Match Preview: Witton Albion (H)

The Pitmen play their second home game inside of a week tomorrow when Witton Albion visit Keys Park on Non League Day.

After a steady start to the season, following promotion last time around, Witton arrive sitting some four places higher in the league table but just one point better off than us.

Their last visit to Keys Park came some five years ago this month when two goals in second half stoppage time saw us claim all three points in what was one of a number of memorable matches during the 2012/13 campaign.

Those back-to-back victories, the first time we have achieved that feat this season, have left manager Rob Smith looking for more of the same from his team.

He said:

“On Tuesday we secured another welcome three points against a decent Matlock Town side. The first half was an even affair, but I thought we were very wasteful with the ball, and not brave enough in possession, as well as being second best physically.

“In the second half we put things right, were very much on the front foot and played some nice football at times. Everything we talked about at half time the lads put into action, and this is proof that we are now learning and taking information on board; if we continue to do this I am confident we will improve week by week and continue to climb the table.

“Tomorrow we welcome Witton Albion and my old friend Carl Macauley to Keys Park. Carl is an excellent manager whose teams always play good football; it will be a tough game as always but it will be nice to catch up with him again.”

The manager does however have injury concerns over Checkaine Steele, Jed Davies and James Lawrie – all of whom will face late fitness tests to see if they can be involved.

Meanwhile Tyler Lyttle and Richard Platt have both this week departed Keys Park. We thank them both for their efforts while with us and wish them well for the future. It is hoped that some more reinforcements can be added to the squad for the weekend and we shall bring you that news when we have it.

The game kicks off at the usual time of 3pm and Strikers Bar will be open to all supporters both before and after the match.

Admission Prices:
£12 Adult Main Stand
£11 Adult Terrace
£8 Concession Main Stand
£7 Concession Terrace
£12 Family Ticket – One Adult and One Child

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