The Eastenders Reserves entertain title-chasing Little Weighton on the pitch across the ditch, with Caretaker-boss ‘DC’ forced into a couple of changes from the side that fought back well against Park Athletic in his opening game in charge.
First team call-ups for James Dawson (pictured) and Neil Rutter mean a couple of vacancies in the starting line-up and young striker James Hope may well be in line for his full debut at Reserve team level.
Tony Everitt looks likely to get the nod alongside Tom McLaughlin in the middle of the park, with Craig Foster, Adam Jamieson and Danny Medforth favourites to occupy the subs’ spots. Danny Cundill is absent through injury.
‘DC’ missed last night’s win in the H. E. Dean Cup but will have been made aware that it was by no means a vintage performance!
Goals from Stu Campbell, Dawson and Everitt had appeared to put the Reserves on course for a comfortable win. However, Pasha Brown’s ‘o. g.’ suddenly gave hosts Bilton renewed hope and a second goal on 85mins ensured a tense finale.
Opponents Little Weighton went down to a surprise defeat at home to Holme Rovers last Saturday, before exiting the H. E. Dean Cup at the hands of Barrel Walkington in midweek.
However, their destiny remains very much in their own hands. Currently third in the table the visitors are 4pts off leaders South Cave Sporting but have four games in hand. They also have two games in hand on second-placed AFC Woodlands, who sit 3pts better off.
At the other end of the table, the outcome of Beverley Town Reserves’ home fixture with AFC Rovers could go some way to deciding the Stiffs’ fate.
Reserves: Liam Pattison, Pasha Brown, Lewis Green, Tony Everitt, Stuart Campbell, Chris Blanchard, Josh Price, Tom McLaughlin, Paul Wilkinson, James Hope, Karl Fitzgerald, Danny Cundill, Craig Foster, Daniel Medforth
Referee: Peter Sugden
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