Double win for Alfreton Town against Buxton

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 3rd January 2024

Alfreton Town have had a double win in their latest National League North matches – both which were against Buxton.

Here are the match reports from Alfreton Town’s last two matches which were both against Buxton. The reports and pictures are from the Alfreton Football Club’s website.

REPORT | Buxton 1-2 Alfreton Town – 01.01.24

Reds record festive double over Bucks in brilliant performance
Alfreton Town completed a rare festive double over county rivals Buxton at Silverlands on New Year’s Day, and an even rarer victory on an artificial surface.
The Reds had only ever won at Tamworth [twice] on such a surface, stretching back 30 years to a 0-3 defeat at Hyde United one of the original plastic pitches of the 90’s.
Yet the outcome could have been so different with Buxton squandering two glorious chances before 75 seconds had ticked by, Eoin McKeown denied by George Willis at close quarters before Kennedy Digie bravely blocked with Sam Osborne looking certain to score. Diego de Giralamo then fired high and wide from an even better position just moments later.
As it was Alfreton scored from their first telling attack, Adam Lund leaping to head home Liam Waldock’s corner as defender Connor Kirby slipped
At the mid-point of the first half Willis had to save a low Osborne drive and Eoin McKeown’s effort was blocked, but the Reds came back again to double their advantage on 44 minutes.
It was Waldock who fired home from the edge of the area following a defensive error, but the visitors should have been awarded a penalty in added time when Lewis Salmon was clearly pulled back by Tommy Elliott.
Just three minutes after the interval Sam Minihan reduced the arrears from close range amidst a hectic goalmouth scramble, but Buxton scarcely posed any further threat, apart from an attempted hook from a through-ball by Osborne that he just failed to connect with when clear.
Late sorties from Salmon and Nathan Newall broke down as Alfreton broke upfield from their defensive priorities, safely negotiating eight minutes of added time to secure the “double”.

ALFRETON: Willis; Perritt [Clackstone 64], Digie, Wiley [Brisley 80],
Newall, Lund, Cantrill, Waldock, Fewster [Thewlis 90+1], Salmon, Taylor.
other subs: Day, Askew.
Referee: Jonathan Maskrey
Attendance: 851


MATCH REPORT | Alfreton Town 2-1 Buxton – 26.12.23

Reds come from behind to take local bragging rights with a second successive Boxing Day win over Bucks
Alfreton Town emerged on top from a difficult Derbyshire derby when Buxton visited the Impact Arena on Boxing Day.
Despite trailing to a 27th minute Tommy Elliott goal, fashioned by Eoin McKeown’s sprightly run down the left flank, the Reds came back to register a vital 2-1 win.
They were level by the 40th minute when Jake Day was impeded as he went to head home Liam Waldock’s inviting cross, Jordan Thewlis the calmest man on the field as he stroked home the ensuing spot-kick.
The winning goal, scrappy that it was, arrived nine minutes from time after Billy Fewster’s energetic run into the area, his effort partially saved by Dearnley before rearing up off a defender for Lewis Salmon to score from close range.
Buxton had clearly enjoyed the upper hand early doors, but determination and doggedness left Alfreton well in control as the game progressed.
The visitors bayed for a penalty on 14 minutes as McKeown was sent sprawling from an Elliott cross, with George Willis forced to make a point-blank save from McKeown eight minutes later.
Buxton keeper Max Dearnley was obliged to make a similar save on 31 minutes from Kennedy Digie’s astute header off a Nathan Newall corner, then five minutes before the equaliser Thewlis netted from an Adam Lund throw only for the goal to be mysteriously ruled out.
Early in the second half Dwayne Wiley’s half-volley from another long throw lacked enough power to beat Dearnley, then a Wiley header from another Newall corner was only just off target
Waldock’s 72nd minute volley from the edge of the area deserved better than a goak-kick as it appeared to be diverted over the bar by a Bucks’ defender
The last of the chances before the winning goal came at the other end, Sam Minihan firing wide off balance.

ALFRETON: Willis; Clackstone [Perritt h/t], Wiley, Digie, Newall,
Lund, Thewlis [Fewster 69], Cantrill, Salmon. Waldock, Day [Taylor 84].
other subs: Brisley, Askew.
Referee: Ben Robinson
Attendance: 762

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