ALFRETON TOWN v GRIMSBY TOWN MATCH PREVIEW
Sunday Apr 5, 2015
NORTH STREET TURNSTILES CLOSE AT 2.30PM
By James Aspinall
Alfreton Town are back in Vanarama Conference action on Easter Monday when they host promotion chasing Grimsby Town at the Impact Arena.
With just four games left, both teams have it all to play for with Alfreton needing a win to increase their survival chances and Grimsby requiring a win to keep the pressure on leaders Barnet as they look to try and take the title race right to the wire.
Reds boss Nicky Law will be looking for his side to to bounce back from their 4-0 thrashing at mid-table Wrexham on Easter Saturday. It was a first defeat for the Reds since February 21 when Aldershot Town won at the Impact Arena, the Wrexham defeat ending Alfreton's seven-game unbeaten run.
Nicky Law will be keen to get over the Wrexham reversal with a similar performance to what was seen at the Impact Arena last weekend, when Alfreton claimed a point against table toppers Barnet from a 1-1 draw.
In their latest outing, Grimsby needed a late injury time headed goal from Craig Disley against mid-table Gateshead to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Blundell Park on Easter Saturday.
Alfreton are going to have their work cut out with history very firmly on Grimsby's side. There have been seven previous league games between the sides so far and Grimsby have won six of them with Alfreton only picking up one point against the Mariners, that coming from a 3-3 draw at the Impact Arena on Good Friday last season.
Indeed, the last time these two sides met was on August Bank Holiday Monday last year, when a poor Reds display was punished to the full by Grimsby who ran out 7-0 winners.
P W D L Pts
Alfreton 6 1 4 1 7/18
Grimsby 6 4 2 0 14/18
Alfreton Town: Hawley (9), Shaw (7), Wood (6)
Grimsby Town: John-Lewis (15), Disley (9), Pittman (9)
Strict segregation procedures have been put in place for the fixture, particularly after the Mariners sold out their 2,500 ticket allocation last week.
Early closure of turnstiles
Alfreton Town fans are advised that admission to the Grimsby game will be via the North Street turnstiles only and that the clear message is that they should arrive for the fixture far earlier than usual.
The North Street turnstiles will be open from 12.45pm but Reds fans should pay particular notice to the fact that they will close at 2.30pm and there will be no entry to the game after that time except for season ticket holders who will have up to kick-off to gain entry.
All ticket for away fans
The game is ALL-TICKET for away fans and all Grimsby Town fans without tickets are advised not to travel to the game as there will be no entry for them on the day.
Grimsby fans will be housed in the Alma Street stand and all of the Tom McRoy stand seats both covered and uncovered, all of which can only be accessed through the Alma Street turnstiles only.
Alfreton fans will have the use of all of the Bentley Close seating and terrace area along with the Tommie Bradley terracing and Reds Bar seating areas for the game.
Fixtures for Monday, April 6th
(All 3pm unless stated)
Aldershot Town v Torquay United
ALFRETON TOWN v Grimsby Town
Chester v Forest Green Rovers
Dartford v Barnet (12.45pm)
Dover Athletic v Woking
Gateshead v Altrincham
Kidderminster Harriers v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln City v FC Halifax Town
Macclesfield Town v Wrexham
Nuneaton Town v Braintree Town
Southport v AFC Telford United
Welling United v Eastleigh