REDS NEED TO CREATE HISTORY TO PROGRESS IN FA CUP
Wednesday Oct 22, 2014
Alfreton Town will be aiming to reach the FA Cup first round proper for the fourth successive season but will have to create history to do so.
Standing in their way are Vanarama Conference rivals Lincoln City who visit Derbyshire this Saturday.
The Reds have never beaten The Imps at the Impact Arena in four attempts, three in Conference action and once in the FA Cup at the same fourth qualifying round stage in the 2011/12 campaign, that game finishing 1-1 before Alfreton won the replay 2-1 at Sincil Bank.
An Alfreton Town side did record a 1-0 home win over Lincoln City in a fifth qualifying round tie way back in the 1924-25 season but that version of the Reds disbanded shortly after.
Reds manager Nicky Law knows his side have got their work cut out but is relishing Saturday's game. “I am sure it is a game that both teams will have looked at when the draw was made and thought they could do without it, but it is a winnable game” said the Reds boss.
“They set off like a train in the league this season, hit a bit of a rocky period but have come good again.
“They are a full time club, a big club, and it will be a tough game.
“I don’t suppose many people are expecting us to win, but we are looking forward to it.”
Lincoln have been in good form of late. The Imps are unbeaten in their last three league games and have suffered just one defeat in their last six outings.
As well as a place in the first round proper, there is also £12,500 prize money on offer for the victors.
Admission for the cup tie has been reduced to £15 for adults, £10 for concessions (over-65s) and £5 for under-16s. There are no Early Bird or Group Saver Tickets available, and under FA rules and regulations, this fixture is an all pay game which means home fans cannot use season tickets for this match.
Should a replay be required, this will be held at City’s Sincil Bank ground next Tuesday (October 28th) with a 7.45pm kick-off.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport would depart at 5.30pm and seats could be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.