Match report: Spennymoor Town 2-1 Alfreton Town

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Thu 7th March 2024

Here is the latest match report from Alfreton Town from the Alfreton Football Club’s website for their game against Spennymoor Town on Tuesday, March 5.

Alfreton suffer first defeat to Spennymoor in five meetings
Despite losing 1-2 at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night Alfreton Town remain in a play-off position in the National League North.
Skipper Dwayne Wiley had given the Reds a bright start by firing them ahead on just eight minutes, rifling home from the edge of the six-yard box after Harry Perritt had headed on a Liam Waldock corner kick.
Spennymoor responded with Will Harris intercepting two Reds’ players on the half-way line to procure a magnificent parry from George Willis, the keeper then adjusting to field Danny Greenfield’s well struck follow-up.
On 20 minutes it was Moors’ keeper Brad James who stole the lime-light with an outstanding save to deny Waldock’s free-kick that had been earned by Jordan Thewlis.
Alfreton appeared to be well on top when Kennedy Digie had James making another sprawling save from a trademark Adam Lund throw after 27 minutes, but the game changed in the few minutes before half-time.
First of all Thewlis appeared for all money to have been brought down from Gerry McDonagh’s sublime pass, with penalty appeals swept aside, then within seconds at the other end the hosts found an equaliser through an angled drive by Harris from a Rob Ramshaw through-ball.
A couple of efforts early in the second half involving Thewlis augered well for Alfreton, Willis setting him up for the initial chance with a route-one clearance with James parrying his shot, then another long Lund throw allowed Wiley to flick the ball on for McDonagh, whose shot was blocked before Thewlis shot wide.
It was all in vain though on the hour mark when Greenfield shot Moors ahead following a protracted attack.
Harris broke free again on 63 but his effort was successfully blocked, then Digie’s bid for an equaliser was quashed when his header from a Waldock corner was held by James, then Thewlis could only find the side-netting from a Waldock pass.
Try as they might the Reds could not draw level, the last real opening fading away when George Cantrill fired wide after Josh Clackstone’s goal-bound effort had been charged down.

ALFRETON: Willis; Perritt (Clackstone h/t), Digie, Wiley, Newall, Lund Thewlis, Fewster (Day 65), Cantrill, Waldock (Brisley 85), McDonagh. Other subs: Salmon, Askew.

Referee: Lee Hible
Attendance: 1007

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