Alfreton Town v York City

Alfreton Town v York City

Thursday Nov 9, 2017

Alfreton Town host York City this coming Saturday in the Vanarama National League North at the Impact Arena, kick-off 3pm.

The Reds will be looking for a better outcome from the game than their last two matches in which they were unlucky to go down to two narrow defeats 1-2 and 1-0 respectively against the top two sides in the division, Harrogate Town and Salford City.

After dominating the second half against Harrogate after pulling a goal back through Tom Allan in the first half, the Reds headed to Salford in high spirits after an excellent display against Harrogate despite defeat. Alfreton suffered late heartbreak at the Peninsula Stadium last weekend as a stoppage time header was the difference after another excellent performance against another of the division's high flyers. 

The last two outings against the top two have left Reds fans with plenty to be positive about after two results which arguably could have gone in the Reds favour.  

The Minstermen have had a mixed season to date but have now moved into sixth place in the table after Saturday's 2-1 home win over Curzon Ashton, They have a current playing record of Played 17 Won 7 Drawn 4 and Lost 6 and stand on 25 points, five points more than us, although we have a game in hand.

York dropped down to National League North after relegation last season and so far their form has been up and down. The recent appointment of Martin Gray as their new manager, having moved from Darlington FC following the end of Gary Mills tenure; is hoped to see an improvement in form.

Saturday's defeat of Curzon Ashton saw the Minstermen take a 2-0 lead into the break with goals from veteran Jon Parkin and Daniel Parslow. The visirors replied through a wonderful curling strike from Joe Guest on 55 minutes but York thoroughly deserved the three points, as they saw out the game comfortably.

Former Red's favourite Josh Law was in the Minstermen's line-up.

The York side was: Peacock-Farrell, Law, Whittle, Bencherif, Parslow, Moke, Newton, Rowe, Parkin, Martin, Connolly.

Subs: Sukar, Morgan-Smith, Wharton, Gray, Simpson.

Our  last meeting with  the Minstermen took place in April 2012 in the Conference when York came away from the Impact Arena with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo on what was a very wet Easter Monday.

Bootham Crescent was the scene of our very first win in the Conference on the 29th of August 2011. The all important goal coming from a Levi Mackin penatly on 42 minutes after Paul Clayton was brought down in the box, the Reds defending manfully throughout the game.

The Alfreton side for this game was: Lawson, Brown, Young, Wilson, Franklin, Mullan, Franks, Streete, Mackin, Clayton, Senior

Subs: Jarman, Ellison, Moult, Hall, Hawes

Saturday's fixture with York will see the Impact Arena pay tribute to our fallen heros on Remembrance Day.

The Reds are delighted to have the Mayor of Amber Valley, David Wilson; as well as the Mayor of Alfreton John Walker in attendance. Wreaths will be laid by the Royal British Legion, Alfreton Town and York City. We are also expecting pole bearers from the Royal British Legion.

There will also be a minutes silence before the game as we pay our respects to those who fought for our freedom.

The Club can also confirm that members of the Armed Forces and Veterans will be admitted FREE of charge to the Impact Arena for the game.

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