Alfreton Town FC

Match report: Telford United 1-2 Alfreton Town

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Mon 31st October 2022

By Lisa Towerzey

Reds climb to fifth in National League North after win at bottom of the table Telford United.

Alfreton Town kept up their recent good run against AFC Telford United to record their fourth successive win over the Bucks in Shropshire on Saturday (October 29).

However, they had to come from behind after Nathan Blissett had given Telford a 14th minute lead with a crisp header from a Devarn Green cross.

The hosts’ lead barely lasted two minutes though, before Bailey Hobson unleashed a screamer from 25 yards that stand-in keeper Maison Campbell could not hold on to and Ahmed Salam reacted quickest to claim his first Alfreton goal.

Deep into first half added time, which had come about through a bizarre stoppage earlier in the game when a drone was flown over the stadium, a Dayle Southwell corner was volleyed back across goal and into the net by Conor Branson to turn around the contest.

Telford had looked dangerous before the opening goal, with Blissett twice going close, but they created precious few chances afterwards, despite a degree of late pressure which the Reds’ rearguard competently soaked up.

A promising move in the 44th minute saw Southwell spray the ball across the width of the pitch to send Josh Clackstone scampering down the right flank, the cross for Salam bringing strong penalty appeals in vain as the Reds’ midfielder appeared to be pushed over.

Alfreton were unable to add to their tally after the break, with their clearest chance being sub Fraser Preston’s awkward header over from a Hobson cross with 11 minutes remaining.

Telford brought on proven scorer Jason Oswell, who on another day might have done better with a couple of good chances late in the game, but the Reds held firm to move up to fifth spot in the National League North.