REDS SET FOR MASSIVE EASTER TESTS
Thursday Apr 5, 2012
ALFRETON Town's resurgent form is set to be tested to the full with an Easter double-header against two sides in the top four of the Blue Square Bet Premier Division table.
The Reds face a massive Easter weekend as they take on title-chasing second-placed Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground on Good Friday and then host fourth-placed York City on Easter Monday.
For Friday's huge penultimate game on the road this season, manager Nicky Law has a full-strength squad available for the trip to North Wales.
Central defender Darran Kempson has recovered from a groin strain, winger Nathan Arnold is expected to have shaken off a slight hamstring strain and top scorer Nathan Jarman is available again after serving a two-match suspension.
Alfreton go into the Wrexham game having won their last three games in the league, including back-to-back wins on the road at Ebbsfleet United and Braintree Town.
And after encountering two of the poorer pitches in the league Law is expecting the playing surface at the Racecourse Ground to help his side.
"With the exception of a very few, the pitches at this level are very good. It was a bit of a surprise to see the state of Ebbsfleet's and Braintree's, but we just got our heads down and got on with it" said Law.
Wrexham are possibly going to have to win all their remaining six games to have any chance of pipping Fleetwood to the title but Law thinks a big crowd and atmosphere will lift his side.
"I would rather be going there [Wrexham] than one of the lesser grounds on a poor pitch with no atmosphere. It will be a nice stadium with a big crowd and good atmosphere. If anything, going into games in that situation is even more of a boost to the opposition, I think it drives you on."
Alfreton have taken 19 points from 24 available in the eight games in March and that run has lifted them to near certain safety in 15th place in the table but Law says he will be ensuring the players do not ease off.
He added: "We are not getting ahead of ourselves. We have still got hard work to do. As a team we have had to work very hard to compete at this level.
"Everyone else thinks we are safe, but we are not thinking along those lines until it is mathematically certain.
"We have worked our socks off in the month of March to get to where we are. The players know what is expected and they will not be thinking that's it then, we have reached our target. Far from it."
ATFC Supporters' Association transport for the Wrexham game will depart at 9.45am and seasts can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.
The York City game on Monday will see the usual segregation plans in place with visiting fans allowed into the Impact Arena via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end only.
Home fans will be able to use the usual home turnstiles at the Alma Street end.
Both Easter games kick-off at 3pm.