Latest match report and preview from Alfreton Town

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 2nd February 2024

Here is the latest match report from Alfreton Town, as well as the latest preview for their next game – both are taken from the Alfreton Football Club’s website.

Match Report: Chorley 3-2 Alfreton Town

Unbeaten runs comes to and end on Tuesday (January 30) night
For the second time in quick succession Alfreton Town were involved in a five-goalscoring glut in the North-West, when they visited Chorley on Tuesday night.
And just as they had taken the lead at Southport three days earlier the Reds once again found themselves trailing at the interval, but whereas they went on to win 3-2 on Saturday this time that score-line was reversed.
Alfreton had been dealt a blow before the kick-off with key defenders Dwayne Wiley and Shaun Brisley unavailable, so the heart of the back four was shuffled around.
The third minute had seen Billy Fewster’s shot inadvertently blocked by colleague Lewis Sakmon, but the Reds took the lead in the 18th minute when Liam Waldock’s lethal corner was helped into the net by Chorley’s Jack Hazlehurst at the near post.
For the next few minutes Alfreton appeared to be comfortably in control, but Carlton Ubaezuonu volleyed on to George Willis’ crossbar on 27 minutes to herald the hosts first opening of the game.
By the 34th minute Chorley had equalised through Harvey Smith following a free-kick, before Hazlehurst atoned for his earlier own-goal by scoring amidst a goalmouth scramble ten minutes later.
A similar melee just two minutes after the interval saw Harry Perritt restore parity following a typical long throw by Adam Lund, then on 57 minutes vociferous appeals for hand-ball were ignored as Waldock’s shot appeared to be blocked by a defender’s arm.
Another hectic scramble following a 77th minute corner led to Ubaezuonu firing home the Magpie’s winner from close range, but there was still time for Kennedy Digie and Jake Day to go close before the latter was caught off-side from Waldock’ s blocked shot.

ALFRETON: Willis; Clackstone, Digie, Perritt, Newall, Cantrill, Lund, Waldock, Fewster [Day 80], Salmon [Thewlis 63], McDonagh. Other subs; Askew, Stacey, Dickensen.

Preview for Alfreton Town v Tamworth on Saturday, February 3

Reds look to pull off note worthy double over Lambs
Alfreton Town return home on Saturday for the first time in nearly a month when they host table toppers Tamworth in the first game in a pivotal February.
After some tough and taxing fixtures throughout January Alfreton’s six match unbeaten run was halted on Tuesday night. The Reds travelled to Victory Park Chorley for the second fixture against the Magpies this year and despite taking the lead suffered a 3-2 defeat.
The loss leaves Billy Heath’s men in ninth place just a single point adrift of the play off places with up to three games in hand on the majority of the teams above them.
The unforgiving schedule continues with the Reds three huge games over the opening week or so of February starting with the visit to Derbyshire of the most in form team in the division in Tamworth.
Since Promotion back to Step 2 in the summer Andy Peak’s Lambs have defied all expectations this season and have proven a formidable side.
They extended their lead at the top to twelve points on Tuesday night with a crucial 1-0 win at title rivals Scunthorpe United. Indeed, Tamworth are in such fine fettle that not only was their ninth win in their last ten games the Lambs haven’t conceded a single goal in their last six outings. The last goal conceded by Peaks side was scored by Rushall in their last game of 2023.
So Tamworth present a tough challenge on Saturday but Alfreton are one of only three sides to have won at the Lamb Ground. Jordan Thewlis’s second half winner back in August means Alfreton have the opportunity to record a noteworthy double over their opponents.
However Billy Heath will be under no illusion at the imposing challenge that Tamworth presents and will be checking on the fitness of central defenders Shaun Brisley and Dwayne Wiley who both missed the defeat at Chorley.
Tamworth last visited the Impact almost six years to the day when a double from Craig Westcarr secured an important 2-1 win for Ofton on February 10th 2018. They will be without influential midfielder Jamie Jellis who recently made a move to EFL league Two side Walsall for an undisclosed fee.

Alfreton have also announced a promotion that allows all under 18s to gain free admission to the Impact Arena if accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets can be purchased https://ticketpass.org/event/EIFAFW/alfreton-town-fc-v-tamworth-fc
Parking at the Impact Arena is incredibly limited. We recommend 
the pay and display parking on Rogers Lane, DE55 7FF and also at Severn Square, DE55 7BT – both are a five to ten minute walk to and from the Impact Arena.
Please be considerate of residents on the estate next to the arena, particularly Connaught Court, Bentley Close and North Street. We ask supporters to avoid parking in the residential areas around the ground and instead ask that you follow the advice and park in the pay and display car parks.
For further information go to here

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