Match Preview: AFC Bridgnorth (a)

For the second consecutive weekend, Hinckley AFC make a trip to Shropshire as Joe Conneely and Courtney Hunter-Belford take their side to AFC Bridgnorth.

Hot off the back of last weekend’s 1-0 win away to Shawbury – just the second victory by that scoreline in a league match for more than two years – AFC now head to Bridgnorth looking to further extend their winning run.

The re-arranged fixture is one of just two matches taking place this weekend, with Hinckley looking to take advantage and move clear of their rivals.

AFC will welcome Matt Hill back into the squad after he re-signed on loan this week, while Jack Edwards and Declan Somel could also return after missing last week but Zaki Evans remains a couple of weeks away after a knock. Chandler Pegg and Josh Clews are still long-term absentees.

The opposition

Bridgnorth beat Chelmsley Town 3-0 at Crown Meadow last week to lift them further clear of the relegation zone. They are now five points ahead of the drop zone, and with a game in hand.

That continued their impressive home form this season too – and while their away form has seen them lose nine on the bounce on the road, at home Bridgnorth are a different proposition. They have won three and drawn two of their seven matches at Crown Meadow, including taking points from Droitwich Spa and beating higher-level Wolves Casuals in the League Cup. They have won all of their home matches since the middle of September.

Luke Morris is their leading scorer with seven, while Mark Danks and Callum Briggs have four each.

Previous meetings

The reverse fixture brought Hinckley’s biggest win of the season so far, while AFC’s only previous visit to Crown Meadow came last December when they came from behind early on to take all three points in a 5-2 victory.

From the dressing room

“Bridgnorth have picked up 11 points at home and four away, so their home form is solid. They had a good win last week and we know it’s tough to go there. The pitch isn’t the best and it’s a tricky place to go but we’re in good form. We’re scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, we’ll go there confident. This is a completely different time and game to the reverse fixture. We’ll be confident and have to play well with them fighting and trying to get away from relegation scrap.”

Joe Conneely

Key information

AFC Bridgnorth play at Crown Meadow, Innage Lane, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4HL.

Adults: £6

Concessions: £3

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