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PREVIEW | Hemsworth MW (H)

After a weekend's break from league football, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division action returns to the Forest Town Arena tomorrow afternoon.

Picking up a crucial three points against promotion challengers Staveley two weeks ago, the Bulls next welcome another title challenger, this time in the form of Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

A win for Matt Chatfield's side wouldn't change their league standings come Saturday tea time bar an unusually one-sided result plus defeat for Knaresborough Town, but they could potentially draw level on points with the 17th-placed side if they take maximum points.

The unbeaten start to 2020 is also on the line for AFC.

Kick off at the FTA will be 3pm.


Last Time Out

After an agonising fourth months of waiting, the Bulls finally put an end to their longest ever winless league run, gaining their first three points in over four months at the hands of the least likely of sources.

In-form Staveley were the side to visit the Forest Town Arena in the first game of the new year and decade, hoping to earn another three points to keep them in the division's automatic promotion spots.

But after a tense opening half, Bulls top-scorer Ross Duggan came off the bench to convert a contentious spot-kick before finding Myles Wright's far bottom corner in injury time to hand the Trojans just their second league defeat of the entire campaign, and earn AFC a fully deserved and long overdue three points.


The Opposition

Having gotten the better of one of the league's top sides last time out, AFC will have to do it all over again tomorrow afternoon.

Seeking a league double over Matt Chatfield's men, the Wells look to amend mistakes from a 1-0 defeat in their top-of-the-table clash with Staveley last weekend, which saw the gap between first and third narrow to just two points.

Jason Davies (5), Ryan Carroll (5) and Nash Connolly (6) have had a fair share of the Wells' 41 league goals this campaign; they will provide a stern test for an AFC defence which received a major boost last time out with the return of popular defender Matt Wilson.


Team News

Despite the two-week break, Matt Chatfield won't have the full squad he would ideally choose from, with forwards Gavin King, Ross Duggan and Jack Warner all potentially missing the big clash with Hemsworth.

Despite coming off early in the second half last time out, defender Matt Wilson has overcome a calf problem and is expected to start.


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