ALFRETON Town manager Gary Mills is looking to finalise his squad with the new Nationwide North season just over a fortnight away
Mills has already brought in eight new faces in the summer but still requires up to four more gaps to fill in his squad.
The Reds boss finally ended his search for a goalkeeper last weekend when a season-long loan deal was agreed with Nottingham Forest for Dale Roberts.
And, after last Saturday's home pre-season game against Tamworth, former Lough-
borough Dynamo and Barwell striker Andy Tiday also signed a one year deal.
That made it three new strikers so far
following the capture of Tristram Whitman from Conference club Tamworth and Craig Mitchell from neighbours Sutton Town recently.
Experienced former Chesterfield midfielder Marcus Ebdon joined the Reds just over a week ago, and he follows in defenders Mark Barnard (Stalybridge Celtic), Gary Suchare-wycz (Hucknall Town) and Damien Magee (Glapwell) at the Impact Arena.
And with Matt Fisher, Emeka Nwadike, Chris Howard and Lee Featherstone all agreeing new deals, plus Ryan Clarke and Mick Godber already on contract, Mills has a healthy looking mix of youth and experience this time around.
The Reds boss still has irons in the fire for two of his four targets whilst there are several trialists hoping to impress sufficiently over the next week's pre-season games to earn a contract.
Mills will be without Chris Howard for the first few weeks of the season however. The central midfield player is recovering from an operation for a problem with a fibia and won't be able to resume training until early September.
Alfreton face a very stiff test this Saturday when Mansfield Town's first team visit the Impact Arena. Prices for the game are 6 for adults and 3 for concessions.
However, next Tuesday's game at Carlton Town has been cancelled due to the unfit state of the Notts club's pitch following the recent hot weather.
It is hoped that the game can be rearranged at the Impact Arena in the week leading up to the start of the new season, but at the time of going to press no new date had been confirmed.
Next Thursday the Reds travel to take on Retford United (7.30pm). The Badgers are managed by ex Alfreton Under-19s boss Mark Shaw who has former Reds players Adam Tyler, Steve Woolley and Mark Ashton with him at Cannon Park.
Saturday, August 5, sees Alfreton scheduled to travel to take on Sutton Town (3pm).
However, with the heatwave affecting playing surfaces, Reds fans should enquire as to whether games are going ahead via the club's official website.
Reds pay penalty
A much-changed Alfreton Town were left to rue a missed penalty by Namibian international Alfie Ndyenge on 28 minutes in a 3-1 home defeat against a youthful Boston United XI on Tuesday evening.
Three minutes later the visitors took the lead through Nathan Forbes on 31 and they extended their lead through Mensah-Omari Kinch on 58 and Jamie Stevens on 78 before Andy Tiday pulled one back for the Reds.
It was a first defeat in three pre-season run-outs for Alfreton who deserved something from the game.
Alfreton Town's first pre-season home game last Saturday was brought to a premature end as a thunderstorm and lightening over the Impact Arena left referee Steve Cook with no option but to abandon the game against Conference visitors Tamworth on 75 minutes with the score goalless.
Season ticket deadline
Fans now have only two weeks left to get their season tickets.
The deadline for the 2006/07 season is Friday, August 11, with the new league
campaign kicking off the day after.
Ticket prices are Adult 126, senior citizen 64 and can be ordered by contacting Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107.
Alfreton Town Under-19s have had mixed fortunes in their first three pre-season outings.
On Tuesday evening of this week they won 3-1 at Boots Athletic with goals from Joe Forster, Callum Flanagan and Dean Bramley. That followed a 3-1 defeat at Pinxton last Thursday, Messiah McDonald the Reds scorer, and a 2-0 win at Graham Street Prims the previous Saturday.
Goals from Lee Buckley and Joe Forster gave the young Reds that victory but it was soured when midfielder Mark Tasker
suffered another dislocated knee in his first game back since the original injury in the Spring Mini Cup Final in early May.
The U19s were scheduled to play at Radcliffe Olympic on Wednesday evening of this week and next Tuesday (Aug 1) they go to Long Eaton United (7.30pm).
By Kev Miles
Alfreton Town Football Club