Law keen for more of the same after giving Orient FA Cup scare
DESPITE last weekend's FA Cup exit, Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law is asking for more of the same from his players.
The Reds went down 4-2 to Leyton Orient in front of the live television cameras at the Impact Arena on Sunday – but Law's men gave their League One opponents a scare.
Paul Clayton gave Alfreton an early lead and only a late goal sealed victory for the Londoners, while the hosts were denied by the woodwork on four separate occasions.
Tomorrow, they return to Blue Square Bet Premier action – Tuesday's home match with Wrexham being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – with a trip to promotion hopefuls Luton Town.
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The Hatters are currently fifth in the table but Alfreton will be going for a first league double of the season, having beaten them 3-0 in September.
Law believes his side can go into the game at Kenilworth Road with confidence following their performance against Orient.
"We went toe-to-toe with a League One side and with a bit of better decision-making and a bit more luck, we could have won," he said.
"Hopefully, the lads can revisit that performance in the League.
"It was crucial we came out with credit and I think we did that. We did ourselves proud and can hold our heads up high.
"I can't speak highly enough of the players. I think we have done the Blue Square Bet Premier proud as well, because people will realise now it is a good standard of football."
Luton are unbeaten in five games, although three of those were cup ties – all against Blue Square Bet South side Dorchester Town.
Paul Buckle's men beat Dorchester 2-1 in the FA Cup last weekend and overcame the same opponents 3-1 in an FA Trophy replay in midweek.
Luton's squad includes former Derby County midfielder Arnaud Mendy and ex-Burton Albion striker Jon Shaw.
Alfreton have been boosted this week after extending the loan of teenage defender Ross Killock from Leeds United.
Killock shrugged off a nasty facial injury to return to the side against Orient.
He was caught by an opponent's arm during the match against Hyde and, as a result, lost a tooth and had a few more pushed out of position.
"I thought for an 18-year-old lad who had just had several front teeth knocked out to turn up and declare himself fit to play speaks volume about him," said Law.
"I thought he played very well and I can't speak highly enough of him."
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Luton leaves at 9.45am tomorrow and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Alfreton take on Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Buxton in the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Admission for the tie has been reduced to £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.