Friday, August 17, 2012
The Bulls travel to Derbyshire to face Alfreton Town on Saturday looking to get their first win on the road this season.
The two sides have met in only one season in recent times, facing each other in a pair of drab FA Cup ties in 2005. The Bulls eventually progressed on penalties after a goalless draw at Edgar Street and a 1-1 draw at what is now the Impact Arena. Among the Bulls line-up on that day was the unforgettable Mat Bailey, while Craig Mawson made a rare appearance to save two penalties in the shootout.
Alfreton ramped up admission prices in the summer in order to compete with the bigger clubs, but they attracted just half of last season's average gate to their debut home match of the season on Tuesday night. Nicky Law's men collected their first point of the season in dropping three leads during their draw with Southport, with striker Paul Clayton netting twice for the Reds. Martin Foyle has already called them the 'land of the giants' with 6ft 7in striker Tom Denton heading up a pack of 6ft plus footballers.
The Bulls travel to Derbyshire with a mini crisis up front. With Ryan Bowman not returning to full training until Monday, and Marlon Jackson banned for three matches, the Bulls are seeking reinforcements to bolster a forward like that has just two out and out forwards now available for what is likely to be a physical encounter. Foyle will be dependent on the chairman's goodwill to bring in further signings with former loanee Tristam Plummer reported to be in talks.
Alfreton Town vs Hereford United, Impact Arena, Saturday 18th August, 3.00pm.