Clayton and Arnold bag braces in emphatic win

Alfreton town v Barrow. Paul Clayton
Alfreton town v Barrow. Paul Clayton

Alfreton Town earned an emphatic 4-0 win over Barrow at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night but the Reds are still not sure of Blue Square Bet Premier safety.

Three of the bottom four teams, including Barrow, cannot now catch them but there is still one relegation spot to evade, although the 54 points and 15th spot Alfreton have attained is exactly the same as the final tally last season.

This was the Reds’ first double of the campaign and was achieved in style, with Paul Clayton and Nathan Arnold each netting a brace of goals in the second half.

After missing chances in the first half, the Reds took total control after the break, starting with Clayton’s tap-in on 47 minutes.

Four minutes later, Clayton rifled home from 12 yards after turning to finish off Hewitt’s pass stylishly.

A neat move brought the third goal, 21 minutes from time, with Arnold thumping Bradley’s pass beyond Hurst from the edge of the area, then the busy Barrow keeper spilled an Arnold shot before Danny O’Donnell cleared.

Alfreton’s fourth goal on 81 minutes was stabbed home by Arnold from close range.

Hurst still needed to beat out sub Louie Soares’s powerful shot from 20 yards in the final moments, but the defeat has almost certainly condemned the Cumbrians to the Conference North for next season.

ALFRETON: Pickford; Law, Streete, Kempson, Rose, Meadows, Bradley,Hewitt, Arnold, Tomlinson [Soares 83], Clayton [Worsfold 83].

other subs: Taylor, Franks, Barnes.

Att: 525