Thursday Mar 27, 2014

By Matt Carter
Following defeat at Halifax on Monday night, Alfreton face another playoff rival in their latest Skrill Conference Premier Division fixture with Nuneaton visiting the Impact Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors currently occupy the final play-off spot and like Alfreton they were also defeated by another top five rival last time out – succumbing to a 1-0 home defeat at home to Grimsby Town last Saturday.
The Reds won’t have fond memories of facing Nuneaton, falling victim to Saturday’s opponents twice in the space of five days at the back end of November – in the first instance going down 3-0 in the reverse league fixture before losing 1-0 at home in the FA trophy.
Going back further Borough also defeated Alfreton twice during the 2012/13 season, with the Reds failing to register a goal.
Despite the disappointment in Yorkshire Alfreton should still enter this contest in strong spirits, considering prior to that they had gone four games unbeaten prior and at the same time they are on a run of seven games unbeaten in front of their own supporters.
With a host of clubs now knocking on the play-off door, a victory on Saturday afternoon is essential to keep those sides at arm’s length.
With successive home games against two sides in the bottom half of the table in the form of Welling United and Aldershot Town following this fixture, a positive result would provide a perfect platform to cementing a play-off position over the coming weeks.
Reds manager Nicky Law has no new injury worries but both John McGrath and Michael Wylde remain on the long term absentee list and Darran Kempson and Chris Westwood are doubtful.

Segregation is in place for this fixture and Nuneaton fans are requested to enter the Impact Arena 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 from Monday to 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
Both Early Bird and Group Saver admission-saving tickets can be purchased via telephone by contacting Charlotte Webster on 01773 830277 between 9am and 3.30pm from Monday to Friday, or via email at

Fixtures for Thursday, March 27th
Braintree Town v Nuneaton Town
Southport v Forest Green Rovers

Fixtures for Saturday, March 29th
Aldershot Town v Hyde
ALFRETON TOWN v Nuneaton Town
Cambridge United v Barnet
Dartford v Macclesfield Town
FC Halifax Town v Luton Town
Gateshead v Braintree Town
Hereford United v Grimsby Town
Salisbury City v Kidderminster Harriers
Tamworth v Lincoln City
Welling United v Chester
Woking v Wrexham

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