Thursday Oct 18, 2012


Saturday, October 20th, 2012
FA Cup with Budweiser, fourth qualifying round
Alfreton Town v Gateshead
at The Impact Arena
Kick-off: 3pm

Alfreton Town entertain Blue Square Bet Premier Division rivals Gateshead at the Impact Arena as both clubs enter this season's FA Cup with Budweiser competition at the fourth qualifying round.
It is a first ever FA Cup tie between the two clubs and, as well as a place in the first round proper, there is also £12,500 prize money for the winners. 
Reds boss Nicky Law has central defender Adam Quinn available again, with the central defender having recovered from a calf injury which also became infected. Anton Brown, who has also missed the last few games with a calf injury, is one more week away from being fit to return to playing action.
Manager Law has no other injury or suspension worries ahead of the tie and he will be looking for his side to extend their recent run of fine form which has seen just one defeat in eight games.
Gateshead come into the game unbeaten in four games, all four fixtures finishing as draws, three of them on home turf.
On their travels in the league this season, Gateshead have so far won two, drawn two and lost three times. The draws have come at Luton Town (2-2) and Hyde (1-1). Victories have been achieved at Stockport County (2-1) and Nuneaton Town (1-0). Defeats have been tasted at Southport (1-2), Woking (1-2) and Grimsby Town (0-3).
Last season, the Reds were unfortunate not to pick up all three points in a 1-1 home draw in the league but they went down twice on Tyneside, 2-0 in the league and 2-1 in an FA Trophy third round tie.
Should a replay be necessary, this will take place at Gateshead's International Stadium next Tuesday (October 23rd, 7.45pm).

The  official FA Cup match preview can be viewed here

First Round Draw
The draw for the FA cup first round proper will be be made live on ITV this Sunday at 1.30pm. The 32 surviving non-league clubs will be jolined by Football League clubs from League One and League Two. 

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