Report: Reds dig in for credible point at Telford

Report: Reds dig in for credible point at Telford

Tuesday Apr 23, 2019

AFC Telford United 0-0 Alfreton Town

Alfreton Town earned a much needed clean sheet and a point in the process, with a hard fought draw at play-off contenders Telford United on Easter Monday. 

Billy Heath made one change with Josh Wilde coming back in for the injured Danny Clarke. 

The game began in scrappy fashion, Reece Styche fired an ambitious effort within the first minute which went high and wide before Telford settled into their passing rhythm but the Reds remained organised and solid despite the big backing from the Bucks fans who knew their side needed to win the game to be in pole position for a play off spot on the final day. 

Tom Allan nearly picked out Josh Wilde before Styche couldn't latch onto a cross which just eluded the Reds forward. Adam Curry and Luke Shiels produced brilliant tackles in the box to deny a Bucks attack and from this Wilde earnt a corner for us which came to nothing. 

The Reds, although with nothing to play for, looked a threat on the counter attack with Styche causing issues and frustration grew amongst the Bucks as the first half wore on. Morgan-Smith fired way over the bar when well placed after turning Curry.

Jordan Sinnott then tested Bursik with a free kick from 20 yards which was parried by the goalie, Styche looked to capitalise but was pounced on by the Bucks goalkeepr, before he could get anything on the rebound.

Luke Shiels was then forced off with a knock which was a big blow to the Reds, Dec Bacon replaced him after 23 minutes. Telford won a corner which Sutton headed just wide before Barnett's cross found Smith who put the ball back in only for Bacon to clear away. 

The Bucks pressure was growing as Wilde cleared another Telford corner before a free kick from Morley evaded everyone in the box and went behind for a goal kick. 

Allan nearly gave us the lead but couldn't get a shot away after Telford failed to clear a Sinnott set piece and this proved the last major action of the half in which the Reds soaked up pressure but were mostly un-fased with a good shape and hard work on show to head into the break level.

We had a big chance at the start of the second half as Bacon found Sinnott whose quick faint nearly got him a shot on goal but Bursik reacted well to pinch the ball off his feet in the box. 

Cowan headed over the bar from a corner in a really good opening for the Bucks before Bacon flashed one over the bar after Styche and found him on the edge of the box. The Reds nearly had a penalty awarded, in fact the Referee did award it after Styche was fouled by Sutton but the linesman's flag was raised for offside and not the foul and the penalty was chalked off. 

We cleared more danger throughout the second half with Allan clearing a free kick away before Morgan-Smith headed over with Curry pressurising. 

Alfreton mustered a good chance on 80 minutes when Sinnott's shot was blocked before James Clifton snatched at the loose ball and couldn't direct the effort into the back of the net. 

Dinanga had a big chance late on but could only head wide from Barnett's cross and the Reds held on for a very credible and positive point away from home. A clean sheet was a welcome one for the Reds who looked organised and every player worked hard for each other, it was another strong performance which would no doubt frustrate Billy Heath that his side have been unable to produce this kind of display week in week out. 

The Reds attentions now turn to Wednesday night and the DSC Final at Pride Park as we face Mickleover Sports. Kick off is 7.45pm with tickets available on the night, then sign out of the 2018/19 season and hopefully with a win as we face Chester on the final day of the season at the Impact on Saturday, kick off is 3pm. 


ATFCXI: Ramsbottom, Clifton, Wilde, Platt, Shiels (c) (Bacon 23), Curry, Styche (Brough 70), Hotte, Peniket, Sinnott, Allan.

Subs Not Used: Nicholson, O'Brien, Hinchley. 

Referee: Lewis Smith

Attendance: 1564

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