Sunday Oct 13, 2013

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was left to ponder what might have been had one or two decisions gone his beleaguered side's way during the 3-0 defeat at Gateshead.

He reflected: "There were some big decisions during the course of the game. The referee's got it drastically wrong - the lad's brought him [John Akinde] down, but he's not given it [the penalty] because he knows he's got to send him off - and it changed the game.
"We go behind then we go down to ten men which makes it even harder - we'd only got 13 players and l thought our lads did well - for an hour we were more than comfortable.

Law also regarded McGrath's two yellows as "Soft, the referee is giving cautions for one side and not the other - it's not sour grapes, but if you are going to do it, do it consistently and do it fairly.
"We were disappointed with the first two goals we've conceded but l don't want to be too critical if l'm honest - we've come up here with players like Darran Kempson making his first start of the season - Bradley Wood playing with a broken toe - Danny Meadows is a midfielder playing at right-back.
"We knew we were up against it with the amount of injuries we've picked up in the last few games - Jake Speight's come in and l thought he worked hard and looked a threat, and for an hour the game's pretty even until the ref makes a big decision."

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