Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law admitted his side had been comprehensively beaten in a 6-0 pre-season home defeat by impressive League One visitors Walsall on Tuesday evening.

But the Reds boss then thanked his lucky stars his side won’t have to face that sort of quality of opposition every week in the league.

After very good performances in their first two outings, the Reds came back down to earth as they were given a lesson in movement and finishing.

“Thankfully we won't have to face that sort of quality each week in the league season” said Law.

“To be fair, if I am honest, in the first half they had a lot of possession and a lot of movement but we coped with it quite well despite not threatening much.

“Our first half was positive, as were the first 15 minutes of the second half from our point of view. The last half-an-hour they put us to the sword.

“Two poor goals conceded in the first half saw us chasing, but huge credit to Walsall, they have given us a real lesson in how to keep the ball, move it, pass it, movement off it and some clinical finishing thanks to some great play in the top third of the pitch” added the Reds manager.

“At the end of the day we are not going to play that calibre of opposition each week in the league. We are not going to let it kill us, we pick ourselves up and go again on Friday” ended Law.

Next up for Nicky Law’s side is a short trip to take on Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Matlock Town on Friday evening. Kick-off at Causeway Lane is 7.30pm

Next Monday sees recently-installed Sheffield United manager David Weir bring a very strong Blades XI including numerous first team squad members to the Impact Arena. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

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