ALFRETON Town are facing a big Blue Square Bet Premier Division six-pointer when Hayes & Yeading United visit the Impact Arena this Saturday.
Both sides are in the relegation zone with the Reds second from bottom and Hayes occupying fourth from bottom place.
Reds manager Nicky Law will be looking for his side to kick-on from last weekend’s best performance of the season when they were desperately unlucky not to record victory in a 1-1 home draw with high-flying Gateshead.
Alfreton will be looking for a first win on home soil in six games having drawn three and lost the other two in the last five.
The Reds desperately need a second home win of the season which would close the gap on the clubs immediately above them. And a win would also go some way to atoning for an opening day 3-1 away defeat against this Saturday’s visitors.
Manager Law will be without central defender Leigh Franks who has been ruled out after suffering concussion when he was stretchered off late in the Gateshead game last weekend.
Law could hand a debut to latest on-loan signings, central defender Adam Quinn and left-sided midfield man Rob Eagle from Darlington and Grimsby Town respectively, and he also has son Josh fit again and back in contention.
Definitely out though are injured central defensive duo Matt Wilson and Adie Hawes.
Hayes & Yeading United arrive looking for a first win in six league games but they will be aware that they can seriously help their survival hopes with victory in Derbyshire and another one at home to third from bottom Newport County next Tuesday.
Hayes have won just once on the road in the league this season, a 5-3 success at Kettering Town nearly two months ago.
They have picked up three draws, achieving a 1-1 scoreline at both Darlington and AFC Telford United and 3-3 at Stockport in their last away outing on November 5th.
Defeats have been tasted at Newport County (4-0), Fleetwood Town (0-1), Cambridge United (1-2), Grimsby Town (0-3), Barrow (3-1) and Tamworth (2-1).
In their last game, Hayes & Yeading United were beaten 3-1 at home by Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday.
The Hayes team that day was: Carl Pentney, Sam Argent, Tom Cadmore, Lloyd Owusu, Louie Soares, Luke Williams, Mark Bentley (c), Dwane Lee, James Folkes, Curtis Ujah, Dean Sinclair.
Substitutes: Ryan Crockford (for Sinclair, 77), Pierre Joseph-Dubois (for Williams, 89), Richard Pacquette, Delroy Preddie, Tom Collins (for Argent, 71).
Top goalscorer for Hayes & Yeading United this season is Louie Soares who has netted 11 times in the league so far.
HAYES & YEADING IN 2011/12 SO FAR . . .
13/8/2011 H Alfreton Town BSP 3-1, att: 262
16/8/2011 A Newport County BSP 0-4, att: 1,519
20/8/2011 A Fleetwood Town BSP 0-1, att: 1,376
23/8/2011 H Bath City BSP 1-1, att: 172
27/8/2011 A Cambridge United BSP 1-2, att: 1,778
30/8/2011 H Luton Town BSP 2-2, att: 1,015
4/9/2011 H Tamworth BSP 1-0, att: 359
10/9/2011 A Grimsby Town BSP 0-3, att: 2,835
17/9/2011 A Darlington BSP 1-1, att: 1,809
20/9/2011 H Braintree Town BSP 1-2, att: 209
24/9/2011 H Gateshead BSP 2-3, att: 218
27/9/2011 A Kettering Town BSP 5-3, att: 1,119
1/10/2011 A AFC Telford United BSP 1-1, att: 1,941
9/10/2011 H Wrexham BSP 0-2, att: 625
11/10/2011 H Forest Green Rovers BSP 2-0, att: 251
15/10/2011 A Barrow BSP 1-3, att: 1,074
18/10/2011 A Tamworth BSP 1-2, att: 742
22/10/2011 H York City BSP 2-4, att: 525
29/10/2011 H Cambridge United FA Cup 4Q 2-6, att: 452
5/11/2011 A Stockport County BSP 3-3, att: 2,804
19/11/2011 H Kidderminster Harriers BSP 1-3, att: 289
FORM BOOK (all competitions, latest result listed last)
Alfreton Town: L D L D L W L L L W D L L D L L L L D W L L
Hayes & Yeading: W L L D L D W L D L L W D L W L L L L D L
KIDS FOR A QUID
Alfreton Town have made this fixture a ‘Kids for a Quid’ family event and children aged 15 and under can gain admission for just £1 so long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.