Tamworth 2-3 Alfreton Town

FT: Tamworth 2    3 Alfreton Town

21 October 2017

Alfreton Town recorded a much-needed win when they visited Tamworth on Saturday, their first ever on an artificial surface, just over 19 hours after the Reds' Academy side had bowed out of the FAYouth Cup 0-2 at the same venue. 

Brody Robertson, who had previously failed to shine in his brief appearances for Alfreton, grabbed his starting chance with both hands by scoring two first-half goals and being desperately unfortunate not to score a third.

Reece Styche twice drew the hosts level in a frenetic first half, played in a howling, swirling wind and rain, but with time running out Craig Westcarr popped up to secure a win for the Reds and send their supporters home happy.

lt was a neat little through-ball from Ryan Jennings that gave Robertson the opportunity to side-step the keeper and slot home the opening goal on 18 minutes, but the scorer had already been thwarted by a superb save from home keeper Shaun Rowley in the sixth minute from a Tom Platt pass.

Platt had been a welcome inclusion in the side after being out with a lengthy injury, but the influential midfielder was forced to limp off before half-time after sustaining a further knock, following a clash with Regan Upton.

Gibraltan international Styche cut in from the left on the half hour to send a curler past Chris Elliott to level matters, but he had already gone close with a couple of efforts as well as Darryl Knights.

Back came the Reds again though, playing with more composure and belief than in their last two National League North outings, despite the adverse conditions, Brendon Daniels unselfishly squaring the ball for Robertson to plant past Rowley after a sloppy error by Upton to restore their lead in the 40th minute.

Upton again gifted Robertson with possession, the striker making a determined run for glory only to fire wide, but Styche struck again on the stroke of half-time with an angled drive from a Knights pass.

HT: Tamworth 2    2 Alfreton Town

Both sides attacked at will in the second half, Knights flashing a shot across goal and Elliott having to claw away an awkward Matt Curley cross that threatened to creep in at the back post, then at the other end Daniels went down in the area under pressure from Sam Coulson, but no penalty was awarded.

There were notable blocks by Tom Allan and Cieron Keane to thwart Charlie Shaw and Connor Taylor respectively, whilst Andy Burns threw himself in front of Robertson's 66th minute drive to prevent a hat-trick.

Into the 89th minute and the game seemingly heading for a draw, a move initiated by Westcarr allowed Keane to send Daniels to the by-line, his cross steered into the bottom corner of the net from 14 yards by a delighted Westcarr to complete the scoring.

Alfreton Town Team:

Elliott; Topliss, Shiels, Allan, Keane, Wood, Platt [Westcarr 34], Jennings [Johnson 83], Everington, Daniels, Robertson [Sharp 86].

Other subs: Disley, Smith.

Tamworth Team:

Rowley; Burns, Morley, Deeney, Jones, Upton [Curley h/t], Coulson, Verma [Shaw 18], Styche [Reid 76], Taylor, Knights.

Other subs: Fox, Strong.

Attendance: 583

Man of the Match: Brody Robertson

Referee: Mr T. Kirk Match Reports

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