Law ready to bide his time in efforts to bolster Reds squad in transfer window
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law says he is prepared to take his time when it comes to his January transfer dealings.
The Reds boss is looking to strengthen his squad before the window closes at the end of the month, with chairman Wayne Bradley confirming that funds raised during the club's FA Cup run would be made available for players.
So far, Alfreton have extended the loans of central defender Ross Killock and Sheffield United midfielder Matty Harriott by another month respectively.
Law is still aiming to add more new recruits in the coming weeks, with AFC Telford United saying they have turned down a bid from the Reds for central defender Jordan Rose.
"We are hopeful (of adding to the squad) but whether it does happen or not is another matter," said the Alfreton boss.
"The January market is a difficult one and we perhaps need to take our time and make sure we get it right.
"Whoever we bring in has got to be better than we already have."
Alfreton will also be keeping a keen eye on possible transfers elsewhere involving former Reds players, with the prospect of a cash windfall in the form of a sell-on fee.
Championship side Bristol City have made a six-figure bid for Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean, while Swindon Town centre-back Aden Flint is attracting interest from Bradford City, Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle.
One player on his way out of the Impact Arena is midfielder Simon Russell, who has joined Blue Square Bet North side Gainsborough Trinity after having his contract at Alfreton cancelled by mutual consent.
The 27-year-old joined the Reds in July but struggled to hold down a regular place, making 15 appearances, including six as a substitute.
Alfreton travel to Edgar Street to take on Hereford United in the Blue Square Bet Premier this weekend.
The Reds celebrated a 3-2 win over Dartford last weekend but were beaten 2-1 at home to Wrexham on Tuesday night – a result that saw the Welsh side go top of the table.
Wrexham were forced to play most of the second half with 10 men after Danny Wright was sent off for a second bookable offence, with the score at 1-1.
But it was the visitors who won it thanks to Joe Clarke's fine solo effort 15 minutes from time.
A frustrated Law, who was sent to the stands by referee Michael Bull late in the first half, said: "I think we started off the better team. Then they came back into it and got a poor goal from our perspective.
"Then again we came back into it and got a good goal and you think you are going to go on and win it.
"They had a man sent off, which is not always a good thing, but when they did, we were just devoid of any ideas, devoid of anyone to go and make something happen.
"Nathan Arnold had a glorious opportunity to put us 2-1 up but it didn't go in and that just gave them a little bit more belief.
"We have gone from back to front too long. We tried to get people wide and push on and they didn't do that.
"Call it what you want, lack of belief, lack of skill, lack of killer instinct, whatever you want, but that is what we have shown.
"Yes, it was against a side who have just gone on to 50 points and top of the table and, for me, there was nothing between the two teams.
"But they have ground it out and we haven't. That's why we have got a little bit of a weakness."
Alfreton are five places below Hereford in the table but only two points behind them – and with a game in hand – underlining how tight the division is this season.
Hereford are unbeaten in three since the turn of the year but manager Martin Foyle apologised to fans for his team's "unacceptable" performance in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to AFC Telford United, when they conceded a late equaliser.
The Bulls, relegated from League Two last term, won 3-0 at the Impact Arena in the third game of the season.
Alfreton host Buxton on Tuesday in a Derbyshire Senior Cup third round tie.
Central Midlands League side Mickleover Royals will be eagerly awaiting the outcome as they will take on the winners at home in the quarter-finals.