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PREVIEW | Albion Sports (A)

AFC hope to begin March on a positive note with a result at fellow bottom-half side Albion Sports.

The Bulls have gone two weeks without a fixture after games against Silsden and Thackley were both called off due to waterlogged pitches, but a drier couple of days have raised hopes of the midweek trip to Bradford going ahead.

Just two points separate the sides ahead of the Wednesday night fixture, with AFC three places above in 16th and able to jump up to 14th if other results go their way.

The tie kicks off at 7:45pm at Farsley Celtic's Throstle Nest.


Last Time Out

In the Bulls' last outing, Matt Chatfield saw his side return to winning ways at the Forest Town Arena at the expense of bottom side Athersley on a stormy afternoon.

Returning skipper Phil Buxton, who had just served a three-match suspension, opened the scoring when Morgan James' square pass bobbled into Buxton's path before the midfielder rifled low past Michal Antkowiak.

The two sides continued to brave the horrendous conditions and AFC remained on top in an impressive first-half display, as Ross Duggan curled home his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions from just inside the penalty area.

Hugo Warhurst then pulled off a sensational penalty save, his second in five days, to deny Thomas Foltyn-Brown from 12 yards before AFC's Kian Sketchley and Athersley's Jack Briscoe were both sent off for a touchline scrap.


The Opposition

Albion's season, like AFC's, has been a disappointing one as the campaign enters its latter stages, with the Lions now slipped into second from bottom.

The Bulls are yet to face off with the Bradford side this season; the trip up to Yorkshire was originally scheduled for late November but fell victim to foul weather.

It'll be the first time the two sides have met since the Lions convincingly defeated Rudy Funk's side 3-0 in April 2018 - a rare result for an AFC side which eventually clinched promotion to the Northern Premier League.


Team News

With the lengthy break between fixtures, Matt Chatfield hopes to have a fitter squad than two weeks ago, although on-loan Mansfield Town full-back Kian Sketchley will commence his three-match suspension after being sent off in the Athersley victory.

The side are, however, boosted by the return of experienced midfielder Jon D'Laryea who joined from Long Eaton after almost a year away from the Forest Town Arena.


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