Match report – Alfreton Town 3-0 Gloucester City

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Thu 11th April 2024

Here is the latest match report from Alfreton Town from the Alfreton Football Club’s website.

Alfreton Town 3-0 Gloucester City – Tuesday, April 9

Reds take giant step to play off qualification with 3-0 victory over relegated Tigers

A windy Impact Arena hosted an under-the-lights clash between Alfreton Town and relegated Gloucester City.
Alfreton’s top scorer Jordan Thewlis’ brace sends The Reds into fifth with just two games left of the regular season.
Billy Heath once again names an unchanged lineup that saw a goalless draw at home to playoff rivals Curzon Ashton last Saturday.
Alfreton had the first real chance of the game which saw a long-range effort from Nathan Newall spilled by Gloucester keeper Jared Thompson, Jake Day pounced upon it and put the ball into the back of the net however, the linesman ruled it out for offside.
Gloucester replied to the early scare well, as a scramble from a poorly delivered corner saw Harlain Mbayo’s stabbed shot saved well by George Willis.
Moments later, captain Dwayne Wiley was on the end of a poor clearance by the Gloucester defence however he saw his well-struck effort on the edge of the box rise just over the bar.
There were penalty claims from the Alfreton players as Thewlis was through on goal and went down after his shot from a supposed shove in the back however the referee waived play on.
Theo Robinson had The Tigers’ best opportunity of the first half when he was at the end of a cross that the Alfreton backline struggled to clear.
However, his chipped effort didn’t have enough power to beat Willis.
The first booking of the game came inside 33 minutes after a late challenge from Gloucester’s Brandon Ligget on the halfway line.
Thewlis was on the end of a chipped ball into the Gloucester box and won a penalty inside 38 minutes, he then went on to step up to the spot which he saw his penalty saved but he reacted well and converted the rebound for his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.
The Reds comfortably saw the remainder of the first half well and went into the interval a goal up.
As the teams made their way into the dressing room the referee was unhappy with the Gloucester manager, which ultimately ended with him receiving a yellow card.
Just 45 seconds after the interval Liam Waldock doubled Alfreton’s lead after a ball in from the left-hand side failed to be dealt with by Gloucester and Waldock was there to tap in his 14th of the season.
Billy Heath’s side continued to put the pressure on, as Adam Lund was at the end of a corner which saw his headed attempt brilliantly cleared off the line.
A long throw into the box from Lund missed everyone and ended up in the goal however it was disallowed due to a shove in the back of the Gloucester keeper.
Joe Hanks was the next name in the referee’s book due to dissent.
Just minutes later Tyrone Duffus was late into a challenge near the corner flag which made him the fourth man into the book. The free kick was whipped into the box where Jake Day saw his effort strike the post.
However top scorer Thewlis was there to give The Reds their third.
Newall delivered a great ball in from a free kick on the halfway line where Thompson made a fantastic double save to deny Day and Kennedy Digie.
A fifth yellow card was handed out to Gloucester’s Josh Smile for dissent as he was unhappy that the game was not stopped for an injury.
A game full of cards saw Alfreton’s Digie next into the book for a late challenge on the halfway line.
Day brought down an over-the-top ball beautifully and remained composed taking it round a Gloucester defender however he couldn’t keep his chipped effort down.
Willis denied Gloucester’s best chance of the game thus far as substitute Jamie Creed’s strike was saved which was destined for the bottom right corner.
Heath was the final man into the referee’s book for dissent once again.
Alfreton remained the better side and continued to control the ball well until the final whistle to confirm all three points and a fourth clean sheet in a row for Heath’s side.
Alfreton will host Spennymoor this Saturday (Aril 13), which on paper will be a tight game as Spennymoor fight to get into the playoff positions alongside Alfreton.

Alfreton Town: Willis (GK), Clackstone, Newall, Lund (90’ Gerry McDonagh), Digie, Wiley (C), Cantrill (79’ Harry Perritt), Day, Waldock, Fewster, Thewlis (74’ Lewis Salmon).

Gloucester City: Thompson (GK), Hamilton (C) (79’ Owen Brian) , Mbayo, Duffus, Ligget, Smile (88’ Elliott Durrell), Pinchard, Hanks, Barlow, Robinson, Smalley (62’ Jamie Creed).

Attendance: 386

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