Why should I watch..?

To see if Witton Albion’s FA Cup success at FC United of Manchester on Saturday can be a catalyst for an improved run of results in the Northern Premier League.

Carl Macauley’s men have prevailed in only one of their past seven Premier Division matches, and start tonight’s contest occupying 16th position in the table.

They remain unbeaten at Wincham Park, although three of the four league games there this season have ended level.

Mickleover are winless on their travels, collecting only two points from 21 on offer, and arrive in Northwich after bowing out of the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat at home to Alfreton.

However they triumphed in last season’s corresponding fixture.

What they’ve said

“We enjoyed our win on Saturday, which is only right, but it’s so important we refocus again ready for our next league game.

“While it’s nice to be successful in the FA Cup because it raises our profile at the same time as bringing in money, we have to start climbing the league table – and quickly.

“Mickleover made life difficult for us in both games last season, and there’s no reason why the same won’t apply when we meet again.”

Carl Macauley, Witton Albion manager

Numbers game

Mickleover have lost their past four league games away from home, and five of the seven they’ve played to date

Witton team news

Manager Carl Macauley should be able to pick from the same pool of players that he had available for Saturday’s game.

That means injury absentees Tom Owens (hand) and Nick Ryan (leg) continue to convalesce.

It’s an important evening for…

Rob Hopley

His battle with Pablo Mills will be an important one to win if Witton are to come out on top.

Albion’s captain is full of confidence to after scoring a decisive goal during an FA Cup fourth qualifying round victory against FC United of Manchester on Saturday – his 73rd for the club in 139 appearances.

Form guide (past six league games)

Witton L W D L D L

Mickleover L L D L D L

Last season’s meetings

Witton 1-2 Mickleover (September 30, 2017)

Mickleover 1-1 Witton (August 12, 2017)

Odds (Bet Victor)

Witton 6/5

Draw 12/5

Mickleover 11/5

Essential information

When Tuesday, October 9

Kick-off 7.45pm

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