Posted by: Laura Hammond
Mon 22nd August 2022
Written by Szymon Gasiorowski
Reds hit four to secure first win of the season.
Stunning long-range strikes from Dayle Southwell and Bailey Hobson helped Alfreton coast to their first Vanarama National League North win of the season in fine style, beating Southport 4-0 at the Impact Arena.
Fraser Preston also added a goal before the break to send the Impact Arena into party mode at half-time.
Alfreton took control of the game in the early periods and did not look like a side without a win in their first three games, as they put the visitors under heavy pressure.
Hobson ran through the centre of Southport’s defence and cut in on his right foot, but his venomous right-footed effort from outside the box went narrowly over the bar.
Liam Watson’s men hit back through Jordan McFarlane-Archer moments later, whose free header from eight yards out troubled George Willis.
The Reds broke the deadlock midway through the first half in spectacular fashion, as Hobson crashed a stunning half-volley in off the post from outside the area.
Southwell doubled the lead moments later with an outrageous strike from twenty yards that rifled into the top corner beyond despairing Cameron Mason.
Billy Heath’s men were fuelled with confidence and looking to end their frustrating start to the season, Fraser Preston added a third minutes before half-time as he turned the ball home with a deft header across the goal to register his first of the campaign.
The impressive end to the first half allowed Alfreton to lower the tempo after the break and control the game in a more professional manner.
Southwell poked home a fourth shortly after to complete the rout following a goalmouth scramble after Adam Lund’s long throw.
Lewis Whitham almost made it five in the dying embers as he raced clean through but with the angle against him, Mason managed to save neatly with his legs.
The Reds saw the game out comfortably and continue their unbeaten start to the season and move above the visitors into the playoffs, following a third consecutive clean sheet.
Victory against Southport made it just one loss in 15 for Heath’s men, an impressive run dating back to March.
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