BRISTOL ROVERS v ALFRETON TOWN MATCH PREVIEW
Thursday Apr 23, 2015
SATURDAY, APRIL 25th, 5.15pm
By Kev Miles
Alfreton Town's final Vanarama Conference fixture of the 2014/15 season sees the Reds travel to take on title-chasing Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Nicky Law's side will be aiming for a first win in nine league games to aid their bid for league survival and the Reds boss has the boost of having Bradley Wood returning from a one-game suspension which kept him out of the 2-2 draw with Welling United at the Impact Arena last weekend.
The Reds go into Saturday's game at Rovers occupying the last relegation place. They are level on points with Welling United but have an inferior goal difference.
There are few permutations which will help the Reds. An Alfreton win and Welling draw or lose at home to Southport means the Reds will stay up for a fifth season in non league's top flight.
An Alfreton draw at Rovers will only help if Welling lose at home to Southport, a scenario which would relegate the Kent side.
If both games end level, relegation will follow for Alfreton.
A Reds defeat will mean a return to Vanarama Conference North for the first time since winning the title in the 2010/11 season.
Bristol Rovers go into the game one point behind league leaders Barnet who are at home to Gateshead.
Rovers will be desperate for a victory and then be hoping that Barnet don't secure all three points which would then hand the title to the Pirates, twelve months after falling out of the Football League on the last day of the season when Rovers lost 1-0 at home to Mansfield Town.
Should the Rovers/Alfreton game end in a draw, and Barnet lose, the title would still head south as Barnet have a superior goal difference.
Rovers are hoping to set a new attendance record for the Vanarama Conference with the 'sold out' signs having gone up a few days prior to the game.
The current record is held in the Boxing Day fixture between Oxford United and Woking back in 2006 which stands at 11,065.
Kick-off at the Memorial Stadium is at the later than usual time of 5.15pm and some parts of the game will be shown live on BT Sport as the season reaches an incredible climax.
Prior to the game, a minute's silence will be held in memory of the 30th anniversary of the Bradford Fire Disaster.
COME ON YOU REDS!
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for the game at Bristol Rovers will depart at 10.30am. The Association have added a second coach for this game and a few seats are still available which can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Fixtures for Saturday, April 25th
AFC Telford United v Wrexham
Barnet v Gateshead
Braintree Town v Altrincham
Bristol Rovers v ALFRETON TOWN
Chester v Nuneaton Town
Dartford v Lincoln City
Eastleigh v Kidderminster Harriers
Forest Green Rovers v Dover Athletic
Grimsby Town v Aldershot Town
Torquay United v Macclesfield Town
Welling United v Southport
Woking v FC Halifax Town