Alfreton and Belper prepare to do battle in Senior Cup final
Alfreton Town play their penultimate game of the season on Tuesday evening when they make the short trip to Ilkeston FC's New Manor Ground to contest the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final against Belper Town.
The sides have only ever met twice in the final of the competition before, Belper emerging successful both times, so Alfreton fans will certainly be hoping it is a case of third time lucky as the Reds attempt to win the competition for the first time since the 2002/03 season.
The first final against Belper was way back in the 1979-80 season when the Nailers were 2-1 winners on aggregate. Alfreton lost the first leg at Christchurch Meadow 2-0 and despite winning the second leg 1-0 at North Street it was Belper who took the trophy.
The second final clash between the two sides was in the 2007/08 campaign, ironically the last time Alfreton appeared in the final of this competition.
Belper won 3-2 at the Impact Arena in the first leg and triumphed 4-3 overall on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at Alfreton in the second leg.
For Tuesday night’s final, Alfreton manager Nicky Law will need a late fitness check on midfield man Andi Thanoj and is also without the ineligible trio of Joe Doyle-Charles, Julian Banton and Jamie McDonagh.
Belper Town finished their 2015/16 Evostik First Division South campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Stocksbridge Park Steels last Saturday, the Nailers ending the campaign in 13th place out of 22 teams having recorded 15 wins, nine draws and 18 defeats which yielded a goals tally of 66 scored and 65 conceded.
To reach the final, Belper firstly knocked out trophy holders Matlock Town 4-2 then won 2-1 at Glossop North End before triumphing 2-1 at Heanor Town at the semi-final stage.
Alfreton’s route to the final has seen them beat Whaley Bridge Athletic 3-1 at the Impact Arena, beat Long Eaton United 6-0 again on home turf before winning 2-1 at Gresley FC in the semi-final.
Kick-off for the final is 7.45pm and extra time and penalties will be utilised if necessary.
ATFC Supporters’ Association are running transport to the Derbyshire Senior Cup final and this will depart from the Impact Arena at 6.15pm.
Fares are £5 for adults and £3 for children.
Admission to the Senior Cup final is £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.