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NEXT UP | Stocksbridge Park Steels (H)

The Bulls have a chance to further cement Evo-Stik Northern Premier League consolidation with the visit of relegation rivals Stocksbridge, but they will have to do it without their main striker.

A brilliant performance on Tuesday night saw AFC become only the fifth team to beat league leaders Morpeth Town and claim a crucial three points thanks to Ellis Wall, Jack Broadhead and Ollie Fearon.

The win took AFC up to 15th in the East Division table and shifted them seven points clear of the drop zone, but that could become 10 points if they repeat their midweek heroics.

The Bulls would also leapfrog Saturday's opponents Stocksbridge if they take all three points.

With both bottom clubs Gresley and Carlton Town still to play, it remains crucial to pick up as many points as possible to secure safety.



Three wins on the bounce over Gresley, Spalding and Loughborough have propelled Stocksbridge away from the East Division relegation zone.

Their key issue all season has been scoring goals; with just 34 goals recorded all season, Park Steels officially have the league's weakest attack, but their last three games have seen them hit the back of the net seven times.

Momentum will be Stocksbridge's key to success on Saturday, but the home advantage may very well come in handy for AFC.



He may have scored on Tuesday night but the Bulls will have to find a way to score without key striker Ollie Fearon, who was red carded in the 1-1 draw at Wisbech last weekend.

Midfielder Pat Lindley too will be missing, as he begins a five-game suspension from his third red card of the season at Wisbech.

Besides a missing Tom Crosby, Mark Ward said he hopes to have a clean bill of health to report, meaning returns for Ben Partridge and Jon D'Laryea could well be on the cards.



Adults | £7

Concessions | £5

Kids | FREE


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