ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law is warning his players that Easter Saturday’s home game against Redditch United will not be easy.
Law’s side have got themselves to within two points of being mathematically certain of clinching the Blue Square Bet North title and automatic promotion after opening up an eight-point gap with just three games to go.
With a hugely superior goal difference over fellow title-rivals AFC Telford United, one point could be enough.
However, with already relegated bottom-of-the-table Redditch at the Impact Arena on Saturday, it will be all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking the job is done.
Law warned: “They [Redditch] are not playing for anything, their season is over, they can just go and play with no pressure which they have been doing of late. To be fair, no-one is expecting them to win on Saturday and teams like that are always dangerous to play against.
“But, with a due respect, if we are up and on our game and get at them, we will have a great chance of getting to where we want to be. Hopefully it will be a great atmosphere and it would be nice to do it on Saturday, but we have three games to get the point we need.
“Our destiny is in no-one else’s hands now and that is down to what the players have done over the last two months.
“We have come through a phenomenal amount of games in a short space of time and not had an easy run in either. Not so long ago we were around ten points behind Nuneaton Town who led for a long while.
“We have known that every time we have played everyone has raised their game against us. Yes we have had a little blip here and there, but it is to be expected. We have just got to get over the line now.”
With the biggest home gate of the season expected on Saturday, supporters are urged to arrive earlier than usual.
After falling to a 2-1 defeat at Gloucester City last Saturday, the Reds put in a much-improved display to gain a point in a 1-1 draw at in-form Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening.
Law added: “At the end of the day a point away from home is seen as positive and I thought we were a little bit unlucky not to win it.
“I didn’t feel we were in danger. We got the first goal and went close to getting a second one but a bit of good goalkeeping and good defending from them [Harrogate] prevented us from getting it.
Easter Monday sees Alfreton travel to Gainsborough Trinity before closing the league season out with a home game against Nuneaton Town on Saturday, April 30.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to the last away game of the season, at Gainsborough Trinity, on Easter Monday, will depart at 10.30am. As always, seats can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed two home pre-season friendlies with Chesterfield visiting on Friday, July 15 and Sheffield United at the Impact Arena on Wednesday, July 27. Both games are 7.45pm kick-off.
Chris Hall has had his loan with Stocksbridge Park Steels extended to May 3 which will allow him to take part in the club’s Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup final. Paul Lister’s loan at Frickley Athletic ends on Easter Monday.
Alfreton’s final game of the season, at home to Nuneaton Town on Saturday, April 30, will see segregation in place with visiting fans only able to gain entry into the stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end.