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Match preview: Alfreton v Dartford

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Alfreton Town play their second Blue Square Bet Premier Division game of 2013 on Saturday when high-flying Dartford visit the Impact Arena.

Reds manager Nicky Law has Leigh Franks available again after suspension but he is without captain Darran Kempson who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury during the New Year’s Day home defeat against Mansfield Town.

Goalkeeper Jon Stewart has returned to Burnley following his three-month loan period with the Reds and midfielder Danny Emerton has returned to Hull City upon the conclusion of his month’s loan spell.

There are no other injuries or suspensions to contend with.

For the first game of the second half of the season, Nicky Law will be looking for his side to bounce back from the Mansfield defeat and the Reds go into the game looking for a first home win in five games in all competitions.

And the Reds boss will also be looking for his side to gain revenge for a 5-1 defeat in Kent back on September 1.

Dartford arrive in seventh place in the table after a very good start to life in the top division following promotion last season. However, they will be seeking a first win in three league games having drawn both of their last two matches. They have also only won once in their last six outings where points have been at stake.

On their travels, the Darts have won four, drawn three and lost six of their 13 games on the road for points so far this season.

Some excellent victories have been achieved at Cambridge United (2-1), Braintree Town (2-0), Grimsby Town (2-0) and Luton Town also 2-0.

Draws have been gleaned at Wrexham (2-2), Barrow (0-0) and Ebbsfleet United (2-2).

Defeats have been tasted at Woking (0-1), Macclesfield Town (0-2), Gateshead (0-2), Tamworth (2-3), Nuneaton Town (0-1) and Kidderminster Harriers (1-5).

Top scorers in the league for Tony Burman’s side are Harry Crawford with 11 and Elliott Bradbrook on 7.

 

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