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Preview: Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town

10 November 2018

Fleetwood Town take on non league side Alfreton Town in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday afternoon at 12:45pm

Town make the two hour journey to Alfreton Town on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup. The Cod Army are favourites going into this match, but know from last years competition that it won’t be easy against a non league side.

Joey Barton spoke to the media ahead of the match, and here is what he had to say ahead of the FA Cup tie at Alfreton.

Town boss Joey Barton said…

“It’s cup football against very motivated fans in the stadium, and against very motivated players, who have probably taken a couple of days off work this week.

“It will be a massive occasion for them, but our lads have to stay aware that it’s a big occasion for us as well. It’s cup football and we want to have a good run in the cup this year and the beauty of it is, we get a strong side we take the FA Cup serious because we have to. It’s a competition that is the lifeblood of clubs like Fleetwood Town.”

Listen to more from the boss here.

Alfreton Town assistant manager Mark Carroll said…

“We have to use this game against Fleetwood as a positive and try and take momentum into our league matches. It is currently seven games without a win in the league, but we have won the cup games that have come in between.

“Sunday is a big occasion for our players and the football club and it’s important that we give a good account of ourselves and hopefully improve on performances that we have produced in recent weeks.

“The players know what they can produce and they can perform on the day against Fleetwood. You always have a chance in the FA Cup and in any one off game, if you get that luck or rub of the green, you can go and cause an upset.”

Last five results in all competition (from the left):

Fleetwood Town: L W L L W  (Currently 12th in Sky Bet League One)

Alfreton Town: D D L W L (Currently 16th in the National League North)

Last time we met…

The last time Fleetwood and Alfreton met was in February 2012 at Highbury Stadium. The Cod Army came away 4-0 winners on the day thanks to goals from club legend, Nathan Pond, striker Gareth Seddon – who scored a brace – and an own goal from the Alfreton defender, Lowson.

The earlier meeting in the 2011/12 season saw Town come away from Alfreton 4-1 winners. Jamie Vardy scored a second half hat-trick after Richard Brodie gave the club the lead after 36 minutes.

Sunday will see the two teams meet for the first time in six years, and it will take place in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

One to Watch

Reece Styche, who started off his career at Hednesford Town, is Alfreton’s one to watch on Sunday when the two sides meet.

Styche has represented the England C team on one occasion, and played in the International Challenge Trophy match against Portugal, but later when on to play for the Gibraltar national team. He featured against the Faroe Islands, and against Estonia in two friendly matches.

The 29-year-old has been at a number of clubs including Coalville Town, Gateshead and Forest Green Rovers, where the forward played in over 100 games for the club, scoring an impressive 35 goals.

After spells at Tamworth and Darlington in recent years, Alfreton came calling in the October of 2018 and has score one goal in as many matches for the club. It only took seven minutes to opening his account for the Reds.

Betting Preview

Town go into the game favourites, as they are looking to get back to winning ways. The Cod Army are priced at 4/11, but a draw on Sunday is at 18/5.

Alfreton Town (8/1) welcome Fleetwood to the Impact Stadium in the first round of the competition, and without a league win in seven, they can also be priced at 5/1 to qualify for the second round.

Ash Hunter grow up just 15 minutes away from Alfreton Town, and for the 23-year-old to bag the first goal of the match, you can currently get odds of 7/1, with Paddy Madden at 10/3 to opening the scoring.

For Fleetwood to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2, you can get odds of 7/2. To find more odds ahead of the game click here.

Please gamble responsibly. All odds are subject to change.

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Match Reports

Report: Cod Army progress in FA Cup after Alfreton victory

Madden, Hunter and Garner fire Fleetwood into Second Round

11 November 2018

A professional performance from Fleetwood Town secured a 4-1 win over Alfreton Town in the Emirates FA Cup first round on Sunday.

Two goals from Paddy Madden, and a solo effort from Ash Hunter and a Ged Garner header were enough to see off the National League North side. The home side got a late consolation goal through Jordan Sinnott, who struck a free-kick in from long range.

Joey Barton has made just the two changes to the side that lost away at Gillingham last weekend with Ched Evans and club captain Craig Morgan missing out. This saw Cian Bolger and Madden come into the line-up. Alex Cairns made his 100th appearance for the club in all competitions in goal.

It was an even start to the game in North Derbyshire with both Alfreton and Fleetwood having half decent chances at goal, which would have given both sets of players’ confidence early on.

It was Madden who opened the scoring in the 14th minute after Lewie Coyle put a delightful cross into the box for the Irishman to volley the ball home from 10-yards out. Just the start Barton would have wanted in the game.

Town dominated possession after getting the all-important first goal and made the home side work for every opportunity they got to win the ball back, but when they closed the away side down, gaps showed and that’s where Fleetwood got their second of the match.

Hunter capitalised on the space on the left side and with just the goalkeeper in front of him, he slipped the ball past Ramsbottom and saw it fly into the bottom corner. Well-deserved you have to say.

Jason Holt nearly made it three goals to the good after a mistake in the Alfreton defence. Fortunately for The Reds, Ramsbottom was to the rescue and made a neat save to take the ball over his own goal posts. Town didn’t punish Alfreton from the resulting set-piece.

Alfreton’s first shot on target was recorded half an hour into the match, and it was Nathan Hotte who found himself space into the Town box, and with his acrobatic effort, he made Cairns – who made his 100th appearance for the club in all competitions – scamper across his goal line, but didn’t trouble him too much.

Madden had another chance at goal just before the half-time whistle, after Wes Burns’ cross deep to the far post. The forward just dropped off his defender, which gave him space to fire a shot at goal, but it was the goalkeeper who denied him.

The Irishman could have had a hat-trick in the first half, but he saw his glancing header go wide of the far post after Hunter’s cross on the right wing. Fleetwood went into the interval with a comfortable lead.

Town started the second half just like they finished the first. Burns used his pace to get past the Alfreton Town full back, and has he looked to have picked out Madden, it was Martin Riley who got the final touch to put it out for a corner.

Fleetwood took complete control of the game, slowed the tempo down and looked to knock the ball around in all areas of the pitch, and made it difficult for Alfreton to get hold of the game.

On the rare occasion that the home side got into the final third, it was always a yellow shirt in their face to make it hard to simple pass or even get a shot away, and that would have pleased the head coach, and his staff.

Hunter won his side a penalty 14 minutes into the second half, and it was up to Madden to take it from the 12-yard spot. He missed chances earlier on, but there was no doubt that he would find the back of the net from that range.

Sinnott scored for Alfreton with 20 minutes to go until the final whistle. The midfielder stepped up to take their free-kick from 25-yards out and the non-league side found a way back into the game, but was it enough?

Cairns made a massive save just moments after the goal to deny Peniket who found himself one on one with keeper, and with the on rushing Bateson, Ash Eastham made a fantastic block to clear his lines.

Alfreton had a ten minute spell in the match where they had a number of chances, and Chettle, who came on for the home side, couldn’t believe the room he had, however fluffed his lines when he had the goal staring at him! Huge let off.

With under ten minutes to go, the non-league side went for the second goal, however Town stood up strong and got a fourth themselves. Sub Ged Garner glanced home Ross Wallace’s cross to net his first goal for the club.

The Cod Army can now look forward to Monday’s second round draw, which takes place from 7:30pm.

Alfreton XI: Ramsbottom (GK), Clackstone, Riley, Shiels, Wilde, Johnson, Riley, Bateson, Hotte, Peniket, Sinnot, Clarke.

Subs not used: Platt, Nicholson, Bacon, Gowling, Chettle.

Town's Xl: Cairns (GK) Coyle (J. Wallace 60’), Holt, Eastham ©, Burns (Garner 65’), Bolger, Madden, Hunter (Dempsey 80’), R.Wallace, Husband, Sheron.

Subs not used: P. Jones (GK), Long, Taylor, Biggins

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Ticket News

Travel to Alfreton for just a fiver!

Offer for FA Cup tie exclusive to Onward Card holders

7 November 2018

Onward Card holders can travel to Alfreton Town for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup first round tie for only £5!

Coaches will be departing Highbury Stadium at 7:30am, costing Onward Card holders just £5. The price for Non Onward Card holders is £15.

The club have not receiving an allocation of tickets for this game, as all tickets must be purchased on the day.

The prices for the tickets are below:

Adults - £14

Concessions - £10

Under 16s - £2 (with a paying adult)

To purchase coach travel, or for any further information on this match, please contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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