Witton Albion target response following back-to-back defeats in the Northern Premier League

Witton v Grantham: preview

Witton v Grantham: preview

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

Witton Albion v Grantham Town (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Wincham Park
Referee Dean Watson (Rochdale)
Admission Adults £9.50, Concessions £7 (NUS/OAP/under 16s), under 15s £3
Odds (bet365) Witton 6/4, Draw 13/5, Grantham 13/10
Last season Witton 0 Grantham 2 (Northern Premier League Premier Division, November 3 2012)

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Bodie, Brown, Gardner, Harrison, Moyo, Andrews, Breeze, Crofts, Davidson, Dawson, Hancock, Jackson, Sheehan, Bakkor, Moseley, Titchiner
Doubtful Hancock (hamstring), Moyo (hamstring)
Injured Walker (ankle)
Suspended Powell (three matches)
Disciplinary record Y70 R4
Leading scorer Danny Andrews, Josh Hancock (both 15)
Form (Past six home in league) L W W D W D
Record (home) P19 W9 D2 L8 F38 A29 Pts29
Record (overall) Pos19 P38 W12 D9 L17 F64 A68 Pts45

Grantham (from) Haystead (GK), Hawes, Jacklin, Lister, Meakin, Meikle, Purcicoe, Ridley, Cotterill, Davie, Hardy, Humphreys, King, Lewis, McGovern, Millward, Potts, Towey, Grimes, Hempenstall, Motson, Smith
Doubtful Grimes, Ridley (both match fitness)
Injured none
Suspended none
Disciplinary record Y81 R7
Leading scorer Gregg Smith (21)
Form (Past six away in league) L W L L W L
Record (away) P19 W4 D5 L10 F31 A40 Pts17
Record (overall) Pos15 P39 W14 D9 L16 F68 A69 Pts51

Match pointers
WITTON will be desperate to put behind them a week during which a six-match unbeaten sequence ended following back-to-back defeats.

Albion conceded nine goals in reverses against Droylsden, the Premier Division’s worst team, and promotion hopefuls FC United of Manchester.

The Reds became the first visiting team to win at Wincham Park in the league since the turn of the year after Brian Pritchard’s men had won four previous Northern Premier League encounters – drawing two others – on their own pitch in 2014.

Cliff Moyo (hamstring) is a doubt after injury forced his withdrawal during half time on Tuesday, while winger Josh Hancock will be given until the latest possible moment to prove his fitness too.

New recruit Ross Davidson is in line for a first start with Michael Powell suspended for the next three games.

Visitors Grantham occupy fifth place in the form table based on results from the past half dozen matches.

However the Gingerbreads, victors in Northwich last season, have lost on three of their last four outings away from the Meres.

Their record away to Witton in the Northern Premier League is an encouraging one, avoiding defeat in their five previous visits.

They have scored too every time this season they have travelled to play a team in the table’s bottom half.

Michael Jacklin will hope to keep his place at full back despite experience Lee Ridley being ready to return, while striker Paul Grimes is likely to start from the bench.

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