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Report: Harriers clinch Alfreton win

Harriers get a deserved victory on the road….



HARRIERS picked up three important National League North points with a 2-0 victory over Alfreton Town.

Second half strikes from Joe Ironside and Dan Bradley earned the victory for the team, who held on to keep a clean sheet with a composed defensive performance.

It came after a quiet first half in which the game was fairly even in terms of chances, though Harriers dictated play from the off.

Inside the opening dozen minutes, Fraser Horsfall drove a shot wide and Bradley went close for Harriers while Brendon Daniels looked a threat going forward for the home side.

McQuilkin struck off target on the quarter hour before Daniels and Disley went wide for Alfreton, Craig Westcarr almost giving them the head on 30 minutes as he tried to finish from inside a real scramble of bodies.

Hall saved well from Jennings soon after before Daniels aimed an effort off target, Harriers going mighty close on 38 as McQuilkin dragged a shot wide of the far post as the visitors broke away.

Bradley and Ironside had sniffs just before the interval, but Ironside had his team ahead just ten minutes after the resumption as he instinctively stabbed home Sonupé’s cross.

That opened the game up even more and a clever showing from Harriers saw them take advantage of the counter on numerous occasions, McQuilkin shooting off target on the hour, Ironside keeping goalkeeper Johansson honest between the sticks with another shot soon after.

On 70 minutes Croasdale set Bradley free on the break and he charged the length of the half before coolly finding the corner on the angle to double the team’s advantage.

Sonupé for Harriers and Westcarr for the hosts had half chances after that but, in truth, Harriers never looked like being breached on the night.

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