Friday, 22 January 2016

ALFRETON CRUISE PAST UNITED

 Alfreton Town 6-0 Long Eaton United - Match Report
by Jon Faulkner
Long Eaton United exited the Derbyshire Cup with a 6-0 defeat at the hands to Alfreton Town on Tuesday night. The Blues who had beaten higher opposition in the form of Ilkeston in the last round found their National League North opponents a step too far.
On a chilly night in north Derbyshire United went into the game having not played a league match in the last 3 attempts having to arrange a friendly at the last minute with Continental Star at Grange Park after the referee had called the game off. Manager Rickford was under no elusion how difficult the task would be, the Reds plying their trade 3 divisions above United having been only one division off the football league last season.
It was no real surprise that the hosts began the game the better of the two sides and almost dominated the opening first 45 minutes. Alfreton had very quick wingers and most of the danger in the first few moments came down the right. Scott Low was called into action 3 times early on making two point blank saves to deny Sam Jones and Sam Smith early on but with just 5 minutes on the clock Jones broke the United defense to fire past Low from just inside the box.
Untied were struggling to make any inwards into the Alfreton half and only managed a half chance shortly after the Alfreton goal, Westcarr was played in by Piliero but the ball was to strong and Westcarr although managed to get a shot away didn’t trouble the hosts goal.
Despite their dominance it wasn’t until the 30th minute before Alfreton got their second, Jordan Robertson was found just outside the area he strode into the box before dragging the ball back which gained him a couple of yards a neat lay off found Jones who smashed the ball beyond Low. Play was very much in the United half but some great defending and keeping kept the score at 2-0 when the half time whistle was blown.
There were no immediate changes by United in the 2nd half and the visitors had their best chance of the match in the 49th minute. Westcarr who was having a good game down the right picked up a high ball, after shrugging off a challenge he ran down the right before cutting inside, he hit a low shot that had the hosts keeper Matt Duke scrambling to his near post. Unfortunately for the Blues that would be the only real opportunity of the night.
In a 6 minute spell Alfreton went up a gear and found themselves 5-0 up. Jones grabbed his hattrick in the 60th minute having been allowed time outside the box to hit a curling effort past Low. 2 minutes later Robertson diverted a fizzling cross to Scott Lows right and 65 seconds later substitute Jamie Jackson drove a 10 yard shot to the left of the United keeper.
With 15 minutes to go Low made another fine save to deny a 6th at close range but 3 minutes later the scoring was completed when Jackson got his second of the night another close range effort.
United must now concentrate on the league where they have 3 away games on the bounce, firstly Saturday at Coventry Sphinx before Highgate United a week later. Finally the rearranged midweek tie at Bardon Hill on the 2nd of February.