10 October 2015
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A Jordan Robertson hat-trick gave Alfreton Town a 4-2 win at Hednesford Town on Saturday, allowing the club to pocket £7,500 prize money and progress to the final Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Robertson also made the remaining Reds' goal, which was scored by skipper Dan Bradley to cap a fine performance, the striker now having netted eight times in his seven starts to date.
With Joe Leesley and John Johnston suspended, and Sam Berry ill, manager Nicky Law could only name three substitutes while the hosts had the maximum seven available.
Early exchanges undoubtedly favoured Hednesford, who forced five corners in the opening nine minutes, easing ahead with 13 minutes elapsed when Ahmed Obeng's hopeful shot from wide left managed to beat Reds' keeper Matt Duke at his near post.
Duke had dealt with a similar effort from Tom James moments earlier, but Alfreton were level five minutes later with virtually their first serious attack, the move stemming from Niall Heaton on the left and taken on by Ryan Wilson.
The midfielder's cross was headed towards goal by Bradley and swept in by Robertson from four yards, and that was the catalyst that Alfreton needed as they readily took advantage of some lackadaisical, almost comic defending to establish a 3-1 lead by the 29th minute.
The Reds edged ahead in the tie just seven minutes after falling behind, Heaton's through-ball causing keeper Dave Parton to completely misread the bounce of the ball and Bradley was literally left with an open goal to walk the it into.
Then with 27 minutes ticked by Andi Thanoj won the ball in midfield, Robertson played Bradley clear through, and as he tried to take the ball around Parton the keeper brought him down.
The referee pointed to the spot, brandished the obligatory red card, and replacement keeper Lloyd Ransome's first task was to pick Robertson's firmly struck spot-kick out of the back of the net.
Hednesford were visibly shaken and almost fell to a fourth goal in first half added-time, but Heaton's volley was blocked after Bradley's bye-line cross had picked out Sam Jones.
Duke had to save from Obeng and Sean Williams as the home side tried urgently to make amends after the break, but Robertson completed his treble in the 64th minute when Jamie Jackson's cross from the left was superbly steered back across goal and into the far corner of the net.
A couple of penalty appeals were waved aside as Hednesford tried desperately to reduce the deficit, but eventually their perseverance was rewarded when Todd Jordan impeded Williams.
John Disney was entrusted with the spot-kick, Duke parried defiantly and Disney managed to save face by scrambling home the loose ball.
Duke still had to save from Obeng as well as turning behind an angled drive from Tom Thorley as Hednesford fought to the end, without further reward.
Alfreton Town Team:
1. Matt Duke
2. Cliff Moyo (Jamie Jackson, h/t)
3. Stefan Galinski
4. Tom Allan
5. Todd Jordan
6. Niall Heaton
7. Ryan Wilson
8. Sam Jones
9. Andi Thanoj
10. Dan Bradley
11. Jordan Robertson (Joe Ironside, 88 mins)
Substitute not used: (only three named)
Nick Draper (GK)
Hednesford Town Team:
1. Dave Parton
2. John Disney
3. Matt Regan
4. Ben Bailey (c)
5. Andy Todd (Adam Thomas 71, mins)
6. Phil Trainer
7. Sean Williams
8. Tom Thorley
9. Nathan Modest (Lloyd Ransome, 27 mins)
10. Ahmed Obeng
11. Tom James
Subtitutes not used:
Hednesford Town - Ahmed Obeng (13 mins), John Disney (75)
Alfreton Town - Jordan Robertson (18, 25 & 64 minutes), Dan Bradley (25)
Hednesford Town - Andy Todd (45, foul on Tom Allan)
Hednesford Town - Dave Parton (27 mins)
Man of the Match: Jordan Robertson
Referee: Paul Marsden of Leyland