03 December 2016
Joe Ironside scored four goals in total, for Alfreton in their final Conference National season, yet took a mere 60 minutes to register the same number against the Reds, when they visited Nuneaton on Saturday.
With Brad McGowan, Cecil Nyoni and George Edmundson, all suspended, Alfreton were at a disadvantage from the off, but seemed to be on the right track, when Adam Smith was on hand to stab the ball in from close range, after Ryan Wilson's 13th minute deep cross had been flicked on by Paul Clayton.
Kallum Mantack was adjudged to have impeded Ironside on 25 minutes, with the striker duly converting the resultant penalty. Jordan Nicholson then went close, after a huge Exodus Geoghaghon throw.
Two minutes after the break the Red's nearly regained the lead, through Clayton, after his shot was blocked by Dibble. Westcarr also tested Dibble with a good free kick.
Fabian Speiss made a brilliant save from Nicholson, after parrying another Geoghagon long throw, then Dibble saved from Smith, before Nuneaton took the lead in the 65th minute after Terry Kennedy mistimed a clearance from the keeper, giving Ironside the opportunity to slot past Speiss.
Nine minutes later it was 3-1, when Ironside converted another penalty, after Kennedy inadvertently handled in the area, to complete his hat-trick. The former Red, went on to net his fourth goal, lashing home an 85th minute, corner, after another good save from Speiss.
Nuneaton Town : Dibble, Penny, Leahy, Morgan ( Tempest 82), Langhead, Geoghagon, Clifton, Elliott, Ironside (Daniels 90), Styche (Williams 71 ), Nicholson.
Subs not used : Anderson, Taylor
Alfreton Town : Speiss, Mantack, Kennedy, Heaton, Monkhouse, Adam Smith (Allen 78), Wilson, Marshall, Westcarr (Priestley 78), Hearn ( Shelton 58), Clayton
Subs not used : Jordan, Sam Smith
Referee : Matthew Donohue
Attendance : 465
Referee: Matthew Donohue