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PREVIEW | Yorkshire Amateur (A)

The Bulls set their sights on a third win from three league outings as they face a tough Yorkshire Amateur side.

Victories against title hopefuls Staveley and Hemsworth have propelled AFC into a bright start to 2020, but the hard work continues at the Southerns Stadium.

The two consecutive wins have edged AFC to eight points clear of bottom club Athersley, and maximum points on Saturday could see them leapfrog Knaresborough Town to 17th in the NCEL Premier Division table.

The tie kicks off at the Southerns Stadium at 3pm.


Last Time Out

Tuesday night provided an invaluable experience against a strong Notts County side, which consisted of a mix of first team regulars and talented youngsters.

The Notts Senior Cup fourth round tie saw 222 watch on at the Forest Town Arena, where County came out on top after a very competitive first half.

Kieran Cummings struck twice in six early minutes, but it could have been plenty more if not for two outstanding stops by goalkeeper Hugo Warhurst.

Man of the Match winner Morgan James then set up Phil Buxton to help halve the deficit, doing brilliantly to recover a lost cause with a sliding challenge before squaring for the Bulls skipper.

It could have been all level at the break with Jordan Annable's back post delivery being directed goalwards by Buxton, but Tiernan Brooks got down low to palm his header away.

The Bulls faded away in the second half, and the Magpies secured the victory when Tyreace Palmer cleverly tucked home at the near post with just Warhurst to beat.


The Opposition

Put down as amongst the favourites for promotion at the beginning of the season, Yorkshire Amateur have had to bear heavy expectations on their shoulders since the start.

Seventh in the table, but only four points behind the automatic promotion spots with a crucial game-in-hand, the Ammers' hopes for a second promotion in three seasons are well and truly alive.

A shock heavy 4-1 defeat to Handsworth last time out, however, put a dent in their recent good form and ended what was a four-match winning streak.

As for the Bulls, they will be hungry to avenge the 2-0 defeat to the Ammers from the last time they met, and hope to take advantage of their hosts' poor home form which has seen them pick up just seven points from a possible 21.


Team News

Forced off with a gash in his leg in Tuesday night's Notts County defeat, vice-captain Jordan Annable will miss the big tie on Saturday.

Other team news to come shortly.


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