Thursday Feb 20, 2014


by Matt Carter

Alfreton Town will be hopeful of finally returning to competitive action at the Impact Arena with Gateshead the scheduled visitors on Saturday afternoon, in this latest Skrill Conference Premier contest.
The turbulent weather has meant the Reds have not played in front of their own supporters since New Year’s Day; with last Saturday's game against Aldershot the latest to be hit by the deluge of wet weather.
Despite the lack of games, Nicky Law’s men still sit third, and, with the exception of second-placed Cambridge United, those around them no longer having games in hand over the Reds.
Coming in off the back of seven points from three tricky away fixtures including a fine victory at Cambridge United last time out, Alfreton will be in confident mood despite last weekend’s frustrations. And with Cambridge involved in the FA Trophy semi-finals for a second successive Saturday, a victory can lift Alfreton into second place.
Gateshead have play-off ambitions of their own, although their form has stuttered of late with just one win in five games, including a 2-0 home defeat last weekend at the hands of Woking, and the Tynesiders have had similar weather-related problems, having played just twice in February.
On the road, the Tynesiders have won six, drawn three and lost six of their 15 games so far.
Alfreton will be keen to avenge a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back on October 12th - a game in which Alfreton were severely hampered by a lengthy injury list and could only muster thirteen players including two inexperienced substitutes.
However, the Reds though can at least take heart from a 3-2 success over Saturday’s visitors at the Impact Arena last season.
Reds manager Nicky Law will be without the injured Chris Westwood (thigh) but central defender Michael Wylde should be available again after recovering from a groin strain. And apart from long-term injury absentee John McGrath, there are no other injury or suspension worries.

There is no segregation in place for this fixture but Gateshead 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 (over-65s).
Alternatively, Early Bird Match Tickets and Group Saver Match Tickets both offer discounted admission if ordered prior to the match.
This fixture is also a 'Kids for a Quid' admission fee so long as youngsters under-16 are accompanied by an adult. Admission for 16-21 year-olds is just £5 each for this game.
Early Bird Match Tickets for adults and senior concessions priced at £16 and £11 respectively can be purchased on Thursday and 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 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 Alma Street turnstiles on the day of the match.
No Early Bird Match Tickets are available on the day of the match.
Group Saver Match Tickets for adults and senior concessions 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.
No Group Saver Match Tickets are available on the day of the game.
How to purchase discounted tickets
Alternatively, these 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

Fixtures for Saturday, February 22nd
Skrill Premier
Dartford v Hereford United
Forest Green Rovers v Southport
Hyde v Aldershot Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Braintree Town
Lincoln City v Chester
Nuneaton Town v Luton Town
Tamworth v Welling United
Woking v Macclesfield Town
Wrexham v Barnet
FA Trophy, semi-final second leg
Grimsby Town (1), Cambridge United (2)

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