Tuesday Jan 8, 2013

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was left cursing his side's lack of a killer instinct after seeing them go down 2-1 at home to title chasers Wrexham in Blue Square Bet Premier Division action on Tuesday evening.
The Reds had come from a goal down to equalise through a superb ten-yard Ben Tomlinson strike and looked set to go on and gain all three points when the visitors were reduced to ten men in the 49th minute, Danny Wright being sent off for a second cautionable offence.
However, after one great chance to take the lead was spurned minutes after the dismissal, Law's side then struggled to break down a hard-working Wrexham side who  broke to snatch all three points through a superb individual goal from Joe Clarke on 75 minutes.
The Reds boss explained: "I think we started off the better team then they came back into it and got a poor goal from our perspective.
"Then again we came back into it and got a good goal and you think you are going to go on and win it.
"They get a man sent off, which is not always a good thing, but when they did, we were just void of any ideas, void of anyone to go and make something happen.
"Nathan Arnold has had a glorious opportunity to put us 2-1 up but it doesn't go in and that just gives them a little bit more belief.
"We have gone from back to front too long. We have tried to get people wide and get pushed on and they haven't done that. Call it what you want, lack of belief, lack of skill, lack of killer instinct, whatever you want, but that is what we have shown tonight.
"Yes it was against a side who have just gone on to 50 points and top of the table, and  for me there was nothing between the two teams. But, they have ground it out and we haven't. That's why we have got a little bit of a weakness."

With the January transfer window now well and truly open, Law is hopeful of adding to the already secured extended loan deals of central defender Ross Killock from Leeds United and midfield man Matty Harriott from Sheffield United before this Saturday's game at Hereford United.
He added: "We are hopeful, but whether it does happen or not is another matter. The January market is a difficult one and we perhaps need to take our time and make sure we get it right. Whoever we bring in has got to be better than we already have."

This Saturday the Reds end a run of three successive home league games when they travel to eleventh-placed Hereford United who comfortably won the first game of the season between the sides 3-0 at the Impact Arena on Saturday, August 18.
Kick-off is 3pm and ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs at 9am . Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.

Next Tuesday, Alfreton begin their 2012/13 season Derbyshire Senior Cup campaign with a third round home tie against Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Buxton.
Kick-off at the Impact Arena is 7.45pm and admission for this fixture has been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (O65, U16s and students upon production of a student card).
The winners of the tie will travel to face Mickleover Royals in the quarter finals on Tuesday, January 22, at the Raygar Stadium (formerly Mickleover Sports Ground), on Station Road, Mickleover, DE3 9FE (7.45pm).
The Royals are currently seventh our of 17 teams in the Central Midlands Football League Premier Division South table.

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