Match report – Alfreton Town 3-0 Bishop Stortford

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 18th March 2024

Here is the latest match report from Alfreton Town from the Alfreton Football Club’s website. The report, by Joseph Gill, is for the Reds’ game against Bishop Stortford in Saturday (March 16).

Alfreton record comfortable home win against relegated Blues

A resilient Alfreton performance helped complete the double over Bishop’s Stortford securing all three points.
The win saw Alfreton move up into fifth place and further their chances of qualifying for the National League North play-offs.
A brace from Alfreton’s top goal scorer Jordan Thewlis and a goal from Billy Fewster sealed the victory for the Reds as they saw off bottom of the league Bishop’s Stortford.
The opening ten minutes saw a well fought contest from both sides.
The teams tried their best to force an opening in the opposing defence but to no avail, however, the first real opportunity would present itself in the thirteenth minute.
Adam Lund made a neat pass to George Cantrill, his curling pass from the right of the area found the feet of Jordan Thewlis but Stortford’s captain Jack Giddens got down just in time to deny him.
Cantrill proved to be a handful; his movement constantly caused the away team problems in from the right side.
This time his pass found the head of Thewlis, but Giddens was on hand to collect the effort. Bishop’s Stortford enjoyed an attacking spell which tested the Ofton defence.
Some great footwork by forward Aaron Greene beat Josh Clackstone which led to a cross in from the left flank, the ball failed to find a Bishop Stortford player.
Shortly after, Stortford had another opportunity to get themselves on the scoresheet, this time Jack Thomas laid off a ball to Greene, but his attempt glided too far left of the post and into the stands.
Alfreton would draw first blood through Thewlis who claimed his fourteenth goal of the campaign.
Thewlis brilliantly got on to the ball that was flicked on by Jake Day and his audacious chip found its way past Giddens and into the net to round off a fantastic goal to end the half.
Alfreton kept the intensity up in the second half, lacing attack after attack into The Blue’s box, which eventually caused a breakthrough.
After a slight scramble in the box, Kennedy Digie’s poked the ball to Thewlis who calmly slotted it away for his second of the afternoon and his fifteenth of the season.
Bishop Stortford enjoyed a good portion of the possession from the seventy-fifth minute and looked as if they could have created something.
Givanni McGregory found space from outside the area and struck a long-range effort goalward but George Willis did well to comfortably gather the threat.
Ofton eventually took back the majority of the possession as substitute Ryan Taylor slipped a ball to Billy Fewster who received the ball and made a sharp cut in.
His shot bent perfectly around the defence to beat Giddens and it beautifully nestled itself into the bottom right corner, which secured a third goal and all three points for Alfreton.
Alfreton are on the road this Saturday where they will travel to rival playoff chasers, Brackley Town in what will be a tough test.

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