ALFRETON TOWN v FOREST GREEN ROVERS
Friday Oct 4, 2013
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2013, 3pm
by Matt Carter
Alfreton Town will be looking to make a return to winnings ways when they take on Forest Green Rovers in the Skrill Conference Premier at the Impact Arena on Saturday.
Successive away defeats have seen the Reds slip down to eleventh place in the table, although such is the congested nature of the division that a win at the weekend could see them rise as high as third.
Nicky Law's men will be boosted by a return to home surroundings, given that they are still unbeaten on their patch - a run that has recently included claiming the impressive scalp of Barnet and perhaps even more encouragingly, more than matching still unbeaten Cambridge United a couple of weeks ago.
Their opponents have endured a relatively mixed start to the season, which sees them currently sit a point shy of Alfreton in twelfth spot - although given the funds that have been injected into the club more might have been expected.
That said Rovers will entering the clash in slightly more confident mood than they might have done, had they not ended a run of three successive wins by beating Gateshead last Saturday.
And Dave Hockaday's side will arrive in search of a league double after inflicting a 3-1 defeat on the Reds at the New Lawn five weeks ago.
Last season the Reds somewhat avenged the scars suffered at the hands of Forest Green in their Conference debut season, taking four points off their opponents - a far cry from the two humbling defeats they were dealt in the 2011-12 campaign. Alfreton will also take heart from the corresponding clash last time out, a 2-1 victory on the final day of the season.
Alfreton have undoubtedly made a largely excellent start to the season, with their recent losses the first time they have experienced two straight defeats. With that in mind they will be determined to ensure their positive early showings are maintained with a sixth home victory here.
A late injury check will be required on central defender Nick Fenton who picked up a calf injury during last Saturday's defeat at Braintree Town.
There is no segregation in place for this fixture but visiting fans are kindly requested to enter the stadium via the Alma Street turnstiles only.
Covered terracing and seating areas are available for visiting fans, as well as match day programmes, catering and toilet facilities.
Admission at the turnstile on the day of the game is £18 for adults and £12 for concessions (under-16s and over-65s).
Alternatively, Early Bird Match Tickets and Group Saver Match Tickets both offer discounted admission if ordered prior to the match. Full details are listed here
Early Bird Match Tickets priced at £16 and £11 respectively can be purchased on Friday by contacting the Ticket Office on 01773 830277 between 9am and 3.30pm.
Early Bird Match Tickets can also be purchased by calling into the administration office at the Impact Arena on Friday between 9am and 3.30pm each day.
Early Bird Match Tickets ordered by visiting fans via the Ticket Office via telephone can be collected from the main turnstiles situated at North Street on the day of the match.
No Early Bird Match Tickets are available on the day of the match.
Group Saver Match Tickets require a total of five or more supporters per ticket in order to be eligible for purchase and to take advantage of these excellent rates, but these can be a mixture of adults at the lower price of £15 each and over-65's at just £10 each.
The Group Saver Ticket is available from the ATFC administration office at the Impact Arena between the hours of 9am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday, but the deadline for purchasing these is 3.30pm on the last working day prior to each home league fixture.
Alternatively, these brand new admission-saving tickets can be purchased via telephone by contacting Charlotte Webster on 01773 830277 between the hours and days shown above, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixtures for Saturday, October 5th
Aldershot Town v Grimsby Town
ALFRETON TOWN v Forest Green Rovers
Cambridge United v Hereford United
Chester v Kidderminster Harriers
Gateshead v Dartford
Hyde v Braintree Town
Luton Town v FC Halifax Town
Nuneaton Town v Lincoln City
Salisbury City v Wrexham
Southport v Woking
Tamworth v Macclesfield Town
Welling United v Barnet