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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Alfreton missing first-choice keeper

ALFRETON Town will be without first-choice goalkeeper Jon Stewart when Barrow AFC visit the Impact Arena.

The 23-year-old, who is on loan from Championship outfit Burnley, picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during the Reds’ 1-1 home draw against Cambridge United on Tuesday and will serve a one-game suspension tomorrow.

Stewart has been a regular since joining the Derbyshire club at the start of September, replacing the experienced Phil Barnes between the sticks.

Also missing through suspension for Alfreton tomorrow will be centre-half/midfielder Theo Streete, who was sent off deep into stoppage-time against Cambridge for a foul on Harrison Dunk, which resulted in the visitors grabbing a last-gasp equaliser from the penalty spot.

Reds’ striker Ben Tomlinson, who missed Tuesday’s game, will require a late test on a foot injury.

Alfreton, won 3-1 at Holker Street in August when recording their first win of the season. Dangerous top-scorer Paul Clayton, who has eight league goals this term, netted twice, with Tomlinson bagging the other.

Nicky Law’s side currently sit 18th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, six points and six places above Barrow.

Alfreton are, however, without a win in their last five games in all competitions. Their home league record reads two wins, five draws and three defeats.

The Bluebirds last visited the Impact Arena in September last year when they lost a controversial encounter 2-1.

Loan defender Haydn Hollis gave Barrow the lead, before defender Gavin Skelton was shown a harsh red card on 36 minutes.

The visitors bravely battled on with 10 men but conceded twice in the final 18 minutes, with the winning goal by James Ellison arriving in stoppage-time.

The Bluebirds have not won a match at Alfreton since September 1997 – seven visits ago – when two goals from Neil Morton and one from Lee Cooper earned Barrow a 3-0 win in their Unibond Premier League title-winning season.

FIXTURES

Tonight (7.45pm): Grimsby v Wrexham.

Tomorrow (3pm): AFC Telford v Luton, Cambridge Utd v Nuneaton, Ebbsfleet v Hereford, Gateshead v Stockport, Hyde v Mansfield, Kidderminster v Dartford, Macclesfield v Lincoln, Newport v Braintree, Tamworth v Southport, Woking v Forest Green.

TOP SCORERS

League goals only: 15 O’Connor (Newport); 14 Jevons (Hyde); 12 Barnes-Homer (Macclesfield), Cunnington (Tamworth); 11 Elliott (Cambridge Utd); 10 Bubb (Woking), Elder (Ebbsfleet), Fleetwood (Luton).

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