Alfreton Town’s bid for a Conference Premier Division play-off place shows no signs of abating as the Reds strengthened their grip with a 1-0 win at second-placed Cambridge United on Tuesday evening.
Nicky Law’s part-time squad are having an incredible season and the win at the Abbey Stadium, a seventh on the road so far, took their recent points haul to seven out of nine from the last three away games which have produced clean sheets in both of the last two.
With just 14 games left, nine of which are at home, the Reds are now six points clear of their nearest challengers.
After the win at Cambridge, Law said: “You have only got to look at where they are in the league and they are there for a reason because they are a good side. But we are third in the league because we are a decent side.
“I think we deserved it to be honest. I know they piled a lot of pressure on late on, but as a team, as a group, we defended very well. There were a few hairy, scary moments when the ball was flying in and around the box, but I don’t think they have had a real clear cut.
“We are obviously pleased. That takes us to within a point of them, albeit it that they have got games in hand but like I keep saying, all we can keep doing is our best and that’s what we are doing.”
Law feels it is the unity and hard work ethic in the team which has given his side a fantastic chance of being in the final shake-up for a place in the Football League next season.
“As a team, we worked our socks off and it’s a great win for us. Everyone’s work rate was excellent.
The one thing we will never do is not work hard. Whether we fall short on anything else then we do, but the first thing is we put the work rate in. If you look at the likes of Chelsea, not only have they got good players, but they work themselves into the ground and they have to, because if they don’t, they don’t play.
“We have worked hard and developed ourselves into a good unit.”
After five consecutive away games, Alfreton finally return to the Impact Arena this Saturday when Aldershot Town are the visitors (3pm).
This game has reduced admission prices for the younger fan with under 16s able to gain entry for just £1 each – so long as they are accompanied by an adult – while admission for 16-21 year-olds is £5 each.