REDS AT FULL STRENGTH AHEAD OF CRUCIAL HOME DOUBLE-HEADER
Thursday Mar 1, 2012
ALFRETON Town return to the Impact Arena this Saturday looking to regain the form which has lifted them to the edge of safety in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division.
Prior to last Saturday's 4-0 defeat at league leaders and title favourites Fleetwood Town, the Reds had taken 13 points from the previous seven home league games.
That run, along with a 3-0 win at Bath City has carried the Reds to fourth from bottom of the table, a place they occupy only on goal difference from Darlington.
Starting with this Saturday's huge home game against AFC Telford United, a similar run of points from the remaining seven home games, could see the Reds well on their way to achieving their aims of staying in the division.
Telford narrowly won the first game between the sides 1-0 at the New Bucks Head way back at the end of September and games between the two have been notoriously tight over the past few seasons.
Following the Telford game, Alfreton host another relegation-fighting club next Tuesday when Stockport County visit the Impact Arena. The Reds have a game in hand on Darlington and two on Stockport who go to Darlington this Saturday, so survival hopes are firmly in Alfreton's own hands, although they are four points behind Stockport.
The Reds felt they were worth all three points in the goalless draw at Edgeley Park a week before Christmas.
However, Stockport have found some good form of late including a 1-0 win over title-chasing Wrexham last Saturday.
Manager Nicky Law will go into the crucial home double-header with a full-strength squad with the exception of goalkeeper Joe Day who is still out with a groin problem.
Central defender Leigh Franks returned last weekend after a lengthy spell out with a hamstring problem and central midfield man Anton Brown returns from a one-game suspension which means Law has plenty of options and competition in all departments.
The Reds drew with a Doncaster Rovers XI on Tuesday afternoon in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the South Yorkshire club's training ground. Craig Clay got the Alfreton goal.
Both the Telford and Stockport home games will see the usual segregation plans come into effect. Entrance for visiting fans is via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the ground only. Home supporters can still gain entrance at the Alma Street end home turnstiles.
Home fans can enjoy a double dose of football on Saturday. The bars at the Impact Arena will be open early doors as they will be screening the live Liverpool v Arsenal Premiership game which kicks off at 12.45pm.