Friday Oct 25, 2013


by Matt Carter, Bill Draper and Kev Miles

Alfreton Town begin their 2013/14 season FA Cup adventure on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Skrill North outfit North Ferriby United in the fourth and final round of qualification.
Nicky Law's side will be boosted by an impressive win over Aldershot in their last league outing, a game in which the depleted Reds battled to a 3-2 victory.
Further to that there now appears to be substantial light at the end of the Alfreton Town injury and suspension tunnel. Having seen Michael Wylde, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Chris Westwood all return from injury for the Shots clash, both Nick Fenton and John McGrath will be back from suspension for this weekend's contest.
And manager Law has received a further boost with the news that striker Jake Speight has had his loan term from Mansfield Town extended to January 1st with the added proviso that he is now available for all cup games.
There are also hopes that striker Daniel Wishart could also play some part in the fixture as he is nearing full fitness following a hamstring injury, and that would leave Alfreton with just Paul Clayton and Jay McFadzean on the treatment table - a far cry from the lengthy list of a few weeks ago.
The trip to Ferriby will reunite Alfreton with several familiar faces - given that the Yorkshire club have three ex Reds on their books in the shape of Matt & Anthony Wilson and Nathan Jarman. Jarman in particular is likely to be a significant threat, with the striker having already scored eight goals in ten games for his new club. All though will no doubt be fired up to face their ex club.
The home side will be entering the contest full of confidence, given that they are currently third in the Conference North table - albeit having played two games more than most of their rivals. With this highlighting that Ferriby will be no easy proposition on Saturday, despite the divisional difference.
Having reached the second round proper last season for only the second time in their history, Alfreton were eventually beaten by League One side Leyton Orient and they will be hopeful of again securing the opportunity of a potential clash with another Football League side.
Undoubtedly Ferriby who have already come through one round of qualifying, will see this as a golden opportunity themselves, but with Nicky Law's side finally nearing full strength and with a much needed win on the road behind them from last time out, they will be optimistic of progressing.
The Villagers - who are looking to reach the first round proper for the first time in the club's history - are managed by another ex Red, Bill Heath who served time at Alfreton as a centre half, making three appearances and scoring one goal.
Billy's brief playing career with the Alfreton which also included four occasions as an unused substitute was:
Debut v Spalding Utd [h] FACup Q1 [16/9/2000] - played 90 minutes, won  3-2  Aaron Brady 2, Adam Fretwell, att:  186
21/11/2000  v.   Belper Town [h] DSCup R3 - subbed by Jon Flint [h/t], won   2-1  Steve Heath, Ryan France, att:  147, [Caine Cheetham sent off]
2/12/2000   v.   Buxton [h]  NCEL [Prem] - subbed by Jason Maybury [77], lost  1-2   Billy Heath scored, att:  146

Car parking
North Ferriby United FC have set up a car park at the village school which is situated on Church Road about 500/600 yards from the ground. As you turn down Church Road the school is immediately on your right hand side, post code  HU14 3BZ, there is a charge of £2 which goes to the school funds. Hopefully this will help minimise congestion near the ground.

Head to head
Northern Counties East League
1986/87       [h]  1-0  Jon Whiteley, att: 174
                 [a]   0-2
1999/2000    [h]  3-1  Ryan France, Caine Cheetham, Darren Schofield, att: 241
                   [a]  3-3  Paul Haywood, Mark Hopkinson (2)
 [this match was void as the referee sent off wrong player, Danny Anson then re-instated him at half-time]
                   [a]  2-5  Mark Hopkinson, Nathan Kerry 
Northern Premier [First Division]
2002/03      [h]  3-4  Mick Godber, John Knapper [pen], Mick Goddard   382
                 [a]  2-2  Mick Godber, Chris Bettney  [ended run of 17 consecutive wins]
FATrophy  [2nd Round]
2004/5       [a]  2-1  Peter Duffield, Mick Godber

Should a replay be necessary, this would take place next Tuesday, October 29th with a 7.45pm kick-off at the Impact Arena.

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