Flint return a massive boost for Alfreton Town

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ALFRETON Town assistant manager Russ O’Neill insists the squad are firmly keeping their feet on the ground despite taking a sizeable step towards regaining the leadership of the Blue Square North table on Tuesday night.

A 2-1 win at Guiseley, coupled with AFC Telford United’s 2-2 home draw against Eastwood Town, took Alfreton to within a point of the Shropshire side with three games in hand.

However, with the Reds setting out on an intense spell of five games in 11 days from this Saturday, O’Neill says the management and players are not even considering the title.

He said: “We are not looking at the title race yet. We are just taking each game on its merits and the more times we can pick up three points the more pressure it will put on our rivals.

“Things can chop and change so much. Results change from week to week and everyone gets carried away.

“One minute we have thrown it away, the next we are back in the box seat. We just need to keep a level head and keep putting the wins on the board and see where that takes us.”

After three successive away games, the Reds return to the Impact Arena and two home games in three days.

The games against Hyde FC on Saturday and Solihull Moors on Monday give them a big chance to stamp their authority on the title race.

O’Neill feels the side shook off two successive away defeats with the win at Guiseley on Tuesday.

He added: “The whole performance was more like the Alfreton we have come to expect and we bounced back and got the result we deserved.”

Tuesday’s game also saw the return of central defender Aden Flint who has rejoined the Reds on loan to the end of the season from Swindon Town. His return, as captain, is a massive boost.

Next Wednesday the Reds are away at Corby Town. Transport departs at 5pm.

Chris Hall has rejoined Stocksbridge Park Steels on loan until April 19.