Alfreton Town vs AFC Fylde
Saturday 17th September, 2016, k/o 3pm
The Impact Arena
The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
AFC Fylde return to the Impact Arena for the second time in under a month for the start of the FA Cup campaign.
The Coasters ran out 5-3 winners in the league last month against Alfreton with top scorer Danny Rowe netting four goals in a fantastic display.
Dave Challinor’s side have enjoyed much success in the FA Cup of late reaching the First Round proper in three of the last four seasons.
Last term, victories over Stockport County (1-0), Coleshill Town (9-0) and Barrow (1-0) culminated in a glamorous First Round tie with League One giants Millwall.
The Coasters did themselves proud in the narrow 3-1 defeat, whilst former full-back Alex Whittle netted a famous goal at The Den.
This weekend’s game will be the first ever FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.
Alfreton Town also boast an impressive record in the competition, twice reaching the Second Round proper over the last eight years. The Reds haven’t been knocked out in the second qualifying round in the last six years.
Coasters boss Challinor said: “I don’t envisage there being wholesale changes. It’s just another game, but I think that we’ve got a competitive enough squad to compete on more than one front this season.
“We’ve done well in the FA Cup over recent years and we want to do that again. However, it’s not our main aim. We’ve got momentum on our side at the minute. We’re doing well and picking up results and the last thing that we want to do is affect that in any way.”
Sam Finley starts his three match suspension following his red card against FC United last weekend. Steve Williams should be fit to play after recovering from a slight knock. Brendon Daniels and Rhys Taylor are still a fortnight away from returning to action.
FA Cup fixtures:
Bridlington Town v Harrogate Town
Witton Albion v Stalybridge Celtic
Ashton Athletic v FC Halifax Town
Curzon Ashton v Consett
Altrincham v Gainsborough Trinity
Lancaster City v Darlington 1883
Alfreton Town v AFC Fylde
Bradford Park Avenue v Salford City
Dunston UTS v Chorley or Skelmersdale United
Stockport County v Hyde United
Billingham Synthonia or Ossett Town v FC United Of Manchester
Leicester Road or Kirby Muxloe v Boston United
Brackley Town v Rugby Town
Kidderminster Harriers v Tamworth
Nuneaton Town v Lincoln United
Worcester City v AFC Telford United
Salisbury v Gloucester City
Last result: Boston United 3-2 Alfreton Town
League position: 13th
AFC Fylde: W-W-D-W-W
Last result: FC United 2-3 AFC Fylde
League position: 1st
£12 for adult (aged 21 upwards)
£8 for senior citizen (aged 65 and over)
£2 for under-16s
Alfreton Town Football Club, The Impact Arena, North Street, Alfreton, Derbys, DE55 7FZ
From M1: Turn off at junction 28 onto the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two-miles then take the slip road onto the B600. Turn right at main road towards the town centre. After half-a-mile, immediately after Catholic Church on left, turn left into North Street. The ground is 150-yards down on the right.
Leaving the station approach, turn right on Mansfield Road and up the hill towards the town centre. Take the second turn left onto Prospect Street (post office on left corner, chip shop on right). Continue for full length of Prospect Street. At top, cross Nottingham Road on a light-controlled pedestrian crossing. Facing you is a Roman Catholic church, North Street goes down the right-hand side of the church. 150 yards down, the ground is on your right, set well back. Approx. walking time from station is 15 minutes.