10 January 2017
Alfreton Town eased into the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night, with a commanding performance against a plucky Borrowash Victoria side that never gave up.
Goals from Niall Heaton, Paul Clayton and Adam Priestley were enough to seal the tie for the Reds, a corner count of 11-1 in their favour giving an accurate indication of the evening's progress.
However Borrowash looked sharp on the odd occaision they moved forward beyond the Red's defence, Derek Ubah going close from Mikey Fitzhugh's 24th minute free-kick.
Clayton for the Red's had directed a header from a Mark Shelton's cross onto the cross-bar after 21 minutes.
Two minutes later Heaton's close range header from a Shelton corner gave Alfreton the lead, the latter then unleashing a powerful 25 yard shot that cannoned back off the post into keeper Darren Keeling's custody.
Keeling then saved well from Liam Hearn's well struck 43rd minute volley, either side of which Priestley went close with glancing headers.
It was 2-0 to the Reds after 61 minutes when Priestley's drive was parried by Keeling, but only as far as Clayton who headed home from virtually underneath the cross-bar.
An effort from Heaton was blocked braveley by Jake Brown from a Kallum Mantack cross, then another volley from Priestley was parried by Keeling before the scoring was concluded in the 76th minute.
At last Priestley found his name on the score-sheet, his shot taking a slight deflection as it flew into the net from the edge of the area, despite Keeling's best attempt to palm the ball aside, the keeper then going on to deny the scorer with another good save with four minutes remaining.
Alfreton Town Team:
Speiss, Mantack, Kennedy, Gascoigne, Heaton, Marshall, Wilson ( Monkhouse 71), Shelton, Hearn, Clayton (Mauve 83), Priestley
Subs not used : Nyoni, Westcarr, Jordan
Borrowash Victoria Team:
Borrowash Victoria :
Keeling, Shaffique, Labatte, Ubah, Brown, Plant, Livingstone ( Gratton 50), Nadine. Fitzhugh ( Bowler 76), Rowley, Kabongo
Sub not used : Meads
Man of the Match: Nigel Smith