12 September 2015
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Alfreton Town powered to their biggest Vanarama National League North win of the season as they put a decent Hednesford Town side to the sword in the second half.
The Reds edged an even first half thanks to a tenth minute penalty by Jordan Robertson but cut loose in the second half after shaking off the loss through injury of John Johnston to an Achilles problem.
His replacement Jamie Jackson headed the second goal on 62 minutes before a brace from Sam Jones sealed a convincing third straight league win for the Reds.
Manager Nicky Law had to make one enforced change with Todd Jordan dropping out through injury, he was replaced by Sam Berry whilst Andi Thanoj, returning from injury, had to be content with a place on the bench.
Captain Dan Bradley was out serving his fourth of a combined seven-game suspension.
Fourteen seconds in Alfreton won the game’s first corner and from Joe Leesley’s flag kick on the left, Sam Berry got the first effort on target but his header was straight at Hednesford keeper Dave Parton.
Alfreton won a second flag kick and from Leesley’s curler from the right side, Parton acrobatically tipped over under the angle at the far post for a third flag kick from which Tom Allan headed well over.
Alfreton continued to press but after the visiting defence failed to clear, John Johnston couldn’t keep his 25 yarder down.
Ryan Wilson was brought down a yard outside the penalty area but after Wilson teed him up, Leesley saw his low drive rebound away to safety off the defensive wall.
Alfreton took the lead on ten minutes when Jordan Robertson netted from the penalty spot with ease after Kyle Perry had needlessly fouled Tom Allan in challenging for a ball in the air.
Hednesford were awarded a free kick a yard outside the box with Tom Allan somewhat unlucky to concede the free kick and pick up a yellow card after appearing to win the ball as Ahmed Obeng tried to break through.
Alfreton responded with a rangy run down the left from Niall Heaton at the end of which he despatched a low shot across the area and just beyond the far post.
Hednesford spurned a great chance to level on 18 minutes when Obeng latched onto a stray back header from Leesley to keeper Matt Duke but with an open goal gaping he inexplicably steered well wide.
Robertson’s persistence won Alfreton’s fourth corner of the game on 20 minutes but Hednesford broke from it and Duke came to Cliff Moyo’s rescue by racing out and fly-hacking a weak back-pass clear from the onrushing Obeng.
Johnston blazed a chance well over the top on 26 minutes as Alfreton applied pressure again then Sam Berry headed wide from Alfreton’s fifth corner of the game on 34 minutes.
Alfreton made the first substitution of the game with John Johnston, who had been limping for a good five minutes, replaced by Jamie Jackson two minutes before the interval.
Joe Leesley went into the book for a late challenge on John Disney but the Reds stayed strong against the visitors’ better efforts of the half and reached the break 1-0 up.
Hednesford made a change at the interval with striker Paul Ennis replacing Kyle Perry and the Pitmen opened the second half with a snap-shot from Obeng going well wide.
Alfreton got Jamie Jackson in down the left but with players waiting in the middle he overran it and Hednesford keeper Parton snatched the ball away from him.
Alfreton went close on 54 minutes when a raking free kick from Leesley was headed back across goal by Stefan Galinski and Ryan Wilson flashed a shot less than a yard over the bar.
Niall Heaton won the first corner of the second half for Alfreton on 57 mintes and from Leesley’s flag kick on the left, Sam Berry nodded down but the ball was cleared.
Alfreton had been building up a head of steam and doubled their lead on 62minutes. A Leesley free kick from the right was netted by Jamie Jackson with a stooping header just inside the six-yard box at the near post.
A rare Hednesford raid created space for substitute Paul Ennis to have a shot on the edge of the penalty area but it was blocked at source by a resolute Reds defence.
Hednesford did go close on 67 minutes. Substitute Andy Todd got round the back of the home defence and set up Sean Williams but his shot came back off the face of the bar.
Hednesford broke down the right through Nathan Modest but he massively over-hit his cross and allowed Alfreton to clear.
The Reds took the misses on board and fully punished the Pitmen.
It was 3-0 on 74 minutes as Sam Jones rifled in from just inside the penalty area after a long throw-in from Niall Heaton was flicked into Jones’s path by the head of Robertson.
And Jones made it 4-0 with a towering header on 78 minutes from a Leesley corner, the goal putting Jones out in front as the leading Reds scorer with his third of the campaign.
Creditably, Alfreton never let up and Jamie Jackson then dragged another chance wide after being sent through by Leesley before Joe Ironside went past three players before having his shot blocked as Alfreton continued to attack to the very end.
Alfreton Town Team:
1 Matt Duke
2 Cliff Moyo
3 Stefan Galinski
4 Tom Allan
5 Niall Heaton (Jason Paling, 87 mins)
6 Ryan Wilson
7 Joe Leesley ©
8 Sam Jones
9 Sam Berry
10 John Johnston (Jamie Jackson, 43 mins)
11 Jordan Robertson (Joe Ironside, 80 mins)
Substitutes not used:
14 Andi Thanoj
16 Nick Draper
Hednesford Town Team:
1 Dave Parton
2 John Disney
3 Matt Regan
4 Ben Bailey ©
5 Tyrone Williams
6 Tom Thorley
7 Sean Williams
8 Nathan Modest (James McQuilkin, 76 mins)
9 Kyle Perry (Paul Enis, h/t)
10 Ahmed Obeng (Andy Todd, 60 mins)
11 Kennedy Digie
Substitutes not used:
12 Marvin Robinson
17 Lloyd Ransome
Alfreton Town – Jordan Robertson (10), Jamie Jackson (62), Sam Jones (74 & 79)
Alfreton Town – Tom Allan (12, foul on Ahmed Obeng), Joe Leesley (45+3 foul on John Disney)
£111 won and claimed by number 1018
Man of the Match: Sam Jones
Referee: Thomas Bramall of Sheffield