PRAISE FOR MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT BRADLEY
Tuesday Sep 18, 2012
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has praised midfield man Dan Bradley for his excellent start to the season ahead of this Saturday's home game against his former club, Kidderminster Harriers.
An ex-Aston Villa and Tamworth player, Bradley moved to the Impact Arena in early July from the Harriers with the Reds paying an undisclosed fee under the Bosman rule for the 21-year-old.
Since the start of the season, Bradley has improved game-on-game and he has been named as the Reds' man-of-the-match for the last three consecutive Blue Square Bet Premier Division games.
He has also scored from the penalty spot in both of the last two games, one in the 3-0 home win over Luton Town, and a 90th minute point preserver in last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers.
Manager Law enthused: "We were interested in Dan in summer. He was the type of person we were looking for. He fits in with the way we are, but obviously we know he can play as well.
"I feel in his short time with us he has become a better player, his all-round understanding of the game is better now.
"His defensive duties have improved, and I don't mean that in a horrible way. It wasn't in his game. He is a very, very athletic, fit lad who wants to get forward and bomb about which was a problem when we lost the ball.
"We have spent a lot of time working on that side with him and he has taken that on board. I am not so sure there are many better central midfield players in this league than him.
"At the moment he is doing very, very well. But, he needs to continue to work hard at it. We don't want to take anything away from his game, we are trying to add to it. It is no good doing it over three or four games, he needs to do it over a season, and if he can, who knows where he can go?"
The draw at Forest Green last Saturday was no more than the Reds deserved as they had dominated the last hour of the game, being denied a victory by a super show from Rovers keeper Sam Russell.
Alfreton can extend their current unbeaten run to four games against Kidderminster on Saturday before they travel to face league new boys Hyde FC next Tuesday (7.45pm).
Manager Law should have striker Paul Clayton available again for selection after a groin strain kept him out of the game in Gloucestershire last weekend but central defender Darran Kempson will need a late decision on a tight calf which also saw him miss the Forest Green game.
ATFCSA transport to the game at Hyde next Tuesday departs at 5.15pm and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.