Belper Town 0 Alfreton Town 4
Wednesday Dec 7, 2016
The Reds eased into the Quarter Finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup after victory over neighbours Belper Town, with all the goals coming in the first half. A brace from new signing Mark Shelton, Paul Clayton and Sam Smith enusred comfortable progression. All four goals arriving in the first 28 minutes of the match.
The Reds defended their title in style against last season's runners-up, Paul Clayton finding the net as early as the sixth minute from an Adam Smith cross, only for play to be pulled back for an earlier infringement. Just five minutes later though Mark Shelton fired home through a ruck of players after home keeper Mark Rathbone had failed to deal with a Niall Heaton delivery.
It was 2-0 to the visitors by the 16th minute when Clayton stooped to head home another precision cross from Smith, then Sam Smith headed against the crossbar from yet another perfect delivery by his namesake. The third goal arrived on 26 minutes when Sam Smith tucked away a Ryan Wilson punt with a deft touch at the back post, then Clayton needed to clear off the line from Alex Steadman six minutes later at the other end.
Eight minutes before half-time Shelton claimed his second goal of the evening when left with a simple tap-in after Rathbone had only been able to parry an angled Clayton drive, and from that point the only danger facing Alfreton was the descending fog.
BELPER: Rathbone; Watkiss, Guy, Graves, G.Palmer [Allen h/t], Watt, Garnett [Birks 54], Armstrong, Steadman, Williams, Head, Dennis [h/t].
Other subs: Butcher, J.Palmer.
ALFRETON: Spiess; Wilson, McGowan, Kennedy, Heaton, Nyoni, Monkhouse, Shelton, A.Smith [Allan 58], S.Smith [Hearn 83], Clayton [Priestley 68].
Other subs: Westcarr, Jordan.
Referee: Richard Eley