Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Alfreton Town in National League North…
By Matty Paddock - 19/11/2021
Posted 1 week ago
AFTER something of a residency at Aggborough the last month, Harriers head back out on the road to Alfreton Town on Saturday.
With the exception of a hard-fought point at Chorley, the Reds have played all their football at Aggborough recently.
In League and Cup they’ve managed wins against Bradford, Spennymoor, Grimsby and AFC Telford to put a spring right back in their step and bring them back to form.
This form will be tested to the fullest at the weekend, though, as the team journey to the Impact Arena to face Billy Heath’s Alfreton who’ve enjoyed their own fine start to the term.
Though they were narrowly edged out in a defeat to Gateshead last time out, they’ve packed in plenty of wins this season and sit just outside the play-off places with games in hand on teams above them.
Boss Russ Penn before Harriers v Alfreton – 20/11/21
The size of the task in hand wasn’t lost on boss Russ Penn, who revealed his admiration for his opposite number Billy Heath, saying: “We’re going up against a tough Alfreton side who are just outside the play-offs and mixing it… I’ve spoken to a lot of managers about them this season and they’re a tough side to play against.
“They know what they are and I respect Billy Heath massively… he has done well with the resources he’s had.
“He’s very well respected, he was a tough player back in the day and I think he’s moulded that into the players he’s got now and he recruits well because he knows the level.
“But, as I’ve always said, as good as the opposition are, we’re good as well and it is about us first and foremost.”
Alfreton v Harriers from the Archives – 3-3 in 2018
Barring his longer-term injury absentees, Penn is hopeful of heading to Alfreton with a full squad at his disposal.
There was even brighter news on the injury front, too, with Joe Foulkes expected to be back in and around the group with Harriers in the coming week or so.
The youngster, on loan from Walsall, has made great strides in his recovery from injury and, it’s hoped, will be in contention for selection soon.
Kick-off at Alfreton on Saturday is at 3:00pm.
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