FINEST WIN IN ALFRETON TOWN'S 53-YEAR HISTORY

FT: Wrexham 0    1 Alfreton Town

06 April 2012

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LET'S make no mistake about it, Good Friday heralded the finest win in Alfreton Town's 53-year history, and is the biggest measure yet of just how far this club has come.
 
  The game at Wrexham, witnessed by a bumper holiday crowd of 4,673 who were anticipating that the second-placed hosts would consolidate their push for promotion, may not have been a classic but Alfreton were rewarded by climbing into 14th spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier on merit.
 
  A solitary goal by Anthony Wilson two minutes before the interval was enough to secure the Reds' fifth away win on the bounce and their seventh victory from the last eight games, with only the nine-goal thriller at home to Mansfield preventing a clean sweep.
 
  Darran Kempson and Nathan Arnold both returned after injury, but unfortunately the latter had to be replaced by half-time, along with central defender Adam Quinn, yet a solid defensive and midfield performance was hardly ruffled by the enforced changes.
 
  Wrexham huffed and puffed for 25 minutes before making a direct approach as their fans became increasingly jittery, knowing that only a win for the Welshmen would suffice if they were to maintain their push for the title and automatic promotion back to the Football League.
 
  Meanwhile Alfreton quietly and efficiently went about their task, with Kempson's header from Josh Law's eighth minute corner having to be hacked clear by Danny Wright.
 
  Five minutes later a neat flick inside by Adam Cunnington released Jake Moult for a wayward shot from 20 yards, but another difficult pitch limited both sides' endeavours.
 
  When Wrexham finally roused from their slumbers Reds' keeper Jon Stewart had to race out of goal to clear as player-manager Andy Morrell played Wright through, then in the 27th minute Morrell's looping header was held by Stewart.
 
  An enticing cross from Arnold was cleared by Jamie Tolley as both Wilson and Moult homed in, then Stewart held a low drive from Mathias Pogba.
 
  The game swung dramatically in Alfreton's favour when Cunnington won a corner on the right in the 42nd minute which Law duly delivered, Wilson laying off for Kempson to see his hooked shot cleared off the line by Dean Keates.
 
  From the subsequent flag-kick, taken again by Law on the opposite flank, Wilson was left unmarked 12 yards out to power a header past Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi.
 
  Moult's 45th minute cross saw Cunnington wrestled to the ground without hearing a whistle before Law's volley was blocked, then two minutes after the restart Stewart had to turn aside Tolley's header from a Pogba lay-off.


HT: Wrexham 0    1 Alfreton Town

Wilson fired well over for the Reds from 16 yards, then a dipping free-kick from Law went close before a hopeful overhead kick by Wilson was comfortably held by Mayebi.

Glen Little went close for Wrexham from 22 yards in the 63rd minute, then two minutes later Morrell's full-blooded drive was somehow blocked by Connor Franklin.

Morrell looked to have successfully played substitute Rob Ogleby through in the 76th minute until Law's timely tackle saved the day, then with just six minutes remaining Cunnington embarked on a by-line run before seeing his shot saved at the near post by Mayebi.

The groans around the stadium were loud and pointed as Pogba squandered a golden opportunity for an equaliser in the 89th minute, allowing the ball to become stuck under his feet inside the six-yard box from Ogleby's penetrating cross.

Into five minutes of added time and Mark Creighton's header from Little's pass was held by Stewart, Ogleby volleyed over when well placed and right at the end Neil Ashton forged his way to the by-line only to pull the ball back so deep that Jamie Mullan was able to skip away into the far corner and ultimate safety.

Alfreton Town Team:

Jon Stewart, Josh Law, Connor Franklin, Adam Quinn (Theo Streete 33), Darran Kempson, Seamus Conneely, Anton Brown, Jake Moult, Nathan Arnold (Jamie Mullan 46), Anthony Wilson, Adam Cunnington.

Substitutes not used: Nicky Deverdics, Daniel Meadows, Paul Clayton

Wrexham Team:

Joslain Mayebi
Neil Ashton
Mark Creighton
Stephen Wright
Dean Keates
Jamie Tolley (Adam Cieslewicz 77)
Nat Knight-Percival
Steven Leslie (Glen Little 55)
Danny Wright (Robert Ogleby 67)
Andy Morrell
Mathias Pogba

Substitutes not used: Chris Maxwell, Chris Westwood.

Goal: Alfreton Town - Anthony Wilson 43 minutes.

Yellow cards:
Wrexham - Wright, Keates, Tolley, Little.
Alfreton Town - Connor Franklin, Jake Moult.

Attendance: 4673

Man of the Match: Darran Kempson

Referee: Peter Banks of Bootle Match Reports

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