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PREVIEW | Cleethorpes Town (H)

Mark Ward will be hoping for a third win from his first three matches in charge, as AFC host mid-table Cleethorpes Town at the Forest Town Arena.

The two sides will also be proudly dedicating Saturday afternoon's game to Football v Homophobia, an organisation which champions making football truly for everyone by campaigning for better opportunities, involvement and representation of the LGBTI community in football.

You can find out more about this great cause on their official website.

Neutrals could only dream of a repeat of the last time these two sides met, as Cleethorpes pegged the Bulls back not once, not twice but three times in a hotly-contested 3-3 draw in North East Lincolnshire.

A win wouldn't lift the Bulls any higher than their current position of 14th in the Evo-Stik NPL East Division table, it could edge them to as many as eight points above the drop zone, an area they occupied only last weekend.



Just seven points off the top five with a game in hand, the Owls' promotion hopes remain firmly at large, mainly thanks to their superb scoring record.

At 57 goals scored so far - making their attack the fourth-best in the league - Town average more than two goals per game, although they haven't found defending anywhere near as easy as scoring.

The 3-3 draw back in October was their first meeting since facing each other in the NCEL Premier Division in 2017, the year Cleethorpes clinched the league title.



Defender Jordan Annable will miss the Saturday fixture due to family commitments, whilst midfielder Pat Lindley will serve the final game of his three-match suspension.

Newly-signed Luke Fletcher looks set to return to the squad, but Charlie Dawes' return remains touch-and-go up until tomorrow after he picked up a knock.



Adults | £7

Concessions | £5

Kids | FREE


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