Weather means Reds have to play eight games in just 23 days

Alfreton town v Ilkeston.

Alfreton town v Ilkeston.

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Two postponements in a matter of three days has left Alfreton Town with some work still to do to ensure their Blue Square Premier Division status for a third successive season - and not a lot of time to do it in.

The Reds had last Saturday’s trip to Braintree Town and Tuesday evening’s scheduled home game against Tamworth postponed due to unfit pitches, and, with an earlier than usual finish to the end of the season of April 20, Nicky Law’s side are now facing a final run in of eight games in 23 days.

That is a punishing schedule by any definition, and although one or two clubs are slightly worse off, it is just about as bad as it gets, at this level or any other.

Fortunately, the Reds have an almost full strength squad going into the season’s climax with only goalkeeper Phil Barnes, who is just about recovered from injury, currently unavailable for selection, and he is likely to be back within the next week or so, for the final run-in.

After Tuesday night’s fixtures that did get played, the Reds find themselves five points clear of the relegation places in the Blue Square Premier Division, with games in hand on most of their current rivals .

But they will be keen to get to a total of 50 points which would, barring an incredible turnaround of form and results elsewhere, guarantee safety.