PLENTY RIDING ON LAST GAME OF SEASON
Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
ALFRETON Town bring the curtain down on an absorbing first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division when they entertain Bath City at the Impact Arena on Saturday.
The Reds secured their membership of non league's top flight for a second season with three games to spare but there is still plenty to interest supporters in the last game of the campaign.
Reds manager Nicky Law is looking for his side to end the season in style in front of the home fans following a 1-0 defeat in their last away game at Newport County last weekend.
And with some players seeking contracts for next season, there is plenty to play for.
It is also the last chance Law's side will have of recording a first league 'double' of the season having won 3-2 at Bath's Twerton Park ground on January 24th in what was then a vital relegation six-pointer.
Manager Law will be without central defender Darran Kempson who suffered concussion and a trip to hospital in South Wales last Saturday but Adam Quinn looks set to return after recovering from a knee injury.
Fans should note that this final game of the season has an earlier than usual kick-off of 1pm.
Supporters' Player of the Season
Saturday's game will also see the presentation of the Supporters' Player of the Season and this time around it is a very tough one to call with several players in with a chance of winning the award.
Despite the poor start to the campaign, fans have had divided opinions on the club's forum with votes being cast for players in all areas of the team.
Interestingly, four players have all won five man-of-the-match press nominations throughout the season with striker Nathan Arnold and top goalscorer Nathan Jarman, who has hit 17 goals being two of them. Arnold came back from two months out with a broken foot in the early part of the season and still managed to hit eight goals.
The other two are defender Theo Streete and central midfield man Anton Brown, both are versatile players who have played in several positions throughout what has been a demanding campaign. Brown has also weighed in with ten valuable goals.
Other players in with a considerable shout for what is a prestigious award are left back Connor Franklin, midfield man Jake Moult and strikers Paul Clayton and Anthony Wilson who have hit ten and six goals respectively, Wilson finishing the season with some strong performances after also recovering from a broken foot early in the season.
It promises to be one of the closest decisions for years and fans who have yet to vote can have their say by filling in a voting form prior to Saturday's game.
The remainder of the club's annual awards will be presented at the end of season presentation evening which is being staged at The Boundary in South Normanton on Friday, May 4.
A few tickets are still available from commercial director Roger Webster on 01773 520851 or they can be ordered from Roger at this Saturday's final home game against Bath City.
Manager Nicky Law, his backroom staff and team members will be attending and joining supporters at the tables.
Tickets are £25 each per person for adults and £12.50 for children aged under 12 and under although they must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
Guests are requested to arrive at 6.45pm for 7.05pm sit down. Service will start promptly at 7.15pm.
In addition to a three-course meal and club presentations, fun, entertainment and dancing are planned to make the evening noteworthy.
The bar will be open until 12.30am but everyone must vacate the premises by 1am.