Witton Albion seek to strengthen hold on play-offs places with victory against promotion hopefuls Worksop

Northwich Guardian: Witton v Worksop: preview Witton v Worksop: preview

Witton Albion v Worksop Town (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue
Help for Heroes Stadium
Referee Anthony Moore (Stockport)
Admission Adults £9, Concessions (NUS/ OAP) £6, U15s £3, Armed Forces personnel Free (on production of valid ID)
Odds (Stan James) Witton Evens, Draw 5/2, Worksop 2/1
Previous meeting Witton 2 Worksop 3 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, November 15 2008)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Booth, Clayton, Gardner, Glover, Ben Harrison, Horne, Mathew Wood, Fallon, Hancock, Jamie Harrison, James, Shaw, Foster, Moseley, Tuck
Doubtful none
Injured Connors (match fitness)
Suspended Andrews, Sheehan (both one match)
Disciplinary (up to end of November) Y24 R1
Top scorer Shaun Tuck (16)
Title odds (SKY Bet) 16/1
Form (Past six home in league) L W W L W W
Record (home) P11 W6 D1 L4 F21 A15 Pts19
Record (overall) Pos4 P21 W12 D3 L6 F43 A29 Pts39

Worksop (from) Bastock (GK), Clarke, Hawes, Ludlam, Miller, Ridley, Shiels, Chris Wood, Beeson, Burbeary, King, Scott, Telling, Towers, Warlow, Young, Denton, Jackson, Menga, Mettam
Doubtful Young (hamstring)
Injured none
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end of November) Y30 R1
Top scorer Leon Mettam (14)
Title odds (SKY Bet) 14/1
Form (Past six away in league) W D D W W W
Record (away) P10 W5 D2 L3 F23 A16 Pts17
Record (overall) Pos6 P19 W10 D3 L6 F48 A28 Pts33

Match pointers
WITTON face one of their toughest tests of term so far when fellow play-offs hopefuls Worksop Town visit tomorrow, Saturday.

Albion responded to a home humbling against Buxton by beating Blyth on their own pitch last week, a win that left them fourth in the Premier Division table.

Their advantage over Worksop is worth six points, although the Tigers have two games in hand.

Manager Brian Pritchard will be forced to make at least two changes with skipper Anthony Sheehan and wide man Danny Andrews both set to serve a one-match ban.

Joe Shaw stands by, while Jamie Harrison may make a rare start too.

Premier Division leading scorers Worksop are the section’s form team, picking up more points than anybody else – 17 – in their past half dozen league matches.

They are unbeaten in seven games on their travels too, winning four of seven head-to-heads against teams in the table’s top half to date.

The Tigers have reason to be optimistic about a trip to Wincham as well after winning on their past two visits.

Front man Tom Denton, who hit the net 11 times in as many games during a loan stay from Alfreton earlier this term, joined Worksop on a permanent basis yesterday, Thursday.

Full back Lee Ridley has extended his temporary stop over from Gainsborough too.

Midfield dynamo Matt Young (hamstring) is an injury doubt for Simon Clark’s men, while defender Adie Hawes hopes to have shaken off a virus that kept him out of last weekend’s five-goals hammering of Ashton United.

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