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AFC Telford United 0-1 Alfreton Town

Alfreton moved out of the Conference relegation zone as Luke Graham's strike earned them victory over AFC Telford.

Graham headed in John Johnston's cross to get his second goal of the season on 57 minutes.

Joe Ironside came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors in the first half when his lob was cleared off the line.

The Bucks could have grabbed an equaliser in injury time, but Sam Smith could only shoot wide from close range.

Telford's fourth straight league defeat leaves them still 11 points adrift of safety with 11 games left.

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"The supporters are disappointed and they have every right to be - they pay the money. They haven't been abusive but they have asked me questions at the end of the game.

"It was always going to be difficult. Alfreton have got a strong side. But, once that goal went in, the players' heads went down. The players want to win, but it seems to get further and further away - and they play with fear, knocking it long.

"I've never been in a position where I have lost three games on the bounce as a manager. I have said to the players that we have to just play - if we get beat, we get beat. We have to have some organisation about what you are doing and we have to knock it around."

Line-ups

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 23Disney
  • 3McLaughlinSubstituted forMatthewsat 19'minutes
  • 4Byrne
  • 27Sharps
  • 24VentreBooked at 80mins
  • 20Poku
  • 10Gray
  • 18Smith
  • 29DyerSubstituted forClancyat 61'minutes
  • 6GroganSubstituted forFarrellat 61'minutesBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 9Farrell
  • 11Clancy
  • 22Rea
  • 26Matthews
  • 28Preston

Alfreton

  • 20MooneyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Wood
  • 5Graham
  • 29Bentley
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 25Lenighan
  • 10Bradley
  • 21Thanoj
  • 23Hawley
  • 18Ironside
  • 27JohnstonSubstituted forLeesleyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Courtney
  • 8Stevenson
  • 11Howell
  • 12Shaw
  • 24Leesley
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
1,561

Match Stats

Home TeamTelfordAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Telford United 0, Alfreton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 0, Alfreton Town 1.

Attempt missed. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Jason Mooney (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt blocked. Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe Leesley (Alfreton Town).

Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Corner, Alfreton Town.

Attempt saved. Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt saved. Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Joe Leesley replaces John Johnston.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Johnston (Alfreton Town).

Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United).

Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Simon Lenighan (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Andi Thanoj (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jason Mooney.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt blocked. Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town).

Tony Gray (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Disney (AFC Telford United).

Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United).

Simon Lenighan (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Danny Ventre with a cross.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Foul by Simon Lenighan (Alfreton Town).

Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Andi Thanoj (Alfreton Town).

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

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