Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law wasn’t too downhearted after seeing his side go down to a 5-1 home defeat against Chesterfield in the Reds’ first run out of pre-season on Tuesday evening.
Law said: “I was pleased with it. Obviously you know people will look at the result but I don’t think building up to it wasn’t important.
“If you look at Chesterfield, they will have been back probably three weeks, they are training every day, I think that will be their fourth or fifth game, and you are looking at a team that’s probably 75 per cent of the way there and a team (Alfreton) that’s 20 per cent of the way there.
“Added to that, there was some good finishing from themselves (Chesterfield), (but) a couple of the first three goals we are disappointed in the nature that we have given it away but that’s only to be expected when you are in the infancy of pre-season like we are.”
“All round I was pleased with it. You have not got to get too down about it, they (Chesterfield) are quality players and when they go 3-0 up, they are growing in confidence as all teams will do and all players will do, they become a yard quicker and a little bit brighter and they all want the ball.
“They put us to the test at times but I was really pleased. We stuck at it. I think we have learned again a lot tonight. I think areas where I thought we would maybe possibly struggle, we have.
“I think a couple of the trialists have come in (and done well). Jamie Jackson has looked extremely bright at the end. He has got good pace and movement and it is hard to play against.”
“We will go again. We have got another practice game on Thursday behind closed doors up at Shirebrook.
“Again it will be another chance for some of them to have another 45 minutes and some of the trialists we haven’t looked at. If I am honest, I didn’t put them on tonight, because I just felt it may have been a little bridge too far for them, for their own good really, but obviously they will play on Thursday and I will probably make some decisions after Thursday with regards to Saturday, and trim things down.”