THE LAST WORD: LAW REFLECTS ON FINAL GAME VICTORY
Sunday Apr 21, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for the effort of his players after they had ended the season with a 2-1 home win over Forest Green Rovers, it was a result which lifted the Reds to a magnificent 13th place finish in the Conference Premier Division.
He said: "I really can't speak highly enough of the lads, we've had a fantastic season from them and to finish on 60 points is an improvement again on last year.
"I thought we were absolutely fantastic in the first half, we could have come in four or five nil at half time. We didn't, we came in 2-0 and we always knew that a team with the quality that Forest Green have got that they were always going to cause us problems and they're going to have a spell in the game.
"They came at us second half, but we dug in, I'm disappointed with the nature of the goal we gave away, a free header from a corner, we should have dealt with it and we didn't need to give the corner away.
"We didn't quite dominate first ball second half and that was a bit of a problem, then you are second all over the pitch after that. But you come up against quality teams like Forest Green, and I don't like to talk about what people spend and stuff like that, but you have just got to look at the squad they have got and the calibre of the club, and the lads have done remarkably well today.
"The first half they could not get near us, we dominated them. The second half was always going to be difficult, we didn't need half time, but it came and in the second half we showed another side to us, we had to dig in.
"If I am honest, I think the referee has given everything second half, he has made it a little bit harder for us but that's not a complaint, it's just the way it goes and sometimes how it happens."
Law was also delighted with the thirteenth place final finish. "It is a great achievement for the players and the club. It is tough for us, we are competing in a very competitive league, it is going to be a lot harder next year, there is going to be change at the club and we are going to be going back to part time."