Clayton a doubt for Alfreton ahead of Wrexham test

Paul Clayton out-jumps  Danny Rowe.
Paul Clayton out-jumps Danny Rowe.

Alfreton Town begin the August Bank Holiday with a Conference home game against Wrexham at the Impact Arena on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.

Reds assistant manager Russ O’Neill, standing in for suspended Nicky Law for the fourth successive game, will be looking for the side to kick on from a hugely promising display in a 2-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers last Saturday.

O’Neill will require a late fitness check on striker Paul Clayton who missed the Rovers game with blisters. Apart from that, there are no other injury worries as the Reds go in search of their first league points of the season at the fourth attempt with three successive defeats leaving the side bottom of the table.

Standing in the way are Wrexham who have so far collected six points from their first three outings with a 2-1 opening day win at Dartford followed by a 3-0 defeat at home to Gateshead.

Last time out saw a 1-0 home victory over manager Kevin Wilkin’s former team Nuneaton Town at the Racecourse last Saturday with striker Louis Moult’s fourth minute goal against his former employers being enough to secure all three points for the Dragons.

Alfreton took the honours in the league last season as they recorded a notable festive league double over Wrexham.

The Reds recorded a 3-2 win in North Wales on Boxing Day as they came from behind to a 64th minute Mark Carrington goal for the hosts to go 2-1 up through Michael Wylde (73) and Job Ayo Akinde (83).

Wrexham equalised on 87 through Leon Clowes but Chris Westwood netted a dramatic late winner for Alfreton in the fifth minute of added time against his former club.

The return fixture on New Year’s Day saw Alfreton record a 1-0 win at the Impact Arena thanks to a Job Ayo Akinde goal on 45+1 minutes.

Wrexham did taste success against Alfreton last season as they recorded a 3-1 FA Cup first round victory at the Racecourse on November 9.