Alfreton Town will find it tougher - Nicky Law

Nicky Law

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law fears retaining their Blue Square Bet Premier status will be even tougher next term.

The Reds avoided relegation last season thanks to a superb run of six wins from seven games during March and April.

But Law said: "The game has got bigger. There are lots of clubs chucking money at players. Some wages are staggering.

"I am hearing of players picking up huge signing-on fees as well as appearance money and other add-ons, but that is an avenue we can't go down."

Law's side were threatened with relegation during their first season in the top tier of non-league football until the closing stages of the season.

He added: "It is definitely going to be harder to survive this season, but I am sure we will be ready to go once the season comes around."