Semple warns Alfreton that title is no done deal

Ryan Semple
Ryan Semple

RYAN Semple has warned Blue Square Bet North title favourites Alfreton Town their quest to win promotion is far from a done deal.

The Reds arrive at York Street in an all-important league match tonight (KO 7.45pm).

A quick glance at the standings shows Alfreton currently have their own destiny firmly in their own hands, as they sit one point behind leaders Nuneaton, and with a staggering seven games in hand.

But Semple is hoping to put a spanner in the works as he aims for a repeat of United’s 1-0 victory at the Impact Arena in September.

“There’s a long, long way left to go this season,” he told The Standard.

“Alfreton are in the driving seat but, they’ve still got to win their games.

“We’ve still got them to play and its not straightforward that they’ll just win every game ahead of them.

“Hopefully, we can do our bit.

“We beat them before, so they’re going to want to come here and get one over us.

“But we’ll be wanting to show them what we can do as well. It’ll be a tough game for both sides.”

Danny Sleath’s second-half strike proved the difference when United beat the Reds earlier this season.

However, only two sides have beaten Alfreton in the league so far this campaign, the other being AFC Telford.

While Semple is preparing for Tuesday’s contest, he also knows he has another battle closer to home – keeping his starting place.

With tough competition on the wing from Jamie Yates, loanees Grant Darley and Jamie Green and also even Marc Newsham, Semple knows no place is safe.

However, he welcomes the competition for places as something that can help the club.

He added: “I’ve been happy with my form and played more than than 20 games so can’t complain.

“I’ve been starting most weeks, however, I know it’s a strong squad here.

“The new lads have come in and done well so if any of us gets a chance we have to take it.

“We all want to do well, and want to play as many games as possible.

“If it’s a question of coming on from bench then I’ve got to make sure I can still make an impact.

“I’m happy either way.”