Holdsworth in town as Reds face Lincoln in FA Cup

ALFRETON Town face Lincoln City at the Impact Arena for the second time in 18 days.

The last occasion was in the league when the Imps triumphed 3-1 on Tuesday, 11th October under the stewardship of former Red Grant Brown after Steve Tilson had been dismissed as manager.

This weekend’s fixture is to contest an FA cup (with Budweiser) fourth qualifying round tie.

Lincoln will be under new managership for the game, having appointed former Ilkeston Town and Mansfield Town boss David Holdsworth this week.

Reds manager Nicky Law will once again have to make enforced changes to his side.

He welcomes back central defender Theo Streete who has completed a one-match suspension, but he is without a trio of players all serving one-game bans. Striker Anthony Wilson and central defender Greg Young are out following their dismissals in the league game at Mansfield Town last Saturday. Midfield man Anton Brown also sits the cup tie out on a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the same game.

Out injured are Nathan Arnold, Matt Wilson, Connor Franklin and Josh Law, the latter three all suffering with ankle ligament problems. Arnold is at Lilleshall in the final week of his rehabilitation having missed the last three months of the season with a broken left foot.

Lee Stevenson is unavailable for the game due to part of the stipulations of his loan term from parent club Mansfield Town.

Since the last game between the two sides, Alfreton have lost their last three games, 3-0 at Cambridge United, 4-1 at home to Fleetwood Town and a desperately unlucky 3-2 defeat at Mansfield Town last weekend.

Lincoln have lost 3-1 at home to Fleetwood Town, drawn 1-1 at home with Mansfield Town and lost 2-0 at Cambridge United last weekend.

Should a replay be necessary, this will take place at Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank Stadium on Tuesday, 1st November with a 7.45pm kick-off.

There is prize money of £12,500 waiting for the winners of the tie, as well as a place in the first round proper draw.

The draw for the first round proper is being staged on Sunday with live TV coverage of the event on ITV1 from 1pm onwards.