Reds maintain their 100 per cent home record

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Alfreton Town maintained their 100 per cent home record with their fourth win of the season at the Impact Arena on Saturday when Woking were beaten 3-1.

A brace from midfielder Tom Shaw and substitute Daniel Meadows secured the points, despite the visitors putting in a positive performance.

Ironically it was Meadows who had been replaced by Shaw in the starting line-up, while Paul Clayton was preferred to Daniel Wishart up front.

Two other changes saw Michael Wylde make his first start, having played most of the previous game when Chris Westwood was injured, while loanee Nathaniel Rowe-Turner made a promising debut.

Opening exchanges were tentative but goals at either end in the ninth and tenth minutes livened up proceedings, Shaw striking first to convert Job Ayo Akinde’s cross from eight yards with the outside of his boot after the striker had advanced down the left.

Woking though were level within 60 seconds, with Gavin Williams smashing a penalty past Ross Atkins after Bradley Wood had inadvertently handled.

Clayton’s superb flick through sent Akinde scampering towards goal in the 26th minute, but a crucial tackle by Mike Cestor halted his run, then Dan Bradley swept the loose ball across with keeper Aaron Howe punching clear.

Clayton sent a header from eight yards just over from Wood’s corner, then Jack Parkinson cleared off the line from Fenton’s header.

The Reds were 2-1 to the good in the 43rd minute following Wood’s long throw from the right, keeper Howe failing to make a clean punch which allowed Shaw to fire from the edge of the six-yard box, before following up after his initial effort had been blocked.

Atkins held Anthony McNamee’s shot on 77 minutes, then five minutes later a strong run by Akinde needed Sole’s attention to hack clear.

Alfreton clinched the win as Woking committed all their resources to attack, but the quality of the move was outstanding once Bradley’s clearance had picked out Akinde in space. The Reds’ leading scorer twice could have shot but opted unselfishly to set up first John McGrath and then goalscorer Meadows, who buried it to clinch it right at the end.