Confident Alfreton Town set for first meeting with FC United of Manchester

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Alfreton Town return to action on Saturday when they travel to take on fifteenth-placed FC United of Manchester in the National League North.

Following two postponed games, it will be a first outing of any sorts in twelve days for the Reds who will be making two pieces of history as they take on FC United for the first time ever and also visiting the Lancashire club’s brand new Broadhurst Park set-up for the first time as well.

The hosts will be eager to bounce back from a 5-1 thrashing at AFC Telford United on Tuesday night, a result which lifted the Shropshire club off of the bottom of the table and gives them real hope in their fight to retain their league status.

FC United go into the game in fifteenth place in the table with 32 points from 27 games, five points behind Alfreton’s total but with a game in hand.

United are just six points above the relegation zone but would appear to have enough fire power to pull themselves away from trouble as 6-1 an 4-3 home wins from their last two outings on home turf would suggest.

A tough test awaits Alfreton as FC United are unbeaten in their last four league games at home, winning the last three in a row and the hosts will be buoyed by huge home support which they have enjoyed in each game so far at their new home, averaging a staggering 3,400 per home game so far.

However, Nicky Law’s side will travel in confidence on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions including five wins and two draws in the league.

Alfreton have also won four of their last five away games including three successive victories in the last three away trips.

With the exception of long-term injury victim Brad McGowan, manager Law has the luxury of a full strength squad for a game in which a Reds victory could see them climb into the top eight.

A win for FC United could see them widen the gap on the bottom three and go as high as thirteenth pending other results on the day.

Travel

ATFC Supporters’ Association official transport to the FC United game departs at 9.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.

By car

Supporters travelling by car can find full details on the official FC United website here

The postcode for Broadhurst Park for fans travelling by car is M40 0JF.

Admission

Admission is by payment at the turnstile on the day of the game and is: Adults £9.00, Concessions £5.00, Under 18s £2.00.

Concessions are: Over 60s, In receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance, Student with a valid NUS card.

Any person applying for a concession may be asked to produce identification at the turnstile.

Fixtures for Saturday, February 13th

Vanarama National League North

AFC Tylde v Gloucester City

Boston United v Stalybridge Celtic

Brackley Town v Nuneaton Town

Bradford Park Avenue v Stockport County

Chorley v Worcester City

Corby Town v Tamworth

FC United of Manchester v ALFRETON TOWN

Hednesford Town v Gainsborough Trinity

North Ferriby United v Harrogate Town

Solihull Moors v AFC Telford United

Fixtures for Tuesday, February 16th

Derbyshire Senior Cup, semi-final:

Gresley FC v ALFRETON TOWN, 7.45pm

Vanarama National League North

Chorley v Gloucester City

Hednesford Town v North Ferriby United

Lowestoft Town v AFC Fylde

Stalybridge Celtic v Harrogate Town

Tamworth v Curzon Ashton

Fixture for Wednesday, February 17th

Vanarama National League North

Bradford Park Avenue v FC United of Manchester