Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
FA Carlsberg Trophy, third round
Gateshead v Alfreton Town
at the International Stadium
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