Alfreton Town's Nicky Law relishing well-earned break

Nicky Law
Nicky Law proudly shows off the championship trophy

Alfreton Town boss Nicky Law says he is relishing a well-earned break and does not want to fret about life in the Blue Square Bet Premier next season.

The Reds clinched promotion by winning the Blue Square Bet North title on Easter Saturday.

But Law wants time to adjust to life in the top flight of non-league football.

"I'm delighted but if I'm honest I don't really want to think about that yet, I want to get to the season out of the way," Law told BBC Radio Derby.

"Then we have seven weeks before I go away on holiday and I have a lot of work to do...and then I want to go away and turn my phone off for 10 days!"

Law said promotion had been the culmination of a lot of hard work from all concerned at the club and said he was relieved to see all that effort pay off.

At one stage it looked like the Reds would romp to the title after a blistering start to the season that saw them win 15 of their opening 18 league games.

And they ensured that brilliant beginning was not wasted despite a few hiccups and a hectic fixture list caused by the freezing winter that saw them forced to play two games most weeks from the start of the year.

Law added: "It's been a four-year project. It's been a slow process and at times I wondered whether we would ever get there but we have done.

"I'm pleased for the players - absolutely delighted for them. I was so anxious for them to get over the line because they are such a great group.

"And for the the chairman - he has been here 14 years and it must be the pinnacle for him. We will just go on and see what we can do for next year and test ourselves again."

Top scorer Liam Hearn, who has 27 league goals ahead of the last game of the season on Saturday when Nuneaton visit the Impact Arena, said securing promotion by beating Redditch was wonderful.

"The feeling is unbelievable," Hearn said. "To win 4-0 at home in front of our own fans, with the pitch invasion at the end was magic. We missed out two years running so to make it third time lucky was quality.

"At the beginning of the season we were flying, then we had a bad patch but we got through it and are champions.

"I think we hold our own in the league above. Promotion will be hard thing and we can't get ahead of ourselves. But we will work hard and we held our own against Mansfield and Cambridge [in the FA Trophy]."

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