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PREVIEW | Penistone Church (A)

A weekend trip to Penistone is next on the schedule as AFC look to return to winning ways.

Victory at Albion Sports got Mansfield's March off to the perfect start, but a 2-1 defeat to Bridlington and a 0-0 Tuesday night draw with Maltby have left the Bulls are winless in two.

A win at Penistone could see AFC leapfrog Handsworth to 15th place in the NCEL Premier Division if the Ambers fail to beat Staveley.

The tie kicks off at 3pm at the DSM Memorial Ground.


Last Time Out

Tuesday night saw the unfolding of perhaps the season's most uneventful contest so far, as AFC and visitors Maltby Main played out a scoreless draw at the Forest Town Arena.

The Miners had the ball in the Bulls net on the stroke of half-time, but the opener was ruled out for a foul.

Whilst Matt Chatfield's side struggled to create a genuine chance, two late opportunities in two minutes arose for the visitors, but neither Connor Cutts nor Steven Hopewell could hit the target from similar positions inside the penalty area.


The Opposition

Saturday's tie will be another of vital importance for Church, whose promotion hopes have taken a hit since the turn of the year with four wins earned from ten outings since the beginning of January.

Penistone, who were top of the table when the two sides last met, remain level on points with the top three but with two more games played than their promotion rivals.

A single goal from Ross Duggan was almost enough to earn ten-man AFC all three points against Church in the reverse fixture, but a late strike from Kieran Ryan shared the spoils.


Team News

After serving his three-match suspension, Mansfield Town loanee Kian Sketchley is once again available for selection.

He was sent off in the 2-0 win over Athersley Recreation last month.


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