LAW PRAISES WALKING WOUNDED
Tuesday Apr 9, 2013
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law praised his walking wounded after they took a massive step towards ensuring a third successive Conference Premier Division season with a 4-0 home win over Barrow on Tuesday evening.
The victory brought a long overdue first league ‘double' of the season and was achieved through adversity.
The Reds boss was already without left-back Connor Franklin - serving the last of a three-game suspension - before his options were hit by injuries to utility man Anton Brown (hamstring) and central defender Adam Quinn (achilles) which will rule both out for the remainder of the campaign.
Law's son Josh, himself coming back off injury last weekend, opted to join the fray, as did co-defender Jordan Rose who had limped out of last Saturday's 3-2 home defeat against Stockport County after turning his ankle.
"At the end of the day I am relieved to have got the win" said the Reds boss.
"Credit goes to the players who have put themselves forward in a major time of need. It is a time for every man to be counted and that's what they have done.
"Josh was 50/50 to play, and so, at best, was Jordan [Rose], but they have both gone out and performed really well" said Law.
Alfreton are now five points clear of the relegation places having already matched last season's total of 54 points with three games to go. They are within very close touching distance of total safety.
"I think if we get a point on Thursday that will possibly do us, but they are not safe yet either so it's going to be another tough game" added Law.
The Reds now have just three games left to make absolutely sure of their divisional status.
The Tamworth home game on Thursday is followed by the last away game of the campaign on Saturday at a Newport County side sat in the play-off places and probably still smarting from a 4-3 defeat in Derbyshire in front of the Premier Sports live TV cameras last November.
The final curtain comes down with a home game against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, April 20. Fans should note that it is a game which has a later than usual kick-off of 5.15pm.
The club will be making their annual awards presentations in the Reds Bar on the ground after the final game of the season at home to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, April 20.
Presentations will be made to the Supporters', Manager's and Players' Player of the Season.
ATFC Supporters' Association members will also be holding their annual presentation after the official club awards at the end of the Forest Green game, with the infamous ‘Alf' awards being made.
The association will be providing a large BBQ for members attending and music for entertainment well into the night.