EASTWOOD TOWN v ALFRETON TOWN, TUESDAY, APRIL 12th, 7.45pm
Friday May 13, 2011
Town on Tuesday evening for what can only be described as a massive Blue Square Bet North local derby.
The Reds now need just five points to be absolutely certain of winning the league title and securing promotion, but they will come up against a side whose recent form is every bit as good as theirs.
Indeed, a battle royale is on the cards between the two form teams in the division.
Paul Cox's side are unbeaten in their last 13 league games, a run which has taken them from the lower reaches of the table to a battle with Solihull Moors and Guiseley for the last play-off place.
Eastwood have also held sway in recent games between the two sides, the Badgers having taken four points out of the Reds in the league last season, a 1-1 draw at the Impact Arena being preceded by a 2-1 home win the for the Notts club in August 2009.
The clubs have already shared the points this season with a 2-2 draw at Alfreton on New Year's Day, added to which Alfreton have tasted a 3-1 away defeat in pre-season action back in 2004/05 and a 2-2 draw in another away friendly outing prior to the 2007/08 campaign.
Both sides come into the game in red-hot form, Eastwood having scored 15 goals from five successive league wins including a 3-0 thumping of AFC Telford United at Coronation Park ten days ago.
They have also won their last eight games at home for points and are unbeaten in their last ten on home soil.
The Badgers have not lost at home since October 30 when Guiseley AFC recorded a 1-0 success in Nottinghamshire and all their other home league defeats were early doors with Blyth Spartans winning 2-0, Gloucester City notching a 2-1 success and reverses suffered way back in August against Workington (0-2) and Worcester City (2-4).
The one home draw for Eastwood was against Boston United back on January 3 when the sides drew 2-2.
Eastwood have accrued 34 of their 61 points on home turf and they have picked up maximum points 11 times from 17 home games with victories coming against Droylsden (2-0), Hyde (1-0), Stafford Rangers (3-0), Redditch United (2-1), Nuneaton Town (2-1), Harrogate Town (2-0), Vauxhall Motors (3-1), Gainsborough Trinity (2-0), Hinckley United (6-2) and Corby Town (2-1) as well as the Telford triumph.
The leading scorer in the league for the Badgers is Lee Stevenson who has hit 22, two behind Alfreton's Liam Hearn who is the top scorer in the entire division with 24.
However, a 13th away win in the league can take Alfreton to within a point of all but clinching the title - albeit on goal difference - with five games still to come. A win for Eastwood would see them leapfrog Solihull and Guiseley into the last play-off spot and set up a tremendous finale to their campaign.
Reds manager Nicky Law has no players suspended and no new injury worries as his side go chasing a sixth straight league victory having hit 14 goals in the previous five, a fourth win in a row away, and a seventh consecutive clean sheet. FORMBOOK
Current league form, latest game listed first
Eastwood Town: W W W W W D W W W W
Alfreton Town: W W W W W D W L L W
Kick-off at Coronation Park is 7.45pm.