Law's men out to turn the tide but look to be up against it at in-form Kiddy
ALFRETON Town face another stern test this weekend in their bid to pull clear of the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone once and for all.
Unlike last season, the Reds have not found themselves languishing in the relegation places this term.
However, they have been unable to put clear daylight between themselves and the bottom four.
They currently have a five-point cushion and there are seven teams below them, although some have games in hand.
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And their cause has not been helped by a run of four defeats in five league outings.
In fact, last week's fine 3-0 success at Cambridge United is their only BSBP win in eight attempts.
Tomorrow, Nicky Law's men travel to promotion-chasing Kidderminster Harriers.
In contrast to the visitors, Kidderminster are in fine form, having won 14 of their last 17 match in all competitions.
They claimed an impressive 1-0 win at fellow high-flyers Forest Green Rovers in midweek, to follow a 4-0 triumph at Hyde last Saturday.
Steve Burr's side now found themselves third in the table, five points behind leaders Wrexham.
This position did not look likely at the start of the season, when Harriers went 10 games without a win – losing their first five fixtures and drawing the next five, including a 1-1 draw at Alfreton.
The Reds will be looking to avoid a third successive defeat this weekend.
Last Saturday's 2-1 home reverse against Macclesfield Town was followed by a 1-0 loss at Nuneaton Town on Tuesday night.
"Last season, we had a rough start but managed to turn it around," said assistant manager Russ O'Neill.
"This season, we started well but if we're not careful, we could be going in the opposite direction.
"The intensity has not been there in the past few games and that's something we need to change."
Alfreton were left baffled by the decision to award Nuneaton a late penalty for an alleged foul by Josh Law, which James Dance converted.
"We were bitterly disappointed – it was never a penalty," said O'Neill.
"We've watched it back on DVD and it should have been a foul on Josh.
"We couldn't believe it when the referee pointed to the spot – and I don't think they could either.
"However, it shouldn't hide the fact that it wasn't a great performance from us."
Reds midfielder Anton Brown (hamstring) and defender Adam Quinn (calf) could be fit to return to the squad tomorrow.
O'Neill is hoping the visitors can cause an upset.
"We're under no illusions," he said. "It will be very tough and we will have to improve.
"They have gone on an unbelievable run after a slow start to the season.
"They have stuck together and are reaping the rewards.
"Anyone who has got a few quid to spare will probably put it on Kidderminster as it looks like a home banker.
"However, we genuinely think that if we're on our game, we're capable of going there and getting three points, which is the aim.
"We have been all over the place this season – so we're capable of pulling an unexpected result out of the bag."
Alfreton could come up against former Ilkeston Town striker Amari Morgan-Smith and ex-Burton Albion front man Greg Pearson, who are both on loan at Aggborough.
Pearson, borrowed from Grimsby Town, has so far made two substitute appearances, netting on his debut at Hyde, while Morgan-Smith, who arrived from Macclesfield Town, has started the last three games and is still awaiting his first Kidderminster goal.