ALFRETON Town bring the curtain down on an absorbing first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division when they entertain Bath City at the Impact Arena on Saturday.
The Reds secured their membership of non league’s top flight for a second season with three games to spare but there is still plenty to interest supporters in the last game of the campaign.
Reds manager Nicky Law is looking for his side to end the season in style in front of the home fans following a 1-0 defeat in their last away game at Newport County last weekend.
And with some players seeking contracts for next season, there is plenty to play for.
Law will be without central defender Darran Kempson who suffered concussion and a trip to hospital in South Wales last Saturday but Adam Quinn looks set to return after recovering from a knee injury.
Fans should note that this final game of the season has an earlier than usual kick-off of 1pm.
Saturday’s game will also see the presentation of the Supporters’ Player of the Season and this time around it is a very tough one to call with several players in with a chance of winning the award.
Despite the poor start to the campaign, fans have had divided opinions on the club’s forum with votes being cast for players in all areas of the team.
Interestingly, four players have all won five man-of-the-match press nominations throughout the season with striker Nathan Arnold and top goalscorer Nathan Jarman, who has hit 17 goals being two of them. Arnold came back from two months out with a broken foot in the early part of the season and still managed to hit eight goals.
The other two are defender Theo Streete and central midfield man Anton Brown, both are versatile players who have played in several positions throughout what has been a demanding campaign. Brown has also weighed in with ten valuable goals.
Other players in with a considerable shout for what is a prestigious award are left back Connor Franklin, midfield man Jake Moult and strikers Paul Clayton and Anthony Wilson who have hit ten and six goals respectively, Wilson finishing the season with some strong performances after also recovering from a broken foot early in the season.
It promises to be one of the closest decisions for years.