Grimsby Town v Alfreton Town preview

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ALFRETON Town travel to take on Grimsby Town on Saturday in Blue Square Bet Premier Division action.

Reds boss Nicky Law will have to make changes to his side after picking up two more injuries in the 1-0 defeat at AFC Telford United in midweek.

Central defender Theo Streete has a back injury and Josh Law suffered a recurrence of a recent groin injury.

The pair join midfield man Levi Mackin (hamstring), defender Matt Wilson (hip), striker Nathan Arnold (broken foot) and striker Anthony Wilson (broken foot) on the injured list.

On the plus side, Law welcomes strikers Nathan Jarman and Drewe Broughton back into his squad. The pair have completed one and three-match suspensions respectively.

Alfreton need to arrest a run of defeats from each of their last three away games although both clubs will be looking for a first win in three league outings.

The Reds will come face to face with one of their most popular sons of recent years with last season’s top goalscorer Liam Hearn having been transferred between the clubs in the summer.

The ‘hitman’ top scored for the Reds during the 2010/11 Conference North title-winning season with 32 goals, 30 in the league. He scored a total of 74 goals in 108 apearances for the Reds, 23 of which were off the bench having joined Alfreton from Quorn FC on September 19, 2008.

Hearn got his first goal of the campaign last Saturday in a 3-1 home defeat against Wrexham but then missed Tuesday evening’s 1-1 draw at Kidderminster Harriers due to suffering from a stomach bug. He was back in training on Thursday and is expected to be fit for the visit of Alfreton.

The Mariners come into the game in 16th place in the league with 14 points from 12 games. They are six places higher than the Reds and have five more points.

On home turf, the Mariners have won three and lost three of their six outings so far. The victories have come against Cambridge United (2-1), Hayes & Yeading (3-0) and Kettering Town (2-1). Defeats have been tasted at Blundell Park against Fleetwood Town (0-2) on the opening day of the season; 2-1 against Darlington and 3-1 against managerless Wrexham last Saturday. Grimsby have scored nine goals and conceded nine goals at home.

The Grimsby Town team at Kidderminster was: James McKeown, Charlie I’Anson (Gary Silk 84), Shaun Pearson, Darran Kempson, Lee Ridley, Michael Coulson, Anthony Church, Craig Disley, Serge Makofo, Frankie Artus (Anthony Elding 74), Rob Duffy.

Substitutes not used: Scott Garner, Andi Thanoj, Rob Eagle.

Scott Garner had a spell on loan at Alfreton Town last season whilst Shaun Pearson and Anthony Church both faced the Reds with Boston United before moving up the coast in the summer. Goalkeeper James McKeown signed for Alfreton last season but never actually played as he departed within a couple of days to play his football in Holland.

Grimsby team news is that left back Jamie Green is out with a hamstring injury, there are doubts over midfield man Frankie Artus who is rated at only 50/50 with a knee injury, Darran Kempson has a slight groin problem but is expected to play. Right back Bradley Wood returns from a one-game suspension picked up for five cautions which took him out of the midweek game at Kidderminster.

Reds striker Nathan Jarman will be looking forward more than most Alfreton players to the game as he spent three years at Grimsby, playing 53 games for the Mariners first team, scoring seven goals before leaving in the 2010 season where he went to Corby Town before moving on the Impact Arena.

Reds boss Nicky Law was in charge of Grimsby Town when they were in the Football League in 2004 and was unfortunately unable to save them from relegation from the Second Division, receiving the axe from then chairman Peter Furneaux in 2005.

FORM BOOK THIS SEASON (latest result last)

Grimsby Town: L L D W L L W W L W L D

Alfreton Town: L D L D L W L L L W D L

WE’VE MET BEFORE - by courtesy of Bill Draper

(all versus Grimsby Town Reserves)

MIDLAND LEAGUE

1966/67 (h) 2-0 Peter Drury, Mark O’Kane att: 446

(a) 1-0 John Harrison att: not known

1967/68 (h) 5-0 Bert Dobbs, John Harrison, Brian Frost, Neil Pearson, Ken Ford att: 739

(a) 2-0 Ken Ford, Mick Lakin att: 425

GRIMSBY TOWN SO FAR

13/8/2011 H Fleetwood Town BlueSq Premier 0 - 2, 4,061

16/8/2011 A Braintree Town BlueSq Premier 0 - 5, 1,006

20/8/2011 A Newport County BlueSq Premier 0 - 0 (0) 1,675

23/8/2011 H Cambridge United BlueSq Premier 2 - 1, 2,616

27/8/2011 H Darlington BlueSq Premier 1 - 2, 2,887

29/8/2011 A Gateshead BlueSq Premier 0 - 1, 1,132

3/9/2011 A Forest Green Rovers BlueSq Premier 1 - 0, 1,181

10/9/2011 H Hayes & Yeading United BlueSq Premier 3 - 0, 2,835

17/9/2011 A Stockport County BlueSq Premier 0 - 2, 3,943

20/9/2011 H Kettering Town BlueSq Premier 2 - 1, 2,470

24/9/2011 H Wrexham BlueSq Premier 1 - 3, 3,515

27/9/2011 A Kidderminster Harriers BlueSq Premier (0) 1 - 1 (1) 1,807

Kick-off at Blundell Park is 3pm and official Alfreton Town Supporters’ Association transport departs at 10.30am.