Reds kick off season with a long away trip

ALFRETON Town face a real mixed bag of fixtures when they start life in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division for the first time.

Nicky Law’s side begin their adventures in the top flight of non-league football with a trip into the unknown when they visit Hayes & Yeading United in the season’s opener on August 13.

The Middlesex-based side comfortably finished in 16th place last season but are currently groundsharing at Woking FC’s Kingfield Stadium, which means an even longer trip to Surrey for the Reds for the opener.

The first home game follows on Tuesday, August 16, when Southport visit the Impact Arena and this is followed on Saturday, August 20, by another home game, this time against Forest Green Rovers.

August is then closed out by a tough-looking trio of games against former Football League clubs.

Firstly comes a midweek trip to Darlington before Dean Saunders brings Wrexham to Alfreton.

The north Wales club will be looking to go further than last season when they reached the play-off semi-finals.

August Bank Holiday Monday brings a trip to face highly-fancied York City, now managed by former Reds boss Gary Mills.

York will also be Alfreton’s opponents on Easter Monday, April 9, with the return game at the Impact Arena.

The Reds’ opponents over the festive period will be Tamworth, who will visit Alfreton on Boxing Day.

The reverse game at The Lamb will be on Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Other games of note are the local derbies against Mansfield Town who host Alfreton on Saturday, October 22.

The Reds face the Stags at home on Tuesday, February 7.

Meanwhile, Alfreton boss Nicky Law took his number of summer signings to five last weekend when he landed former Wrexham and York City central midfield player Levi Mackin.

Mackin, 25, has penned a one-year deal with the Reds and brings with him plenty of experience, having played all his career in either League Two or Conference National divisions.

He has also represented Wales at under 21s level.

In other news, Alfreton Town FC is inviting applications for the vacant position of commercial manager following Russell Moore’s decision to move to league rivals Kidderminster Harriers to take up the position of general manager.

The club wishes Russell well in his new venture. All enquiries in the first instance should be directed to Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107.

Finally, the season ticket discount deadline ended on June 30.

Tickets can still be purchased up to and including Friday, August 12, by contacting Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107.

Season tickets are now priced at:

l Adults (persons aged 16 and over) £243;

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