Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was a frustrated man despite seeing his side gain their first Vanarama Conference point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Altrincham at the Impact Arena on Tuesday evening.
Just three days after returning to the dugout for the first time following a six-game stadium ban, Law saw his side take a 42nd minute lead courtesy of a sharp goal from man-of-the-match Joe Ironside but then have to hang on in the second half before conceding another late goal as Alty equalised on 89 minutes to deny the Reds a much-needed victory.
The draw saw Alfreton finally get their season under way following seven straight defeats but Law felt his side didn’t find the level of performance which saw them more than match then league leaders Barnet last Saturday before falling to a cruel injury time defeat.
Law reflected on the Reds finally gaining some points reward: “On the balance of play we started the better.
“The goal we’ve conceded was poor defending.
“If I’m honest we’ve come out second half and we’ve spent the game on the edge of our 18 yard box.
“We weren’t like how we were on Saturday tonight, I thought we were excellent on Saturday and never even in danger.
“To be fair we’ve missed Dan Bradley from Saturday. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner gave us balance at centre-half, and I think defensively we looked naive tonight.
“We’re having to come up with some magic formula to protect the back four.
“We haven’t supported the frontmen, but it’s a point, we’re off and rolling and we’ve got to take that into the next two or three games.
“It’s a poor corner that we’ve given away. Up until then we defended them OK. I asked in the changing room for who was marking (Kyle) Perry but we all knew.
“I wouldn’t mind if teams were working for them (goals) but they’re not, they’re gifts.
“We’re really pleased with Joe Ironside. I think Massiah found himself doing things we didn’t ask him to do. We’re disappointed in tonight. If we’d scraped the three points we’d have been delighted but we’re still off and running.”
The Reds now face a crucial three-game period with fixtures against sides in the bottom nine in the table, starting with a trip to Southport on Saturday.
That is followed by home games against next-to-bottom AFC Telford United on Tuesday and Nuneaton Town a week on Saturday.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to Southport departs at 9am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.