Tuesday Dec 24, 2013


by Matt Carter

Alfreton will be in buoyant mood as they travel to Wales on Boxing Day to face Wrexham in their latest Skrill Conference Premier encounter.
Successive wins over Kidderminster and Dartford has seen the Reds climb to an all-time high position of fourth spot in the table.
Further to that the Reds away returns have improved of late, after a stuttering start on the road they have won three of their last five – including that impressive win at Kidderminster on their most recent trip.
Wrexham who earlier on this season ended the Reds FA Cup campaign, will be by no means an easy proposition – although that was the first time Alfreton have lost at the Racecourse Ground in three visits.
The home side enter the contest in fairly solid form, having lost just once in their last five games and currently boasting a three game unbeaten run.
They are however, hampered by the potential absence of five first team regulars, with captain Dean Keates and leading scorer Andy Bishop amongst the most notable of those set to miss out.
The Reds will be getting to know Saturday’s rivals extremely well over the festive period, with the sides also meeting on New Year's Day at The Impact Arena.
Alfreton are themselves missing key squad members, with Nick Fenton out through suspension. Further to that Ross Atkins was absent once again for the win over Dartford, he will once again be a doubt, Josh Law is still out injured and Connor Franklin will also be unavailable after suffering a head injury against Dartford.
After making impressive impacts from the substitutes bench on Saturday both John McGrath and Daniel Wishart will be pushing for starts, whilst Paul Clayton will enter the game full of confidence following his brace in that game.
Undoubtedly Alfreton have had a wonderful first half of the campaign and will enter this contest full of confidence that they can carry on their recently gained momentum.

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