ALFRETON TOWN v WELLING UNITED PREVIEW
Thursday Apr 3, 2014
By Matt Carter
Following Thursday night's Skrill Premier Division goalless game between FC Halifax Town and Braintree Town, Alfreton Town have been pushed out of the play-off places and they go into Saturday's home clash against Welling United in sixth place, knowing it is a must win game.
A return of one point from games against fellow top five chasers Halifax and Nuneaton has also not helped the promotion cause but a win on Saturday could lift the Reds back into the top five.
Saturday’s visitors have comfortably taken to life at the next level having achieved promotion in 2012/13, with their safety in the division now virtually guaranteed. Nonetheless Welling have only won once in five games, although that success did come last time out against struggling Chester.
Nicky Law’s side have already tasted victory against Welling, with Shaun Harrad’s penalty securing a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Kent back in January.
Encouragingly for the Reds for of the remaining six games at the Impact Arena where only they have lost only twice all season. Having endured two testing contests against rivals, this also represents the first of two home games in four days against sides lower down the table with Aldershot due to visit the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.
Undoubtedly both games with be tough but they represent a pivotal opportunity for Alfreton to move back into the play-off places and a remarkable top five finish.
Alfreton continue to be without both John McGrath and Michael Wylde who remain on the long term absentee list whilst a late check will need to be made on Nick Fenton. Chris Westwood was scheduled to return to training this week but is not expected to be fit enough for consideration for Saturday's game.
There is no segregation in place for this fixture but Welling United fans are kindly requested to enter the stadium via the Alma Street turnstiles.
This fixture is also a 'Kids for a Quid' admission fee so long as youngsters under-16 are accompanied by an adult. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Result for Thursday, April 3rd
FC Halifax Town 0, Braintree Town 0
Fixtures for Saturday, April 5th
ALFRETON TOWN v Welling United
Barnet v Forest Green Rovers
Braintree Town v Salisbury City
Cambridge United v Southport
Chester v Hyde
Gateshead v Tamworth
Hereford United v Woking
Kidderminster Harriers v Grimsby Town
Lincoln City v Dartford
Luton Town v Aldershot Town
Nuneaton Town v FC Halifax Town
Wrexham v Macclesfield Town
Fixtures for Tuesday, April 8th
ALFRETON TOWN v Aldershot Town
Braintree Town v Macclesfield Town
Forest Green Rovers v Kidderminster Harriers
Grimsby Town v Woking
Hyde v Salisbury City
Luton Town v Tamworth
Southport v Barnet
Welling United v Hereford United
Fixtures for Thursday, April 10th
Dartford v Grimsby Town
Woking v Cambridge United