ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law insists his side will not be easing off to the end of the season despite guaranteeing their Blue Square Bet Premier Division status for a second year with three games to spare.
The Reds endured a bitter-sweet Easter Monday as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat against play-off chasing York City but then found that results elsewhere meant they have finally earned themselves a second season in the Conference Premier Division.
“We want to go and get as many points as we can. We certainly won’t be getting the flip-flops and Speedo’s on,” said Law.
“We owe it to everybody to go and do our best and that is what we will do.
“We will rest the players up this week. They have had a real tough couple of months. We will rest up for Saturday and go again for what will be another tough game against Luton.
“We have wanted to have a look at a couple of players but we have been in a lot of pressure games and to have chucked the likes of Danny Meadows (on loan from Nottingham Forest) in would have been a bit unfair on him.
“He has had 15 minutes at the end against York and shown what he is about. Nicky Deverdics has come on and again looked well, kept us the ball well and we will now go to try and win as many games as we can, get as many points as we can.”
A remarkable run of seven wins in eight games had propelled Alfreton away from the relegation zone before the York game and it is a case of mission accomplished for manager Nicky Law and his team, but he admitted at times he thought the club had it all on to stay in the division.
“I am an optimistic person, but I must admit there have been times where I have sat on my own and thought Christ, we have got it all on here. At one stage we did look doomed. If you go back two months and I don’t think too many people would think we would be in the position we are now.
“To be fair, we have worked hard, the lads have been fantastic and we have dug ourselves out of it and gained ourselves another 12 months in the division.”
Law had no arguments about his team’s 2-0 home defeat against York City on Easter Monday.
“I have no complaints, we were beaten by the better team. If you look at the team sheet before they game, they were able to make four or five changes to their squad from the Saturday game and you could see the quality they have got.
“We have come up against a quality side who have got a lot of quality and strength in depth. Today we were not good enough, I have to be honest about that.
“To be fair, I felt that we didn’t set about the game as we normally do. We looked tired. I am not making excuses now. Emotionally and physically, the last eight, nine, ten games, the players have given everything they have got. They should be proud of their efforts.
“We had a lot of tired legs and tired players. We are not blessed with a massive squad that we can make household changes and probably be confident that we can win football matches, and that is not being disrespectful to anyone.”