Reds match preview: Alfreton Town v Tamworth

Alfreton boss Nicky Law.
Alfreton boss Nicky Law.

Alfreton Town will be looking to be bounce back from successive away defeats when they take on Tamworth in their latest Skrill Conference Premier contest, a game which is being broadcast live on BT Sport on Thursday night.

After a superb run of five wins on the bounce over the Christmas period, the Reds ran out of steam and were brought back down to earth with defeats at Barnet and Lincoln.

Those games concluded a busy period of nine games in 31 days, and thankfully Alfreton have been afforded some much needed respite after that recent hectic schedule - with there being a nine-day gap prior to this fixture.

Having had a chance to recharge their batteries, Nicky Law will be hoping his players will be on top of their games for Thursday’s fixture.

The visitors enter the clash after a largely disappointing Christmas in which they lost four of five games, although they were boosted by a much needed 2-0 win last time out against Halifax. That poor run has seen them slip into the relegation places.

Having been narrowly beaten in the reverse fixture, Alfreton will be looking to avenge that loss at the Impact Arena - where their recent form is impressive having won their last three league fixtures on home soil.

That loss earlier in the season aside the Reds have performed impressively against Tamworth, claiming convincing victories at the Impact Arena in both the 2012/13 and 2011/12 campaigns, whilst drawing the away fixture in both of those seasons.

Manager Law will have central defender Michael Wylde available again as he has recovered from a slight hamstring strain. However, central midfield man John McGrath’s knee injury has sadly ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

And Law will also be without the services of striker Daniel Wishart who has joined Hayes & Yeading on a month’s loan.

Tamworth were also involved in an FA Trophy replay at Chorley on Tuesday night which went to extra time and penalties before the Lambs triumphed 6-5 on penalties to set up a quarter-final tie at Grimsby Town in the last eight of the competition.