Preview: v Alfreton Town 14/2/17

The busy schedule of games continues with the trip to Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Kevin Wilkin’s team will want to get back to winning ways after a disappointing run of league results including Saturday’s defeat at Tamworth.

Alfreton are not in great form either and sit currently in 16th place in the league with former assistant manager Russ O’Neill having taken the reins from the departing, long serving Nicky Law. The Reds have better home form than away. They are unbeaten in five at home (2 wins and 3 draws) but have just one win in six away fixtures.

The two sides have met just three times before with Alfreton enjoying the better of things. In August The Reds won 3-2 at SJP, Jimmy Armson scoring twice as Saints fought back from 0-3. Last season the home game was lost with captain Ryan Austin sent off and the away game drawn.

Another connection between the two clubs is Brackley stalwart central defender Luke Graham who played the 2014/15 season at Alfreton (http://www.00svrh.brackleytownfc.com/first-team/first-team-news/the-big-interview-luke-graham/).

Alfreton’s problems have not been up front where they have notched 52 goals but in defence where only Altrincham have conceded more. Last Saturday Stockport County were the visitors in a 1-1 draw in front of 993 spectators. The previous home game saw Worcester City draw goal-less.

O’Neill has moved to improve the defence signing 19 year old Jordan Richards on loan from Hartlepool. Richards has made 19 appearances for the League Two side and went straight into the Alfreton line-up at right back against Stockport.

Kevin Wilkin has brought former Brackley defender James Clifton back to SJP. Clifton was on the bench at Tamworth. Kynan Isaac has left SJP without making an appearance. Wilkin has said he expects to bring at least one new name to the club to strengthen the squad and provide more options. Shane Byrne’s red card at Tamworth will bring a ban but he is available for the trip to Alfreton.

If you cannot get to the game, follow the action on Twitter via the club website and on both BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Northampton with live bulletins.