DARTFORD v ALFRETON TOWN
Friday Aug 9, 2013
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th, 2013, 3pm
Here we go again . . . football is most definitely back this weekend, and the curtain raiser for the 2013/14 Skrill Premier season takes Alfreton Town to Dartford on Saturday.
Reds manager Nicky Law has no suspension or injury worries although it remains to be seen if Michael Wylde has recovered enough from an Achilles injury to be considered for a start.
If last season's games between the sides are anything to go by there will be goals with a total of eleven scored in the two games in the league!
With nine new signings in his new-look squad, Law will certainly be looking for better things than last season's 5-1 drubbing at Princes Park in deepest Kent on September 1st, 2012. Danny Meadows got the sole Reds reply on 80 minutes, the attendance was 1,145.
Meadows was also on the scoresheet in the return game on January 5th at the Impact Arena as he struck an 89th minute winner for the Reds who edged home 3-2. Ryan Hayes had fired the visitors in front after just three minutes but Alfreton were level by the break when Meadows netted in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.
The Darts regained the lead through Nathan Collier on 59 minutes and with 15 minutes left, a league double looked on the cards but Anton Brown equalised on 75 before Meadows fired home a superb 16 yard strike into the top corner.
Thanks to the ShotsBlog, we can bring you all the ins and outs for both clubs over the summer weeks.
For Alfreton, the ins are: Bradley Wood - Free (Grimsby Town), Kristian Ramsey-Dickson - Free; Chris Westwood - Free (Wrexham), Michael Wylde - Free (Tamworth), Ross Atkins - Loan (Derby), Tom Shaw - Free (Cambridge), Nick Fenton - Free (Morecambe), John McGrath - Free (Burton Albion).
On the outgoing side are: Phil Barnes - Free (Gainsborough Trinity), Anton Brown - Free (Harrogate Town), Theo Streete - Free (Nuneaton), Leigh Franks - Bosman to (Harrogate Town), Ashley Worsfold - Bosman to (Harrogate Town), Adam Quinn - Free (Bradford Park Avenue), Ben Tomlinson - Undisc. fee (Lincoln City), Nathan Arnold - Free (Cambridge United). On top of that, both Steven Hewitt, Jordan Pickford, Scott Boden, Louie Soares and Jordan Rose all returned to their parent clubs following the completion of their loan spells. Ben Gathercole was released.
Dartford finished five places and six points of Alfreton in a fantastic final position of eighth last season but have since lost two of their big hitters, Tom Bonner and Tom Champion.
can bring you the following up-do-date information on the Darts for this season's starter:
TRANSFERS IN: Jason Prior - Free (AFC Wimbledon), Alan Julian - Free (Newport County), Kenny Clark - Undisc. (Chelmsford City), Max Cornhill - Undisc. (Chelmsford City), Matt Fry - Free (Concord Rangers), Adam Birchall - Loan (Gillingham)
TRANSFERS OUT: Tom Champion - Free (Cambridge United), Adam Green - Free (Basingstoke Town), Tom Bonner - Free (Cambridge United), Jacob Erskine - Released, Louie Wells - Free (Basingstoke Town), Richard Rose - Free (Whitehawk), Mark Arber - Released.
DANGER MAN: New loan signing Adam Birchall will look to regain fitness and find his scoring form once again after an injury-hit spell at Gillingham. The 28-year old scored 45 goals in 49 games for Dover Athletic only three seasons ago.
Fixtures for Saturday, August 10th
Barnet v Chester
Dartford v ALFRETON TOWN
Forest Green Rovers v Hyde
Grimsby Town v Aldershot Town
Hereford United v Braintree Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Gateshead
Macclesfield Town v Nuneaton Town
Salisbury City v Tamworth
Southport v Luton Town
Woking v Lincoln City
Wrexham v Welling United
Fixture for Sunday, August 11th
Cambridge United v FC Halifax Town (noon)