Alfreton Town’s hopes of reaching the FA Cup First Round Proper for the seventh time in their history have received several shots in the arm in the past week.
Nicky Law’s side head to Skrill North high-flyers North Ferriby United on Saturday to contest a fourth qualifying round tie on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-2 league win at Aldershot Town last weekend.
And Law will be hugely boosted by the availability of experienced and influential duo central defender Nick Fenton and central midfield man John McGrath, who have now served three and one-match bans respectively.
On top of that, the Reds are rapidly emerging from a recent injury crisis which eased significantly when defenders Chris Westwood, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Michael Wylde returned to the side which triumphed 3-2 at Aldershot Town.
Law is also hopeful that striker Daniel Wishart may have recovered from a hamstring injury to boost his options for the tie further still, which will leave just striker Paul Clayton - who is expected to be out for a further six weeks with an ankle injury - and midfield man Jay McFadzean (ligaments), as his only long-standing absentees.
Law is very much aware that his side faces a tough test against a side containing three former Reds players in defender Matt Wilson and strikers Nathan Jarman and Anthony Wilson.
He said: “They are all hard games in this round of the competition. Ideally, we would like to be at home, but we are not. However, I would like to think that if we have got nearly everybody fit, we can get a positive result there.
“They have three ex-Alfreton players who are going to be up for it, but we have not got to worry about them or what they can do as a team if we get it right ourselves.
“We will have two big players back from suspension for the tie and most of our injured players will be back so hopefully we can push on and carry on where we left off at Aldershot last weekend”.
Meanwhile, having gone down 2-0 at AFC Telford United last Saturday, North Ferriby United fell to a second successive Skrill North league defeat on Tuesday night when lowly Guiseley won 3-2 on Humberside. As well as a place in Sunday’s televised FA Cup First Round Proper draw (taking place at 1.35pm on ITV), there is £12,500 prize money for the victors.
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