LAW LOOKING FOR MORE DEFENSIVE COVER
Wednesday Mar 21, 2012
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law is facing a race against time to try and bolster his injury-hit defence for the final run-in.
With another big home game coming up against Cambridge United on Saturday, the Reds boss is already without Adam Quinn whose calf injury will keep him sidelined for another two to three weeks.
Seamus Conneely, on loan from Sheffield United, who has done very well in his first two games, missed the Mansfield Town game on Tuesday due to illness which beset him just before the game.
And then captain Darran Kempson, who has been outstanding in Alfreton's climb away from the relegation places, also damaged a calf on Tuesday night.
The final emergency loan deadline is on Thursday of this week and the Reds boss admitted he would be trying to bring at least one more defender in.
In front of a best league gate for 48 years of 3,354 the fans were treated to a rousing first half which yielded seven goals, Alfreton going in 4-3 down at the break.
The Reds were in contention for the points right up until the 89th minute when the visitors got a fortunate fifth goal, the sixth came four minutes into added time.
Manager Nicky Law didn't believe there were three goals between the sides.
"If I think I am honest I don't think it was a 6-3 game." he said.
"We showed signs of our early season frailty [at the back] first half.
"We made the change at half-time time, we had to do that, but every time we went forward it looked like we were going to score and every time they went forward they looked like they were going to score, but we have conceded some poor goals, some real, real poor goals, they have not earned them.
"The long throw was a continual torment for us. It is a real weapon and they put it in there and to be fair, give Mansfield credit, they have got a game plan and they play it.
"It is almost like a rugby game, they are playing for for 20 or 30 yards all the time. Geohaghon throws it in and they get on the end of it.
"We didn't deal with it first half, the long throw, and we gave some poor goals away.
"We showed in spells when we got the ball and put it into the right areas, we can do it, but we have got too many players that, for me, go away from the game plan.
"We have to find a way to play. We have done it in the last four games but we haven't done it today and we lose a game of football."
Fortunately, results elsewhere in midweek saw Alfreton maintain their five point cushion from the relegation places. They are nine points clear of the 22nd and 23rd-placed teams.
After this Saturday's game against mid-table Cambridge, the Reds have two away games. Next Tuesday sees a trip to Ebbsfleet United and the following Saturday brings another long trip, this time to Braintree Town in Essex.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport will depart at 2.45pm to Ebbsfleet and at 8.45am to Braintree.
Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.