Match report – Alfreton Town 1-1 Kings Lynn Town

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Thu 29th February 2024

Here is the latest match report from Alfreton Town from the Alfreton Football Club’s website for their game against Kings Lynn Town on Tuesday, February 27.

Improved second half sees Alfreton claim a share of points with Linnets
Alfreton Town stretched their unbeaten run at the Impact Arena to eight as they forced back to earn a hard earned share of the points with Kings Lynn Town.
The Reds faced a quick turnaround after Saturday’s late disappointment at Scunthorpe. The Linnets of Kings Lynn were the visitors on a cold Tuesday night at the Impact Arena and they came into the game in the best form of their season having gone unbeaten in their previous four matches.
It’s understandable for Reds fans to view King’s Lynn Town as a bogey team having gone winless in the last EIGHT against the Linnets. The reverse fixture in August saw Alfreton fall to a 2-1 defeat, with all three goals in 15 second-half minutes.
Onto the game itself, Billy made one change to the starting eleven which saw Shaun Brisley come back into the side in place of Ken Digie. Digie was initially named on the bench but following an assessment of a cut above the eye sustained against Scunthorpe was left out and George Dickinson was named on the bench instead.
The match kicked off and started brightly but the first 15 minutes passed without any chances for either team. Alfreton Town was yet to concede a home goal in the calendar year but that was broken after 20 minutes when Davenport picked up a Willis clearance in the middle of the park and perfectly played the ball through to an onrushing Hargreaves who made no mistake in despatching the first clear opportunity of the match.
King’s Lynn continued to have the best of the first half by containing Alfreton well and subsequently reduced them to little openings. Alfreton’s best chance of the half came after 32 minutes after a couple of quick-fire crosses were flashed across the Linnets box but Alfreton was unable to divert the ball into the goal.
The half came to a close and Alfreton had work to do. This season Billy has very rarely changed his side early, but at halftime, Josh Clackstone was introduced and there was a clear change in shape for the Reds. The half started initially as the first half finished, with King’s Lynn creating the best of the chances. Two corners for the Linets in quick succession saw the Norfolk side try and bundle the ball into the back of the Ofton net but to no avail. The best chance of the half for King’s Lynn came on 62 minutes as Stephens was played through and forced a good save from Willis.
Jake Day who has been influential off the bench of late replaced Jordan Thewlis on the hour mark. Instantly the game turned, and Gerry Mcdonagh able to operate in a different role following Day’s introduction became more involved and following some nice interplay with both Nathan Newall and Josh Clackstone, generated balls into the box on multiple occasions.
Just 14 minutes after his introduction it was Jake Day who levelled for Alferton. A wicked ball into the box from Lund was pitch-perfect but Day still had plenty to do. He rose above his man and slammed the header home for his 10th goal in all competitions setting Alfreton on the charge for a winner.
Following the goal it was all Alfreton. The momentum was clearly with Alfreton as they set upon getting a winner and securing another important three points. The best chance of the game fell seconds before the final whistle, Lund crossed low which Jones in goal parried into the path of McDonagh but the well-hit shot was blocked by one of the many King’s Lynn defenders doing everything they could to defy the striker. The ball then came out to the edge of the box, Perrit crossed well, Clackstone flicked it towards goal and Jones pushed the ball onto the outside of the post, and that was that, full time.
A valiant effort from Alfreton and another point in the right direction. Onto Saturday.
ALFRETON: Willis; Perritt, Digie, Brisley, Newall, Cantrill, Waldock, Lund, Thewlis [Day 61], Fewster [Clackstone 45′], McDonagh. Unused: Salmon, Askew, Dickinson.
Referee: Jake Allsopp
Attendance: 412.

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