Football match report – Alfreton Town 3-0 Blyth Spartans

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 18th December 2023

Here is the latest from Alfreton Football Club.
The National League North match report and photos from the game between Alfreton Town and Blyth Spartans on Saturday, December 16, are from the Alfreton FC website.

Alfreton Town took just three minutes to end their goal drought when they entertained Blyth Spartans on Saturday in the National League North.
Not only did the Reds win with a degree of comfort, having just endured 180 minutes of football against League Two outfit Walsall in the FACup, but they recorded their first league double of the season as well as keeping a clean sheet.
It was Lewis Salmon, in only his second start since returning from a lengthy injury, that set the ball rolling with a crisp half-volley after George Cantrill had headed back a trademark long throw from Adam Lund.
Their advantage was doubled in the second minute of first-half added time when Nathan Newall sent Jordan Thewlis on a run down the left, before the latter fired home from an acute angle.
The third goal came on 79 minutes when Jake Day had a second bite at the cherry after initially firing at keeper Dan Langley, when sent through by a peach of a pass from Billy Fewster – Liam Waldock quickly returned the ball to Day for an astute finish.
Alfreton had continued to press after their good start and a seventh minute run by Salmon ended with Day heading wide.
Harry Perritt latched on to a weak back pass to win a corner at the near post with a strong drive, then in Blyth’s first attack of any note Jon Shaw fired across the face of the Reds’ goal, but there were no recipients on hand.
Home fans were aggrieved when the referee waved play on as Salmon was bowled over as he chased a Cantrill through-ball, then in response Elliott Forbes forced a low save out of George Willis.
Immediately after the interval Spartans survived a hectic goalmouth scramble with Kennedy Digie almost managing to stab the ball home, then both Waldock and Day went close before Digie’s effort from a corner had to be cleared off the line.
Mikael Ndjoli should have netted a consolation for the visitors, whose afternoon was summed up when his header at the back posted flew harmlessly wide.

ALFRETON: Willis, Clackstone, Digie, Brisley, Newall, Lund, Cantrill, Thewlis (Stacey 90+1), Perritt (Waldock 35), Salmon (Fewster 70), Day. Other subs: Taylor, Askew. Referee: Matthew Scholes. Attendance: 397

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