Match Preview: NKF Burbage (h)

Hinckley AFC manager John Ramshaw hopes to be able to name four new signings in his side to face local rivals NKF Burbage at the Welfare Ground this afternoon.

After three weeks without a game, Ramshaw has made changes to his squad and has seen some more experienced players depart, in the shape of Jason Lee, Sam Belcher and Dan Mullarkey – while Callum Willimont has also left.

Coming in, Ramshaw has registered three young players on dual registration from Tamworth, all of whom have made first-team appearances for the Lambs, along with a midfielder who has been training with the club for a few weeks.

Junior Mpofu spent time on loan at league rivals Heather St John’s last season, before making his debut for Tamworth on the opening day of this season. The 18-year-old winger has made a handful of appearances from the bench this term.

The youngest player in Tamworth’s history has also made the switch to AFC. Chandler Pegg made his debut for the Lambs at the end of the 2016-17 season in a National League North game against Alfreton Town, just days after his 16th birthday. In his second year as a scholar, the winger has also made a handful of appearances in the National League North and Southern League.

The other player to make the short trip down the A5 is versatile defender Harrison James. A regular in Tamworth’s Under 21 side, he also made his first team debut for them earlier this season.

Also coming in is Hussein Khorrami, a 22-year-old midfielder who has been training with the club for the last few weeks.

The quartet have all been registered in time to face NKF Burbage this afternoon, in AFC’s first game after a long lay-off.

After back-to-back defeats at the hands of Racing Club Warwick, Ramshaw’s men will hope to get back to winning ways in a local derby against a Burbage side who have had a mixed 2019 so far – winning three and losing three of their last six league games.

But Ramshaw was full of praise for their team spirit in the reverse fixture in which they snatched a late winner, and expects a difficult afternoon for his side.

Adults: £6

Concessions: £4

Under 16s: £2 (FREE with HAFC Junior membership card)

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