Thursday Oct 17, 2013


By Matt Carter 

Depleted Alfreton Town face another long trip this Saturday when they travel to face Aldershot Town for the first time ever.
Nicky Law's side will be determined to get back on the right track having suffered defeat in both of their last two games.
Indeed, after a strong start to their campaign,  the Reds have seen recent results slide, with four defeats coming in their last five fixtures.
Alfreton's form has not been helped by an ever increasing absentee list - so stretched were they for the recent trip to Gateshead that they were only able to name 13 fit players and of those Bradley Wood went through the pain barrier to complete the contest with a broken toe.
John McGrath's sending off in that game has only added to the problems, with the midfielder joining Nick Fenton on the suspension list - although thankfully this is the final game that Fenton will miss.
In terms of injuries it still remains a case of all hands on deck with Michael Wylde, Paul Clayton, Daniel Wishart, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Jay McFadzean and Chris Westwood forming what is a lengthy list of those suffering.
Aldershot began the season on minus ten points and although they are currently lying in the bottom four, they have seen results improve of late - with just two defeats coming in their last nine games, whilst last time out they recorded an impressive 1-0 at promotion hopefuls Lincoln.
The Shots can also call on the services of the league's joint second highest scorer in the form of Brett Williams, keeping him quiet will be key to Alfreton's plans on Saturday afternoon.
Having been only relegated from League Two last season there is no recent history between the clubs to call upon.
Considering the continued injury and suspension problems it is likely to be another case of backs against the wall for Nicky Law's side. The manager will be hopeful that his side can again show the same level of fighting spirit displayed at Gateshead - a game where the Reds matched their opponents for the majority of the contest, only for Gateshead to pull away following McGraths red card.

Fixture for Thursday, October 17th
Macclesfield Town v Southport
Fixtures for Saturday, October 19th
Aldershot Town v ALFRETON TOWN
Braintree Town v Chester
Cambridge United v Salisbury City
Dartford v Hyde
FC Halifax Town v Welling United
Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers
Hereford United v Barnet
Kidderminster Harriers v Lincoln City
Nuneaton Town v Gateshead
Tamworth v Luton Town
Wrexham v Woking

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