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Report: Alfreton Town 3-2 Spennymoor Town

  • Mulhern put Moors ahead after 19 minutes.
  • Two set-piece goals from Branson and Sutton turned the game around before half-time.
  • Rhead headed home a third for Alfreton before Taylor pulls goal back for Spennymoor.

Attendance: 551

Alfreton Town 3

Branson 39

Sutton 43

Rhead 58

Spennymoor Town 2

Mulhern 19

Taylor 67

 

Spennymoor fell to defeat as Alfreton Town’s three set-piece goals was enough to seal a Reds win at The Impact Arena. 

Moors started positively and took the lead when Frank Mulhern drilled the ball into the net after 19 minutes.

The home side turned the game around with two goals in four minutes, putting the hosts ahead going into the break.

Matt Rhead added a third just before the hour mark, nodding home from another set-piece.

Spennymoor did pull a goal back through Glen Taylor but could not conjure up an equaliser.

Moors came into the fixture with no changes to the starting XI who drew at home to Boston United last weekend, with only Dale Eve being dropped from the squad in favour of Ryan Hall.

The first chance of the game came through an Alfreton Town corner when Jordan Amissah was called into action from a header, before a scramble in the box eventually lead to the ball being lashed over the top of the bar.

Moors then formed an opportunity themselves when Jordan Thewlis spun his man inside the area before firing his shot at the goalkeeper.

Mulhern put the visitors ahead from a corner when Richardson’s cross deflected out to the forward, who found the bottom corner with a drilled effort.

Rhead then had a chance to level the scores from the spot after a bizarre penalty decision, but with Amissah denying the veteran striker with a smart save.

The Reds did draw level with six minutes left until the break, when a corner wasn’t fully dealt with, allowing Conor Branson to scramble the ball over the line.

Four minutes later, Ritchie Sutton powered a header home from a corner to give the home side the lead.

Amissah was called into action seven minutes into the second-half when Elliot Reeves cut in from the right-hand side of the box, before fizzing a shot at the ‘keeper’s near post.

Rhead then doubled his side’s advantage as a third set-piece found its way into the back of the net, with the forward heading home from close range.

Moors were then offered the hope of getting back into the game, as Taylor hammered a free-kick past the ‘keeper from the edge of the box after 67 minutes.

Spennymoor ramped the pressure up, creating several good chances to level the scores.

Substitute Mark Anderson had the best chance in the latter stages, when a bobbled cross found its way to the midfielder inside the area, but his shot was bent over the bar with three minutes left.

Taylor had an opportunity in stoppage time but dragged his side wide of the post just inside the area.

 

Alfreton Town: (4-4-2): Willis; Preston, Smith, Sutton (Wiley 77′) Lund; Hobson, Evans, Branson, Southwell; Rhead, Tyson (Reeves 8′) (Wilde 90′).

Subs not used: Smith-Eccles, Butterfield

Spennymoor Town: (4-3-3): Amissah; Pye, Tait, Curtis (Anderson 82′), Richardson; Chandler (Ofosu 68′), Spokes, Ramshaw; Thewlis, Taylor ©, Mulhern (Hall 68′)

Subs not used: Abbott, Moke, 

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