REDS COME FROM BEHIND TO REACH SENIOR CUP FINAL

FT: Gresley FC 1    2 Alfreton Town

16 February 2016

Alfreton Town reached the Final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup when they extended their unbeaten run at Gresley FC on Tuesday night, but they had to survive going behind in the 19th minute and the hosts having a late goal ruled out.
 
  Gresley, of the Evostick First Division South, thoroughly deserved their lead on a tricky pitch, which came after Andi Thanoj had seen his shot blocked and Jordan Robertson had gone close for the Reds.
 
  The goal when it arrived was a simple one, Martin Smyth latching on to a long through-ball from Lucas Harrison to cut in and drive the ball low into the far corner of the net.
 
  Further chances fell to Gresley's player-manager Gary Ricketts and Liam Holt before Sam Smith's response was a stifled shot that was deflected behind for a corner.
 
  Reds' keeper Matt Duke made a superb save from Jordan Ball in the 39th minute, although a raised flag would have nullified the goal, then Alfreton suddenly applied telling pressure that led to Robertson's shot being blocked by Harrison before the ball was turned behind for a corner.
 
  Thanoj stepped up to deliver the 41st minute flag-kick and Jamie Jackson's header somehow forced its way over the line, despite three home defenders nicking the ball en-route without any deviation of flight, the last desperate touch being from John Guy on the line.


HT: Gresley FC 1    1 Alfreton Town

Chris Richards progressed into the Alfreton area five minutes after the break, but was crowded out, then on 66 minutes a weak back-pass from Jake Carlisle almost let in Jackson, but keeper Rob Peet recovered well.
 
  Two minutes later Robertson fired over from Joe Leesley's tee-up, then both Jackson and Robertson had successive shots blocked before the Reds took a 71st minute lead in fortuitous circumstances.
 
  It was another woeful back-pass that cost Gresley this semi-final, Harrison's header too strong for Peet who fumbled and dropped the ball, not helped by the bobbly pitch, leaving Leesley to fire home from a tight angle.
 
  Duke had to be alert as Holt unleashed a drive from 30 yards, Leesley had another effort held as Alfreton responded, then in the first minute of added time a period of extra-time was only averted when referee lan Smedley spotted an infringement as Ricketts bundled in a deep Harrison free-kick.

Alfreton Town Team:
01 Matt Duke
02 Cliff Moyo
03 Todd Jordan
04 Niall Heaton
05 Tom Allan
06 Ryan Wilson (Joe Leesley, 14 mins)
07 Andi Thanoj
08 Dan Bradley
09 Jamie Jackson
10 Sam Smith
11 Jordan Robertson
Substitutes not used:
Sam Jones
Lindon Meikle
Cecil Nyoni

Gresley FC Team:

Peet
Carlisle [Machin, 87 mins]
Harrison
Guy
Barrett
Smyth
Holt
Langston
Ricketts
Ball
Richards
Substitutes not used:
Lansdowne
Dakouri
Cottrell
King

Goals:
Gresley FC - Martin Smyth (19)
Alfreton Town - Jamie Jackson (41), Joe Leesley (71) 

Bookings:
Gresley FC - Carlisle (36 mins, foul on Jordan Robertson), Smyth (61 mins, foul on Tom Allan)
Alfreton Town - None

Attendance: 200

Man of the Match: Matt Duke

Referee: Ian Smedley Match Reports

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