Alfreton Town boss Nicky Law looks to boost squad with loan signing ahead of Macclesfield Town and Grimsby Town tests

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Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law is hopeful of boosting his injury-hit squad with at least one loan signing ahead of two big Blue Square Bet Premier Division games for the Reds in four days.

Law will be looking for his side to extend their unbeaten league run to six games when they head to relegated Macclesfield Town on Saturday, before hosting Grimsby Town next Tuesday.

Law’s squad is currently slightly thin ahead of the first of those games with injuries to midfeld man Anton Brown, central defender Adam Quinn and striker Paul Clayton.

And it is hoped defender Josh Law will have recovered from a thigh injury just a week after shaking off a calf injury problem.

The latest, and possibly biggest blow of all this season, is the injury to ultra-consistent central midfield man Brown who exited last Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Braintree Town after just eight minutes after feeling his calf ‘pop’.

The injury is likely to keep him out for a minimum of three weeks.

Manager Law said: “The loss of Anton was a huge blow as he is such a big player for us. I certainly think the result against Braintree would have gone our way had he stayed on the pitch

“And, with the amount of injuries we currently have, we are now working hard towards trying to bring in at least one reinforcement over the next few days,”

Brown, still only 25, is the club’s current longest-serving player with well over 250 games under his belt since joining the Reds in the summer of 2006.

Last Saturday saw a game of two penalties as visitors Braintree Town emreged with a point from a 1-1 draw at the Impact Arena.

Dan Bradley scored for the fourth successive game when he put the Reds in front on 44 minutes from the penalty spot but Braintree captain Kenny Davis ensured a fair share of the spoils when he despatched a 73rd-minute penalty for the Iron.

The result was a third successive 1-1 draw in the league for Law’s side.

ATFC Supporters’ Association transport for this Saturday’s game at Macclesfield Town departs at 10.15am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.

Next Tuesday’s home game against Grimsby Town sees segregation in place and visiting supporters are requested to enter the Impact Arena via the Alma Street away turnstiles only. Kick-off is 7.45pm and fans are urged to arrive early for what could be the biggest home gate of the season so far.

Picture: Anton Brown who limped off with a calf injury against Braintree last Saturday. (Pic courtesy of Dave Pursglove)