Date: 04/02/17

Competition: Vanarama National League North

Location: New Bucks Head

Admission: Adult £14, concession £10, (16-19) £5, under 16 £3

The Tigers will be looking to build on their impressive win against 7th placed Tamworth in the week when they travel to Telford on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.

Form

The Tigers travel to Telford in a real good vain of form, having won three of our last four games, including wins in our last two against rivals Worcester City in the Severn Derby, and an impressive win in the week against play-off chasing Tamworth. In fact the Tigers have lost just one game since the turn of the year, losing 2-0 to another side chasing the play-offs, in the form of Darlington 1883.

Our hosts on Saturday, AFC Telford are placed 17th in the League table, but are a significant 12 points above the relegation zone. They have also acquired just three points out of a possible 21, but did recently defeat Curzon Ashton 3-1 two weeks ago.

Key Players

In the week, it was a battle for man of the match between Keiran Thomas and his brother Luke. There is no doubt about the quality of Keiran’s brother at just 17 years-old, but Kieran Thomas has showed what an asset to the side he can be at just 20 years-old. The full-back has started all but two games this season, and despite being sent off in the 1-0 victory over Altrincham, he’s been solid. In the game mid week, he was excellent and almost acted as a wing-back, which could help to exploit a team which have struggled so far this season.

For the hosts, they have the experienced Josh Wilson up front. He has a vast amount of experience at this level, and first burst onto the scene at Burscough in the 2009/2010 season. Since then he has gone on to play for Vaxhall Motors, Guiseley, Halifax Town, and this seasons current leaders AFC Flyde. The striker hasn’t quite been as influential as last season, but due to his experience he can become a handful. The striker has just seven goals so far this season, in 22 games. The 28 year-old did have one more last season, in just 12 appearances but nonetheless the striker’s experience could be pivotal come Saturday.

Head To Head

The Tigers have faced AFC Telford nine times before at this level, winning four, losing four, and drawing once. In the first meeting between the two clubs it was AFC Telford who come out on top. In the return game at the New Bucks Head it was the Tigers who come out on top, winning 1-0.

Going into the first few weeks of the 2010 season, and it was Telford who would come out on top, winning 2-0. A brace from Phil Trainer was enough to give them all three points, and maintain their 100% start to the 2010/2011 season. The Tigers were much better in the second game that season, coming from two goals down to salvage a point thanks to goals from Adam Mann and striker Will Morford.

The next time the two sides would meet wouldn’t be until the 2013/2014 season. The Tigers ended up losing both games by the same scoreline that season, 2-1. However, recently it’s the Tigers who have come out on top – winning the last three. Last season, the Tigers won both games by a margin of one goal to nil, and earlier on in the season we defeated Telford at Whaddon road by a comfortable margin of three goals, thanks to a brace from Joe Hanks, and a goal from midfielder Chris Knowles.

Team News

The Tigers will be without midfielder Ross Finnie who has returned to parent club Wolves, following an impressive spell at the club, scoring twice in the four appearances he made. Manager Tim Harris is confident both Tom Webb and Luke Hopper will be fit in time for the trip to Telford following picking up knocks in the week. Spencer Hamilton is expected to return to the squad following a spell out with a hamstring injury.

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