Witton Albion target an end to sequence of six league games without a win when Stocksbridge visit

Witton v Stocksbridge: preview

Witton v Stocksbridge: preview

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

Witton Albion v Stocksbridge Park Steels (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Wincham Park
Referee Paddy Mahon (Warrington)
Admission Adults £9.50, Concessions £6.50 (NUS/OAP/under 16s), under 15s £3
Odds (bet365) Witton 4/6, Draw 14/5, Stocksbridge 3/1
Last season Witton 1 Stocksbridge 0 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, September 18 2012)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Plant (GK), Bodie, Brown, Gardner, Harrison, Moyo, Andrews, Ashworth, Breeze, Crofts, Dawson, Hancock, Jackson, Powell, Moseley, Simm
Doubtful none
Injured Sheehan (knee), Thompson (ankle)
Suspended Bakkor (one match)
Disciplinary record Y48 R3
Leading scorer Josh Hancock (11)
Form (Past six home in league) L L W W W W
Record (home) P12 W5 D0 L7 F20 A15 Pts15
Record (overall) Pos21 P25 W7 D6 L12 F35 A37 Pts27

Stocksbridge (from) Ward (GK), Banton, Bowden-Lovell, Cadzow, Royles, Swirad, Turner, Callery, Goff, Hamshaw, Hoyle, Knowles, Lipka, Ovington, Telling, Joynes, Ring, South
Doubtful Turner (n/k)
Injured none
Suspended none
Disciplinary record Y53 R5
Leading scorer Nathan Joynes (18)
Form (Past six away in league) L L L W L W
Record (away) P15 W2 D2 L11 F18 A45 Pts8
Record (overall) Pos22 P29 W5 D6 L18 F47 A79 Pts21

Match pointers
WITTON Albion, without a victory in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division in half a dozen attempts, have at least avoided defeat in the past two.

Brian Pritchard will again be without banned forward Scott Bakkor, so Chris Simm could lead the attack alone as he did in last Saturday’s goalless stalemate with Frickley.

Anthony Sheehan (knee) and Neville Thompson (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Albion’s home record on their own pitch against teams from the table’s bottom half is mixed – winning three and losing as many of six matches to date.

Meanwhile this afternoon’s visitors, Stocksbridge, have won only once though in the league at Wincham Park in eight previous visits.

Steels have shut out hosts on one occasion this term, conceding on average three goals a game away from Bracken Moor.

Like Witton, they haven’t won any of their past six league games and have returned home empty-handed from five of their seven road trips to sides in the standings’ lower half.

Full back Ben Turner returned to training this week after a lengthy lay-off through injury, though recent recruit Bradley Grayson will not feature as he is in Australia.

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