ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law is hoping his side don’t suffer burn as they face the biggest game of the season this Saturday.
The Reds are home to Blue Square Bet Premier Division side Cambridge United in the second round of the FA Trophy.
However, it will be a sixth game in 15 days at the start of the new year for Law’s side, a fact weighing heavily on the manager’s mind.
He said: “We know this is going to easily be the biggest test of the season for us and we go into it having played five games in 11 days.
“My real fear is that we are not on burn out after so many matches in such a short space of time.
“We are giving the players Thursday off from training but whether that rest will be enough remains to be seen.
“It is a very difficult game against what will be very tough opponents and Cambridge will certainly be fresher than us. They have only played five times in a month and will start big favourites.
“I just hope we can do ourselves justice in a competition in which the rewards are so great. Yes it is a one-off game but it is a big call for us.
“They are a full time outfit with a 27-man squad packed with a wealth of experience, much of it from their Football League days.”
Cambridge come into the game unbeaten in three games and having lost just once in their last seven outings in all com petitions.
Law will have central midfield player Anton Brown back from injury for the Cambridge tie and has no suspensions as Anthony Howell’s expected three-match ban doesn’t come into effect until next Monday.
Law ended: “Yes it is a glimpse into the sort of game we would be facing on a regular basis next season if we went up.
“But I just hope our recent run on heavy pitches hasn’t drained us too much.
“They are going to rested having not played since last Saturday and more suited to it but that’s how it goes”
Cambridge game segregated
Supporters should be aware that segregation will be in place for the Cambridge United game.
Alfreton fans can still gain entrance to the home section of the Alma Street stand by using the home turnstiles at that end of the ground.
Access via the Bentley Close/North Street end is as per usual for home fans.
Cambridge United fans can only gain access to the ground via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the Impact Arena.
Supporters are also reminded this is an ‘all pay’ game
Kick-off at the Impact Arena is 3pm and should a replay be required, this will be staged at United’s R Costings Abbey Stadium next Tuesday with a 7.45pm start.
If the tie is settled at the first attempt, Alfreton will host Glapwell next Tuesday instead in the fourth round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Admission fees for the Glapwell tie have been reduced to £6 adults and £3 concessions.
Despite Ian Ross having an 84th minute penalty saved, Alfreton moved three points clear with games in hand at the top of Blue Square Bet North after a 2-0 home win over Workington on Tuesday evening.
A spectacular volleyed goal from Aden Flint on 11 minutes was added to by Paul Clayton on 51 when he blasted in his 11th goal of the campaign.
That followed a 5-3 victory at home against Stalybridge Celtic last Saturday.
The Alfreton goals came from Paul Clayton, Liam Hearn, Connor Franklin, Anthony Howell and Nathan Arnold in a game which saw eight diffrerent scorers on the sheet.
Change of date
Meanwhile, Alfreton’s scheduled Blue Square Bet North game at Guiseley AFC on Tuesday, February 1, has been cancelled due to the West Yorkshire club having a county cup commitment. The fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 22, with a 7.45pm kick-off.