Our look back at the key events of the league meeting between Harriers and Alfreton…
By Matty Paddock - 21/11/2021
Posted 7 days ago
HARRIERS picked up a second away league win of the season on Saturday with a 4-1 success at Alfreton.
Billy Heath’s men rarely taste convincing defeat on their own patch, but a comprehensive display from Russ Penn’s charges had them firmly on the wrong end of this one.
The tone was set early with Harriers going ahead inside eight minutes, a key ball in midfield from Carrington finding Sam Austin who expertly fired across Josh Willis for his sixth goal of the season.
The home side had their chances in the first half – the best two followed next, with Ceesay forcing Simpson into a low save on 27 minutes after bustling frontman Rhead nodded a header narrowly over.
Those misses would prove pivotal as Harriers surged further ahead with another two goals in the space of four minutes.
First, Hemmings collected the ball and drove through the Alfreton half before shooting – Willis turning the ball away but only as far as Austin who angled home a finish ten yards. Then, from fully 30 yards, Sterling spotted Willis off his line and dug out an outrageous effort that crashed into the top of the net with the stopper scrambling.
Alfreton did have a goal back before the break when Branson headed home with relative ease from a corner, but any chances of a comeback after the break were snuffed out quickly when the visitors added fourth early in the second period. Good combination play out wide saw the ball curled into the path of Morgan-Smith who kept his composure in slotting the ball beyond the goalkeeper.
Six minutes later it was almost 5-1 as Harriers won a dangerously placed free kick. Sterling took it and bent a finish high and over the grasp of Willis, only for the ball to thump the bar and bounce over.
With the game as a contest effectively over, Harriers had to do their share of scrapping and defending to see things out, but they still always looked the most likely to add further goals – Richards supplied by Sterling before shooting inside the area, Willis down low to deny him.
Simpson made two final saves to deny Alfreton’s Reeves with just five to go of normal time, but Harriers sealed the win and the three points – now on to Gloucester City on Tuesday night.
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