Law admits some players may have to go out for others to come in

ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law admitted he is in for a busy week as he tries to strengthen his squad in the first transfer window the club have been involved in.

The Reds chief has already extended goalkeeper Joe Day’s current loan deal to the end of the season from Peterborough United and Law was hopeful of at least one or two more deals being concluded before this weekend.

“We are hopeful of adding to what we have got but obviously sometimes these things never go as planned.

“If we can get some of our other targets in, we are going to have to get some players out on loan. We can give them all the training they want, but it is game time some of them desperately need.

“Even though the transfer window is open, it is not that easy to bring in the players you want. You nearly fall over when you hear what some of them are earning elsewhere.

“I have a few in mind and we will be looking for lads who are keen and want to come for the right reasons.”

Law has seen two loan players return to Grimsby Town, with Anthony Church, who had an impressive spell with the Reds, and Rob Eagle returning to the east coast club. Eagle is expected to be released by the Mariners.

This Saturday the Reds have a great Blue Square Bet Premier Division game in prospect as they host in-form Grimsby Town at the Impact Arena.

Alfreton’s 2-2 draw at Tamworth on New Year’s Day extended their unbeaten run to four league games and they are now ninth in the current form league over the past six games.

However, Grimsby will arrive top of that form table with five wins and a draw in the last six league outings in which they have scored 18 goals.

Law’s side have shown a marked improvement in recent weeks and it will be interesting to see how far they have come since going down 5-2 at Blundell Park on October 1 last year.

It was a game in which former Reds favourite Liam Hearn hit four of the five goals for his new side although Alfreton were not helped by having both James Ellison and Drewe Broughton sent off in the same game.

The Grimsby game kicks-off at 3pm and Law is hopeful of having a fully fit squad to choose from.

Connor Franklin is expected to have shaken off a minor hamstring injury and central defender Leigh Franks returned to training early in the week after three weeks out with a hamstring pull.

Law explained his side’s upturn in fortunes. “We have had a very good festive period but all along we have been talking about getting to the turn of the year with 20 points and we have 22 with 19 games still to go.

“We now have a great belief in the group of players here, there is a great atmosphere and spirit amongst them.

“We have given ourselves a great chance but it’s not just about the four points against Tamworth over the Christmas and New Year period, it’s all about what has gone into the last five or six weeks.

“The players have put a lot of hard work in and they are now getting their rewards for it. We are showing we cna compete

“We are not saying that we can compete with the Luton’s and Fleetwood’s, because you are going to lose some games.

“But we are in a group of teams now where we feel we can compete home or away and we have proved that over the last six weeks or so.”

Meanwhile, plans are already well under way for the trek to Weymouth on Saturday, January 14 for contest an FA Carlsberg Trophy second round tie against the Southern League Premier Division side.

ATFCSA transport departs at 7.45am on the Saturday morning and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.