BOSTON UNITED v ALFRETON TOWN MATCH PREVIEW
Thursday Oct 15, 2015
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 3pm
By James Aspinall, Kev Miles and Bill Draper
Alfreton Town return to Vanarama National League North action on Saturday when they travel to deepest Lincolnshire to take on in-form Boston United.
Reds manager Nicky Law has both Joe Leesley (returning from a one-game suspension) and defender Sam Berry available again for the game, the latter having recovered from illness which kept him out of the win at Hednesford Town last Saturday.
The pair's inclusion in the squad means Law has only the suspended John Johston unavailable and so has plenty of options all over the park as the Reds go in search of a first league win in three outings to keep them in touch with the top five teams in the table.
BOSTON AT HOME
On home soil this season, United have had mixed fortunes at their Jakemans Stadium home this season.
They have only won one of their last four games on home soil for points, that being a 1-0 home win over bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford United last Saturday.
Prior to that they have lost three, drawn one and won two other games, these being 2-1 against Curzon Ashton and 1-0 against Gloucester City.
The one and only draw so far was a 1-1 scoreline against Tamworth whilst defeats have been tasted against Solihull Moors (1-4), Chorley (1-2) and AFC Fylde (0-3).
Alfreton have won three out of the last five games in all competitions, their most recent being a 4-2 victory away at 10 man Hednesford in the Emirates FA Cup meaning the Reds progressed through to the fourth qualifying round.
Despite going 1-0 down early on, Alfreton turned the game around in style, and a hat trick from Jordan Robertson, along with Dan Bradley's first goal of the season helped secure the win.
Boston have won their last two league games and three of their last six, losing the other three.
In their last outing, Dennis Greene's side recorded a slender 1-0 victory at home to bottom of the league AFC Telford United in the league last weekend. A tight game was settled by a Carl Piergianni goal just after half time which was enough to seal all three points for the Lincolnshire side.
WE'VE MET BEFORE
FA Trophy Q3
1970/71 [a] 0-2
1981/82 [h] 0-2 [match played at York Street due to unfit Town Ground]
1962/63 [h] 2-2 [a] 2-2 att. n/k
1963/64 [h] 6-0 [a] 2-2 att. n/k
Northern Premier League President's Cup
10/1/96 [h] 2-2 John McFadzean, Phil Stafford 188
6/3/96 [a] 0-4 [replay - 8 weeks later]
Northern Premier League [Premier Division]
1996/97 [h] 1-2 [h] Clyde [og] 397
[a] 1-1 [a] Paul Eshelby 1023
1997/98 [h] 1-2 [h] Glynn Stacey 285
2007/08 [h] 2-1 Crockett [og], Brian Cusworth 563 [Nicky Law's first home win]
[a] 1-2 Tony Butler
2010/11 [h] 0-1 att: 1309 [best home League gate for 28 years]
[a] 2-3 Anton Brown, Liam Hearn 1503
Mid-season Friendly [circa February 1985]
1984/85 [h] 2-8
Full admission prices for this Saturday's game can be found on the official Boston United FC website here
By coach ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to this Saturday’s league game at Boston United will depart at 9.30am. Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 58401.
Postcode for Sat Nav purposes: PE21 6JN.
Nearest railway station: Boston (less than one mile from The Jakemans Stadium).
Parking There is NO free parking available at the ground. The only parking available at the ground is for permit holders and designated guests.
Street parking is available — in addition to car parks in Wide Bargate.
Fixtures for Saturday, October 17th
AFC Telford United v Stalybridge Celtic
Boston United v ALFRETON TOWN
Brackley Town v Gainsborough Trinity
Bradford Park Avenue v Gloucester City
Chorley v Hednesford Town
Corby Town v AFC Fylde
Curzon Ashton v Stockport County
Lowestoft Town v Harrogate Town
North Ferriby United v FC United of Manchester
Tamworth v Solihull Moors
Fixture for Sunday, October 18th
Worcester City v Nuneaton Town