ALFRETON Town will be aiming to reach the fourth round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy for only the third time in their history when they travel to Gateshead on Saturday.
The Reds have only reached the fourth round on two previous occasions before.
In 2002/03 they were knocked out 2-0 in a fourth round replay by eventual winners Burscough.
Alfreton should have had the first game sewn up but their failure to capitalise on their dominance saw several untaken chances punished to the full in the replay on Merseyside.
The second occasion in the fourth round was in 2004/05 when they lost 3-0 at home to then Conference Premier club Woking.
Standing in their way this time is Ian Bogie’s Gateshead side who have taken four points out of the Reds in league action this season.
However, the Reds will be confident they can gain a first win in three games over the Tynesiders this season.
There was a feeling that Gateshead somehow escaped with a point from a 1-1 draw in the game at the Impact Arena on 19th November when the Reds gave them a severe examination, especially in the second half.
And the Reds have enjoyed plenty of success in the competition already this season where they have yet to concede a goal after a 4-0 home win over Southport and a 6-0 success at Weymouth in the last round.
There is £7,000 prize money for the winners of the tie as well as a place in the last eight in the country in the competition. To reach that stage would have all eight of the remaining clubs having serious thoughts about appearing in the final at Wembley.
For the trip north, manager Nicky Law will be without suspended duo Adam Quinn and Louis Moult and goalkeeper Joe Day who is still recovering from a groin injury.
If a replay is necessary, this will take place at the Impact Arena on Tuesday, 7th February with a 7.45pm kick-off which would mean a new date would be required for the scheduled home league game with Mansfield Town.
For the trip to Gateshead on Saturday, AFTC Supporters’ Association transport will depart at 9.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.