Reds looking forward to big derby clash with Stags

ALFRETON TOWN Football Club have announced their segregation plans for Tuesday’s (March 20) Blue Square Bet Premier Division local derby home clash with Mansfield Town.

As with all Conference Premier Division games at the Impact Arena this season, segregation will be in place.

However, home supporters should note that, for this game, there will be no admission to the Impact Arena from the Alma Street turnstiles for home supporters and Reds fans will only be able to gain access to the ground via the North Street turnstiles on the night.

Mansfield Town fans will only be able to enter the ground from the Alma Street end, using both the traditional segregation turnstiles for away supporters and also the designated turnstyles at that end of the ground for home supporters.

With a far larger crowd than usual anticipated for this game, possibly even a season’s best home attendance for Alfreton, home fans are urged to arrive earlier than usual to assist and ease entrance speed of fan traffic through the turnstiles.

Mansfield are on a very good run of form with just one defeat in their last 13 league outings, a run which has taken them firmly into play-off contention as they sit in fourth place.

Tuesday evening saw a last minute goal earn the Stags a 1-1 home draw against table-toppers Fleetwood Town.

Before that though, the Reds are on the road when they take on Kettering Town in another relegation zone six-pointer.

The Poppies picked up a very good point from a goalless draw at Southport on Tuesday evening. The same night, AFC Telford United beat Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 to leapfrog Alfreton who dropped one place to 18th.

Alfreton and Kettering drew 1-1 at the Impact Arena on October 8 with Anton Brown’s 24th minute goal for the Reds being cancelled out by a 72nd inute penalty by striker Adam Cunnington.

Cunnington is now with Alfreton on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge until April 9. He made his debut as a substitute in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Lincoln City.

Also making his debut in the win was Sheffield United reserve team captain Seamus Conneely who joined on loan last Thursday, again until Easter Monday.

Conneely made a telling debut in defence after being pitched in at the deep end when Theo Streete was stretchered off after an aerial challenge left him unconscious.

Reds manager Nicky Law will be looking for his side to extend a three-match unbeaten run which has brought seven points from the last nine, a tally which has lifted them five points clear of the relegation places.

Alfreton Town FC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 10am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.