Law is looking for a response to defeats

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Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law is looking for his side to respond to back-to-back away defeats that they suffered in the last week as they head into two successive home games at fortress Impact Arena.

The last home outing, which took place a week last Saturday, saw them beat highly-fancied Barnet 3-1.

This enabled the Reds to extend their excellent home form to five wins and a draw from six games on home turf so far.

However, they then let slip a one-goal lead to go down at Southport last Tuesday and followed up with a 3-1 reverse at Braintree Town on Saturday.

But, with big-spending Forest Green Rovers at the Impact Arena on Saturday, and struggling Chester the visitors next Tuesday, Nicky Law will be aiming for his side to get back to reproducing some of the football that had taken them up to third position in the table before the double away losses.

He explained: “I was a bit disappointed in the last two performances.

“For many reasons, we have not played at the same intensity as in the previous four games, we have not passed the ball as well and certainly not defended as well,” said the Reds boss.

“We didn’t keep the ball well enough and there was no momentum, but these things happen and we have just got to ride them out and get back to doing what we were doing to such good effect before.”

“There is certainly no panic,” added the Alfreton manager.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against a Forest Green side who have already beaten the Reds 3-1 at the New Lawn, in a match that was played five weeks ago, Law admits it is going to be yet another difficult clash for his plaayers.

“It is going to be a tough game against a good footballing Forest Green Rovers side who will give our unbeaten home record a very strong test,” ended Law.

For the Forest Green game on Saturday, Law will have to wait for a late fitness check on central defender Nick Fenton.

That is due to the fact that Fenton was forced to limp out of the Braintree game with a calf injury.

Fenton was replaced by Chris Westwood, who was returning to action from injury himself.

On Tuesday night, Chester will arrive at the Impact Arena in search of points for very different reasons, as they currently sit second-from-bottom with just eight points from 36 so far.

The Forest Green game kicks off at 3pm and the Chester fixture at 7.45pm.