BRAINTREE TOWN v ALFRETON TOWN PREVIEW
Friday Mar 30, 2012
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Blue Square Bet Premier Division
Braintree Town v Alfreton Town
at the Amlin Stadium, Cressing Road
ALFRETON Town are on the road again on Saturday for the second of a trilogy of away games.
Braintree Town in Essex is the venue as Nicky Law's side seek to make it four away wins in a row which would all but ensure the club's place in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division for a second season.
The Reds go into the game buoyed by two successive victories and five wins from the last six games.
Striker Paul Clayton has recovered from a neck strain and is welcomed back into manager Nicky Law's squad. However, Law will be without leading scorer Nathan Jarman who sits the game out as he finishes a two-match suspension.
Law is also without central defender Darran Kempson whose groin strain kept him out of the midweek win at Ebbsfleet United, and Nathan Arnold is also out with a hamstring strain.
Braintree are currently 11th in the table and are already assured of a second season at non league's top table. They are five places and 13 points better off than the Reds.
Braintree manager Alan Devonshire has recently signed a new contract with the Iron which will keep him with the club until May 2013. It is reward for his efforts in guiding the team to a comfortable position in their first season at Conference Premier Division level. Indeed, the Iron have performed the best of the four teams who were promoted into the division last May.
Braintree's home form is good with ten wins, five draws and five defeats.
Home wins have been recorded over Grimsby Town (5-0), Lincoln City (1-0), Newport County (1-0), Tamworth (3-1), Darlington (3-1), AFC Telford United (2-1), Cambridge United (3-2), Barrow (1-0), Kettering Town (2-1) and Gateshead (3-1).
The points have been shared with Mansfield Town (1-1), Bath City (3-3), Wrexham (0-0), Stockport (2-2) and Southport (0-0).
The losses have come against Ebbsfleet United (2-3), Fleetwood Town (1-2), Forest Green Rovers (1-5), Hayes & Yeading United (0-3) and Kidderminster Harriers (1-4).
The Iron are unbeaten in their last two games, a 4-0 win at Barrow last Saturday being followed by a goalless draw at home against play-off chasing Southport on Tuesday night.
The first game of the season between the sides was back on September 10 when Braintree triumphed 1-0 in front of 656 at the Impact Arena thanks to an 18th minute goal from Chib Chilaka who is no longer with the club.
The Braintree team which drew with Southport on Tuesday night was:
Nathan McDonald, Patrick O'Connor, Adam Bailey-Dennis, Aswad Thomas, Billy Gibson, Matthew Paine, Kenny Davis, Jai Reason (Bradley Quinton),Sean Marks, Ben Wright.
Unused substitutes: Ashlee Jones, Nicky symons, Jamie Guy, Joel Appoak-Kupi.
Top scorer for the club is Ben Wright with 15 goals so far, Sean Marks has 13 and Jai Reason 11. There have been 16 different scorers for the club this season.
Last eight games, most recent result last
Braintree Town: L W D W W L W D
Alfreton Town: L D W W W L W W
Home and away
Braintree Town last eight home games: W W D W W W L D
Alfreton Town last eight away games: D D W L L W W W
Fixture for Friday, March 30
Luton Town v York City, 7.30pm
Fixtures for Saturday, March 31
AFC Telford United v Darlington
Bath City v Fleetwood Town
Braintree Town v ALFRETON TOWN, 3pm
Cambridge United v Wrexham
Forest Green Rovers v Barrow
Grimsby Town v Kidderminster Harriers
Kettering Town v Stockport Cou8nty
Lincoln City v Tamworth
Mansfield Town v Ebbsfleet United
Newport County v Gateshead
Southport v Hayes & Yeading United