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Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 16th January 2024

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This match report from the Warrington Town vs Alfreton Town game on Saturday (January 13) is from the Alfreton Football Club website.

Warrington Town 2-2 Alfreton Town

Reds left stunned by late, late Warrington fightback despite dominating for extended periods on first National League North trip to Cantilever Park
Alfreton Town were forced to settle for a point on their first visit to Warrington Town in 29 years on Saturday in National League North after two later goals including a dramatic injury time equalizer from Yellows goalkeeper Dan Atherton snatched the hosts an unlikely share of the spoils,
In front of a healthy crowd of 1095 a Cantilever Park, The Reds had dominated proceedings at and looked to have a comfortable and unassailable two goal lead going in to the closing minutes before two late goals from a Warrington Town team who had created little brought a whole different complexion to the contest.
Alfreton Town had set off in determined fashion with Mark Beesley’s men struggling to contain the Reds in the early stages.
Adam Lund’s free header was blocked from a Liam Waldock corner with just two minutes on the clock before Ofton were soon on the attack again as typically dogged work from George Cantrill won possession with the enigmatic midfielder bearing down on the hosts goal with just one defender to beat.
Cantrill, who had found the net last time out against Chorley elected to try and pick out the oncoming Waldock but Warrington managed to intercept the pass and clear.
However on six minutes, Alfreton did take the lead that their start deserved. Ryan Taylor`s flick on found Liam Waldock who`s ball sought out Lewis Salmon who was felled in the area by Yellows defender Peter Clarke and referee David Jones showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Liam Waldock converted from 12 yards to find the net for the third game in succession and take his season tally to nine goals as Alfreton hit the front.
With 10 minutes still not elapsed another Waldock corner picked out Adam Lund in space but he directed his powerful header wide.
Warrington began to come into the game somewhat thereafter and after great work from Matty Grivosti his cross picked out Isaac Buckley Ricketts who was denied by a fantastic save from Reds custodian George Willis at close quarters.
After a frantic opening quarter chances for both teams were at a premium as the game became a battle in central areas.
On 26 minutes, Ryan Taylor looked to be upended in the box following a succession of Adam Lund long throws but despite some appeals referee Jones was this time unmoved.
Connor Woods fired a rare opening for the hosts wide on 33 minutes before that was the last major action of the first forty five minutes
The second half began in the same vein as the first half had ended with few chances for either side or talking points. What chances were created in the second half were almost exclusively in favour of the Reds until the closing minutes of the contest
Billy Fewster embarked on a strong run on 52 before he was crowded out by the hosts backline.
It wasn’t until the 70th minute that Alfreton made their apparent superiority count as Billy Fewster scored his first league goal of the campaign. Great industry from Jake Day saw he bring the ball forward and find Waldock who made it a goal and an assist as his strong form continued as he delivered a low accurate cross in to the path of an unmarked Fewster who found the net neatly.
Alfreton were in total control and after wonderful, persistent play from Salmon saw he stay onside after a chasing an apparent lost cause and locate Jake Day who had a guilt edged chance to seal the game at 3-0 but he contrived to blaze his effort over the bar with the goal gaping.
The miss seemed to unsettle the Reds and was magnified when just seconds later former Liverpool and Derby County defender Andre Wisdom beat a number of Ofton defenders before rounding Willis to reduce the arrears on 88. This season to galvanise Warrington who threw everything at the Reds in the hope of securing a draw which just minutes early had looked improbable.
In the third of five additional minutes, Warrington threw Goalkeeper Dan Atherton forward who had previously headed home at the death against Farsley Celtic earlier in the season for the Yellows.

The shot stopper who had assisted Warrington’s equalizer in the reverse fixture at the Impact Arena was a thorn in Alfreton`s side again as he popped up with a bullet header from a set play to send the home fans in to the raptures as he became Town’s fifth highest goal scorer this season as the Reds were let shell shocked to leave with just a point from their travels.

ALFRETON: Willis, Perritt, Newall, Lund, Cantrill, Digie, Waldock, Taylor (Day 54), Salmon, Fewster, Wiley(c). Other subs Clackstone, Brisley, Thewlis, Askew.
Attendance 1095
Referee David Jones

Tonight’s match (Tuesday, January 16) between Spennymoor Town v Alfreton Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. A new date will be announced soon.

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