Thursday Oct 8, 2015


By James Aspinall, Kev Miles and Bill Draper

Alfreton Town return to Emirates FA Cup action this weekend with a trip to fellow Vanarama National League North rivals Hednesford Town on Saturday.
Reds manager Nicky Law will have to make changes to his side for this game with Joe Leesley missing the tie through a one-game suspension and John Johnston beginning a three-match ban.
However, there are no major injury worries.
As well as a place in the fourth qualifying round draw on Monday, there is prize money of £7,500 for the winners of the tie.
Both teams have a great chance to proceed to the next round where the Vanarama National League teams come in, and although Alfreton could be slight favourites after winning the last encounter between these two sides 4-0,this time it should be a tighter game as Hednesford have gone four games unbeaten since that defeat.

The sides have only met nine times ever before, twice in the FA Cup, three times in the league, and four times in the Midland Floodlit Cup way back in the early 1970's.
In the league, Alfreton recorded a resounding 4-0 home win over The Pitmen just a month ago thanks to goals from Jordan Robertson (10), Jamie Jackson (62) and a sam Jones brace on 74 and 79 minutes.
Prior to this season, there have only been two other league games and they were back in the 2005/06 season. Both sides won their respective home games with Hednesford triumphing 1-0 on August 15th, 2005, and Alfreton winning the return Conference North fixture 3-2 on January 14th, 2006.
The FA Cup meetings are listed below.

Alfreton Town have only met Hednesford Town six times previously in any cup action.
Two times were in the FA Cup and came in the 2007/08 season when the sides drew 0-0 at Keys Park in a second qualifying round tie with the Pitmen winning the replay 2-1 at the Impact Arena.
Alfreton have not played Hednesford at all in either the FA Trophy or FA Vase.
However, the sides did meet four times over 40 years ago in the Midland Floodlit Cup.
In the 1972/73 season Alfreton beat Hednesford 9-3 at home, famously earning 19 points, ten for the win and one point for each goal! The away game was drawn 2-2 at Hednesford's old Cross Keys ground.
In the 1973/74 season, Alfreton won both games, 4-1 at home and 3-2 away.

On home soil this season, Hednesford have played six games, all in the league, winning three, drawing two and losing just once.
The wins have come against Stalybridge Celtic (2-1) on the opening day of the season, 3-2 against Boston United and 2-1 against Lowestoft Town last Saturday.
Draws have been recorded against Corby Town (3-3) and Gloucester City (2-2) with the one defeat being a 3-0 loss at the hands of FC United of Manchester.

Alfreton Town have lost two of their last three games, the latest being a 3-1 home reverse against Stalybridge Celtic last Saturday in the league.
The other defeat was a 1-0 league loss at Stockport County which ended a run of four straight wins but sandwiched inbetween the two defeats was a terrific 3-2 win at previously unbeaten Tamworth in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round.
Since suffering the 4-0 defeat in the league at Alfreton, Hednesford are unbeaten in four games under new manager Bernard McNally. The Pitmen followed up the Impact Arena loss with a 2-2 draw at home with Gloucester City and a 1-1 draw at Brackley Town.
There followed a 2-0 win at home against Bedworth United in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round before recording a 2-1 home win over Lowestoft Town in the league last Saturday.

By Coach - ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for the game at Hednesford departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
By Car - For fans travelling to the cup tie by car, the postcode for Satnav purposes is: WS12 2DZ. Alternatively, full directions to Hednesford's Keys Park ground can be found here

Admission to the Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Hednesford Town's Keys Park ground on Saturday is:
Adults £12
Concessions £7
Under 16's £3
Please note  at Hednesford there is a £1 extra charge for seats in the main stand.
Full admission prices, disabled facilities, social facilities available and ground layout can be found on the official Hednesford Town website here

Should a replay be required, this will take place at the Impact Arena on Tuesday, October 13th with a 7.45pm kick-off. Extra time and penalties would be utilised if necessary.

The full list of Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round fixtures can be viewed here

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