GRIMSBY TOWN v ALFRETON TOWN
Thursday Aug 22, 2013
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th, 3pm
By Matt Carter
Buoyed by clinching a second win on the bounce last time out, Alfreton will be hopeful of carrying on their solid start to the Skrill Premier season at Blundell Park against Grimsby on Saturday.
The Mariners have made more of a stuttered start - picking up four point from their opening three outings, nevertheless they should still prove stiff opposition for the Reds on Saturday. In their previous four meetings Alfreton have failed to pick up a single point, a run which has also seen them concede 16 goals. The corresponding fixture last season; a 4-2 defeat, outlines these struggles.
Further to this having finished fourth last season, Grimsby are clearly are a stronger outfit than their league position suggests - with many tipping them for promotion come the end of the season.
Nevertheless the early indication is that Alfreton are an improved outfit when compared against last season and with that in mind they will fancy their chances of ending their hoodoo against the men from the Lincolnshire coast. It might also be in Alfreton's favour that Grimsby are seemingly still finding their early season feet, therefore this could be a perfect time to face them.
Alfreton's confidence should also be boosted their impressive win over Kidderminster, another side who made the play-offs last season, that win highlighting that they are more than able to compete with the best sides in the division. As well as that, in Job Akinde they have one of the divisions form strikers who will take some stopping if he can continue where he left off against Salisbury.
Undoubtedly the trip to Blundell Park represents as tough an outing that Alfreton have faced thus far, that said if they can maintain their early season form then they have every chance of taking something from the game - in the process maintaining their current record high league standing.
For the first one of two fixtures over the August Bank Holiday, Reds manager Nicky Law has a full-strength squad to choose from with no injury or suspension worries to contend with.
On Monday, Alfreton are at home to Hereford United, kick-off at the Impact Arena is 3pm.
Fixtures for Saturday, August 24th
Barnet v Nuneaton Town
Cambridge United v Lincoln City
Dartford v Braintree Town
Forest Green Rovers v Luton Town
Grimsby Town v ALFRETON TOWN
Hereford United v Tamworth
Kidderminster Harriers v Chester
Macclesfield Town v FC Halifax Town
Salisbury City v Aldershot Town
Southport v Gateshead
Woking v Welling United
Wrexham v Hyde