Alfreton Town without Aaron Bentley for Conference six-pointer at Dartford

Alfretons new signing Aaron Bentley surges past Aldershots Jim Stevenson.
Alfretons new signing Aaron Bentley surges past Aldershots Jim Stevenson.

Alfreton Town continue their battle for safety in the Vanarama Conference as they travel to Kent to face fellow strugglers Dartford on Saturday.

The Reds will be looking to pick up their first ever points at Princes Park having lost 5-1 and 1-0 on both of their only two other visits there.

Manager Nicky Law’s will be without on-loan defender Aaron Bentley, who is out with a ‘deadleg’, while the Reds’ boss will have to wait for a later fitness test for Bradley Wood, who was forced off with an injury to his shinbone and ankle during the 2-0 victory against Kidderminster at the weekend. The latest diagnosis is that Wood has an outside chance of making the game as the shin injury is not as bad as first feared.

This match is of great importance and another critical relegation six-pointer.

A win for the Reds will bring them closer to survival and further from the drop-zone. However, a loss will only drag them back into the relegation scrap at the start of the business end of the season.

Elliot Bradbrook is the main threat for the home side, having bagged eight goals this season.

Having won back-to-back games and climbed out of the bottom four, Reds boss Law will be looking for his side to continue their recent run of form, and push on in order to remain in the Vanarama Conference next season.

While Alfreton have recently enjoyed success on the pitch, the news of securing the freehold purchase of the Impact Arena has given the club a welcome boost.

With that in mind, a victory on Saturday over Dartford would bring to end a great week for the club.

ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for the Dartford game departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401 as soon as possible.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 14: AFC Telford United v Woking; Aldershot Town v Southport; Altrincham v Wrexham; Chester v Grimsby; Dartford v Alfreton Town; Eastleigh v Barnet; FC Halifax Town v Bristol Rovers; Forest Green Rovers v Braintree Town; Gateshead v Macclesfield Town; Kidderminster Harriers v Dover Athletic; Lincoln City v Welling United; Nuneaton Town v Torquay United.