Alfreton Town 3-1 Southport

FT: Alfreton Town 3    1 Southport

27 August 2018

Alfreton Town attained fourth spot in the National League North with a third successive win when Southport were overcome at the lmpact Arena on Bank Holiday Monday. 

The Reds had led through Tom Platt's sixth minute shot from 25 yards that somehow found a way through a forest of legs in the Southport box, but it was not until the visitors had levelled matters with just 15 minutes remaining that they stepped up a gear, really knuckled down to business and saw out the game in style.

Ironically the Sandgrounders' goal came in similar fashion, with Elliot Osborne's angled free-kick creeping inside the back post, Jordan Richards having earlier struck the foot of the upright from a similar dead-ball situation.

HT: Alfreton Town 1    0 Southport

Just five minutes into the second half Southport had been denied a goal by Sam Ramsbottom's brilliant save from a Jack Sampson penalty after former Reds' defender Billy Priestley had been tripped in the area.

With a further twist of irony Priestley brought down Richard Peniket as he ran on to a through-ball from James Clifton for Alfreton's third goal on 89 minutes, with Bobby Johnson sending keeper Daniel Hanford the wrong way from the spot, Tom Denton having regained their lead in the 79th minute by side-footing home Callum Chettle's astute cross following a fluent move.

Denton, Johnson and Peniket had all gone close during the Reds' first half domination, with the visitors' sole response of note in that period being Ryan Astles' header over from Richards' 38th minute free-kick, but for a good while after the break it was Southport who pushed forward more noticeably and ultimately deserved their equaliser.

Alfreton Town Team:

Ramsbottom; Clifton, Shiels, Gowling, Wilde, Platt, Johnson, Chettle, Hotte, Peniket, Denton.

Subs [non used]: Middleton, Nicholson, Bacon, Riley, Clackstone.

Southport Team:

Hanford; Richards, Ogle, Priestley, Astles, Morgan, Charles, Osborne, Phenix [Dobie 87], Sampson, Green [Gilchrist 70].

Other subs; Langley, Bauress, Mueller.

Attendance: 546

Man of the Match: Josh Gowling

Referee: Barry Lamb Match Reports

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