GREENALLS PSO v Knutsford FC – Match Preview

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April 8, 2013 by Ben Willoughby

Venue: Tetley Walkers Social Club Date: 09/04/13 Kick-Off: 6:30pm

After Saturday’s defeat at Garswood, Greenalls will look to make amends against league leaders Knutsford at Long Lane tomorrow night.

Greenalls have struggled all the way through 2013 to string league results together, despite their outstanding domestic results. PSO still have time and games to change their fortunes, and a win tomorrow night would send a strong message to the rest of the division that the Greens are still one of the best teams in the league.

The top four clubs have now opened up an eight point gap to fifth place, and for leaders Knutsford the title is a formality if their current form continues. Greenalls dropped to sixth this weekend after their defeat and Eagle won 4-2 at Crewe, putting them in a position to challenge the top four with only 17 games played.

In terms of selection, Greenalls are set to bring back Robbie Hanley after missing out on Saturday, but Craig Hoyland will miss out with a groin strain. Lee Deakin ends his lengthy spell out from suspension and may be involved in Dave Bush’s squad. Danny Wilcock who has featured largely as an impact player from the bench could start. Reserves midfielder Neil Glendinning is also in line for a call up to the first team squad after a succesion of very good performances for Lee Webster’s second string.

Greenalls know their opposition have good quality in their ranks and if they want to take anything from the game they know they will have to stop Dean Warburton, who is widely regarded as the best player in the division and current Cheshire First Division player of the year. Warburton has 14 goals this term, but PSO will also be keeping tabs on Carlos Edmonson, who netted 11 times this season.

Knutsford are unbeaten in 11, but Greenalls will draw positives from the close reverse fixture the two teams played out earlier this season, going down 3-2 back in September when the Greens might have felt hard done by. Greenalls also overturned the current leaders at Long Lane in this game last season, when Robbie Hanley scored the only goal of the game in the 92nd minute to steal all three points for the Greens.

Greenalls will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing result and there is no better way to prove yourself than against the league’s best.

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