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PREVIEW | Penistone Church (H)

The Bulls return to league action hoping to secure a third win in the space of a week.

An FA Vase win over Long Buckby followed by a penalty shootout victory over Maltby Main in the NCEL League Cup secured AFC's first wins in almost a month.

Table toppers Penistone Church are the visitors in the first of a string of consecutive home matches at the Forest Town Arena.

A pitch inspection is scheduled for 9:30am tomorrow morning, but the game is expected to go ahead.


Last Time Out

Tuesday night provided an end-to-end spectacle full of enough excitement to draw attention away from Bonfire Night, as the NCEL League Cup third round tie at Maltby Main went all the way down to the wire.

Luke Walker's acrobatic lob from a throw-in put the Bulls ahead early doors, before Brandon Webster scored a goal of the season contender when he curled the ball home spectacularly from 30-odd yards out.

But the Miners launched a second-half assault on the AFC net and Dylan Parkin's poor clearance allowed Sam Liversidge to pump the ball into an empty net from the half-way line and drag the hosts back into the contest.

Four minutes passed and the scores were level, with Gavin King firing low inside the penalty area to force the game to go to penalties.

Parkin then made up for his earlier error by brilliantly palming Ben Algar's spot-kick wide, and Ross Duggan stepped up to score the winning penalty against his former club.


The Opposition

Penistone have had a strong start to their league campaign, and currently lead the way at the top of the NCEL Premier Division table with 29 points from 14 outings.

Church are also the division's second-highest scorers, having found the net on 31 occasions already.

With Jordan Coduri, Shaun Mundy, Andrew Ring and Kieran Ryan all with at least four league goals each, Church have plenty of dangermen for AFC to be wary of.


Team News

Team news to be confirmed.


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