Alfreton Town 0-1 Brackley Town 19/1/19
Nti-Armson break through for vital win
Saints earned this away win with a battling performance and a late goal from Daniel Nti set up by Jimmy Armson. Injury-enforced changes brought new signings Carl Baker and Oran Jackson into the side as Kevin Wilkin’s team sought a first away win in the league since the trip to Boston in October.
“Coming away from home, keeping a clean sheet and scoring late on for the win was nothing less than we deserved,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We looked the more prominent side and we passed the ball well in that second half and had the better moments. The goal came as Jimmy drove at them with the
A first half of few goal chances saw Alfreton dominate the early exchanges before the visitors enjoyed the rare brighter moments as when Lee Ndlovu’s strength played in Matt Lowe but the final touch was lacking. Reece Styche and Tom Allan failed to trouble Danny Lewis with efforts from distance and David Shiels headed wide from a free-kick. Carl Baker’s fierce shot was blocked as the half ended goal-less.
The second half was a different story with Saints in the ascendency. Adam Walker scooped his shot over after an excellent exchange of passes and Baker saw his shot saved when he might have marked his first appearance with a goal.
Ndlovu’s shot from 25 yards hit the post and Shaun Jeffers was denied at close range as Brackley found the rhythm they had struggled for in the first half getting the ball onto both wings with great effect.
Just when it seemed the break-through might not come, Armson’s fine play on the right created an opportunity for substitute Daniel Nti and he proved the 89th minute match winner. The Reds tested Saints in the five minutes of added time winning two corners and a dangerously positioned free-kick but Gaz Dean marshalled his defence to secure a clean-sheet and a big away win.
“It’s six games unbeaten now but given the competitive nature of this league we are not getting carried away with things,” Wilkin added. “If I am being honest we are not quite at the level that I would like us to be or quite where we were at this stage last season. We have young players who are on sharp learning curves but if they can learn and develop quickly they can have a good effect through to the end of the season.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, G.Walker, Byrne, Jackson, Dean, Armson, Ndlovu, Jeffers (Nti 77), A.Walker (Fairlamb 62). Subs unused: Myles, Finch.
Alfreton Town: Ramsbottom, Smith, Wilde (Johnson 87), Lynch, Shiels, Riley, Styche, Platt, Peniket, Bateson (Clackstone 80), Allan. Subs unused: Nicholson, Sinnott, O’Brien.
Referee: Amy Fearn Assistants: Richie Watkins and Ruebyn Ricardo