Match Preview: Stapenhill (a)

Hinckley AFC play their second of three straight Saturday away games with a trip to Stapenhill on Saturday.

AFC will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Ashby Ivanhoe with their first away win of the campaign at a side who sit just outside the play-off spots.

Like Hinckley, Stapenhill were beaten in the play-off final last season when they lost to Darlaston Town.

This time around, they have started in contention for a play-off spot again and sit sixth in the table with six wins and four draws from their 14 games.

Their home form has been excellent with the Swans unbeaten on home soil, on contrast to Hinckley’s below-par away form.

All their defeats have come away from home, losing at three of the top five in Dudley Town, Bilston Town and Droitwich Spa as well as at Kirkby Road in August.

This is only Hinckley’s tenth league game of the season, but second against Stapenhill. The reverse fixture came on a roasting hot August afternoon when Hinckley came from 2-0 down to record their first win of the season – both sides putting on a fine show considering the intense heat.

Recent loan signing from Rugby Town, Ben Whitehead, is in contention to make a return for Hinckley after 43 games last term.

The Swans play at Edge Hill, Maple Grove, Stapenhill, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 9NN.

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