Preview: Leamington (A)

Preview: Leamington (A)

Friday Apr 12, 2019

Reds look to halt the Brakes and return to winning ways...

Alfreton Town head to Leamington tomorrow afternoon in the National League North, looking to return to winning ways after Tuesday's draw at home Hereford; kick off at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium is 3pm. 

Tuesday's affair was a low key one with chances really at a premium in the first and second half. The Reds did have the better openings in the game with Dec Bacon having two good chances but we struggled to really get in behind the Bulls. Richard Peniket fired over the bar before Liburd headed straight at Sam Ramsbottom as the first period came to an end.

The second half was better with both sides looking to increase the urgency, Hereford took the lead thanks to a questionable penalty in the box which was converted by Owen-Evans. Peniket would then equalise ten minutes later before we escaped a huge chance missed from the Bulls with Symons firing wide with the goal gaping.

The draw in the end was a fair result, with both sides cancelling the other out, throughout. In turn it was a good response from the Reds to Saturday's hammering by Altrincham with a hard-working performance full of effort and if more chances were created in line with making our dominant periods in the game count, we could have left the Impact with another three points.

The Reds will now look to finish the season as strongly as possible with four games to go and a top ten finish will no doubt be a new aim which, if achieved, will be a big improvement to the two previous campaigns in the NLN.

We head to Leamington tomorrow looking to return to winning ways with our last win coming against Nuneaton back in early March. The Reds are without a win in the last four league games, with three of these being draws (D3, L1). This comes after four straight wins; but despite the recent win-less run, Alfreton have tasted defeat just once (Altrincham) in the last eight league games. 

The Reds are 8th in the away form table and have lost just once (Curzon 3-2) in the last seven away league games. We will be looking to score away from home in the league for the 20th consecutive game. 

Hosts Leamington sit in 17th place in the league table with 44 points from 38 games. The Brakes are 11 points clear of the drop zone but will want to record three points tomorrow to make sure of safety without any tension. 

Their current playing record stands at: P38, W10, D14, L14.  

Leamington have the second highest amount of draws in the NLN with only Guiseley drawing more games this season (16). The Brakes are in decent form having lost just once in their last five league games, but they have only won twice in this period and in the last ten games. 

The Brakes have won their last two home games, both by a 1-0 score-line over Ashton and Southport.  

Form:

REDS LAST FIVE: WDDLD

LEAMINGTON LAST FIVE: DWLWD

Reds Team News:

Bobby Johnson could miss Saturday's trip to Leamington with a hamstring injury, David Lynch could also miss out with a damaged toe suffered against Hereford. 

Billy Heath pre-Leamington, here

Dec Bacon post-Hereford, here

Ground Address:

The Phillips 66 Community Stadium, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QB.

Admission:

Adults £12, Concessions £8, Under 18s £3, Under 12s FREE. 

Last Meeting:

Alfreton Town 1-2 Leamington (Tuesday 20th November 2018): The Brakes struck late back in November to seal three points as Dunbar's corner was headed home by Edwards in a first half of very few chances. Luke Shiels would equalise in the second half before Dunbar snatched the points soon afterwards. 

 
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