REDS FACING A TRIP INTO THE UNKNOWN
Wednesday Aug 10, 2011
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law admits his side will make their bow at non league's top table with a trip into the unknown.
Last season's Blue Square Bet North champions kick-off the Blue Square Bet Premier Division season with a trip to face Hayes & Yeading United, a side hardly anything is known about.
Law commented: "I have always said it is not about what the opposition do, it is what we do. Yes, we will have to have a different mindset this season. We have had a couple of seasons of win, win, win, but that is certainly not going to be the case this time and we have to be prepared for it.
"To give ourselves the best chance of picking up points, we will need every single player doing the things we are good at. That doesn't guarantee you results, but we know what we are about and if we stick to doing those things, we increase our chances of being successful.
"It is probably going to be the case with the majority of teams we face in the first few months, particularly the southern-based ones.
"We have played Southport and Kettering in recent times, and Cambridge United and Mansfield last season, but teams change so much each year now.
"We will have opposing teams watched two or three times when things settle down and circumstances dictate we can.
"Having said that , it is not going to be much different to last season where we also had to contend with a few unknown quantities.
"Hayes & Yeading finished 16th last season and took points off of the majority of the top half of the table sides which shows they are more than capable and we will need to be on our guard."