Stourbridge FC v Alfreton Town

Stourbridge FC v Alfreton Town

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017

Alfreton Town visit the War Memorial Athletic Ground this coming Saturday to take on Stourbridge in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, kick-off 3pm.

The photo  above shows the main entrance to the ground under the War Memorial arch. The ground itself doubles up as a cricket ground still used by Worcestershire's second team. The last County Championship match took place in 1982 when the home team's Glenn Turner hit a century before lunch.

Stourbridge currenly lie second in the Evo Stik Northern Premier, Premier Division with a playing record of played 12, Won 7, Drawn 3, Lost 2, Points 24. Tuesday saw them have an excellent 5-1 win at Warrington Town, courtesy of goals from Pierpoint, Archer 2, Broadhurst and McCone.

Their team was: Gould, Christophorou, McCone, Pierpoint, Westlake, Broadhurst, Tonks, Forde, Archer, D.Green, Dodd

Subs: J. Green, Rowe, O'Callaghan, Cooke

So far in the FA Cup the Glassboys have beaten Loughborough Dynamo (Away) 3-1 and St Ives Town (Home) 2-0.

They have an excellent recent record in the competition, last season reaching the 3rd Round proper after defeating Whitehawk 3-0 in a First Round Replay, they had a 1-0 home win over Northampton Town in Round Two before bowing out 2-1 to Wycombe Wanderers in Round Three. 

Bill Draper informs us that the last time the Reds visited the War Memorial Athletic Ground was back in November 1986 for an FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round game. A crowd of 194 saw Alfreton triumph 2-0. Included in the Alfreton Town side was Dennis Jenas, father of the former Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas. The Reds scorers were Phil Greaves and Trevor Jones.

The Alfreton team that day was: Billy Millar, Lawson Benjamin, Phil Blake, Trevor Jones, John Shirt, John Cockerill, Jon Whiteley, Mark Stanley, Mark Jones, Dennis Jenas, Phil Greaves.

Subs: Andy Beckford, Gary Watson

This was the season we won the NCEL under Sean Egan. 

The Reds head into the game off the back of a 2-1 league defeat at Spennymoor Town last Saturday, a result which ended our eight game unbeaten run in all competitions. Alfreton progress to this stage after a Replay win over Rushden & Diamonds in the last round.

Reds Boss John McDermott:

"It will be a tough fixture, it always is, it's the FA Cup, no game is easy and we wont be taking it lightly. The players know there is more to give and they have learnt from mistakes in the last game, Rushden took us to a replay and that was a situation we didn't want but we dealt with in the end."

"The lads know they have to be fully on it, they know this is a tougher test. There's nothing between the leagues and they are doing well in the league below. It's a tough away game and we have to make sure we are 100%, they are a good side and we need to go there and have belief we can get a result. We have to peform and we need to want it more, it's just as important to us as it is to them."


Admission to the game is: Adults £10,  Concessions ( over 65 ) £7, 13 to 18 years old £5 with accompanied under 13's allowed in free of charge.

Matchday Programme: £2.50 

The Supporter's Association bus leaves the Impact Arena at 9.30 am. Anyone interested in travelling please call Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401




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