Match Preview: Studley (a)

StudleyFor the second straight week, Hinckley AFC face a tricky trip to an in-form side battling relegation when they take on Studley at The Beehive tomorrow.

Last week, AFC travelled to Pershore Town, who sat third-bottom at kick off time and were on the back of a five game unbeaten run, and had to battle hard to emerge with all three points as second half goals from James Williams and Sam Agar overturned a deficit.

Now, Carl Abbott’s side face a similar situation, tomorrow travelling to a Studley side who sit just three points above the drop zone despite winning seven of their last nine in all competitions.

Midland Football LeagueThe Bees haven’t lost since the end of January and have recorded two straight away wins with victories at Bolehall Swifts and Pelsall Villa in the last week.

With 20 goals in 20 games since joining from Pershore, Gareth Evans has been their biggest threat this year in front of goal but it has been the defence which has been more of an issue for the Bees, with only basement outfit Southam United conceding more than their 89 goals.

Hinckley, though, are in a good run of league form themselves having won seven of their last eight league games.

Hinckley AFC badgeStill Division One’s top scorers, they could bring up their league century this weekend with three goals at The Beehive. Ryan Seal has scored 29 of the 97 league goals so far amongst his overall seasonal tally of 45, while Agar has now scored in each of his last seven.

And AFC will be hoping for a win to ensure they do the double over Studley this season after a 5-1 win in the reverse fixture in December. That day, Paul Sullivan netted a brace while there was a goal apiece for Seal, James Williams and Mark Williams.

Studley play at The Beehive, Abbeyfields Drive, Studley, Warwickshire, B80 7BF. The ground is approximately five miles south of Junction 3 of the M42, about half a mile past ‘The Boot’ public house.

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