FC HALIFAX TOWN v ALFRETON TOWN PREVIEW
Monday Mar 24, 2014
MONDAY, MARCH 24th, 7.45pm
By Matt Carter and Kev Miles
Off the back of a three game winning streak, Alfreton Town travel to FC Halifax Town for Monday’s Skrill Premier Division clash in high spirits.
Following Saturday's round of results, FC Halifax have slipped to tenth in the table but they do still have serious play-off ambitions of their own, with them sitting just three points outside the coveted top five positions.
Further to that they can also boast a sequence of three successive victories and they are the division's second highest goalscorers this season with a total of 71 so far. And in Lee Gregory, they also have the division's second highest goalscorer, currently sitting on a total of 24.
Halifax have also been formidable on their own patch throughout this campaign with just one defeat and 13 wins from their 18 home games to date in which they have scored an impressive 48 goals, again the second highest in the division only trailing champions-elect Luton Town.
The Reds can draw inspiration from the corresponding fixture in which they clinched a 3-0 success at the Impact Arena, even if Halifax are likely to prove a different proposition on their own patch.
A plethora of sides are queuing up to challenge for a play-off spot and the Reds will be determined to keep them at arms length, indeed, a positive result on Monday would not only ensure that but severely dent the hopes of their opponents.
Manager Nicky Law will be without long term injury victims John McGrath and Michael Wylde as well as Darran Kempson (groin) and Chris Westwood (thigh) who are likely to be out for a couple of weeks yet. But Law has plenty of options following the loan signings of Michael Hoganson from Derby County, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner from Luton Town and Elliott Whitehouse from Sheffield United over the past week.
Undoubtedly it will not be easy but with just one defeat in ten games Nicky Law’s side are in excellent form and the pressure is possibly on Halifax who will desperately want to win.
With three games at the Impact Arena on the horizon, a victory in Yorkshire would set them up well to secure their play-off ticket over the next few weeks.
The cameras will be present for this crucial fixture with the game being broadcast live on BT Sport
ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs at 5.15pm and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Fixture for Monday, March 24th
FC Halifax Town v ALFRETON TOWN
Fixtures for Tuesday, March 25th
Aldershot Town v Gateshead
Chester v Tamworth
Grimsby Town v Luton Town
Welling United v Braintree Town
Fixtures for Thursday, March 27th
Braintree Town v Nuneaton Town
Southport v Forest Green Rovers