Alfreton Town aiming to end Mansfield’s winning run

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Blue Square Bet Premier Division

Alfreton Town v Mansfield Town

at The Impact Arena

Kick-off is 7.45pm

AFTER two away victories in succession, Alfreton Town return to the Impact Arena on Tuesday evening where they face in-form Mansfield Town in an eagerly-awaited local derby.

Reds manager Nicky Law will have both Anton Brown and Leigh Franks available again as they have how served two and three-game suspensions respectively.

However, defenders Greg Young (hamstring) and Adam Quinn (calf) are both still on the injured list.

Alfreton go into the game on the back of a four game unbeaten run which has produced wins in all the last three.

A win could put the Reds within touching distance of safety from relegation.

Mansfield arrive at the Impact Arena in great form having picked up 19 out of the last 21 points, last Saturday seeing them thrash Barrow 7-0 at Field Mill.

Their recent upturn in form has seen just one defeat in their last 13 games, a run which has seen them climb into third place in the table.

The first game of the season between the sides back on October 22nd at Field Mill saw Alfreton open up a two-goal lead through Anton Brown 13 minutes and Paul Clayton on 21. Chances of victory then nosedived as firstly Anthony Wilson on 49 minutes and Greg Young on 60 were sent off for two yellow card offences each.

The nine men stood strong and brave until they were undone by three goals in the last 15 minutes. Matt Green netted from the penalty spot on 75 minutes, Lindon Meikle curled home a beauty on 86 before former Red Andy Todd netted a winner in the second minute of added time.

With both sides doing well, and the return local derby being eagerly-anticipated, a far bigger than normal crowd is expected - with the season’s best of 1,924 against Grimsby Town likely to be smashed - and supporters are advised to arrive earlier than usual.

Segregation

Mansfield Town fans will only be able to enter the ground from the Alma Street end, using both the traditional segregation turnstiles for away supporters and also the designated turnstiles at that end of the ground for home supporters.

Alfreton Town supporters should note that for this game, there will be no admission to the Impact Arena from the Alma Street turnstiles for home supporters and Reds fans will only be able to gain access to the ground via the North Street turnstiles on the night.

FORMBOOK

Last eight games: (most recent result last)

Alfreton Town: W L W L D W W W

Mansfield Town: L W W W W W D W

Alfreton Town last eight home games: W W W L L W D W

Mansfield Town last eight away games: D L D D W L W W