Alfreton Town



First Team

Mon 28 Aug 2017 | National League North | Away


The Impact Areana




Gareth Rhodes



Curzon had a bank holiday weekend to forget crashing to a third heavy defeat in a row, the latest hiding coming from an Alfreton side who were no more than ordinary.

The fact that Alfreton scored three goal of the season contenders didn’t help Curzon's cause but any suggestion that this defeat was anything other than deserved would be doing an injustice to the home side.

As in the previous two games, Curzon began well and in fact were probably shading it in terms of possession but neither side could create anything that looked remotely like a chance when Alfreton scored in the 13th minute.

Adam Smith twisted and turned on the edge of the Curzon box, and having made himself half a yard, let fly with a shot that had Cameron mason grasping thin air as the ball curled away from him to bend inside the post.

The goal did wonders for Alfreton and suddenly Curzon were fighting a rear guard action.  Mason saved a free kick that got past the wall and he then did brilliantly to deny Craig Westcarr, going low to his left to keep the deficit to one goal.

Adam Smith did well before crossing for Chris Sharp who should have done better than to head over when unchallenged, but Curzon were still in the game at half time despite having given home keeper Chris Elliott very little to do.

Curzon began the second half brightly without over troubling the home defence, their best moment being a good move which saw Matty Crother's low cross go across the box and just in front of Joe Guest who would have had the goal at his mercy.

Alfreton though began to get on top again though it took some poor marking on a cross which Westcarr converted with a header to really give the home side the upper hand with 25 minutes remaining.

Alfreton began to pepper the Curzon goal with shots, though most were off target.  Twice the woodwork was struck, the second occasion seeing Brendan Daniels wastefully blast the rebound high over the crossbar.

In between, in a rare foray forward, Tyrell McKenzie was harshly adjudged to have dived and shown a yellow card for his troubles.  Curzon produced very little else and Chris Elliott had what will probably be his easiest game all season.

As the minutes ticked down Curzon looked to have limited the damage to two goals but then in the final minute a corner was half cleared to Tom Platt and he sent a stunning volley back past Mason  from the edge of the box.

There was still time for the home side to inflict more misery on Curzon and another fantastic goal sealed the win in stoppage time, Brendan Daniels cutting in from the left before lashing a drive past Mason who had little chance of stopping it.

The Curzon management aren't used to these kinds of results, and with upcoming games against some of the promotion chasing teams, Curzon need to regain their form quickly to avoid being dragged further down the table.

Match Report by Ian Seymour


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