Reds will discover potential third round opponents ahead of Orient FA Cup clash
ALFRETON Town are guaranteed to be in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup for the first time this weekend.
Teams from the Premier League and the Championship will enter the famous competition when the draw is made at 2.40pm on Sunday.
This is 35 minutes before Alfreton, from the Blue Square Bet Premier, begin their second round tie at home to League One side Leyton Orient (3.15pm).
As a result, the two teams are likely to run out at the Impact Arena knowing who awaits the winners.
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"The draw takes place about half an hour before kick-off and that's a dilemma we will have to deal with," said Reds chairman Wayne Bradley.
"There's no way we can keep it from the players, as I'm sure all the crowd will know, so everyone will go on to that pitch knowing who the winners will play.
"If we get drawn away to Manchester United, I don't think my nerves would be able to take it!
"At the other end of the scale, we know there will be at least one lower-ranked team in the third round, as Hastings and Harrogate play each other, so if we got one of those, then we would even be dreaming about the fourth round.
"But the important thing is that the players remain focused on the job in hand and that's something I've spoken to the manager (Nicky Law) about."
The only previous time Alfreton got to this stage, four years ago, they were beaten 4-0 at Scunthorpe United.
Last season, in the first round, they lost by the same scoreline at home to another League One side, Carlisle United.
"When we played Scunthorpe, they were riding high at the top of League One at the time and went on to claim a spot in the Championship at the end of the season," said Bradley.
"So that was the toughest draw we could have had.
"This time, we have been favoured with a home draw but the opposition is just as tough.
"Orient are a team who are performing very well at the moment and for us to win, they will have to be below par, while we will need to be at the top of our game."
While Alfreton are 12th in non-league's top flight, Orient are 13th in League One.
The London club, managed by Russell Slade, are in good form, having won their last five games, scoring 13 goals in the process.
They will be without left-back Gary Sawyer, who is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in last week's 2-0 win over Preston North End.
Defender Leigh Franks could return for Alfreton after missing the FA Trophy defeat to Kidderminster Harriers with an ankle problem but fellow centre-back Ross Killock is expected to miss out again due to a facial injury which required dental surgery.
The loss of Killock has been offset by the return to action of Darran Kempson at the heart of the defence after five matches out.
Sunday's game is being televised live on ESPN – coming less than a month after the Reds' live TV debut at home to Newport County.
"Funnily enough, the Newport game served us well, because it turned out to be something of a dress rehearsal for this," Bradley added.
"We're delighted to be attracting such attention."
For those attending the game, admission is £18 for adults and £12 for concessions, with "early bird" tickets available today and tomorrow for £16 and £11.
ALFRETON have been allocated ball number 52 for the third round draw.
Derby County will be number 15, with Burton Albion 49, if they avoid defeat at Crewe Alexandra tomorrow.