Opportunity knocks for Alfreton's youngsters

AFTER releasing two players due to the latest budget cuts and losing another one through personal choice, Alfreton Town manager Gary Mills is now giving his Under-19s starlets the opportunity to shine.

The Reds boss has signed Lee Buckley, Luke Armstrong, Jonny Hirst and Aaron Large on

Conference forms as he builds up the numbers of his squad for the remainder of the Nationwide North campaign.

And with the club's reshaping now finished in terms of financial cuts, the Reds boss is likely to be adding at least one more name to his squad.

Mills acted quickly to promote some of his talented Under-19s squad following the necessary decision to release Steve Melton and Jermaine Palmer last week due to a second set of budget cuts since May and the unexpected move of Lee Featherstone to neighbours Ilkeston Town last Friday.

The Reds have been quick to point out that Featherstone's move wasn't part of the budget cuts, it was purely the choice of the player who accepted a lucrative deal from the UniBond League Premier Division club.

Former Scunthorpe United player Featherstone made 69 appearances for the Reds, eight as substitute. He scored three goals.

Whilst Featherstone's move came as something of a surprise, Mills still has plenty of cover down the left with Mark Barnard, Damian Magee and Michael Harcourt all vying for places.

After an enforced rest period, the Reds return to action this Saturday with a testing trip to face Redditch United (3pm).

Official Supporters Association transport departs at 10.30am and seats can be booked through either Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251 or Warren Baines on 0779 5552721.

It is Alfreton's only outing since the spirited draw against Kettering Town a week last Friday during a 29-day spell of inactivity on the pitch as the scheduled visit of Gainsborough Trinity to the Impact Arena on Saturday, October 28 has been moved to Tuesday, November 14 as Trinity are still involved in the FA Cup.

SENIOR CUP

There is an additional fixture on Tuesday, November 21 when the Reds travel to face Mickleover Sports in the second round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup. Kick-off is still to be confirmed.

UNDER-19S

Last Wednesday's Under-19s game at Sheffield Club was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Reds U19s were scheduled to face local derby rivals Belper Town at the Impact Arena in league action on Wednesday evening of this week before travelling to take on Teversal next Tuesday, October 24, 7.45pm.

QUIZ NIGHT

Alfreton Town Supporters' Association are holding their annual Quiz Night this Friday in the Reds Bar at the Impact Arena. Doors open at 7pm for 8pm start.

Teams of three or four members are invited to enter. Entry is 5 per team and teams can enter on the night. There are prizes for the winning team.

Further details from Ian McRoy on 01246 861457 / 07944727682 or Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.

Bu Kev Miles

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