Alfreton aim to recoup deducted points

Alfreton town v fc Halifax town.
Alfreton town v fc Halifax town.
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Alfreton come to the Shay on Monday (7.45pm kick-off) looking to claw back the three points they were deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

Former Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue goalkeeper Jon Worsnop played for Alfreton in their 3-1 win against Kidderminster on December 14.

At a recent personal hearing requested by Alfreton, they were found guilty of a breach of Rule 6.9 after Worsnop was not registered in time.

The club has not appealed the Football Conference’s decision.

Town trained on Saturday ahead of Monday’s game, which was moved back after it was chosen to be screened live on BT Sport.

The hosts are expected to be unchanged for the fourth game in a row, with Lee Gregory (pictured) in the middle of a purple patch that has seen him bag 10 goals in his last eight matches.

Town have scored 14 goals in their last five games and have found the net in every home league game so far this campaign.

Alfreton have only lost once in their last nine games, but only Salisbury have lost more away games in the top half of the table than them.

Nicky Law’s side have won their last three games, scoring eight in the process, which had moved them above Cambridge into 2nd before their points deduction.

Law’s men finished 20 points off the play-offs last season but have already racked up impressive victories on the road at Kidderminster, Wrexham and Cambridge this term.

Top-scorer John Akinde, who proved a thorn in Town’s side during the reverse fixture in November, has scored two in his last three games after a run of seven appearances without finding the net.

But January signing Shaun Harrad is Alfreton’s biggest threat with five goals in his last four outings.

Town could move up to 5th place with a win if other results go their way, while Alfreton could reclaim 2nd spot if they win.

The first semi-final of the half-time schools competition on Monday will be between Salterlee and Holywell Green.

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