Why should I watch..?

To see how both teams respond to contrasting fortune in midweek.

Witton suffered a third defeat in four away games this season when they went down 3-1 at in-form Stafford Rangers.

Albion have been better on home turf to date, although an unbeaten record at Wincham Park is sure to be tested by Gainsborough.

Trinity were on course for a club record victory during an FA Cup replay against Chasetown on Tuesday before two late goals by their guests denied them.

However Lee Sinnott’s men side appear to have stabilised quickly following their relegation last season and are unbeaten since an opening-day defeat at Nantwich.

What they’ve said

“Gainsborough will challenge for promotion this season, of that there is no doubt.

“We expect them to be a formidable opponent, but we’ll be ready.

“The lads are disappointed not to have done themselves justice in midweek and they’ll be desperate to put that right.”

Gary Martindale, Witton Albion assistant-manager

“We showed [against Chasetown] what we’re capable of when we get the ball down and pass it well.

“We consider it to be a very important league game at Witton; we’re unbeaten in seven games now and it’s a habit that we want to maintain.”

Lee Sinnott, Gainsborough Trinity manager

It’s been a while…

This is a first visit to Wincham Park by Gainsborough Trinity for a Northern Premier League fixture since August 1996

Witton team news

Full-back Anthony Gardner (ankle) is a major doubt after sustaining an injury during last weekend’s FA Cup encounter with Bottesford.

Meanwhile Tom Owens (groin), absent for that midweek reverse at Stafford, will miss out again.

Albion also continue to wait on the Welsh FA to give their consent for versatile attacker Will Booth to complete a transfer from Colwyn Bay.

It’s an important afternoon for…

James Yates

The youngster, voted by supporters as Witton’s player of the month for August, has endured a difficult start to September.

He is untested at this level, but has proven already that he has the attributes to succeed.

A positive showing against one of the favourites for the Northern Premier League’s top-flight title would boost confidence.

Form guide (past six league games)

Witton L D L W W D

Gainsborough D W W W W L

Last season’s meetings

None; Gainsborough were relegated from National League North after finishing in 20th position

Odds (BetStars)

Witton 2/1

Draw 5/2

Gainsborough 11/10

Essential information

When Saturday, September 15

Kick-off 3pm

Address Wincham Park, Chapel Street, Wincham, Northwich CW9 6DA

Admission Adults £10, Concessions £7, Under 21s £5, Under 16s £2

Parking Available for free at the ground