ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law paid tribute to his battle-hardened troops after they had pulled off a third away win in a row with a 2-1 victory at Ebbsfleet United.
After a game which involved a 332-mile round trip from Alfreton and ended with the manager and players reaching home at 3am and beyond in the morning, the Reds boss was delighted with the application from his team.
The Reds came from behind to claim three more precious points, and, allied to results elsewhere, lifted them to ten points clear of the relegation places in 16th place in the table.
Law said: “It was another good win for us. It is a tough place to go, a long journey, the pitch was not very good and Ebbsfleet are a decent, workmanlike side with some good players.”
The Reds boss heaped praise on his son Josh whose first goal of the season proved to be the winner on 48 minutes after Adam Cunnington’s first goal since joining the club on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge had equalised on 35 minutes.
He said: “What an important time to get your first goal. I thought Josh was excellent throughout. He made a goal, scored a goal and kept a very good left-sided midfield player quiet. I can’t ask for a lot more.”
Law has seen his side produce a remarkable turnaround to climb away from second-to-bottom in the table where they were nine points adrift of safety to be within a few points of ensuring their Blue Square Bet Premier Division place for a second season.
He said: “We knew March was going to be a massive month for us.
“We had Telford, Stockport, Lincoln, Kettering, Mansfield, Cambridge, Ebbsfleet and Braintree.
“It was a case of do or die for us, but we have come through with five wins, one draw and only one defeat with one game to go is absolutely fantastic.
“I am sure not so long ago, people were looking and thinking we were dead and buries when we were nine points away from safety. We have given ourselves a great chance.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the lads. It would have been easier to just give up at one point. But we didn’t do that.
“We didn’t think it was going to be quite as tough as it has been early doors. We have had plenty of team meetings about the situation and the players have took it on board to a man.
“They have been magnificent.”
Alfreton are on the road again this Saturday when they have the second of a trilogy of away games.
The Reds go to Essex to face Braintree Town at Cressing Road. Kick-off is 3pm and ATFC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 8.45am. Seats Can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on (01773) 836251.
Good Friday sees another tough game with a trip to second-placed Wrexham.
On Easter Monday, York City visit the Impact Arena for a 3pm kick-off.