TORQUAY TV TEST FOR REDS
Wednesday Oct 8, 2014
ALFRETON Town go into Saturday's tasty-looking live televised Vanarama Conference home game against Torquay United hoping their fortunes are about to change.
The Reds are in urgent need of a lift after suffering a fourth successive league defeat, all without scoring, when they fell to a 2-0 loss at Gateshead on Tuesday evening.
That was a third away game out of the last four with the club travelling well over a thousand miles in ten days with trips to Dover, Aldershot and Gateshead.
The run of games, including a 2-0 home defeat against promotion-chasing FC Halifax Town last Tuesday, has also coincided with a rash of injuries at the club, two of them lengthy.
Two midfield players, Nathan Hicks (shoulder) and now Andi Thanoj have been ruled out of contention for several weeks, the latter for possibly up to three months with a fractured ankle suffered in a 2-0 defeat at Aldershot Town last Saturday.
On top of those, central defender Chris Smith (broken finger) and left-sided midfield man David Mellor (back injury), on loan from Oldham Athletic, have also added to manager Nicky Law's woes.
However, the club have taken a liking to being on television over the past few seasons and, despite a 2-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town at the back end of last season, performances, results and the publicity generated from several games shown on the big screen have generally been very good for the club.
Manager Nicky Law will be hopeful of having a couple of his quartet of injured players available for the Torquay game which will add some much-needed strength, depth and competition to the squad.
United, relegated from League Two last season, currently sit in fifth place in the table, just two points behind second-placed Gateshead with a game in hand.
And with the Gulls only having tasted defeat three times from their opening fourteen league games, another tough yet intriguing test lies ahead for the Reds who will be keen to show they are far better than their recent form and league position suggests.
Later kick-off time
The Torquay United game will see segregation in place and supporters should note that there is a later than usual kick-off time of 5.30pm due to the televised coverage of the game.
There is no midweek game the following week before the Reds are back on the road again with a trip to Chester on Saturday, October 18th.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to the Chester game will depart at 9.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.