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Witton Albion seek to end sequence without scoring a goal when Matlock Town visit in Premier Division
Witton Albion v Matlock Town (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue Wincham Park
Referee Matthew Jones
Admission Adults £9.50, Concessions £6.50 (NUS/OAP/under 16s), under 15s £3
Odds (Bet Victor) Witton 7/5, Draw 13/5, Matlock 8/5
Last season Witton 3 Matlock 0 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, April 20 2013)
Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Plant (GK), Bodie, Brown, Gardner, Harrison, Moyo, Andrews, Ashworth, Breeze, Crofts, Dawson, Hancock, Powell, Moseley, Parkhouse, Thompson, Wilson
Doubtful Hancock (calf), Wilson (foot)
Injured Connors (knee), Sheehan (knee)
Suspended Joseph (three matches)
Disciplinary record Y35 R3
Leading scorer Josh Hancock (9)
Form (Past six home in league) W W W L L L
Record (home) P9 W4 D0 L5 F18 A12 Pts12
Record (overall) Pos18 P18 W6 D4 L8 F29 A27 Pts22
Matlock (from) Hedge (GK), Leese (GK), Featherstone, Haggerty, Harcourt, Radford, Wilkinson, Yates, Ashmore, Foster, Gaughan, Needham, Nyoni, White, Grayson, Gregory, Holland, Leesley
Injured Thomas (thigh)
Suspended Kennedy (GK) (three matches)
Disciplinary record Y23 R2
Leading scorer Danny Holland, Daryll Thomas (both 10)
Form (Past six away in league) L L W W W L
Record (away) P10 W4 D1 L5 F17 A15 Pts13
Record (overall) Pos7 P20 W9 D5 L6 F30 A21 Pts32
WITTON’S first objective will be to end a sequence without scoring that stretches beyond 300 minutes when Matlock Town visit Wincham Park this weekend.
Brian Pritchard’s men have won their past three Premier Division matches on home turf though.
However in five head-to-heads in Northwich against teams from the table’s top half, only one has ended in victory. That was against Ilkeston last time out.
Marc Joseph starts a three-match ban as punishment for his dismissal at King’s Lynn, so Cliff Moyo stands by for a recall. As an alternative, Anthony Gardner could make his first league start since September.
Josh Hancock (calf) and Kyle Wilson (foot) are injury doubts.
Tomorrow’s visitors Matlock have lost on each of their past four visits to play Premier Division games at Wincham Park, failing to score every time.
Meanwhile the Gladiators’ current sequence without a league win stands at four matches as well.
Their defence is solid though, without only two teams – title hopefuls Chorley and AFC Fylde – able to boast of conceding fewer goals so far.
Former Witton goalkeeper Jon Kennedy begins a three-match suspension, so manager Mark Atkins has drafted in ex-England C shot-stopper Jonathan Hedge on a month-long loan.
Joint top scorer Daryll Thomas sat out last Saturday’s draw at home to FC United of Manchester with a thigh injury, so Brad Grayson could again partner Danny Holland in attack.
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