Monday Sep 9, 2013

More international recognition for Alfreton Town

RIGHT-BACK Bradley Wood became the latest member of Alfreton Town's international set when he made his England C debut on Tuesday in Latvia.

Wood, who has been in tremendous form since joining the club in the summer, had his efforts rewarded with a call-up into Paul Fairclough's squad recently and his introduction as a half-time substitute in the friendly in Jelgava which unfortunately resulted in a 1-0 defeat for the England side, means he becomes the latest international cap winner at the club.

He joins fellow Reds squad members Paul Clayton, Connor Franklin and Dan Bradley in receiving full international recognition, whilst Josh Law has had call-ups into both the full squad and contingency squad.

And the level of quality in the current Reds squad is backed up by the fact that Tom Shaw, Michael Wylde, Nick Fenton, John McGrath and Chris Westwood have also received international recognition down the years.

The incredible success story of the club under the managership of Nicky Law over the past few years has also yielded full England C caps for former Reds Liam Hearn (Grimsby Town), Aden Flint (Bristol City) and Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) whilst former defender Theo Streete and ex goalkeeper Paddy Gamble also received call-ups to England C contingency squads whilst with the club.


Away game

After seeing his side extend their 100 per cent home record to four wins from four with a 3-1 win over Woking last weekend, Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law will be looking for his side to transfer that winning momentum into this Saturday's away game at Macclesfield Town.

But after three straight defeats on the road so far, the Reds boss feels he may have to change things around to enable his side to pick up their first away points of the season at the fourth attempt.

He explained after the win over Woking: "Obviously we have got to look to do something about our away form now and maybe that's a case of not going and trying to be as positive as we usually do try and do.

"Maybe we go with a different mind-set and see if we can stop the slide on that one."

The game at the Moss Rose will be Alfreton's 100th Conference Premier Division fixture since winning the Conference North title in the 2010/11 season and it is apt that the side go into the milestone fixture in the highest ever league placing the club have ever held.

The victory over Woking last Saturday lifted Nicky Law's side up to seventh place in the table just one point outside the play-offs and five points behind league leaders Cambridge United.



ATFC Supporters' Association transport for this Saturday's game at Macclesfield Town departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.


League leaders

Next Tuesday, Alfreton face perhaps their toughest game of the season so far when current Skrill Premier league leaders Cambridge United are the visitors to the Impact Arena.

Adding spice to the game is the fact that in the Reds' ranks are ex U's Tom Shaw and Michael Wylde, whilst former Alfreton players Nathan Arnold and Adam Cunnington will be returning to the Impact Arena with United for the game which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

Cambridge are unbeaten in four away games so far this season with two wins and two draws.

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