For the second Saturday in succession Alfreton Town face a long away trip and manager Nicky Law will be hoping it is as productive as last weekend’s sojourn to Barrow which heralded a 3-1 victory, a first Blue Square Bet Premier Division win of the season.
This weekend takes Law’s side to Kent to face in-form league new boys Dartford where Law will be looking for his side to shake off their Bank Holiday Monday hangover after a 3-0 home defeat against another promoted club, Nuneaton Town, for whom it was also first win of the campaign.
Law was hoping the win in Cumbria would ignite his side’s league fortunes but it was not to be.
“There is never a good time to go there but we went and got the points and it was pleasing to get the win. I was hoping it would kick us on” explained Law.
Hopes of a second successive win in the league disappeared on Monday as the Reds conceded three goals without reply in the second half for the second successive home game.
“Credit goes to Nuneaton on Monday, they deserved the win” added Law.
“They frustrated us and we became impatient and became involved in an end to end game which we didn’t want to do.
“We wanted to play our game, pass the ball, get on it and we didn’t do that. We got involved in going too long and became involved in a scrap and they came out on top.
“They were three poor goals from our point of view. We have given 11 goals away in five games and that is not like us. It is something we have to eradicate if we are going to pick points up” added Law.
For the Dartford game, Law has no injury worries and has just striker Tom Denton unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension.
Nathan Arnold should be 100 per cent fit after missing the Barrow game with a chest infection which eased sufficiently for him to be used as a late substitute in Monday’s home game.
It is clearly a game Law is looking for his side to put things right in. “It will be another tough game. They have been sort of up and down like we are, and by all accounts they played really well at Cambridge United on Monday.
“But we have got to go there and do our best to get something out of it, which you have to do every week at this level” he said. Next Tuesday the Reds head to Lincoln City, scene of two Alfreton victories last season, a 2-1 win in the FA Cup on November 1 and a 1-0 triumph in the league on March 10.
Ahead of both games, the August transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday and Law is expecting to be juggling things around in order to get anyone else into his squad.
“If the right player is there and we can do it we would love to do it. It is if the opportunity comes along.
“Some players have been short of games and we may let one or two out that haven’t had many pitch minutes.The thinking behind the loans is that it frees up a bit of something up to come in the other way.”
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to Dartford departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251. Transport to the Lincoln game next Tuesday departs at 5.30pm.Kick-off at Sincil Bank is 7.45pm.
The following Saturday (September 8) sees Luton Town at the Impact Arena (3pm).