ALFRETON TOWN S perfect start to the New Year has brought them to within reach of matching a 25-year old winning sequence.
The Reds notched up a sixth straight win for points in 2001 with a 2-1 local derby success at Glapwell last Saturday which now puts the sights firmly on the 1986/87 run of eight straight league victories.
Victory at home against Glasshoughton Welfare this Saturday and at Brodsworth MW the week after will equal that tally and have the two clubs at the head of the section looking over their shoulders.
While eight wins would be an achievement in itself, the chance is there to go for the club record of 11 straight league victories in the Ivan Hollett-managed 1976/77 Midland League championship winning season to be broken.
The fixtures for March sees the Reds in action eight times, six of them away - but none against opposition higher than themselves in sixth place.
The victory over Glapwell saw Caine Cheetham and Chris Dolby on the scoresheet, the red-hot Cheetham for the sixth game in succession.
Last season s leading marksman took his tally for the club to 70 and puts him joint sixth highest with Peter Drury in the club s all-time goalscorers lists, just two behind Matt Walsh.
Strike partner Phil Stafford is currently second with 117 goals from 264 appearances, a magnificent record only bettered by the legendary Johnny Harrison who smashed an incredible 303 goals.
The North Street pitch has been re-seeded with winter seed and fertilised over the past week and a half in a bid to boost the side s chances during the run-in.
The Reds were left with a blank midweek this week but chairman Wayne Bradley insisted that it wouldn t be used as a rest. "We will be keeping the players on their toes and allowing others to show what they can do in a friendly - probably at Maltby Main - on Thursday evening (7.30pm).
This Saturday Alfreton are home to Glasshoughton Welfare in NCEL Premier Division action (3pm).
The following Tuesday brings a trip to Matlock Town for the much-postponed Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter-final tie (7.30pm).
Meanwhile, Alfreton s Centre of Excellence Academy side extended ther unbeaten run in the league to five games with a 2-1 win at South East Derbyshire College on Monday of this week.
Stephen Watson fired both the Reds goals including one from the penalty spot.
The side host North Lincs at home in the league next Wednesday (28th, 2pm).
The Under-19s won a hastily-rearranged league game at Brodsworth 5-1 on Tuesday evening of this week and are awaiting confirmation of opponents for an away game next Wednesday (28th).