ALFRETON TOWN v GRIMSBY TOWN PREVIEW
Monday Oct 8, 2012
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 7.45pm
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Blue Square Bet Premier Division
Alfreton Town v Grimsby Town
at the Impact Arena
Alfreton Town entertain sixth-placed Grimsby Town at the Impact Arena tonight with both sides having points to prove.
The Reds will be eager to erase the memory of two 5-2 defeats against the Mariners last season, the first on October 1st, the second on January 7th.
The majority of last season's damage was done by former Reds striker Liam Hearn who hit a four-timer at Blundell Park and two more in the return fixture at the Impact Arena.
Liam will be missing from tonight's fixture though as he is recovering from surgery on a torn achilles injury which will keep him out for the majority of, if not all the season.
Another very tough task lies ahead for Alfreton despite going into the game on the back of a six-game unbeaten run as Grimsby are unbeaten on the road in the league this season, winning once and drawing the other five games.
The Mariners' sole away win was a 2-0 success at Hereford United. The draws have come at Southport (1-1), Wrexham (0-0), Barrow (2-2), Kidderminster Harriers (0-0) and Newport County (0-0).
Reds manager Nicky Law has just Adam Quinn and Anton Brown missing through injury. There are no suspensions to contend with either.
A Reds victory would firmly cement them in mid-table and they still have a game in hand over most of the sides around them.
Grimsby arrive having looking to bounce back from having a ten-game unbeaten run ended in a 2-0 home defeat on Saturday. It was inflicted by this season's surprise package, Dartford,and the Kent side have also moved into fifth place, knocking the Mariners out of the play-off places.
However, in the five games previous to that, Grimsby have produced some terrific results with a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers, a 4-1 thrashing of Luton Town, 3-0 win against Gateshead and goalless draws against a resurgent Kidderminster Harriers and at league leaders Newport County.
The Mariners are likely to have striker Greg Pearson available again after recovering from a knee injury and central defender Shaun Pearson is likely to play despite a minor neck injury.
The top goalscorer for Grimsby Town this season so far is Nathan Pond with three, whilst Joe Colbeck, Anthony Elding, Ross Hannah and Greg Pearson have all netted two apiece.
THIS FIXTURE IS SUBJECT TO FULL SEGREGATION
Segregation is in place for this game and Grimsby Town supporters are requested to enter the stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the Impact Arena only.
Admission is £18 for adults and £12 for concessions (under 16s and over 65s). However, there is an Earlybird Matchday Ticket scheme which can be taken advantage of which gains admission for £16 or £11 respectively.
Full details of the scheme can be found here
The match day programme is priced at £3.
Catering and toilet facilities are available for away fans as well as covered terracing and a limited number of covered seats.
Fixtures for Tuesday, October 9th
ALFRETON TOWN v Grimsby Town
Barrow v Southport
Dartford v AFC Telford United
Forest Green Rovers v Tamworth
Gateshead v Macclesfield Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Hyde
Luton Town v Braintree Town
Mansfield Town v Lincoln City
Newport County v Ebbsfleet United
Nuneaton Town v Hereford United
Woking v Cambridge United
Fixture for Wednesday, October 10th
Stockport County v Wrexham