ALFRETON TOWN v GATESHEAD PREVIEW
Thursday Mar 14, 2013
Alfreton Town are in Blue Square Bet Premier Division action on Saturday when Gateshead are the visitors to the Impact Arena for a fixture which kicks-off at 3pm.
Reds manager Nicky Law has Theo Streete (pictured) available again following the completion of his four-game suspension.
Still out injured are goalkeeper Phil Barnes and captain Darran Kemspon but there are no new injuries or suspensions to contend with.
Law's side go into the game in fine fettle having extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 3-0 thumping of Ebbsfleet United in midweek. It was a result which lifted the Reds to 14th in the table, and a win on Saturday will take the side to within very few points of ensuring their Conference Premier Division status for a third successive season.
Gateshead arrive in 18th place, four points behind Alfreton but with three games in hand. However, with only a few weeks of the season left, they face a very busy run in to the end of the campaign with 12 league games yet to be played thanks chiefly to a rash of postponed home games over the past three months or so due to drainage problems at the International Stadium.
The Heed are unbeaten in their last three games from which they have taken seven points including an impressive 2-0 victory over title-chasing Kidderminster Harriers.
On their travels this season they have won four times, drawn six and lost nine.
Their most recent fixture saw them draw 0-0 at bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford United on Wednesday night.
Gateshead manager Anth Smith has signed Middlesbrough's highly-rated England Youth international Jake Fowler on a one-month loan until April 15. The 19-year-old Sunderland-born player can operate as a striker or as an attacking wide player and goes straight into the squad for the game at the Impact Arena.
However, they will be without Carl Magnay who was stretchered off in the game at Telford in midweek.
Honours are even so far this season with the Reds beating the Heed 2-0 at the Impact Arena on October 20th to reach the FA Cup first round, and Gateshead defeating Alfreton by the same scoreline in the league in the North East just 17 days after the cup tie on November 6th.
There is no segregation in place for the Gateshead league fixture but all visiting fans are requested to enter the stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the Impact Arena only.
Admission on the day at the turnstyle is £18 for adults and £12 for concessions (U16s, Over-65s and students upon production of a student card).
Early Bird Match Tickets are no longer available for this fixture.
Some covered seating, covered standing area, food outlet and toilets are all available at the away end of the ground.The match day programme is priced at £3 each.
Fixture for Friday, March 15th
Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town
Fixtures for Saturday, March 16th
ALFRETON TOWN v Gateshead
Ebbsfleet United v Southport
Grimsby Town v Cambridge United
Hereford United v Barrow
Hyde v Dartford
Kidderminster Harriers v Tamworth
Newport County v Macclesfield Town
Nuneaton Town v Lincoln City
Stockport County v Braintree Town
Woking v AFC Telford United
Wrexham v Luton Town