Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for his new-look side after seeing them gain their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over a very strong Kidderminster Harriers side at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.
The win, a first for Alfreton over the Harriers in six games in all competitions, came from a hugely absorbing game which was a great advert for the Skrill Premier.
A brace of goals from Dan Bradley against his former club and a first goal for the club by Tom Shaw were just three of several highlights of a terrific all-round performance from the Reds.
“I thought the lads were excellent. I didn’t think we were that bad on Saturday (at Dartford), we weren’t obviously up to that level, but I felt we got robbed a little bit with the offside decision,” reflected Law.
“We have come here tonight, we knew we had to be at our best. Big John Akinde has come in and made a world of difference for us.
“We have gone in front and Kidderminster have done what they do and that’s pass the ball, get it wide, get in the box, put some great deliveries in the box and if I am honest, Kidderminster are a lot better than last year.
“If we had come up against a Kidderminster side as good as that last year we would have come in 4-0 down at half time and we would have lost that game five or six nil, and that is testament to us.
“We are disappointed with the goal we have given away, we are in a great position at the top end, young Dan (Bradley) has got it, he is full of enthusiasm and keenness, and he is really crossing that ball to no-one, he just needs to calm down a bit and keep it up there but I can’t fault him for his performance and two great goals.
“We knew we had a problem once Brad Wood got booked and second half we sacrificed Josh (Law) and put him there to double up on Johnson and they have kept him quiet and done a good job for the team.
“It’s a good all round performance. They are a good side and especially at 3-0 down they are having a go and I thought the back four was magnificent, the whole team was, they have left nothing on the pitch.
“They may believe in themselves a bit more now. I certainly believe in them and they have set themselves a marker now.”
“All I know is if we go out and play with that tempo and that endeavour, get John Akinde fit, if we can keep reaching the levels of that we will take some stopping.
“I think we are good and we will get better.”
This Saturday Alfreton are at home again when newly-promoted Salisbury City are the visitors to the Impact Arena. Kick-off is 3pm.