MACCLESFIELD TOWN v ALFRETON TOWN MATCH PREVIEW
Thursday Oct 22, 2015
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th, 3pm
by James Aspinall, Kev Miles and Bill Draper
Alfreton Town take a break from the league this weekend and are in Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round action on Saturday.
The Reds travel to take on Vanarama National League side Macclesfield Town at their Moss Rose ground to compete for a place in Monday's first round proper draw. Kick-off is 3pm.
And after defeats in their only other two previous FA Cup visits to Macclesfield, can this be third time lucky for the Reds?
The Reds have struggled in the league recently, losing their last three games in a row. However, this hasn't affected their cup form, and they eased past Hednesford Town 4-2 in the third qualifying round.
This is Macclesfield's first FA cup game this season, and, despite a 2-1 defeat in their last league outing away to Dover, The Silkmen have been in decent form prior to this game, taking 10 points from a possible 15.
As well as a place in the first round proper, there is £12,500 prize money for the winners of the tie.
Reds manager Nicky Law has plenty of options available all over the park for this tie with no new injuries to report and only John Johnston unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension.
Memories of the 2004/05 season first round FA Cup ties between the clubs are still firmly in the memory of most Alfreton Town fans from Mark Sale's late, late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the Impact Arena to Peter Duffield having what looked a perfectly good goal chalked off for offside in the replay, ten Mick Godber's shot hitting the bar before Macclesfield came back to win 2-0.
There is also one other FA Cup meeting between the sides but that was way back in the 1966/67 season when Macclesfield won a first qualifying round tie 2-1 in Cheshire.
1Q [A] 1-2
[h] 1-1 Mark Sale Att: 2251
[a] 0-2 Att: 1783 [inc. 727 from Alfreton]
[h] 1-2 Paul Clayton 740
[a] 2-1 Dan Bradley [13 seconds], Nathan Arnold Att: 1437
[h] 0-1 Att: 696
[a] 1-0 Danny Meadows Att: 1271
[h] 1-5 Bradley Wood [pen]
664 [a] 0-2 1471
Alfreton Town Football Club Supporters’ Association transport to Saturday's game departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
The postcode for SatNav purposes is: SK11 7SP and the club's Moss Rose ground is situated on London Road in Macclesfield.
Car Parking - There is ample road side parking in the immediate areas around the ground.
The nearest station is Macclesfield. Leave the stationand turn left up Sunderland Street until you reach a major crossroads at the war memorial. Take the left there and follow for roughly a mile. Turning right at this junction will take you into the town centre.
Visiting fans are housed in the John Askey Terrace where there are 1,530 spaces and up to 403 seats.
Under 18's / Students
£3 - All areas
Information for Alfreton Town fans travelling to the game can be found on the official Macclesfield Town FC website here
Should a replay be required, this will be staged at the Impact Arena on Tuesday, October 27 with a 7.45pm kick-off. Extra time and penalties would be utilised if required.