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Match Preview - Newcastle Town FC vs Witton Albion FC

The big man’s back!


Yes we know, it’s like he’s never been away.

After a short spell at Bury, which by his own admission didn’t quite pan out the way he had hoped, Dan Cockerline is back and ready to score more goals for Newcastle Town.

The 6ft4 striker we signed from Nantwich Town in Septemberand who has scored four goals in six games for us already this season, has been back in training with the rest of the boys tonight and is ready to get straight back out there. Come on the big lad!

Our game with Witton starts a run of five of our next six matches being at home and this is the time in the season where we need to try to capitalise. But it won’t be easy.

Our opponents this weekend have made a big signing of their own this week who will almost certainly feature prominently on Saturday. Former Aston Villa – and most recently Burnley– Premier League defender Matt Lowton is looking to kick start his career at the Northwich based club after falling down the pecking order at Turf Moor.

And then of course there’s Tom Pope. Witton’s own big number 9 scored 96 goals for Port Vale in eight years over two spells at Vale Park and although he’s in the twilight of his footballing career, still poses a major threat.

Following on from our excellent 1-0 win at Nantwich last weekend, we go into Saturday with a clean bill of health.

The only probable miss is our dual registration signing last week from Altrincham, Tom Jones, who rolled his ankle last Friday training with his parent club.

The Witton game is probably a little too soon for him to be in with a chance of featuring.  

In other news from around the club, we can report that our goalkeeper James McClenaghan is spending a month out on loan with Ashton Town, returning to us in December.

And to keep healthy competition in our backline, we have completed the signing today of centre half Roman Allen, who joins us from Liverpool based Lower Breck, who play in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Saturday’s game with Witton should be cracker so get yourself down to Buckmaster Avenue and let’s cheer the boys on to a big three points.

Come on ‘Castle!


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