LAW WARNS OF HYDE 'BANANA SKIN'
Wednesday Nov 20, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law is urging his side to take their excellent home form on the road with them as they face two very different challenges in four days.
The Reds recorded a deserved 3-1 home win last Saturday over a Braintree Town side who had previously held the best away record in the league.
That success made it eight wins and a draw from ten home league games.
This Saturday, Alfreton travel to face bottom of the table Hyde FC and they then go to Nuneaton next Tuesday, just four days before the Warwickshire side travel to Derbyshire to contest an FA Trophy first round tie at the Impact Arena.
The Tameside club Hyde are yet to win a league game this season but have shown improved form of late despite more defeats.
Indeed, last Saturday they opened up a two-goal lead at Woking before falling to a late 3-2 defeat.
And Law is mindful of the fact that the Reds could pick up an unwanted record by becoming the first side to taste defeat against the Tigers this season should Alfreton's travel sickness continue.
"It's the same old (story), someone is going to go there and they are going to win one game this season aren't they!" said Law.
"As a manager, you are thinking well, it's going to be against me, and I will be honest, I am thinking that.
"But you know, not if we go and perform like we did against Braintree, (there will be) no worries.
"Whether it's the first ten minutes of the second half (against Braintree) Alfreton that turns up, or it's the one that played (well) for 80 minutes, and if it's the one that plays for 80 minutes, then I have no worries.
"I am conscious of it, but it doesn't worry me. At the end of the day, we have just got to concentrate on ourselves and if we do that we will be fine" ended Law.
For the Hyde game, manager Law will require fitness tests on Nick Fenton, Dan Bradley (hamstring) and Bradley Wood (calf), the latter two unfortunately having to pull out of the England C squad to face Czechoslovakia on Tuesday evening after picking up injuries last weekend.
Fenton missed the win over Braintree after picking up a calf strain in the pre-match warm up.
Next Tuesday the Reds go to Nuneaton for a first meeting of the season between the sides. The Warwickshire side had a barnstorming start to the season and despite a recent run of no wins in nine games, they bounced back to form last Saturday with a 2-1win at Welling United and are still only one point outside of the play-off places.
ATFC Supporters Association transport departs at 10am to Hyde and at 5.30pm for the game at Nuneaton Town next Tuesday.
Seats for both games can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.