ALFRETON TOWN v LEYTON ORIENT PREVIEW
Saturday Dec 1, 2012
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2012, 3.15pm
Alfreton Town will create history twice if they can overcome in-form npower League One visitors Leyton Orient at the Impact Arena on Sunday in the second round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.
The Reds have never been in the third round of the competition before and have yet to beat Football League opposition after four previous attempts against Barrow in 1969/70, Macclesfield Town in 2004/05, Scunthorpe United in 2008/09 and Carlisle United in the first round last season.
However, hopes are high and manager Nicky Law goes into the tie with a confident, full strength squad and his side sitting 12th in the Conference Premier table, their highest ever league placing.
Very pleasingly, both central defenders Leigh Franks and Ross Killock have overcome injuries sustained in the 1-1 draw at Hyde FC a week last Tuesday. Striker Tom Denton has been recalled early from his loan spell at Worksop Town where he hit 11 goals in 11 games and striker Anthony Wilson's loan spell at North Ferriby United ends on Saturday so Nicky Law will have a selection headache of the very best kind.
In reaching the second round for a second time in five seasons, the Reds have already produced some very good football in beating Gateshead 2-0 in the fourth qualifying round at the Impact Arena and winning 4-2 at Wrexham in the first round proper.
Adding spice to the tie is the fact that it is being screened live by ESPN.
Russell Slade's Leyton Orient arrive in very good form having steadied their ship with five straight wins in all competitions after a somewhat sticky start to the campaign. The O's are two divisions up fron the Reds and will provide very formidable opponents.
On their travels they have had mixed fortunes although they have recorded notable victories at Swindon Town (1-0), Walsall (2-1), Carlisle United (4-1), Portsmouth (3-2) and 2-0 at Conference North side Gloucester City in the first round of the FA Cup. They have only recorded two clean sheets away from home, scoring 15 and conceding 20 in 13 games.
The O's last outing saw them beat Preston North end 2-0 in East London in the league last Saturday.
Top scorer for the O's is former Charlton Athletic striker Kevin Lisbie who has hit six goals so far, all of them in the league. The next highest is former QPR and Fulham winger Lee Cook and Ryan Brunt who are both on three.
As well as a place in the third round with the big boys from the Premier League and the Championship, there is prize money of £27,000 up for grabs for the victors.
Should a replay be required, this will be staged at Orient's 9000-plus capacity Matchroom Stadium at Brisbane Road on Tuesday, December 11th, 7.45pm.
Admission to the cup tie on Sunday is pay on the gate. Alfreton's Early Bird Match Ticket scheme for the fixture ended at 2.30pm on Friday and prices will now be £18 for adults and £12 for concessions (under-16s and over-65s).
Alfreton's Junior Reds price for the game remains at £3 for under-15s who are Junior Reds and accompanied by a full paying adult.
Segregation is in place for this cup tie and Leyton Orient supporters are requested to enter the stadium via the away turnstiles only at the Alma Street end of the ground.
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.