Alfreton Town to host Rams Reserves fixtures

ALFRETON Town are delighted to announce that the Impact Arena has been chosen to stage Derby County's Reserve team home fixtures throughout the 2009/10 season.

ALFRETON Town are delighted to announce that the Impact Arena has been chosen to stage Derby County's Reserve team home fixtures throughout the 2009/10 season.

The Rams visited the Reds three times last season when they played two totesport-casino.com Reserve League Cup group games and a semi final and the partnership between the two clubs has now been extended significantly.

The Impact Arena will be hosting a total of eight totesport.com league games with Derby facing home fixtures with Port Vale, Macclesfield Town, West Brom-wich Albion, Walsall, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion.

A Derby County source said: "Alfreton Town are a fantastic club with some great facilities and a good playing surface.

"We already have a good relationship with Alfreton through playing our reserve league cup fixtures there last season and as the stadium meets the requirements of the Football League criteria, we have requested to play all eight of our home Totesport./com League fixtures there next season.

"We're sure our supporters will turn out in their numbers for these games, as they did for the three cup fixtures last season. It will be a good opportunity to view the talent of the upcoming players in our U21/Development squad, as well as watching the more senior players who are on the outskirts of the first team.

"We look forward to continuing our good relationship with Alfreton Town throughout the forthcoming season."

Admission for all Rams Reserve games at the Impact Arena will be 3 for adults and 1 for concessions.

Alfreton have had a mixed week in terms of results as their pre-season fixtures begin to flow.

After a 3-1 defeat in their opening game at Stocksbridge Park Steels last Tuesday evening, the Reds beat Macclesfield Town 1-0 at home on Thursday night thanks to a tenth minute Paul Clayton goal.

That was followed by a 2-2 draw at Curzon Ashton on Tuesday evening of this week as the Reds hit back from conceding two goals in the first 26 minutes.

Curzon went ahead through a close range Andrew Lundy goal on 12 minutes and doubled their advantage from the penalty spot when Aden Flint hauled Michael Norton back on 26 minutes and Norton blasted home the spot-kick.

Liam Hearn reduced the arrears just before half-time when he chipped the home keeper and Josh Law ensured a fair share of the spoils when he picked his spot from 12-yards out on 84 minutes.

Nicky Law's side now face three big tests in a week starting this Saturday with a visit from Conference National neighbours Mansfield Town (3pm).

Next Tuesday Bradford City are at the Impact Arena before Nigel Clough brings a Derby County XI to Alfreton on Friday, July 31.

Both evening games kick-off at 7.45pm.