Match report – Alfreton Town 0-0 Tamworth

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 6th February 2024

Here we have the latest match report from the Alfreton Football Club website for the Alfreton Town 0-0 Tamworth game on Saturday, February 4:

With Tamworth having won nine of their last ten fixtures and currently six matches without conceding, Alfreton knew that they were in for a tough afternoon’s work. Billy Heath made two changes from the midweek defeat at Chorley with Brisley and Thewlis returning to the starting eleven in place of Clackstone and Salmon. Tamworth made three changes
of their own following their impressive win versus second-place Scunthorpe.
After an impeccably observed minute silence following the passing of season ticket holder Stevie Shea, the match was underway.
Both teams started quickly it was clear to see it was going to be a great battle between two strong teams. The first real chance fell to Tamworth following a long throw from Tonks which Willets rose highest too but fortunately for Alfreton he diverted his header wide of the post. Moments later a mix-up at the back allowed a tenacious Billy Festster to get to a free ball in the box and slide across to an oncoming Liam Waldock but he put his effort overthe bar from 12 yards. On seventeen minutes George Cantrill expertly won the ball back in the middle of the field stopping a promising Tamworth break, not satisfied with just regaining the ball he played through Thewlis and our number seven rounded the Tamworth keeper and rolled into the empty net but it was adjudged to be offside.
Alfreton seemed to have a real foothold in the game but against the run of play, it was Tamworth that had the next big chance. Creaney regained the ball in a good area and released Cullinane-Liburd into the final third, the ball was set for Williams whose shot was saved well by Willis at his front post.
Alfreton as always were dangerous from set plays. A well-worked corner routine saw Perritt free in space 6 yards out but his header was cleared off the line to the delight of the Tamworth supporters at the far end. In the closing minutes of the first half, Brisley was unable to get on the end of a dangerous inswinging free kick from Newall, and the half ended goalless.
As the second half started Alfreton were wondering if they were going to rue not capitalising on their first-half pressure. Alfreton started the brighter but failed to create any meaningful chances in the opening exchanges and it was Tamworth who tested the opposing team’s defence first with two corner kicks lofted into a crowded 6-yard box but Alfreton were equal to the efforts.
Tamworth’s main threat seemed to come from breakaway counterattacks. On sixty-seven minutes the Lambs broke well down the right-hand side following an Alfreton attack and Miles and Williams combined before crossing to Deacon but his shot was blocked and rebounded back off the striker for a goal kick. The closest either team came to a goal fell on seventy minutes. Liam Waldock opened his body after receiving the ball just outside the box and curled his effort onto the post, the ball dropped to the feet of Lund who struck it goal-bound but a last-ditch block from a Tamworth defender meant the ball hit the bar and to safety for Tamworth. Alfreton could not have come any closer without scoring.
At the other end, Tamworth then had a couple of chances of their own. First Deacon managed to divert a header into the path of Creaney but he lifted his effort over the bar. Dolman then had an effort that went well wide of the Alfreton goal after some nice build-up play from the visitors. Between 60 and 70 minutes both teams saw efforts blocked which was a testament to the battling spirit in the match, something Billy Heath was quick to praise in his post-match interview. On 80 minutes an ever-dangerous Williams released substitute Arlott-John but his cross
was cleared for a corner by Lund. The resulting corner was collected well by Willis. Willis’s afternoon on a whole was quiet but our number one was excellent when required.
Alfreton continued to push for a winner when Waldock hit a half-volley from outside the box but his effort was wide of Singh’s goal. Perrit who was fantastic all afternoon then forced
a corner when his cross to Fewster was intercepted by Dolman. Unfortunately the subsequent corner was dealt with easily.
Tamworth then had one last corner into the crowded Alfreton box but it was dealt with well and both teams had to settle for a point.
A brilliant battle between two honest sides.

Alfreton now head to Curzon on Tuesday, January 6, knowing a win will put them back in the play off places.

ALFRETON: Willis; Brisley, Digie, Perritt, Newall, Cantrill, Lund, Waldock, Fewster , Thewlis [Salmon, 77], McDonagh. Other Subs; Wiley, Clackstone, Day, Askew,

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