LAW DISAPPOINTMENT DESPITE BEST EVER FINISHING POSITION
Sunday Apr 27, 2014
TWO MORE RECORDS FOR REDS
Despite an eleventh-placed finish in the Skrill Premier table after returning to part-time status last summer, Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was disappointed after a final game 1-0 home defeat against Macclesfield Town.
“I thought first half we were good, came out second half and as usual stepped off” reflected Law.
“At the end of the day we have fallen short again and I don’t think we would have scored it we had played until next year. We were poor up front today, we didn’t have a cutting edge, we didn’t have a player who could hold it.
“I thought we were decent up to the front without hurting them.
“Scott Boden and Chris Holroyd were completely the opposite to us, good movement, good into feet and it enabled Macclesfield to go and play up front and we didn’t have that today.
“Give them (Macclesfield) credit, it’s got nil-nil written all over it and it’s a good goal. Mackreth has set it back and Boden’s made a great run and header and that’s what happens when you have got a bit of movement off the centre forward and you get the goal. That goal was the difference between the two teams (today).
“We didn’t have a threat and we didn’t really look like we were going to score.
"It's just so disappointing in the last eight or nine games. I really think we have been so close and it could have been so much better but it hasn't been."
Law took some comfort from the fact that his squad had achieved another two milestones with an eleventh-placed finish their highest ever in the non league pyramid and a highest ever points total in the Conference Premier division at the end of the campaign.
“Three points from 24 over the last eight games that’s relegation form, it’s not a brilliant finish to the season, but overall, if you are looking at it and you are measuring it on last year, it’s another improvement.
"But if you had gone back to the beginning of the season and someone had have said 'You will be comfortably in the league for another season with ease', you would have taken it."
Law said he had no concerns about carrying a losing hangover into the new season. “I wouldn’t have thought so. I don’t think there’s going to be a great deal of the players that are here, here next year, it will be a fresh bunch so no, hopefully not” he added.
Law also had sympathy for club chairman Wayne Bradley who now has the onerous task of planning for a fourth successive season in the Conference Premier.
“It comes to a point where, from his point of view it just gets to the point where he is flogging a dead horse. He is banging money in left, right and centre and all he gets is criticism.
“It comes to a point where suddenly he is going to say, ‘Over to you’ and I have read his programme notes and that is what he is saying, if someone wants it, come and take it.
“So I don’t think there are too many takers out there. There’s plenty of people out there criticising, but not many people who are going to come to the fore and take it on.”