Witton Albion seek promotion back to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League's top tier

Northwich Guardian: Curzon Ashton v Witton: play-offs final preview Curzon Ashton v Witton: play-offs final preview

Curzon Ashton v Witton Albion (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North Play-offs final

Venue Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG
Referee Ian Hussin (Liverpool)
Admission Adults £7, Concessions (NUS/OAP) £2.50
Previous meeting Curzon Ashton 1 Witton Albion 1 (December 17, 2011)/p>

Curzon Ashton Ollerenshaw (GK), Buckley-Smith (GK), Brockley, Hampson, Graham Kay, Watson, Woodford, Blackshaw, Goodeve, Matthew Kay, Lakeland, Nightingale, Purcell, Settle, Summerskill, Walker, Dennis, Fish
Doubtful Graham Kay (dead leg)
Injured none
Suspended McDonagh (four matches)
Disciplinary (up to end of March 2012) Y48 R4
Top scorer Kris Dennis, Chris McDonagh (both 26)
Form (Past six home in league) W W W D W W
Record (Home) P21 W15 D6 L0 F46 A17 Pts51
Record (Overall) Pos2 P42 W27 D11 L4 F91 A44 Pts92

Witton (from) Cooper (GK), Conkie (GK), Booth, Gardner, Glover, Harrison, Wood, Andrews, Cross, Gahgan, Hancock, James, Schofield, Sheehan, Woolley, Buchan, Moseley, Stott, Titchiner
Doubtful none
Injured Newman (hamstring)
Suspended none
Disciplinary (up to end of March 2012) Y29 R5
Top scorer Alex Titchiner (38)
Form (Past six away in league) W D W W W W
Record (Away) P21 W14 D4 L3 F48 A20 Pts46
Record (Overall) Pos3 P42 W28 D6 L8 F101 A44 Pts90

Match pointers
WITTON must do what no other team has done in Evo-Stik NPL Division One North this term – beat Curzon Ashton at home – to be promoted.

Albion are unbeaten in their past 16 league encounters though, winning a dozen of those, so make the trip to Greater Manchester full of confidence.

They took four from six points on offer against John Flanagan’s men in the teams’ previous meetings this season too.

Witton have not lost Northern Premier League match away from the Help for Heroes Stadium since November 22, a 13-matches sequence without defeat.

Brian Pritchard is without injured front man Liam Newman (hamstring), so must choose gain between Chris Gahgan and Ashley Stott to start alongside 38-goals top scorer Alex Titchiner in attack.

Meanwhile Oliver James, arguably Witton’s best player in their 3-0 semi finals success against Farsley on Tuesday, is likely to partner skipper Anthony Sheehan again in midfield.

Only champions AFC Fylde scored more points in front of their own fans than Curzon Ashton this term.

The Blues have not failed to score at the Tameside Stadium since October, a run of 14 matches. However the loss of joint leading marksman Chris McDonagh through suspension is a blow.

They lost only one of their final 11 matches – a 3-1 defeat at Prescot with a much-changed team, although they have not beaten Witton in any of their past three meetings.

Michael Fish is the likely replacement for McDonagh alongside Kris Dennis in attack, while Flanagan will wait until the latest possible moment to check that defender Graham Kay has recovered from a dead leg sustained in Monday’s play-offs semi finals win against Garforth Town.

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