LAW SLAMS ERRORS AND DEMANDS RESPONSE
Friday May 13, 2011
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law slammed his defence for three errors which cost his side victory at Boston United on Tuesday night.
The Reds could have taken over at the top of the table with a victory and looked set to do so after going in at half-time 2-0 up.
However, three goals were shipped in the second half, to condemn Law's side to only a second away defeat of the season.
He reflected: "We did well in the first half and we were never in doubt. We went 2-0 up, had a stone wall penalty turned down and a goal disallowed.
"We knew we just had to go out and defend properly in the second half but within five minutes we had conceded a really poor goal.
"We didn't close space down and didn't stop the cross coming in. One of our centre backs gets out-muscled and the ball goes in from a ridiculous angle.
"The second goal we conceded was like something out of Billy Smart's Circus with mistakes all over the place.
"We went from being thoroughly in control to gifting the game away. We haven't lost it, we have given it away. We have self-inflicted, committed suicide.
"There were three basic, calamitous errors you wouldn't expect to see on a Sunday morning pitch let alone at our level. You can't make mistakes like we made and expect to win.
"But, we have now not got to let it affect us. It's not good, but it's not a disaster. We have just got to bounce back and the players have got to take responsibility.
"What's done is done. We have now got to put it right. "
Anton Brown chalked up his 200th appearance for Alfreton Town in the defeat at Boston United in midweek and celebrated it by heading the Reds in front on 20 minutes.
The Boston game was a first of six matches in 15 days for Alfreton and the next two are very difficult fixtures. This Saturday the Reds go to eighth-placed Droylsden where they have never ever won in the league.
Next Tuesday sees a first game of the season against play-off chasing Guiseley who are currently sixth.
Striker Liam Hearn hit his 21st goal of the season to put the Reds 2-0 up at Boston before he was pulled off on 57 minutes with a hamstring twinge.
Last Saturday the Reds smashed Corby Town 6-0 at the Impact Arena with goals from Matt Wilson, Liam Hearn (2), Daryl Clare, Paul Clayton and Nathan Arnold.
Manager Law followed that up by signing another striker with former Barnsley and Grimsby Town hit man Nathan Jarman joining for an undisclosed fee from Corby.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Droylsden departs at 10.15am and at 5pm to Guiseley. Seats for either game can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.
Results for Tuesday, March 15
Boston United 3, ALFRETON TOWN 2 (1,503)
Guiseley 2, Workington 2
Nuneaton Town 0, Gloucester City 0
Redditch United 1, Droylsden 3