), Somes (one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of October) Y16 R3
Top scorer TJ Nightingale (7) (NB. Now at Spalding United)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 2000/1
Form (Past six home in league) L L L W L L
Record (home) P7 W1 D0 L6 F6 A24 Pts3
Record (overall) Pos20 P16 W3 D1 L12 F13 A44 Pts10

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Alcock, Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Wood, Andrews, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Stott, Tuck
Doubtful none
Injured Connors (hamstring), Cross (knee), Fallon (fractured arm), Glover (groin)
Suspended Ben Harrison (one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of September) Y19 R1
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (9)
Title odds (SKY Bet) 28/1
Form (Past six away in league) W L L W W D
Record (away) P8 W4 D2 L2 F15 A11 Pts14
Record (overall) Pos6 P16 W8 D3 L5 F26 A22 Pts27

Match pointers
WITTON are desperate to return to winning ways following last Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Grantham.

Manager Brian Pritchard will be forced to make changes to the team that lost to the Gingerbreads, as defender Ben Harrison serves a one-match ban.

Mathew Wood returns from suspension, but Matthew Cross (knee) and Rory Fallon (arm) are definitely out injured.

Oliver James could make his first appearance of the season in place of the latter, while striker Steve Foster plays for the last time before his initial one-month loan stay from Chorley ends.

Albion have picked up more points on the road than at home, recovering from back-to-back defeats at North Ferriby and Hednesford to roll over Rushall last time out.

They boast an unblemished record away from Wincham Park too against opponents in the table’s bottom half.

Hosts Eastwood are the Premier Division’s most out-of-sorts side following five successive defeats, including a 4-1 thrashing at FC United of Manchester last Sunday.

The Badgers have shipped 21 goals in that sequence as well.

Their home record is the section’s worst, with a single win from seven attempts, as the Nottinghamshire-based club struggles to adapt following the departure of manager John Ramshaw last month.

Defender Chris Shaw starts a three-matches ban this weekend, while striker Adam Somes misses out for the same reason as he completes a suspension.

Injured Paul Riley has stood down as temporary co-manager, leaving midfielder Mitch Hanson in sole charge.

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