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PREVIEW | Thackley (H)

The Bulls are back in action at the Forest Town Arena tomorrow afternoon, with mid-table Thackley the visitors.

Matt Chatfield's men enjoyed a weekend off after last Saturday's trip to Silsden was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

They look to secure a second league win on the bounce and their fifth of the new year, beating bottom-of-the-table Athersley 2-0 last time out.

A win against the Dennyboys could lift AFC as high as 14th if other results go their way.

The tie kicks off at 3pm with a pitch inspection potentially to take place at 9:30am.


Last Time Out

Matt Chatfield saw his side return to winning ways at the Forest Town Arena last weekend, at the expense of bottom side Athersley on a stormy afternoon.

Returning skipper Phil Buxton, who had just served a three-match suspension, opened the scoring when Morgan James' square pass bobbled into Buxton's path before the midfielder rifled low past Michal Antkowiak.

The two sides continued to brave the horrendous conditions and AFC remained on top in an impressive first-half display, as Ross Duggan curled home his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions from just inside the penalty area.

Hugo Warhurst then pulled off a sensational penalty save, his second in five days, to deny Thomas Foltyn-Brown from 12 yards before AFC's Kian Sketchley and Athersley's Jack Briscoe were both sent off for a touchline scrap.


The Opposition

Thackley and AFC are yet to face-off this season, with the Bulls' trip to Dennyfield postponed back in October and now to be played on 17 March.

The Dennyboys look to avenge the defeat they suffered in their last visit to the Forest Town Arena back in AFC's promotion-winning season, as Ollie Fearon levelled for the Bulls from the penalty spot before current skipper Phil Buxton scored a last-minute winner to complete a dramatic turnaround.

Currently fifteen points off the top three, any Thackley hopes of promotion are all but diminished, but they remain hopeful of securing a solid top-half finish.

Jack Normanton is the one to watch for Saturday's visitors - he currently has 11 league goals to his name this season.


Team News

If the game goes ahead, the experienced Jon D'Laryea could make his second debut for the club tomorrow afternoon.

The former Manchester City and Mansfield Town midfielder re-signed for the Bulls last Friday but his return to the field was delayed by the postponement of AFC's trip to Silsden.


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