Wednesday Feb 5, 2014

Alfreton Town will be hoping to return to league action this weekend after another disappointing postponement last weekend meant February began with a blank.

After having last Saturday’s home game against Hyde FC called off due to a waterlogged Impact Arena playing surface, the Reds now face away games number four and five in succession inside four days – and what a tough test they have with games at Salisbury City on Saturday and second-placed Cambridge United next Tuesday.

This Saturday, Nicky Law’s side travel to take on a Salisbury side who are currently in ninth place, six points behind the Reds with a game in hand despite an uncharacteristic 5-1 mauling at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday evening.

City’s high placing is almost totally down to their excellent home form which is marginally better than Alfreton’s with eleven wins, two draws and two defeats so far which means a very tough game is in prospect, particularly as the Wiltshire side will be after revenge for a narrow 3-2 defeat at the Impact Arena on August 17th when John Akinde netted a hat-trick.

Next Tuesday sees the fifth successive away game for the Reds as they travel to title-chasing Cambridge United whose home form is even better than Salisbury’s.

Indeed, they had won all twelve of their home league games prior to last Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Grimsby Town.

The U’s have also qualified for the FA Trophy semi-finals but have hit something of a mini-slump of late in the league, only winning one of five games prior to going into Thursday evening’s tough-looking clash at Kidderminster Harriers.

And the Reds can look back with satisfaction at having already taken a point out of the title-chasers back on September 17th when the sides shared a 1-1 draw in Derbyshire.

Going into the double-header, Reds manager Nicky Law has no new injury worries but will be without left-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner who has returned to Luton Town after his four-month loan spell with the Reds ended at the end of January.

Alfreton Town Supporters’ Association are running coaches to both the Salisbury and Cambridge games and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401. Departure times are 8.15am on Saturday for the trip to Wiltshire and 4.15pm next Tuesday to Cambridge.

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