THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS
Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has been left cursing a week of extreme misfortune which has blown a hole in his immediate plans and forthcoming preparations for the season for the Reds.
Within the space of eight days Law has seen his side come from behind to beat highly-fancied Forest Green Rovers, lose their unbeaten home record against lowly Chester in a 1-0 defeat and go down to their heaviest defeat of the season after a 3-0 reverse at Gateshead last Saturday.
That is only half of the story though. In the same time-frame, the Reds boss has lost two key players to suspension and also had the services of six players taken away due to a variety of injuries.
"We have endured a really bad week, no doubt about it" said Law.
"Things are certainly not going our way. We have picked up a freakish amount of injuries which has really killed us. For us to be competitive at this level, we can't be without the likes of those players who are out injured.
"Most squads in this league can't get away with having so many players injured at one time, but you have got to take your medicine. It's here, we have a small operating budget, and we have to ride it out as best we can" added Law.
In the Forest Green game a week-last-Saturday, Law was already without central defender Chris Westwood who has still not yet recovered and then lost striker Paul Clayton with an ankle injury after just 30 seconds and also had central defender Nick Fenton pick up a three-match ban after a very harsh sending off later in the game.
Three days later against Chester, striker Daniel Wishart exited the game with a hamstring injury, central defender Michael Wylde damaged a shoulder, right-back Bradley Wood broke a toe and two days later in training Lathaniel Rowe-Turner also tweaked a hamstring.
Then, with just 13 fit players - including Wood playing through the pain barrier for the game at in-form Gateshead last weekend, Law saw defensive midfield player John McGrath sent off for two yellow card offences and he will now miss this Saturday's trip to another in-form side, Aldershot Town.
Midfield man Jay McFadzean should have been available after a loan spell at Frickley Athletic, but he had his efforts at the South Yorkshire club cut short by a medial knee ligament injury - a full diagnosis of which is being sought by Alfreton.
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Aldershot departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Transport to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at North Ferriby United on October 26 will depart at 10am and seats for this cup tie can again be booked via Mark Thorpe.