TAMWORTH v ALFRETON TOWN MATCH PREVIEW
Friday Sep 25, 2015
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 3pm
By Kev Miles and Bill Draper
Alfreton Town take a break from their league exertions this weekend to contest an Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Vanarama National League North rivals Tamworth on Saturday.
Reds manager Nicky Law will require late fitness checks on both Todd Jordan and Stefan Galinski but will definitely be without latest signing Durrell Berry who left the club after just one game to join struggling National League side Torquay United.
As well as a place in the third qualifying round draw on Monday, there is prize money of £4,500 for the winners of the tie.
WE'VE MET BEFORE
The Lamb has been a happy hunting ground over past years for Alfreton Town with two wins, two draws and just one defeat being suffered in league games there.
The last fixture between the two sides was back on March 18th, 2014, when Alfreton triumphed 4-2 at the Impact Arena in the Conference Premier division.
PREVIOUS CUP ACTION
Alfreton Town have only met Tamworth in the FA Cup twice before and both times were way back in the 1974/75 season when the sides drew 1-1 in a first qualifying round tie in Derbyshire before Tamworth edged the replay 1-0 in Staffordshire.
The Reds had won 1-0 at Bedworth United in the preliminary round.
However, the same season the clubs also clashed in the Midland Floodlit Cup with Alfreton winning 2-1 at home and drawing 1-1 away in the group section.
The previous season, the sides had met four times in Alfreton's inaugural season in the Midland Floodlit Cup competition. Town won 4-1 at home and 3-2 away (bizarrely before the Reds' brand new floodlights had been switched on!) but then drew 1-1 at home in the semi-final before losing 1-0 at The Lamb.
Alfreton have not played Tamworth at all in either the FA Trophy or FA Vase.
TAMWORTH AT HOME
On home soil this season, Tamworth are unbeaten having won their first two although the wins were followed up by three draws.
Goals have been something of a rare commodity as the Lambs have scored five in five at home and conceded just three. Overall, Andy Morrell's side have scored thirteen and conceded eight from eleven league games so a tight game is in prospect.
Tamworth have become the draw experts of the National League North division recently as they have shared the spoils in six of their last seven games, winning the other one.
Alfreton will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat Stockport County last Saturday, a result which ended a run of four straight wins for Nicky Law's side.
By Coach - ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for the game at Tamworth departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
By Car - For fans travelling to the cup tie by car, the postcode for Satnav purposes is: B77 1AA.
Alternatively, full directions to Tamworth's Lamb ground can be found here
Concessions (65 plus) £7
16/17 Yrs old £4
6/15 Yrs old £2
5 and under - Free admission
(Please note: There is an additional £2 surcharge for transfer to seats at Tamworth FC)
Should a replay be required, this will take place at the Impact Arena on Tuesday, September 29th with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Extra time and penalties would be utilised if necessary.
The full list of Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round fixtures can be viewed here