Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
The Magpies were undone by a mad 60 second half seconds that saw Alfreton score twice to take the spoils on a windy afternoon in Derbyshire.
The Magpies made three changes from Tuesday as Stephen Jordan, Jake Cottrell & Adam McGurk started in place of Scott Leather, Josh Wilson & Elliot Newby.
Alfreton: Ramsbottom, Clackstone, Wilde, Lynch, Shiels (c) (O’Brien, 43′), Riley, Clarke, Hotte, Sinnott, Smith. Subs not used: Allan, Nicholson, Chettle, Clifton.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Wilson, 76′), Jordan, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, O’Keefe, Carver, McGurk (Almond, 68′), Cottrell (Hooper, 80′). Subs not used: Leather, Anson.
A rough and ready first half produced few moments of quality, with a Jordan Sinnott overhead kick that just cleared Matt Urwin’s bar the best of the early chances. Three bookings were handed out as the meaty challenges tested the referee’s patience.
The Magpies started to calm the game down from the frantic opening pace and took the lead on 37 minutes when Adam McGurk turned his man on the edge of the box a produced a brilliant low cross for Marcus Carver, who prodded home from close range.
Within 11 mintues of the restart Alfreton had turned the game on its head. First Danny Clarke nodded home to equalise, via a big deflection, after Andy Teague had superbly blocked a goal-bound effort off the line. A minute later Danny O’Brien beat Matt Urwin from almost halfway with audacious effort.
Jordan Sinnott had the chance to make it 3-1 from the spot after Andy Teague brought down Clarke in the area. However, the hosts’ number 10 skied his spot kick out of the ground.
HT 0-1 / FT 2-1
Goals: Clarke (54′), O’Brien (55′); Carver (37′)
Cautions: Lynch (14′); O’Keefe (7′), Cottrell (21′), Meppen-Walter (84′)
Referee: Barry Lamb
Assistants: Mark Thomas & Neil Allsop
Weather: Bright & breezy
Next up: We return to Victory Park next Saturday when Ashton United will be the visitors. Pay on the gate admission is £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied under-12s.