Preview: Kidsgrove welcome Colne in League clash

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Kidsgrove Athletic go in search of their first win of 2019 as they welcome Colne to the Novus stadium in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division West.

A 1-1 draw with Chasetown on New Years Day was followed up by a narrow defeat at division high flyers Atherton Collieries last time out.

In the opposition dugout

Standing opposite Ryan Austin in the dugout will be Steve Cunningham, the Colne manager recently celebrated five-years in charge of the Holt House side and has overseen their rise from the North West Counties to the Northern Premier League.

He almost led them into the NPL Premier Division back in 2017 after finishing fifth in the old First Division North they lost to eventual winners Farsley Celtic 4-0 in the semi-final of the playoffs.

Home debut

Whoever is chosen to keep goal for Kidsgrove Athletic tomorrow will be making his home debut for the Grove. It’s a choice between Jack Livesey or Kieran Harrison.

Livesey started at Atherton last week following his arrival on loan from Austin’s old club Burton Albion, he has also previously enjoyed NPL football at Gresley.

While Harrison became the first signing of 2019 for Kidsgrove have spent three years in America.

Clean Sheets
Despite sitting 12th in the league on 27 points, Kidsgrove have kept seven clean sheets, which puts them in the top five teams for shutouts this season.

Only Radcliffe and Trafford have enjoyed more clean sheets, while they are on the same number as local rival Leek Town as well as 2nd placed Atherton.

Recent form (last five games, the most recent game first)

Kidsgrove: LDDWD

Colne: LWDDW