Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has received a double defensive boost this week.
The Reds boss has been cheered by the news that skipper Chris Westwood’s hamstring injury is thankfully not as bad as first feared, before he strengthened his squad with the capture of former Torquay United defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner who has joined the club on a three-month loan spell from Luton Town.
Westwood, who has been in superb form at the heart of the Reds defence since joining the club in summer, exited last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Forest Green Rovers after just 15 minutes and there were initial fears that the 36-year-old may be out for a considerable time.
However, early diagnosis has been very positive.
“Chris will miss this week’s home game against Woking, but, fingers crossed, he could possibly be ready for the Macclesfield Town away game a week on Saturday which is good news” explained Law.
“The first four or five days usually determine how bad this type of injury is but it is not as bad as we first thought” added Law.
With Westwood out injured, and Darran Kempson having also been out injured, the only other central defender at the club is Michael Wylde who did well when he came off the bench to replace Westwood last Saturday having only played the equivalent of one-and-a-half games in the whole of pre-season due to picking up an injury a few weeks ago.
Law was mindful of the need for cover and brought in Rowe-Turner on transfer deadline day.
“He is an excellent signing for us. He is quick, yet strong player and gives us cover at centre half and left back and I think he will be a good player for us” added Law.
The Reds chief is now looking for his side to bounce back to form against Woking at home on Saturday.
“It is fair to say they [Woking] have had a bit of a slow start. We have done well at home and we have just got to carry that form on” explained Law.
“We were not a million miles away at Forest Green last Saturday. We still had chances in the game and, had we taken one or two it could have been a different outcome.
“We sat off them and did not get in and about them enough early enough but when we did there was not a great deal between the sides.
“We learn from it and now look to put those things right on Saturday and if we do, we will be ok” ended Law.
The Skrill Premier game against Woking on Saturday kicks-off at 3pm at the Impact Arena.