LAW IS PLEASED BUT SOUNDS A WARNING
Wednesday Aug 21, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has expressed his delight at his side's best start to a Conference Premier season yet, but then warned that there is lots of hard work to come ahead of a huge Bank Holiday double header.
The Reds have picked up six points out of nine so far and Law is still aggrieved that it was not more after being denied an equaliser in the first game at Dartford.
"We have had a tough start but I think we have done well. In the first game, neither team were really at it but we were robbed of a point after a linesman wrongly chalked off a Paul Clayton goal for offside" said Law.
"We have watched it over and over again on dvd and it is not offside by any stretch. We should have had something there."
Kidderminster Harriers were the opposition for the second game last Tuesday and the Reds excelled with a 3-1 home win before edging home 3-2 at the Impact Arena against newly-promoted Salisbury City last Saturday.
"Kidderminster were a very, very good side and I will be surprised if they are not in the top two at the end of the season" reflected Law.
"I was really impressed with them, so for us to do what we did to them is another measure of where we are now at and where we have come to.
"All good sides are going to have periods of pressure in a game and it is then down to whether you stay in it or crumble. Against Kidderminster, we were resilient, strong and worked very hard for our reward" added Law.
Against newly-promoted Salisbury, Alfreton had to come from a goal behind but did so in style as latest signing, former Bristol City, Crawley Town and Portsmouth striker Job Ayo Akinde plundered a hat-trick.
Law explained: "We went into Saturday against a side who were a bit fragile and who came set up to not get beat. We went behind against run of play and were disappointed not to get back into it before half time.
"It was shades of Dartford again though. We were denied a clear penalty before we came out in difficult conditions for the second half and took a 3-1 lead. They scored late on and chucked everything at it, but again we were defensively strong and came through it.
"I certainly think I have assembled the best group of players this club has ever had, but at the end of the day we have done nothing yet."
This Saturday the Reds will be looking to end their Grimsby Town hoodoo when they travel to Blundell Park. The Mariners have won all four league games against the Reds over the past two seasons but have made a regimental start this time with one win, one draw and one defeat and Law feels his side will have no pressure on them.
The Reds boss explained: "Grimsby will be disappointed with their start. They will be looking for a first home win, but there is nothing on us. We are not expected to go there and get anything, and all of the expectancy is on them. Anything we get is a bonus, but we are confident that if we perform as we have done as a group in the previous games then we can do well, and I think we will get better as the games go on" ended Law.
Hereford United are the visitors to the Impact Arena on August Bank Holiday Monday for a 3pm kick-off before the Reds close out the month with a trip to big-spending Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 31st.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Grimsby Town on Saturday departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.