Thursday Feb 6, 2014


by Matt Carter

Alfreton will be hopeful of beating the elements and returning to competitive action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Salisbury in the Skrill Conference Premier Division.
Last weekend’s clash with Hyde was called off due to persistent rain, the second fixture in the last three that has fallen victim to the weather – but whether this latest clash goes ahead also looks in the balance at this stage.
The home side with be entering the fixture with somewhat dented confidence, having been thumped 5-1 by a rampant Halifax on Tuesday night.
Despite that Salisbury have made a strong start to life at a higher level, having been promoted from the Conference South last season they currently sit impressively in ninth and still with a shot at the playoffs.
Further to that they have been particularly strong on their own patch winning 11 of 15 games, with that in mind this will be a tough test for the Reds.
Alfreton enter the clash in buoyant mood following a victory over Welling, in the process ending a spell of two successive defeats – even if nearly two weeks have passed since.
The Reds will be keen to get something from Saturday’s game, especially considering that a difficult trip to second-placed Cambridge beckons on Tuesday night.
Nicky Law’s side can draw spirit from a win in the reverse fixture back in August, a game which John Akinde will have particularly fond memories of, given that the big men scored a hat-trick in that 3-2 victory.
Connor Franklin made an impressive return off the subs bench against Welling and could well continue his comeback by playing some part in this fixture.
With the exception of long term absentee John McGrath, Nicky Law is afforded the luxury of a fully fit squad.

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