ALFRETON PREVIEWS / FANS CAN PAY ON THE GATE
Pay on the day at Alfreton
mansfieldtown.net, 14:10 31st December 2012
Alfreton Town have informed us that, due to late demand, a cash turnstile will be in operation for supporters who wish to attend our New Year's Day clash at the Impact Arena (kick-off 1.00pm).
Stags' fans arriving in Alfreton without a pre-purchased ticket are asked to head to the Alma Street turnstiles, where a clearly-signed 'Cash Only' turnstile will be in use from 11.30am.
Prices have been set at £18 Adults and £12 Concessions (Senior Citizens and Under 16's).
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that the late de-categorisation of this fixture may have caused
PAYMENT CAN BE MADE AT THE GATE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
Monday Dec 31, 2012
Due to a late demand for tickets for the New year's Day match with Mansfield Town, Alfreton Town Football Club has decided to provide one turnstile at either end of the ground for supporters to pay on the day.
Mansfield supporters will only be allowed entrance at the Alma Street end and home supporters at the North Street end of the ground.
This decision has been made primarily as Mansfield Town FC did not open their ticket office on New Year's Eve and many of their supporters were unable to obtain tickets.
However, many Alfreton Town supporters also left it too late - the ticket office closed at 1pm today - and ATFC didn't want to disappoint anyone who wanted to come.
The pay-on-the day turnstiles will be open at 11.30am onwards.
Admission is £18 for adults and £12 for concessions - U16s, Over-65s and students upon provision of a student card
Boss Cox believes backlog could be a boon for Stags as rain washes out Grimsby game
chad.co.uk Saturday 29 December 2012
MANSFIELD Town's backlog of games grew larger today with the postponement of the visit of Grimsby Town due to a waterlogged pitch.
But manager Paul Cox said that, if his players are winning games, playing Saturday and Tuesday every week could yet be a boon.
He said: “We are getting a massive backlog of games to be played. But sometimes that can be a positive.
“We did that at Eastwood a couple of years back and did well. Sometimes these boys prefer playing games, as long as we don't get a spate of injuries as our squad is not as big as it probably should be at the moment.”
Cox was left a disappointed man today as the Stags wanted to get the Boxing Day 2-1 home defeat by Alfreton Town out of their system quickly.
“On Friday we thought the game was in doubt,” said Cox. “But there were strong overnight winds and no more rain, so when I left my house this morning for the pitch inspection I was quite optimistic about us playing.
“But the water is just not draining away. If you throw a ball up it just won't bounce. The forecast for later was torrential rain so there was little option.
“All we can do now is hope for New Year's Day but the forecast isn't brilliant. The newspaper front page this morning said New Year is set to be a wash-out and beyond so you start to worry about the Liverpool game too.
“I just have to try to keep the lads switched on and get rid of some of that rustiness we showed on Boxing Day which was our first game for a while.
“We can run as much as we want, but it is nothing like playing a competitive game. Against Alfreton I thought we looked fit but lacked that sharpness you can only get from playing.
“This happened the same time last year when we had two or three weeks off and then went to Newport and were awful.
“I have started ringing round clubs this morning and asking them if they want to play some competitive games on plastic pitches over the next couple of weeks to try to get us sharp.
“Playing against each other when Hyde was off last week did us no good really. We need it to be more competitive without any silly tackling.”
Now the Stags ground staff face a race against time and the elements to get the pitch ready for the Liverpool visit on 6th January.
“The pitch did take a lot of stick against Alfreton on Boxing Day and it is hard for it to recover with all the rain,” said Cox.
“The assessor in the stand said to me he was surprised the game actually finished as the ball wasn't moving in some places.
“Players like Louis Briscoe and Lindon Meikle just couldn't run with it.
“We want to have a full squad, all looking sharp, and a decent surface for the Liverpool game. We want to be be able to give the best account of ourselves that we can in front of a worldwide TV audience.”
Cox added: “We are still in a fabulous position for success in the league and we also have the big cup game coming up. So we have got make sure we are geared up and sharp.”
ALFRETON TOWN v MANSFIELD TOWN PREVIEW
Monday Dec 31, 2012
NEW YEAR'S DAY, 1pm - THIS IS AN ALL-TICKET MATCH
Alfreton Town begin 2013 with a home local derby at the Impact Arena against Mansfield Town on New Year's Day.
Reds boss Nicky Law is without Leigh Franks who will be serving a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth caution of the season on Boxing Day.
There are also doubts over central defender and captain Darran Kempson who has a slight hamstring strain and left-back Connor Franklin who has been ill over Christmas.
However, Law welcomes back both Theo Streete and Jon Stewart from one-game suspensions as the Reds begin a run of three big home league games in a week with Dartford visiting on Saturday and Wrexham next Tuesday.
Thanks to waterlogged pitches, neither side has played since the Boxing Day game at the One Call Stadium which the Reds won 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Clayton and Ben Tomlinson after the hosts had taken the lead through John Dempster.
On the road in the league this season, Paul Cox's Stags side have won two, drawn two and lost five of their nine games played so far, scoring 13 and conceding 22.
The wins have come at Kidderminster Harriers (3-2) back in August and at Macclesfield Town (3-0) on November 20th. Points were shared in draws at AFC Telford United (2-2) and Nuneaton Town (1-1).
Defeats have been tasted at Gateshead (1-4), Grimsby Town (1-4), Ebbsfleet United (1-3), Cambridge United (1-4) and Dartford (0-2).
It is also a huge week for Mansfield who are bound to have at least one eye on their massive FA Cup third round home game with Liverpool next Sunday.
The New Year's Day game is an ALL TICKET fixture with segregation in place and visiting supporters should enter the Impact Arena stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the ground only.
All supporters should note that the game kicks off at the earlier than usual time of 1pm and fans are advised to arrive in plenty of time for the game which is likely to attract the biggest home attendance of the season so far.
Fans who are unable to attend the game can keep up to date with our live Twitter feeds: @alfretontownfc
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