Alfreton Town v Darlington FC

Alfreton Town v Darlington FC

Thursday Jan 11, 2018

This Saturday the Reds are involved in another huge match when Darlington FC visit the Impact Arena for a Vanarama National League North encounter.

The Quakers have slipped alarmingly since we visited them back in August, losing 4-1; after taking a first minute lead through Chris Sharp, Darlington hitting back with goals from Caton, Gillies(2) and Ferguson.

The Reds head into the fixture off the back of two wins in a row in all competitions, first a 3-0 away win at basement club North Ferriby in the league and a 4-1 Derbyshire Senior Cup Quarter final victory at New Mills on Tuesday night. 

The North Ferriby win coupled with four goals away from home on Tuesday has given Alfreton much needed confidence and belief heading into a crucial league fixture against the Quakers. The win at the Villagers ended a run of four league defeats in a row.

Home form needs drastic improvement however, with the Reds having lost six home league games in a row, Alfreton haven't picked up maximum points at home in the league since a 4-1 win over Gainsborough back in September. 

Three points at home would be crucial in an extremly close battle towards the bottom of the table and after two positive performances resulting in two wins in this last week, the Reds will want to continue that run on Saturday.

Darlington have gone from promotion contenders to relegation candidates in recent months. Much of this coincides with their long serving manager Martin Gray leaving the club to take on the reins at York City.

A number of key players have also left such as Bartlett, Hunter, Beck and Ferguson. Their new manager is Tommy Wright formerly at Nuneaton, assisted by Alan White. They have recently signed experienced striker Reece Styche from Tamworth.

The Quakers currently sit in 20th place in the table, one point behind us with a current playing record of: Played 24, Won 6, Drawn 7, Lost 11, Points 25.

Their last three games have resulted in three defeats, a 3-0 reverse defeat to Harrogate Town before home defeats to York and Salford City on Wednesday night, both ending 2-1.

With the Reds struggling at home, the Quakers have been struggling away from home. Darlington haven't won away from home in the league since the opening day success against Salford City, 2-0, in August. 

The Darlington team against York at Bootham Crescent was: Talbot, Collins, Heaton, Brown, Thompson, Galbraith, Wheatley, Syers, Mills, Styche, Saunders.

Subs: Portas, Caton, Scott, Turnbull, Gillies.

Please note segregation will be in operation for Saturday's game which kicks off at 3pm. 



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