Thursday Mar 6, 2014


by Matt Carter
Alfreton Town will be hopeful of returning to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Lincoln City to the Impact Arena in this latest Skrill Conference Premier Division fixture.
The Reds, like the majority before them were pushed aside by runaway leaders Luton last Saturday, although Nicky Law’s side can take heart from matching their opponents for large parts of that contest.
Further to that their form prior to that perhaps unsurprising defeat against a side seemingly destined for the Football League, was encouraging – with Alfreton picking up eight points from their previous four games.
However, the visitors though can vaunt strong form of their own having lost just one of seven and going unbeaten through their last four fixtures.
Alfreton also have reason to be wary of Saturday’s opponents having been beaten 4-1 at Sincil Bank just two months ago.
Not only that, but Lincoln were also victors in this very fixture last season, although Alfreton did taste success in the corresponding game.
One player who will need particular close attention is 16-goal former Reds striker Ben Tomlinson who has notched 11 goals in his last 13 outings for City.
Encouragingly the Reds continue to steer clear of injury problems, with only long-term injury victim John McGrath and Bradley Wood - who injured a hip at Luton last weekend - set to miss the visit of the Imps.
This fixture represents the first of two home games in four days, with bottom side Hyde the visitors on Tuesday.
Taking into account Alfreton’s strong home returns thus far these two fixtures will be viewed as an ideal opportunity to build momentum as we enter the business end of the campaign.

There is segregation in place for this fixture and Lincoln City 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.

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.
Ordinary 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.
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 or via email at
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, and 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
These admission-saving tickets can be purchased via telephone by contacting Charlotte Webster on 01773 830277 between 9am and 3.30pm on Thursday and Friday, or via email at

Fixture for Friday, March 7th
Dartford v Chester
Fixtures for Saturday, March 8th
ALFRETON TOWN v Lincoln City
Barnet v Gateshead
Braintree Town v Hereford United
Forest Green Rovers v Cambridge United
Hyde v FC Halifax Town
Macclesfield Town v Grimsby Town
Nuneaton Town v Welling United
Salisbury City v Luton Town
Tamworth v Aldershot Town
Woking v Southport
Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers

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