Alfreton Town’s 3-2 home win over Gateshead last Saturday took them onto 48 points and to possibly within one more win of clinching their Blue Square Bet Premier Division status for a third successive season.
And Reds’ manager Nicky Law has spoken about how the spirit within the club is driving it on each year to keep the club in the division.
“It is hard for everybody - chairman, committee, players, fans - and it is that which drives us on, trying to prove people wrong all the time.
“I just think it is testament to everyone at the club on how well we do. It is difficult and a real challenge every year to keep us in this league. We are not in it for definite yet, but we are almost there.
“When you look at the measure of the teams that are in and around us, it is a measure of what we do do at this club.
“We have got a great chairman, good people working in the club, a fantastic set of players who give everything for the club and earn every single penny they get paid.
“It is a monumental achievement by everyone at the club. People just do not realise how hard it is for us, especially on such small gates.”
Along with others at the club, Law wishes more local fans would come through the doors and support a team playing some tremendous football of late.
He ended: “I do understand we are in an area which is not affluent, there is a lot of unemployment, but the players, the chairman and everyone in the club has given the town this level of football we are at and you do question sometimes whether the local community want it.
“It is a constant challenge, the chairman does everything he can. We never put ourselves at risk, even in the darkest moments. Never ever have we taken a chance and thought ‘stuff it, if it doesn’t come off, it doesn’t’. We have always found another way to do things.
“The players we have are made of the right stuff and they have to be to come and play for us. It is a daunting challenge.”
“It is a test of the management and people skills, but one we enjoy and, thankfully, it looks like we will be there to do it all over again next season.”
Tuesday night saw hopes of lifting the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the first time in ten years dashed by a 2-0 semi-final defeat at Ilkeston FC for whom Aaron Hooton scored twice in the first half.
This Saturday, Alfreton travel to Essex to face Braintree Town in Blue Square Bet Premier Division action.
Kick-off at Cressing Road is 3pm and ATFC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 8.45am.
Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.