WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE - LAW
Tuesday Aug 6, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his squad is in good shape as the Reds get set for the big Skrill Premier kick-off at Dartford on Saturday.
"You would obviously lke a home game first, but it's one out of the way. They are a good footballing side, but I think we are going there this year with a better group of players than we went there with last year" said Law.
Despite a tough pre-season in which the Reds have faced five Football League clubs, Law feels the preparations have gone well.
He added: "I think the results have not been brilliant pre-season, but I have been really pleased with the performances and I think we are in a far better place at this stage compared with where we have been in each of the last two seasons.
"I think the squad is a lot stronger despite losing quite a few. If I am honest now, the players who have come in are more adaptable, which gives us more options.
"As with practically everyone else, we could do with someone who can get us 20-plus goals a season. That search goes on and maybe we will look to change the shape of the team, but we have adaptability in the squad and we can change things and the shape. We will be ok.
"We will be ready to roll on Saturday. We have three games in the first week and we will then find out about where we are lacking and what we need after a few games."
Law added two more experienced new faces to his squad last weekend with central defender Nick Fenton and midfield man John McGrath both penning one-year deals.
That took Law's total of new faces to eight in a squad which totals 15 so far, and the Reds boss is well aware there is a need for more additions prior to Saturday's starting point.
"As Iam looking at it at the minute, I am really close to where I want to be. We possibly need one or two players who will bring he rest together, which will be difficult, but we are one or two away from having a decent squad at this level, and if we can get them we will be able to kick on.
"Possibly, and hopefully, we will look to do something before the weekend, whether we can or not is another matter.
"We are obviously looking to get someone in, ideally on a permanent basis, or the other option is the loan market.
"There are still a fair few players still out there, but we will make sure we don't panic and sign someone for the sake of it, we need to make sure they give us what we want.
"We are now at 15 so we would like to do some business as we have missed out on a couple recently."
One of those was former Macclesfield Town striker Matthew Barnes-Homer who clinched a two-year deal with big spending Forest Green Rovers this week.
Law thought he had his man but such is football that nothing is guaranteed these days. "That was one we thought we had in the bag but Forest Green came back in for him. He is a Birmingham lad, it is a bit closer to his family and obviously the chance to play for them. We understand the way he was thinking, but we have to move on. We still have plenty of other targets."
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Dartford departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
First home game
Kidderminster Harriers are the opponents for Alfreton's first home league game of the season next Tuesday. The Harriers, who finished second in the table last season, visit the Impact Arena for a 7.45pm kick-off.
Reds supporters have until only Friday, August 9 to purchase their 2013/14 season tickets. These can be ordered from the administration office at the Impact Arena between 9.30am and 4pm Wednesday and Friday or by calling 01773 830277 during the same hours.