Wednesday Oct 9, 2013

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law described  himself as 'massively disappointed' after seeing his side lose their ten-game unbeaten run at the Impact Arena and picked up two more injuries on Tuesday night.

The Reds boss saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat against a hard-working Chester side who are still in the bottom four despite the victory.

It was a first home defeat in just over six months for Law's side, Stockport County being the last team to win at the Impact Arena back on April 6, 2013.

Just four days after coming from behind to triumph 3-2 over adversity at home against big-spenders Forest Green Rovers, Alfreton could not follow up their endeavours.

"I felt for the first 30 minutes they (Chester) came with a plan, they got plenty of people behind the ball, slowed the game down and we enabled them to do that" reflected Law.
"I think we looked the better of the two sides for 30 minutes, looked the more likely to score, didn't score, and then for some reason, tried to change the plan.

"And then we have conceded a poor goal. We switched off from a free kick, we have got five or six bodies in the box, two or three of them are not picking up, (it's a) poor, poor goal to give away.

"And then we find ourselves on the back foot. Give them credit, they have come here, battled hard, dominated midfield and we have not been good enough in possession and in key areas. We have not put them under pressure without the ball and that is the top and bottom of it really, we have not been good enough and I am just massively disappointed.

 "I am looking for players to be brave and go and get on the ball and we didn't do that. We now need to learn from that and kick on. We have got to bounce back from tonight and that's what we will look to do" added the Reds boss.

Law went into Tuesday's game without  suspended central defender Nick Fenton who began a three-match ban, and injured duo Chris Westwood and Paul Clayton, the latter exiting last Saturday's game against Forest Green Rovers after just 30 seconds due to an ankle injury which now looks likely to keep him out for up to a month.

The Reds boss then saw striker Daniel Wishart, who scored twice again Forest Green, and central defender Michael Wylde have to come off against Chester with hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

Law admitted he is going to have to try and bolster his numerically challenged squad before back-to-back away trips to Gateshead and Aldershot Town over the next two weekends.

He explained: "We have picked up another couple of injuries to Wishart and Wyldy and we really are (down to the) bare bones, I think we are down to 13 (players) now and it looks like we may have to do something (about reinforcements) this week" ended the Reds boss.

Alfreton are back in action on Saturday when they travel to the north east to take on in-form Gateshead. ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs 9am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.

There is no midweek game next week, but Monday sees the draw for the fourth qualifying round of this season's FA Cup, the tie to be played on Saturday, October 26th.

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