Match report – Farsley Celtic 2-3 Alfreton Town

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 11th March 2024

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

Match report – Farsley Celtic 2-3 Alfreton Town – Saturday, March 9

Alfreton land on the right side of a five goal thriller.
Both teams needed a result to turn around a recent run of disappointing form with neither having won in their last three games.
Goals from Day and Waldock appeared to put Alfreton on course for a comfortable win, but a bizarre penalty was awarded to The Celts with seconds remaining in the first half which Ben Atkinson despatched on his club record 311th appearance for Farsley.
Alfreton stared brightly and if it wasn’t for an outstretched right boot of Leban they’d of been ahead within the first thirty seconds. Jake Day did well to play Waldock down the channel, the ball was played back to Clackstone who’s cross fell to Cantrill before setting perfectly to Waldock who’s well struck shot was saved expertly by the Farsley stopper.
Ken Digie had an eventful afternoon and that started with striking the post on the on the twenty minute mark. Waldock headed an initial clearance from Farsley back into the box and McDonagh flicked it into the path of Digie who appeared to be the coolest man in the ground with a composed strike but his effort bounced off the post and away.
Alfreton’s continued to dominate and their pressure was rewarded after twenty three minutes. Liam Waldock charged down a Farsley clearance before he unselfishly put it on a plate for Jake Day to give the visitors the lead with his 11th of the season.
It was delight for Alfreton just six minutes later. Digie and Day worked tenaciously to keep the attack alive following a ball into the box and Liam Waldock cutely lifted the ball into the top corner. A near perfect opening half an hour for the Reds.
The Celts who hadn’t had a shot on goal in the first forty-five minutes were handed a lifeline by referee Michael Robertson-Tont who appeared to the the only man in the ground to adjudged Ken Digie to have handled the ball in the box. After a lengthy delay, Farsley top scorer Ben Atkinson confidently sent the Willis the wrong way. The Reds headed into the break a goal ahead but there was a feeling that it could have been more.
Alfreton who could have felt hard done by, didn’t grovel in their misfortune and started the second brightly. On fifty five minutes the Reds restored their two-goal lead but only following another superb save from Leban. Fortunately for Alfreton, Adam Lund reacted quickest to score after his initial shot was saved and he wheeled away in celebration to the delight of the Alfreton supporters behind the goal.
With Farley creating little to no chances there was a feeling of comfort for Alfreton with their two goal cushion but The Celts again clawed their way back into the game in the sixty second minute. A initial shot was blocked following a corner, before Chris Atkinson’s effort found the roof via a deflection. Chris being the brother of Ben
The game opened up at 3-2 and both sides had openings but it wasn’t for couple of incredible saves from Leban, Alfreton would have been out of sight.
As the game headed into injury time a Waldock corner was headed goal bound by a returning Ryan Taylor but Leban saved well and was up quickly to deny an onrushing Ken Digie. A delightful double save.
Injury time saw Farsley load some late pressure onto the Alfreton defence hunting for what would have been an undeserved equaliser. Leban even found himself in Alfreton’s box looking to get on the scoresheet in the later stages of added time but it wasn’t to be for Farsley and Alfreton saw out a deserved victory and maintain their spot in the play off positions.
It’s another away trip this Tuesday for Alfreton as they travel to fellow play off hopefuls Hereford.

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