Preview: Alfreton Town v Spennymoor Town

Preview: Alfreton Town v Spennymoor Town

Friday Apr 6, 2018

Saturday sees the Reds entertain Spennymoor Town in the Vanarama National League North at the Impact Arena, kick-off 3pm.

After two successive draws, 1-1 at home to Nuneaton Townon Good Friday and Thursday night's 2-2 at Curzon Ashton, Alfreton remain in the relegation mix at the lower end of the National League North table.

We currently sit 17th with 43 points from 38 games played, one point in front of Tamworth and two in front of AFC Telford United who have played two games fewer and currently occupy the last relegation place.

It is very congested in this part of the table at such a critical time in the season, three points on Saturday could greatly enhance our position. 

We head into the fixture off the back of back to back draws and have only tasted defeat once in our last four league games, the defeat coming at home to Kidderminster (0-2). But winning form is still proving a struggle in this last part of the season, we have won just once in our last nine games.  

Spennymoor were also in action on Thursday night and did themselves and ourselves no good by going down to a 3-2 defeat at AFC Telford United. The Bucks opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Marcus Dinanga. Spennymoor then went 2-1 up with goals from Nathan Lowe (13) and Andrew Johnson in the 23rd minute. Second half goals by Ryan Giles and Elliot Newby sealed the points for Telford and gave them a massive boost their battle to beat the drop.

The defeat left Spennymoor 7th in the table currently occupying the last play-off place having gained 54 points from 33 games played. 

Moors head into the game having lost back to back fixtures against Telford and Gainsborough. Before that they had won their last two league games. Spenny have also won just once in their last five away outings.  

The Spennymoor side on Thursday was: Lowson, Griffiths, Curtis, Mason, Chandler, Tait, Ramshaw, Lowe, Taylor, Anderson, Johnson.

Subs: Hall, Porter, Foley, Fewster, Henry.

We were beaten 2-1 on our visit to Spennymoor back in September. Goals from Shane Henry and Joe Tait gave the home side a 2-0 lead with Tom Allan getting one back for the Reds in time added on at the end of the game.

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