Alfreton Town 0-1 Southport

FT: Alfreton Town 0    1 Southport

19 August 2017

Alfreton Town conceded their first goal at home this season which, combined with failing to register a goal for the first time, amounted to visitors Southport picking up all three points by virtue of Steven Schumaker's 57th minute strike.

lt was a pretty abject display from the Reds' perspective, with only Tom Allan's 13th minute back header from a Tom Platt throw threatening the visitors' rearguard throughout the 90 minutes, although it has to be said that the Reds produced a few impressive moves that petered out rather too easily.

Ryan Jennings produced the opening gambit with a confident run that ended with him losing his balance as he forged his way to the edge of the area, then Craig Westcarr's well-struck free-kick cannoned off the wall to safety.

Gary Roberts went perilously close for the Sandgrounders from 25 yards just after the half-hour mark, then Billy Priestley had to hack a low drive from Steven Jennings out of play with the throw leading to Chris Elliott saving from Ethan Jones.

Elliott went on to punch clear an awkward Roberts corner under pressure, before saving comfortably from Jack Sampson.

HT: Alfreton Town 0    0 Southport

Southport were the sharper team after the break, Jacques Kpohomouh heading on to the roof of the net and Elliott again producing a defiant save from Sampson, but the keeper had no chance with Schumacher's clinical finish from the edge of the area after Bradley Jackson's run and cross.

Elliott came to the Reds' rescue again, superbly turning aside from Jones before Andrew White went close, but in a rare penetrative Alfreton attack Bradley Wood was unfortunate to see a decent effort blocked at source following a good move instigated by Jennings.

Wood went on to fire over from the edge of area as well as heading past the far post from a deep Adam Smith cross in the closing stages, but it was to be Elliott again who had the last word blocking from Jones with his legs.

Alfreton Town Team:

Elliott; Topliss, Shiels, Priestley, Allan, Wood, Disley [A.Smith 68], R.Jennings, Platt, Westcarr, Lavelle-Moore [Robertson h/t].

Other subs: Snodin, Marshall. Morrison.

Southport Team:

Turner; Jackson, White, C.Jones, Dugdale, D.Smith [Kpohomouh 23]. S.Jennings, Schumacher, Roberts, Sampson [Zama 65], E.Jones [Roache 90].

Other subs: Garner, Fletcher. Alex Kirkley

Attendance: 479

Man of the Match: Billy Priestley

Referee: Alex Kirkley Match Reports

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