Alfreton hoping it is a case of third time lucky

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

FA Carlsberg Trophy, third round

Gateshead v Alfreton Town

at the International Stadium

Kick-off: 7.45pm

AFTER three postponements in eight days, Alfreton Town will be hoping it is a case of fourth time lucky with a return to action on Tuesday evening with the outstanding FA Carlsberg Trophy third round tie at fellow Blue Square Bet Premier Division side Gateshead.

It is a fixture which has already been postponed twice and neither side has seen any action since the tie should have first been played on February 4.

Both sides have been battling at opposite ends of the table in the Conference Premier, but they will now be competing for a £7,000 pot of prize money as well as a place in the last eight of the competition where an away tie at Luton Town lies in wait.

Nicky Law’s task will be made slightly harder for this tie with a number of injuries and suspensions to deal with. Goalkeeper Joe Day is still out through injury whilst defender Leigh Franks will be absent after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem picked up against Luton Town over a fortnight ago.

The Reds will also be missing Adam Quinn who serves the second of a two-game ban which has dragged on thanks to the recent spell of inactivity. Striker Louis Moult has returned to Stoke City after his loan spell at the Impact Arena ended on Sunday.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie similarly has a number of players unavailable for his team’s third-round tie against the Reds.

Promotion hopefuls Gateshead sit eighth in the table and are only two points off the all-important play-offs after taking 10 points from their last six games.

The Tynesiders will be hoping to make the last eight first time of asking having been held to a replay in the second-round against Braintree Town. Bogies side drew 2-2 with Braintree Town, and drew again 1-1 in the replay in which went all the way to the wire ending 4-3 on penalties to Gateshead.

The Reds have been in sublime form in the FA Trophy so far, recording a 4-0 victory against Southport in the first-round and thrashing Weymouth in a 6-0 victory away from home in the second-round.

The sides have already met twice this season with Gateshead winning the first encounter 2-0 at the International Stadium and the second game finished in a 1-1 draw at the Impact Arena.

Formbook (most recent result listed last)

Alfreton Town last six games: D L W L W L

Gateshead last six games: W D D D L L

Gateshead league results in 2011/12 so far . . .

13/08/11 A Kidderminster Harriers 3-2, att: 1,636

16//08/11 H Mansfield Town 3-0, att: 825

20/08/11 H Kettering Town 1-1, att: 661

23/08/11 A Southport 3-1, att: 957

27/08/11 A Barrow 2-1, att: 1291

29/08/11 H Grimsby Town 1-0, att: 1132

03/09/11 H Alfreton Town 2-0, att: 991

10/09/11 A Fleetwood Town 1-3, att: 1388

17/09/11 H Cambridge United 1-1, att: 904

20/09/11 A Lincoln City 0-1, att: 1587

24/09/11 A Hayes & Yeading 3-2, att: 302

27/09/11 H York City 3-2, att: 1604

01/10/11 H Tamworth 1-1, att: 770

04/10/11 H Wrexham 1-4. att: 1258

08/10/11 A Ebbsfleet United 1-0, att: 947

15/10/11 A Luton Town 1-5, att: 6285

18/10/11 H Southport 2-3, att: 737

22/10/11 A AFC Telford United 2-1 att: 2484

05/11/11 H Braintree Town 2-2, att: 745

19/11/11 A Alfreton Town 1-1, att: 651

26/11/11 H Fleetwood Town 1-1, att: 768

29/11/11 A Mansfield Town 1-1, att: 1513

06/12/12 A Stockport County 1-0, att: 2366

17/12/12 A Wrexham 1-2, att: 3161

26/12/12 H Darlington 1-1, att: 1522

01/01/12 A Darlington 1-0, att: 2581

07/01/12 H Stockport County 2-0, att: 846

10/01/12 H Kidderminster Harriers 2-1, att: 724

21/01/12 H Lincoln City 3-3, att: 870

24/01/12 A Kettering Town 1-2, att: 804

28/01/12 H Newport County 2-3, att: 704