Sunday Feb 15, 2015

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law explained his disappointment at seeing his side's two-game unbeaten Vanarama Conference run ended by a 2-1 defeat at Braintree Town on Saturday.

"l was personally disappointed to have lost the game - l think that in the last two games we did well to take four points, and before the game l spoke about the importance of now going to build on that and not give it up" said Law.

"We got to the point that if we won today we'd go out of the bottom four with Aldershot and Welling playing each other, but it wasn't to be and if l'm honest l think they were probably more able today in playing the pitch and the situation and a few of our players got a bit non-League today.

"That said there wasn't a great deal in the two teams - l just think they stripped it back and were a little bit more basic, we were trying to be a little bit too clever at times when the pitch just didn't suit that and all of a sudden it's taken us to go behind to find a little bit of an injection of enthusiasm, which was disappointing, whether that was tiredness or maybe a big call in the last two games - two heavy pitches at home.

"Disappointed to have lost the game, but we probably didn't really deserve to get anything out of the game. For the first 20 minutes we didn't dominate the first ball up - l think we were second best at centre-half - l thought Davis and Paine got on top of Bradley and Wood, whereas in the previous two games the two central midfielders had been brilliant for us - been the difference for us, but today it wasn't to be.

"Now whether that's two games on a very, very heavy pitch that we've had at home l don't know - maybe l'm looking for excuses - whether maybe just Paine and Davis, two old campaigners, got on top of the two younger ones."

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