One more win should make us safe says proud Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law believes victory at Braintree tomorrow could be enough to secure the Reds' Blue Square Bet Premier Division status for a third successive season.
A superb 3-2 win at home to Gateshead last Saturday took Alfreton's points tally to 48 and Law followed it by expressing his pride at how the club is run.
"It is hard for everybody. For the chairman, committee, players, fans – and it is that which drives us on, trying to prove people wrong all the time," said Law.
"I just think it is testament to everyone at the club on how well we do. It is difficult and a real challenge every year to keep us in this league. We are not in it for definite yet – but we are almost there.
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"When you look at the teams who are in and around us, it is a measure of what we do at this club.
"We have a great chairman, good people working in the club, a fantastic set of players who give everything for the club and earn every single penny they get paid.
"It is a monumental achievement by everyone at the club.
"People just do not realise how hard it is for us, especially on such small gates."
Law would like to see more local football supporters through the turnstiles, though, and has questioned whether or not the town want a successful club on their doorstep.
He said: "I do understand we are in an area which is not affluent. There is a lot of unemployment.
"But the players, the chairman and everyone in the club have given the town this level of football we are at and you do question sometimes whether the local community want it.
"You wonder if they deserve or warrant it, maybe. It is a constant challenge and the chairman does everything he can.
"We never put ourselves at risk. Even in the darkest moments, never, ever have we taken a chance and thought stuff it, if it doesn't come off, it doesn't, we have always found another way to do things.
"The players we have are made of the right stuff and they have to be to come and play for us.
"It is a daunting challenge, a test of the management and people skills, but one we enjoy and, thankfully, it looks like we will be there to do it all over again next season."
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford should return to the starting line-up after missing the midweek defeat by Ilkeston in the Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final.
Derbyshire FA gave Alfreton dispensation to play 20-year-old former Nottingham Forest keeper Ben Gathercole against the Robins, with Pickford away with England Under-19s and Phil Barnes still recovering from injury.
Gathercole has signed on a non-contract basis but Pickford, who was in the England squad for their game against Turkey at Telford's New Bucks Head Stadium last night, will be back in the squad.
Meanwhile, any Reds fans wishing to travel to Braintree tomorrow can book a seat on the coach by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.