After seeing his side’s six-match unbeaten run ended by a 2-0 home defeat by Grimsby Town on Tuesday night, Alfreton Town boss Nicky Law challenged the Reds to embark on another run.
Alfreton could count themselves very unfortunate not to have gained any points reward from the game, creating several chances in both halves, but they were ultimately undone by their profligacy and two class finishes from the visitors, one in each half.
Law reflected: “We have come up against a good side and the players have given it their best shot, I can’t fault them for their effort.
“I thought the first half was even stevens, but when you get £1000-a-week players, that’s what they do. That’s what Nielson has done first half. There is nothing in the game, the only difference between the two teams is that goal.
“We have had ample chances in the first half but not only do we not get the goal, we can’t get the shot off.
“We have dominated the game in the second half. It is one-way traffic. Paul Clayton’s [untaken chance] is the defining matter in the game.
“He is through on the keeper, but he tries to place it instead of just burying the ball. If we get that goal, we go on and win it.
“But the ball goes up the other end later on and drops for Ross Hannah and it’s a finish and it’s all over.
“That was the difference between the two teams, at the top end of the pitch where you pay your money.
“Without being disrespectful, you get what you pay for. Hannah is on loan from Bradford, I tried to get him in for six months but could never afford him.”
Law is now urging his players bounce back and show the right attitude to produce another run of unbeaten games.
He ended: “We said to the players before the game, we are on six, go and try and make it seven. It is hard when you go back to one, but Grimsby have come and done it today and we now go again.
“The teams in the bottom seven or eight we feel are the ones we have to beat. Beating the Macclesfields and the Lutons are the bonuses because you don’t expect to get points in those games.”
The Reds return to action on Saturday when they travel to Kent to face Ebbsfleet United in the league.
ATFCSA transport departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.
Meanwhile, Alfreton Town FC Community Development Scheme are staging four days of Football Fun during the October half-term holidays.
The courses are being held at Somerlea Park Community Centre, Sherwood Street, Somercotes, between Tuesday, October 30 and Friday, November 2, inclusive.
The courses will run from 9am to 3pm each day and will involve competitions, penalty shoot-outs, new skills sessions and Nintendo Wii games.
Prices are £6 per day per youngster or £20 for all four days.
Children paying for four days will receive a free concession ticket for Alfreton Town’s Blue Square Bet Premier Division home game against current league leaders Newport County on Friday, November 9.
Places for the course can be booked by contacting Lee Albrighton on either 01773 830277 or 07896 579978.