ALFRETON Town boss Nicky Law is hoping to strengthen his squad ahead of the emergency loan deadline on Thursday.
The Reds chief is still beset by injuries and will again be without central defenders Adie Hawes and Matt Wilson for this Saturday’s important relegation zone home game against Hayes & Yeading United at the Impact Arena.
Hawes is still recovering from a knee infection which has kept him out for the last month and while Wilson had been reintroduced to training, he has since suffered a setback with an ankle ligament problem which has kept him out for six weeks.
Law is hoping Leigh Franks will be fit after being stretchered off in last Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Gateshead.
Franks was knocked out contesting a header late in the game when he was laid out flat by a collision of heads and he also cracked a tooth in the incident.
Law had praise for his defence in particular and the team in general after the Gateshead match.
It was a game the Reds could have won by four or five one and Law was delighted with the response to the previous week’s FA Cup exit.
He said: “At times like these you don’t necessarily need your best footballers, you need people who are strong and can defend.
“We couldn’t carry on shipping goals like we have been but I was really pleased with our defence.
“Hopefully we have bottomed out now.
“We got to a point where we can only go one way, and everyone has accepted what we need to do in what is a tough league. You need a little bit more to get out of trouble.
“We showed on Saturday but what we can’t do now is let the good performance against Gateshead be a one-off.
“Anthony Church has made a difference since joining us and Theo Streete did really well at right back which gives us another option.
“It is something we have worked on over time and it is coming to fruition.
“Yes we got pushed back in the second half, but any team whose aims are to get out of the division at the top end are going to have their spell of domination and Gateshead are a good side and did just that.
“But pleasingly for me was how well we hit back strongly and could have won the game.
“We are also reaping the benefits of changing our training procedures in the past couple of weeks. We have been doing double physical sessions. It doesn’t only get you fitter, it gets you mentally fitter as well.”
This Saturday’s home game against Hayes is a Kids for a Quid family special day at the Impact Arena.
Children aged 15 and under can gain admission for just £1 provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.