ALFRETON TOWN 1, WOKING 3
Sunday Aug 10, 2014
Alfreton Town lost their opening game of the season for a fourth year in a row but had every reason to be aggrieved by the nature of a 3-1 home defeat against a decent-looking Woking side.
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With manager Nicky Law beginning a six-match ban, Alfreton's very new-look side were under the stewardship of assistant manager Russ O'Neill and recently-appointed coach Ronnie Glavin.
The Reds took the lead on 14 minutes when Lee Stevenson rifled home the side's first goal of the season from ten yards but Woking equalised on 27 minutes when Dean Morgan turned the ball home from close range after Alfreton failed to clear a John Goddard corner from the left.
Stewart, who produced a string of fine saves throughout, kept Alfreton level on 40 minutes with a stunning one-handed diving save to keep out a Dean Morgan right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area as the Cards came on strong towards the end of the first half.
But with the game finely balanced at 1-1, Woking were allowed to advance from a definite offside position to take the lead on the hour with Scott Rendell racing away, rounding Jon Harris-Stewart and slotting home after which the Reds never recovered sufficiently.
Woking increased their lead on 68 minutes when Lathaniel Rowe-Turner’s attempt to head the ball back to his own keeper failed and he was dispossessed by Theo Lewis whose back-heel teed up Rendell to swoop and rifle the ball low into the far corner from eight yards out for 3-1.
Jake Sheridan smacked a shot against the Woking bar late on as the Reds fought to try and get back into the game but in fairness they fell somewhat short.
Alfreton have their first away game of the season on Tuesday evening when they travel to Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers. Kick-off is 7.45pm and ATFC Supporters' transport departs at 4.45pm.