Alfreton Town vs York City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, scheduled line-ups, team news and who to watch
Town of Alfreton are at the top of the form table in National League North, and although they have little chance of promotion with six games to go, they are doing their best.
Billy HeathThe Reds have had a rocky start to this campaign, but things are starting to come to a head, with his side forming a roadblock against five playoff hopefuls, and another to come, in York.
Speaking of The Minstermen, a crucial win over Town of Spennymoor kept them in contention for the playoffs, after failing to win one of the last three. A late header from a new man Maziar Kouhyar sealed all three points and kept City above the Brewers.
York will travel to Alfreton for the first time under John Askey, and visit the Impact Arena, hoping to continue their good form in Derbyshire. They have a 100% rate when they travel to Alfreton, winning in all four games.
Alfreton, with one of the smallest teams in the league, are hardly affected by injury problems at this stage of the season. Monday’s starting XI should be a replica of the line-up from the win over Chorleyexpect a possible comeback for the full-back Dwayne Wiley.
York City are also one of the teams almost unaffected by injuries, with only two players expected to be sidelined.
young defender Josh King recently returned to training with the first team which is very good news after his long stint with a broken leg. Not being fully fit, it’s relatively unlikely King will be included in Matchday 16.
Michael Woods is the other doubt for this away fixture, with the experienced midfielder limited to just 13 appearances this season, due to recurring injuries. Still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, the manager John Askey expressed sympathy for Woods and called him “soul destroying”.
Town of Alfreton: Willis, Clackstone, Wiley, Branson, Sutton, Smith, Ceesay, Lund, Rhead, Southwell, Hobson
York: Jameson, Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown, Barrow, Wright, Hancox, Dyson, Kouhyar, Willoughby, Donaldson
Bailey Hobson is Alfreton’s star man by a whole country mile, aged just 19 and has already scored 10 goals from midfield. The exciting prospect has played 2,749 minutes of football in Northern National League this season, more than any other player his age!
Hobson doesn’t just score in the league, he also enjoys participating in the FA Trophy also, score a hat trick to kick his compatriot on the national north side Leamington standout. With a fantastic first touch and a determination to run against defenders, the young midfielder will be looking to continue Alfreton’s fine form as they take on York City.
Mitch Hancox could well be ready to return to his incredible goalscoring form after a goal against Chorley picked up an important point last Tuesday.
The experienced midfielder is a star in the eyes of manager John Askey and at one point during his loan spell at York he recorded an incredible eight goals in just five games. After being recently ruled out through illness, City fans are now hoping Hancox can remain a key part of the Minstermen’s playoff battle.
What the managers said
Town of Alfreton manager Billy Heath spoke to club media after his side’s 2-1 win over Chorley, but he was unhappy with the refereeing decisions and hopes Monday’s game will be overlooked much better.
“Let’s hope that on Monday, first and foremost, we get what we deserve on the decisions that happen.”
Heath wants his players to approach this huge game under the right manager, where three points would turn the Reds’ season around and take them perhaps just four points out of the playoffs.
“What we have to do is make sure we recover. We get the team together, we see who’s fit, we see who’s not fit, and just try to make the right call.”
“We can’t be passive, we have to keep getting serious about it.”
assistant manager of york James Kingsley was also sent to speak to the media ahead of the Alfreton game on Easter Monday.
James clarified that 37 years Matt Rhead will always be a threat and will not make it easy for City:
“When Matt Rhead is in any team, it’s going to be a tough match, because he’s very strong, very smart.”
“A tough game, a direct game and they’ll put in long throw-ins and put us under pressure and we just have to resist that and do what we do in possession.”
John Askey’s assistant also explained how much harder it can be to play against a team that has nothing to gain or lose:
“I think when the pressure is off a lot of players come out and play, they really don’t think about anything, don’t worry about making mistakes. I think Alfreton are going to play the same way they always do. “
The City of York ended 2021 on a high, beating Town of Alfreton 1-0 at LNER Community Stadium back in December.
It only took one goal to win it, and Paddy McLaughlin won his second of the season, finishing off a brilliant York counterattack on the hour mark.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door at the following prices:
Adults: £15 (all under 16s accompanied by a paying adult are free)
Reduced rate (over 65): £10
12-15 years: £3
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult to enter
Other than watching the match live at the Impact Arena, there will be no live streaming, but commentary is available on the BBC. Radio York.
Kick off is at 15:00 GMT.
Both clubs and Jorvik Radio will provide live updates through their social media channels.