Reds seeking some home improvement during 'big month' in league campaign
ALFRETON Town are looking to improve their home form during a "big month" in their season – starting this weekend.
The Reds take on Woking at the Impact Arena tomorrow as they aim to pull clear of the Blue Square Bet Premier relegation zone.
Nicky Law's side are currently 17th in the table – five points above the drop zone.
Three wins in a row have propelled Woking up to 11th – four points better off than Alfreton, with a game in hand.
Law's men have only won three of their 13 league matches at home this term, drawing five and losing five.
"Our home form has not been as good as we'd like this season," said Reds assistant boss Russ O'Neill.
"We're not really sure why that is – but it's something we will be looking to put right.
"Woking are on a decent run that has shot them up the table, which just shows what we could do.
"A win this weekend would take us to within a point of them.
"There's not a great deal between any of the teams in this division.
"Nobody is running away with it at the top and nobody has been cut adrift at the bottom.
"Two or three wins can shoot you up the table, while two or three defeats can leave you looking over your shoulder.
"This is a big month for us – and Saturday is a big game."
Alfreton have six league games to play before the end of February.
They could be without midfielder Anton Brown for some of those after he picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's Derbyshire Senior Cup win at Mickleover Royals.
"We're waiting to find out the extent of the injury but it looks like being a couple of weeks minimum," said O'Neill.
Defender Adam Quinn is also a doubt for this weekend due to a calf strain but striker Ashley Worsfold is expected to recover from a twisted ankle.
Loan trio Louie Soares, Scott Boden and Steven Hewitt return to the squad, having been ineligible in midweek.
Soares has missed the last three games – two in the Senior Cup and one against parent club Grimsby Town, who beat the Reds 4-2 last Saturday.
"It's been a frustrating start to his loan period as he's not played much due to the weather and other factors," said O'Neill.
"But we're glad to have had him around the squad and he's looking to get going."