REDS SEEKING ULTIMATE UNDERDOG SCALP
Wednesday Apr 22, 2015
Alfreton Town go into the final game of the Vanarama Conference 2014/15 season at title-chasing Bristol Rovers having to upset the form book again if they are to preserve their precious league status.
A 2-2 draw at home to relegation rivals Welling United last Saturday means Nicky Law’s side occupy the last of the four relegation places and they will have to better the Kent side’s result at home to already safe Southport if they are to stay up.
It is an extremely tall order, but it is a challenge that the Reds, used to fighting adversity, will once again be relishing.
In their four seasons in non league’s top flight, Alfreton have embraced their ranking of underdogs on numerous occasions and as they make the trip to take on Rovers in front of a packed Memorial Stadium, the Reds can take inspiration from the fact that they have secured unexpected wins at York City, Cambridge United, Wrexham, Mansfield Town and also recorded wins over Luton Town, Hereford United and several more of the bigger-named, more established clubs over the years.
And with Rovers needing a win to take their title challenge right to the wire, Alfreton will also be hoping to emulate Nottinghamshire neighbours Mansfield Town who won 1-0 at the Memorial Ground on the last day of the 2013/14 season to relegate Rovers out of the Football League.
Reds manager Nicky Law will have the boost of having the combative Bradley Wood returning from a one-game suspension but he will be without central defender Callum Howe whose three-month loan spell from Scunthorpe United ended last weekend.
Alfreton have already taken a point off Rovers this season having shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Impact Arena back in mid-November 2014. Kick-off for the last game of the season is at the later time of 5.15pm due to TV demands, but the game is being featured on BT Sport along with league leaders’ Barnet’s home game with Gateshead.
Reds fans should note that this match is all ticket for away fans and supporters without tickets should not travel to the game.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for the game at Bristol Rovers will depart at 10.30am.
The Association have added a second coach for this game and a few seats are still available which can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.