REDS NOT FAZED BY TRIP TO FLEETWOOD TOWN
Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
ALFRETON Town assistant manager Russ O'Neill insists Alfreton Town will go to Blue Square Bet Premier Division league leaders Fleetwood Town on Saturday with every intention of winning.
Big spending Fleetwood are red hot favourites to win the title this season and smashed Ebbsfleet United 6-2 on Tuesday night.
However, O'Neill says the Reds will not be going there to shut up shop and go for a damage limitation exercise.
O'Neill said: "Yes we know it is probably our toughest game of the season but we believe in ourselves.
"We matched them [Fleetwood] for long periods in our home game against them earlier in the season and we can't go defensively.
"Newport County have won there and Tamworth held them recently so there is no reason why we can't go there and have a good go. I can't see the benefit from doing anything else."
It will be a first trip back to Fleetwood's impressive Highbury set-up for the Reds since losing out 2-1 in the Conference North Play Off Final back in May 2010.
Central midfield player Anton Brown will miss the game after receiving a one-match suspension for his sending off against Darlington last weekend.
Central defender Leigh Franks is back in full time training after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Reds manager Nicky Law has strengthened his squad with the signing of former Gretna and Barnet midfield player Nicky Deverdics on Monday.
Deverdics took part in a behind-closed-doors practise game at Burton Albion on Tuesday.
O'Neill added: "He did well, but you can tell he has not had many games lately. We might have to get him out for a few games to gain full match fitness but he will continue to train with us.
"We may also get another practice game behind closed doors in next week if we can."
The game at Burton finished all-square at 4-4. A number of players were rested from the excercise and other squad members given run-outs. The Reds goals came from Anton Brown, Nathan Jarman, Nathan Arnold and an own goal.
Meanwhile, it has been a good few days for Alfreton Town Football Club's prospects of survival this season.
On Saturday they came from behind to thump relegation rivals Darlington 3-1 at the Impact Arena despite going down to ten men on the hour when Anton Brown was sent off for a second cautionable offence having already been booked in the first half.
Then, despite not playing themselves, Tuesday evening's results went for them with the exception of Hayes & Yeading United closing the gap on the Reds to one point after a 1-0 win at rock-bottom Bath City who now look doomed.
Darlington lost again, this time 5-2 at Mansfield Town, and although Alfreton are still in the first of the relegation places in 21st spot, they are only there on goal difference from Darlington who have played two games more.
Alfreton also have two games in hand on Stockport County who are one place and one point ahead of Darlington.
Kettering Town also went down 3-1 at home to Forest Green Rovers and remain in 22nd place underneath Alfreton.
Newport County also went down 2-1 at Tamworth to end their recent mini revival.
Alfreton Town Supporters' Association transport to the Fleetwood Town game departs at 9am and seats can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.