PREVIEW: Reds searching for first away win of the season at Guiseley

Alfreton Town travel to Guiseley this weekend as the Reds look to climb into the play-offs of the national League north.

The Reds will be trying to pick up their first away win of the season, as well as winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.


The Opposition

Guiseley narrowly avoided relegation last season but have rebuilt this year and look to be a credible threat for promotion in this campaign.

The Lions are managed by former Alfreton interim manager and long-term assistant manager Russ O’ Neill alongside Marcus Bignot, with Alfreton legend Paul Clayton as their assistant.

Guiseley currently sit in second in the National League North, having won three games, drawn one and lost one.


Previous Meetings

The two sides have only met four times in their history, with Alfreton coming out the victors three out of four times, losing just once.

Both sides picked up 1-0 away wins against each other last season. The now former Red, Jordan Sinnott, scored the only goal in last season’s trip to Nethermoor Park.


One to Watch

The Lions striker Aaron Martin has been in impeccable form this season, leading the golden boot chase with seven goals from five games.

Martin joined Guiseley this summer following a stellar season with Brighouse Town, scoring 30 goals in 42 games with eleven assists in the Northern Premier League.


Team News

Danny East was left out last time against Bradford Park Avenue after picking up a knock against Altrincham but could be back for this weekend.

Billy Heath has not adjusted his line-up much throughout the season and is unlikely to change much again.


Heath’s Thoughts

Alfreton manager Billy Heath has asked for his players to not be intimidated by the start that Guiseley have had.

He said: “I’ve said to the players that we don’t need to fear anybody, we shouldn’t have lost the two games that we lost.

“We don’t feel inferior to anybody, we’ve got a good squad, a good spirit and a good work ethic and if you have that you’ll always have half a chance.”

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