PREVIEW | Staveley Miners Welfare (H)


Matt Chatfield hopes to start the new year and new decade on a high with a positive result against Staveley.


The high-flying Trojans visit the Forest Town Arena for AFC's first fixture of the new year.


Second from bottom in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, the Bulls go into the tie as certain underdogs but will be motivated to avenge their 4-2 defeat at Inkersall Road back in August.


Ross Duggan bagged a brace with room for more, but goals from Adam Lund, Michael Burke, Tomas Poole Joe Pugh sent AFC home empty-handed.


The tie kicks off at 3pm.

Last Time Out


2019 ended on a sour note for AFC, who were well beaten by Barton Town last weekend.


After Hugo Warhurst pulled off a miraculous save, Jack Richardson fired the Swans ahead before Taron Hare doubled the lead before the break.


AFC fought hard to get back into the contest in the second half, but their resurgence was interrupted by brief floodlight failure.


But after the restart, Craig Denton's side regained control and Ben Hinchcliffe sealed the points with 15 minutes left on the clock, leaving AFC still winless in the league since August.

The Opposition


Defeated just once this season, high-flying Staveley have proven themselves as one of the teams to beat in the NCEL Premier Division.


The Trojans look to extend an unbeaten streak that stretches all the way back to mid-September, with an incredible eight wins from their last ten league outings.


After spending eight consecutive years in the Premier Division, Staveley have their eyes set on promotion to the Northern Premier League and could go top of the table if they take full advantage of their games in hand.

Team News


After returning midfielder Cameron Dear and new striker Gavin King made their debuts from the bench last Saturday, Matt Chatfield will also have defender Matt Wilson to pick for his starting line-up.


The popular defender resigned for the Bulls after departing Northern Premier League side Lincoln United.

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