Preview: Chorley v Alfreton Town

Preview: Chorley v Alfreton Town

Friday Sep 14, 2018

Alfreton Town head to league leaders Chorley on Saturday on matchday ten of the National League North campaign, kick off at Victory Park is 3pm.

The Reds will be looking for an immediate response from last Saturday's outing against Guiseley at the Impact Arena where the Lions left with all three points, winning the game 0-1. It was a frustrating afternoon for Billy Heath's side who created some good openings in the first half but found themselves behind due to an error in possession.

The goal came against the run of play from a period of pressure from the Reds as a under hit back pass from Tom Platt caused Martin Riley problems and allowed Liburd to race through and slot past Ramsbottom who came out to intercept. That goal proved decisive as Alfreton were left frustrated with first half chances missed and then a lack of creativity in the second half to find an equaliser.

It was Alfreton's third defeat of the season and a loss which ended a run of four straight wins. Billy Heath's men remain in the play off positions sitting in fifth and after nine games it has been a solid start from the Reds never the less. 

Alfreton will be looking to add to their impressive away form so far, having won three of the four away games played including winning the last three away outings, at York, Stockport and Darlington. The Reds will be aiming for a fourth away win in a row on Saturday.

The league leaders Chorley present an obvious stern test, the Magpies have won eight and drawn one of their opening nine league games and have a seven point advantage at the top already. 

They are the division's highest scorers with 20 and bode the best defence too with just the three goals conceded. Chorley are one of two remaining unbeaten sides and have won all of their home games so far this season (4).  

The Reds will be without target man Tom Denton who joined Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee this week. Denton scored six goals for the Reds this season before making the move to the Spireites and boss Billy Heath spoke on the transfer: 

“We’re extremely disappointed to let Tom go, we know what he brings to the table, know what he offers. It’s a loss for us but when an opportunity like this comes for a player, I’ve always stood by the fact that we have to let the player take it. Tom is 29 now, it’s a chance for him to join a full time club and what many would consider a football league side. It’s his last chance to be involved in full time football.”

“Tom wanted to speak to them and the move back into the National League also attracted him, he’d be moving into a higher level and he was keen to do that. All at the club wish Tom all the best, he has been fantastic at all three clubs I’ve had him, we’ve been good for each other and we wish him well.” 

“We won’t rush into anything; we have fantastic forwards at the football club all with bags of quality and we will take our time. Yes it’s disappointing but you look at where we are after nine games, we’re in a great position in the league and we want to continue that. The squad is strong and remains strong and we’ll focus firmly on Chorley at the weekend.” 

Alfreton will be boosted by the return of Luke Shiels from suspension and have no further injury concerns. 

Last season:

Alfreton Town 0-2 Chorley (Saturday 7th October 2017)

Chorley 1-0 Alfreton Town (Saturday 28th April 2018) 

Ground Address:

The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, Duke Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3DU.


Adults £12, Over 60s £9, Students £7 (with valid card), 12-to-16s £5, and FREE for accompanied under-12s.

Turnstiles, usually at both ends of the ground, open approximately two hours before kick-off.  

Information for travelling supporters: 

ATFC supporters coach will leave the Impact Arena at 9.15am tomorow morning. 

Chorley welcome everyone to their social club which is situated on the left of the main entrance after the turnstiles. The bar provides a friendly pre and post-match atmosphere where you can enjoy a pint while watching live football on TV from 12pm. The social club wil also be selling pints of lager, cider and bitter for just £2 from 12pm-2pm.

The Magpies Nest serves a selection of hot and cold snacks, plus the Magpies famous butter pie.

Match day Programme: £2.50.


For Reds travelling by car, the most convenient place to park is just off Pilling Lane, with spaces costing £3 on a first-come-first-served-basis. Car parks in the town centre are generally FREE after 1pm on Saturdays and street parking is available too.

For those of you using public transport, Chorley train and bus stations are an easy ten minute walk away.

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