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PREVIEW | Carlton Town (H)

Next up for the Bulls is a crucial Boxing Day fixture against Carlton Town at the Forest Town Arena.

Both teams have struggled for form this season, with AFC bottom of the East Division table and Carlton sat in 16th, five points above the Bulls.

AFC took a much valued point on Saturday as they frustrated a very good Marske United side and earned a 0-0 draw at the Forest Town Arena. The result didn't change the Bulls' league standing, but added a lot of confidence to a side still searching for a first league win since September.

Victory could only take the Bulls out of the East Division relegation zone on goal difference if either Wisbech or Pickering lose their Boxing Day fixtures, and if Stocksbridge fail to win.



Visitors Carlton Town will perhaps be glad to be away from home for such a crucial fixture - the Millers have tasted victory on home turf just once in the league all season, and have lost seven out of ten home games.

Town's away record has made up any ground lost at home, with four victories from ten away outings.

Like the Bulls, goalscoring has been the big issue for Carlton, whose defensive record is unquestionable at eighth-strongest in the division. The Millers have only conceded on 28 occasions so far, but have only managed to bag 24 goals of their own.



While Pat Lindley returns from injury and is able to make the bench for the Bulls, Northampton Town winger Sean Whaler will most likely miss the Boxing Day fixture after being forced off by injury in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Marske.

Whaler has returned to his parent club for assessment and the Cobblers will decide if the young winger is to return to the Forest Town Arena.



Adults | £7

Concessions | £5

Kids | £2 or FREE with a paying adult


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