Witton Albion hope to make it four successive Premier Division victories when Buxton visit this weekend

Witton v Buxton: preview

Witton v Buxton: preview

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

Witton Albion v Buxton (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee
Nick Greenhalgh (Bury)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Odds (bwin.com) Witton 9/10, Draw 5/2, Buxton 9/4
Previous meeting Witton 4 Buxton 1 (Doodson Sport Cup Round Four, January 11 2012)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Wood, Andrews, Cross, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Shaw, Sheehan, Foster, Moseley, Tuck
Doubtful Cross (match fitness)
Injured Connors (hamstring), Fallon (fractured arm)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end of November) Y24 R1
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (15)
Title odds (bet365) 14/1
Form (Past six home in league) W W L W W L
Record (home) P10 W6 D1 L3 F19 A11 Pts19
Record (overall) Pos3 P19 W11 D3 L5 F38 A25 Pts36

Buxton (from) Deakin (GK), Black, Haggerty, Johnson, Roberts, Sandwith, Duncum, Istead, Keane, Maxfield, Nix, Stevens, Thornhill, Towey, Bradbury, Lugsden, Morris, Reed
Doubtful Keane (n/k)
Injured none
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end of November) Y18 R1
Top scorer Mark Reed (9)
Title odds (Bet Victor) 100/1
Form (Past six away in league) D D D W L L
Record (away) P8 W4 D1 L3 F15 A13 Pts13
Record (overall) Pos13 P16 W6 D5 L5 F27 A26 Pts23

Match pointers
WITTON seek to extend what is already their best wins sequence of the season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top tier when Buxton visit.

Albion have won three successive Premier Division matches, keeping back-to-back clean sheets for the first time as well when shutting out Eastwood a fortnight ago.

Don’t bet on a draw either, for Brian Pritchard’s men have now gone 14 games without one in the league.

He is unlikely to tinker too much with a winning team, although Matthew Cross is in full training again after a knee injury.

Josh Glover and Jamie Harrison are alternatives in defence and midfield too.

Albion are in form, for only leaders North Ferriby United and Hednesford Town have picked up more points in the past six Premier Division games.

Visitors Buxton, who pushed Football Conference high-fliers Grimsby Town all the way in the FA Trophy, are unbeaten in four games on the road in the league.

The Bucks have won only one of their past six in the Premier Division though.

Scott Maxfield returns from suspension for the trip to Northwich, while top scorer Mark Reed and midfielder Michael Towey hope to be healthy enough to play after sitting out Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Stafford Rangers.

Versatile Kallum Keane has not played since the FA Trophy draw at Grimsby.

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