Pickford display impresses boss Law

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Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has extended his thanks to Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill for the loan of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

After regular number one keeper Phil Barnes picked up a ruptured thigh muscle in the first half of the 3-1 defeat at title-chasing Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, Law had to act quickly to bring in a quality back-up keeper and it looks like he has done just that.

Eighteen-year-old Pickford put in an impressive all-round display as the Reds recorded their biggest Blue Square Bet Premier Division victory of the season on Tuesday night, a result which lifted Law’s side six points clear of the relegation places.

“He [Pickford] was a major plus point tonight” said Law.

“After the injury to Phil, we asked about Jordan. He is third choice at Sunderland which says everything, and for Martin O’Neill to let him come down, we are very grateful for that.

“The young goalkeeper’s kicking [tonight] was immense and made a massive difference to us.”

Alfreton are back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on FA Trophy finalists and league leaders Wrexham at the Racecourse. a venue where the Reds have already won 4-2 in the FA Cup this season.

ATFC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 9.45am and seats can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.

On Tuesday, the Reds return to the Impact Arena when Barrow AFC are the visitors. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.