A journey into the unknown

Football
Football

ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law admits his side are going into the unknown in Saturday’s FA Trophy second round tie at Weymouth.

The Terras are currently sat 12th out of 22 teams in the Southern League Premier Division – two divisions down from the Reds in the pyramid.

And although the Reds boss will be looking for his side to bounce back from last Saturday’s 5-2 home defeat against Grimsby Town in the league, he knows it is going to be a tough day all round, especially with a 480-mile round trip involved.

Law said: “It is another tough game against a team with good home form and they will be really up for it. Theoretically we should be ok, especially if the roles are reversed and we are more up for it than they are, and that is the key to this game I think.

“On top of that we have a five-hour coach trip to get out of our system when we arrive there.

“Our main aim is to stay in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division, but it is a great opportunity for both clubs to reach the last 16 and with the right draw in the quarter finals, it starts to get very interesting.”

With the exception of on-loan goalkeeper Joe Day who sustained a groin injury in the first half of the Grimsby game, Law should have a full-strength squad for the tie.

Weymouth is the furthest south Alfreton Town have ever travelled for a game in their history but they should journey with some caution as well as the Terras have been in good goalscoring form this season with Warren Byerley already on the 20-goal mark.

Sam Malsom has hit a dozen and Matt Groves and Craig Duff seven apiece.

Their home form is responsible for 21 of their 32 points from 23 league games in the Southern League Premier Division table.

Alfreton Town Supporters’ Association transport for the game departs at 7.30am on Saturday and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.

The Reds have had very good away support all season and this game will be no different with several separate groups of fans going down and staying over on Friday night. The postcode for the Weymouth ground for fans travelling by car using Satnav is DT4 9XJ.

Kick-off on Saturday at the Bob Lucas Stadium is 3pm and admission prices are £11 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for children.

Should a replay be necessary, this will take place at the Impact Arena next Tuesday, January 17 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, Alfreton Town Supporters’ Association hold their next monthly meeting tonight (January 12).

The venue is the Reds Bar at the Impact Arena and kick-off is 7.30pm.

All committee members are reminded that there is a planning meeting prior to the monthly meeting at 7pm in the John Harrison Suite on the ground.