Preview: Chester (H)

Preview: Chester (H)

Friday Apr 26, 2019

The 2018/19 campaign comes to an end at the Impact tomorrow!

 

Alfreton Town play their final match of the 2018/19 campaign as we face Chester at the Impact Arena tomorrow afternoon in the final round of fixtures in the National League North; kick off is 3pm.

After Wednesday night's Derbyshire Senior Cup final success at Pride Park over Mickleover Sports, the Reds return home for the last time this season and aim to end the 2018/19 campaign with three points. 

The final at Pride Park was a great spectacle with fantastic support for the Reds throughout and it was pleasing for Alfreton to win the trophy for the fans who will no doubt be disappointed with how the season has gone, after so much promise and expectation in the summer which saw the likes of Billy Heath join as manager and Tom Denton come into the club.  

League form has been inconsistent with our form at the Impact Arena playing a crucial part in the Reds league position but away form has seen some fabulous wins at the likes of Stockport, York, Darlington and Kidderminster. With one last effort left to go for a bare boned Reds side, effort and desire will be the most important aspect of tomorrow's performance.

Wednesday was a fine example of this with Alfreton dominating the first half and we had good chances through Jordan Sinnott, Richard Peniket and Danny O'Brien. O'Brien would open the scoring after nine minutes with a delightful chip over the on-rushing King from Peniket's flick on. 

The first half ended with Alfreton certainly feeling it should have been two or three. The second half saw Sports come out fighting, they had more of the ball and found their composure and spirit. On the run of play they deserved their equaliser with McDonald converting the spot kick on 67 after Sam Ramsbottom brought him down.  

Alfreton were showing signs of fatigue and were playing the last 20 minutes on sheer will and desire, however we dug deep and O'Brien grabbed the winner on 86 with a far post shot that crept in to seal the trophy at Pride Park and cap off a gutsy second half in which the Reds fixture schedule took it's toll. 

The Reds season concludes with a fourth game in the space of a week and we'll look to end positively in front of the Reds faithful tomorrow afternoon. We head into the fixture with no win in our last seven league games, with our last win coming at Nuneaton in March.

Alfreton's last league outing however was a credible point at Telford in a 0-0 draw on Easter Monday with the Reds frustrating the play off chasing Bucks and producing another great performance on the road. 

We have lost two of our last three league games at the Impact Arena and will look to record a first win at home since beating Ashton United 2-0 back in March.  

Visitors Chester sit in 9th place in the league table with 61 points from 41 games. The Blues can cement a ninth place finish in the NLN providing they better or equal Kidderminster's result, but the play-offs slipped away for them late on in the campaign. 

Their current playing record stands at: P41, W16, D13, L12. 

Chester have lost just once (Stockport 0-6) in their last eight league games, but they have kept a clean sheet in their last two outings (3-0 at Ashton and 0-0 at home to Brackley on Easter Monday). The Blues have drawn two of their last three games but they will be aiming for a fourth successive away win tomorrow afternoon.

Form:

REDS LAST FIVE: LDLLD

CHESTER LAST FIVE: WLDWD

Reds Team News:

The Reds will be without Bobby Johnson who is set to miss the remaining games of the season with a hamstring injury. Luke Shiels wont feature after being substituted in the first half at Telford, Danny Clarke is also out with a knock, Josh Clackstone and David Lynch will be assessed. 

Billy Heath pre-Chester, here

Danny O'Brien post-Mickleover, here

Last Meeting:

Chester 3-2 Alfreton Town (Saturday 27th October 2018) - The Reds were desperately unlucky not to come away from Chester with at least a point, after having two contentious penalties awarded against them at either end of an explosive contest back in October. Gary Roberts blasted Chester in front from the penalty spot before Reece Styche equalised. Bobby Johnson curled in a wonder free kick to give us the lead at the break. Roberts would then score from 30 yards in the second half before we lost the game with a stoppage time penalty with Josh Gowling clearly winning the ball, Ramsbottom saved Roberts penalty but was helpless to prevent the rebound going in which completed his hat-trick. 

Admission:

Adults £14, Concessions £10, Under 16s £2.

This fixture is SEGREGATED - FC United fans can enter the Impact Arena at the Alma Street entrance.

Parking:

For fans making their own way to the Impact Arena, we have a small car park next to our ground for a small fee. Otherwise it is street parking in the surrounding roads, please be respectful to our neighbours. 

 
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