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Northwich Victoria travel to play-off contenders Hednesford Town looking to bounce back
Hednesford Town v Northwich Victoria (Kick off 3pm)
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Venue Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 2DZ
Admission Adults £10 (£9 to stand), Concessions (NUS/OAP) £6 (£5 to stand)
Odds (Coral) Hednesford 11/10, Draw 7/4, Vics 5/2
Previous Meeting Hednesford 1 Vics 4 (September 10, 2005 in Nationwide Conference North)
Hednesford (from) Crane (GK), Bailey, Campion, Dunkley, Haynes, Johnson, Osborne, Blakeman, Clements, Denny, Durrell, Grice, Jevons, Landell, Beesley, Hay, Suckling,
Doubtful Dunkley (ankle), Hay (groin), Haynes (calf), Jevons (hamstring)
Disciplinary (to end of February 2012) Y54 R5
Top scorer Chris Clements (13)
Form (Past six home in league) D D L W D W
Record (Home) P15 W9 D5 L1 F33 A14 Pt32
Record (Overall) Pos3 P32 W18 D7 L7 F55 A35 Pts61
Vics (from) Hinchliffe (GK), Collins, Disney, Kearney, Short, Smyth, Abbott, Armstrong, Ennis, Field, Fitzpatrick, Riley, Roddy, Woolfe, Budrys, Clarke, Evans, Wade
Doubtful Budrys (thigh)
Injured Johnson (groin)
Disciplinary (to end of February 2012) Y43 R4
Top scorer Wayne Riley (16)
Form (Past six away in league) LW D W D W
Record (Away) P16 W11 D3 L2 F32 A17 Pt36
Record (Overall) Pos2 P31 W19 D7 L5 F56 A31 Pts61 (three points deducted)
NORTHWICH will want to recover quickly after suffering their heaviest league defeat for more than a year at Kendal in midweek, when they lost 4-1.
It marked only their second defeat on the road this term, leaving them locked on points with tomorrow’s hosts and Chorley on 61 points behind leaders Chester.
Management team Martin Foyle and Alan Wright hope to have Chris Budrys (thigh) available again after he sat out Tuesday’s thrashing, but Jordan Johnson (groin) is still not ready to return.
Vics have won four of seven encounters away from home against teams in the table’s top 10 , but they face a tricky test when they face Hednesford for the first time.
The Pitmen have lost only once in front of their own fans this term – against neighbours Chasetown – with only Chester boasting a better points per game average on home turf.
Manager Rob Smith will check on the fitness of four regulars before picking his team, which ended a four-matches wait for a win in last weekend’s 2-0 win at Whitby.