Reds’ loss disappoints O’Neill

Acting Alfreton Town manager Russ O’Neill was a disappointed man after seeing the Reds fall to a 3-0 defeat in their first Vanarama Conference away game of the new campaign at Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night.

With manager Nicky Law serving the second of a six-game stadium ban, O’Neill presided over a second successive loss this season and the defeat followed on from an opening day 3-1 reverse at home against Woking last Saturday, which leaves the Reds pointless so far, and next to bottom of the league, albeit at an early stage of the season.

Two headed goals from Cheyenne Dunkley and a late effort from Marvin Jonson ensured a comfortable home win for the hosts at a venue where Alfreton have previously only won once before.

Speaking after the defeat O’Neill reflected: “My immediate reaction is one of disappointment.

“It is a low dressing room in there at the minute.

“I think we started the game well.

“Our shape was really good, we denied them, and we looked like we going to cause them a few problems on the break.

“But then, I don’t want to go overboard (but) we have conceded from two corners again.

“It needs addressing and that’s what we will do.

“It is something we have got to improve on definitely. We will go back (to training) on Thursday night and make sure we get it out of our system.

“I thought the overall performance (at Kidderminster) was alright. I thought we were good, we looked a threat, we looked solid all through, it’s just when the ball is delivered from set play (situations), we switch off or we are tending to concede from them at the minute

“Everybody has their own job to do but to be honest, the big lad Dunkley attacks it well, and he is strong. “Even before that we had a warning.

“They (Kidderminster) had a free header and after that we concede, so we have got to improve on that.”

O’Neill added: “Like I say, we will come back (to training on) Thursday and work on it and then look forward to Saturday.“

This Saturday, the Reds travel to another of the early fancied title contenders, Forest Green Rovers. Kick off at the New Lawn is 3pm and ATFC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 9am.

Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
n Alfreton Town FC is delighted to announce that the club has been chosen to host two Football Association Under 17s International games in a tournament, which is being held at the end of August.

The Reds will stage games between Portugal U17s and Italy U17s on Wednesday, August 27 and also Italy U17s v Czech Republic U17s on Friday, August 29

Both fixtures at the Impact Arena kick off at 3pm and admission to each game is free.