ALFRETON TOWN v WREXHAM PREVIEW
Tuesday Dec 31, 2013
NEW YEAR'S DAY, IMPACT ARENA, 3pm
by Matt Carter
Having ended 2013 in sensational style, Alfreton Town will be hopeful of transferring their fine form into the New Year as they go head to head with Wrexham United in the Skrill Premier on January 1st at the Impact Arena.
Nicky Law's side have won their last four league games, their longest streak of victories to date this season - and it is a run which has seen the club rise to the dizzy heights of third in the table.
This fixture also represents the second time in seven days that the clubs have faced off, with Chris Westwood's injury time header handing the Reds a 3-2 victory at the Racecourse on Boxing Day.
Wrexham did bounce back from that defeat with a 5-2 success at basement side Hyde last Saturday, and further to that Andy Morrell's side will be boosted by the return of several players who were absent from the Boxing Day clash with Andy Bishop amongst the most notable of these.
This will also be the third time that the clubs have met this season, with Wrexham producing a 3-1 win to knock Alfreton out of the FA Cup at the Racecourse.
In recent times the Impact Arena has proved a happy hunting ground for Wrexham, having also claimed a 2-1 victory in this clash during the 2012/13 campaign and a 4-1 win in Derbyshire in the 2011/12 season.
This will be the fourth fixture in 12 days for Alfreton, which will be a significant test for Nicky Law's small squad.
Ross Atkins was again missing for Saturday's victory over Southport, although John Worsnop has proved a more than able deputy since his loan move from FC United. Josh Law is also likely to miss the visit of the Welsh outfit and central midfield man John McGrath looks set for a spell on the sidelines with a cartilage problem.
Law will also be without utility man Alastair Taylor who has joined Skrill North club Gainsborough Trinity on a month's loan.
After such a superb 2013 Alfreton will enter this clash full of confidence and hopeful that in 2014 they could reach even greater heights - starting with three points on New Year's Day against what will be an always tough-to-beat Wrexham side.
SEGREGATION FOR WAY FANS
Segregation will be used for this fixture and Wrexham fans are requested to enter the Impact Arena via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the stadium only.
The deadline for Early Bird Match Tickets and Group Saver Match Tickets has now passed and admission at the turnstile on the day of the game is £18 for adults, and £12 for concessions (over-65s and under-16s).
Alternatively, under-16s can register as a Junior Reds member on the day for £5 and gain entry to the game for just £3.
Covered seating and terracing is available, as are catering and toilet facilities for visiting supporters along with match day programmes.
Fixtures for Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 (all 3pm unless stated)
Aldershot Town v Forest Green Rovers
ALFRETON TOWN v Wrexham
Braintree Town v Cambridge United
Chester v Southport
FC Halifax Town v Gateshead
Grimsby Town v Lincoln City
Hereford United v Kidderminster Harriers
Hyde v Macclesfield Town
Luton Town v Barnet (12 noon) on BT Sport
Nuneaton Town v Tamworth
Salisbury City v Woking
Welling United v Dartford