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Alfreton Town 3-2 AFC Telford United

Alfreton survived a second-half Telford fightback to record back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-March.

The home side took the lead through Andi Thanoj's deflected strike, but the scores were soon level when Tony Gray got on the end of a long ball upfield.

Alfreton went back ahead as Tom Shaw's volley found the net and Joe Ironside finished well after a strong run just before half-time for a 3-1 lead.

Neill Byrne's header cut the gap but Telford's late onslaught came up short.

The Bucks, promoted back to English non-league football's top flight in April, remain bottom of the Conference, with just three points from their first 10 games.

Midfielder David Mellor, 21, made his debut for Alfreton after joining on a month's loan from League One side Oldham.

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law:

"David will give us extra cover as he can also play left-back and he came in and slotted in well on the left, giving us better balance. He showed us the quality he has.

"We have done well but we are not out of the woods yet. We were never as bad as the results and position suggested. We are not the best in the division, but we are certainly not the worst.

"In the first half we were worthy of our lead, we played really well. In the second half, they changed it slightly and went more direct. They are a big side and caused a few problems.

"We also probably caused ourselves a few problems with a couple of errors but we hung on in the end. It is another good win and great return from the last three games. But we need to push it on now."

Telford United manager Liam Watson told BBC Shropshire:

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"The second goal was the turning point. We had just equalised and all Wes Baynes had to do was put his foot through it.

"But it looked like he would be on the receiving end of a tackle, he pulled out, they got a cross in and scored.

"As long as fans see a shift and a spirited performance they can accept defeats.

"What they can't have is people jumping out of tackles."

Line-ups

Alfreton

  • 20Dawson
  • 3Rowe-TurnerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Smith
  • 5Graham
  • 2Wood
  • 11Howell
  • 24MellorSubstituted forSheridanat 82'minutes
  • 12Shaw
  • 21Thanoj
  • 18IronsideSubstituted forClaytonat 87'minutes
  • 23Hawley

Substitutes

  • 9Clayton
  • 10Bradley
  • 14Sheridan
  • 17McDonald
  • 22Gorman

Telford

  • 1Hedge
  • 15Owens
  • 3LeverSubstituted forPokuat 46'minutes
  • 5Akrigg
  • 4Byrne
  • 8BarnettBooked at 6minsSubstituted forFarrellat 46'minutes
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 2BaynesBooked at 88mins
  • 21ToddSubstituted forClancyat 63'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 7Phenix
  • 10Gray

Substitutes

  • 9Farrell
  • 11Clancy
  • 13Pryce
  • 17Platt
  • 20Poku
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
519

Match Stats

Home TeamAlfretonAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Alfreton Town 3, AFC Telford United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 3, AFC Telford United 2.

Attempt missed. Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (AFC Telford United).

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (AFC Telford United).

Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United).

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton replaces Joe Ironside.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Andy Owens tries a through ball, but Andy Owens is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Jake Sheridan replaces David Mellor.

Attempt missed. Tony Gray (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town).

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

Booking

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town).

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

Attempt missed. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Karl Hawley tries a through ball, but Karl Hawley is caught offside.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Karl Hawley tries a through ball, but Karl Hawley is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by David Mellor (Alfreton Town).

Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town).

Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Alfreton Town 3, AFC Telford United 2. Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) header from a difficult angle on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Farrell with a cross.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt saved. Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by David Mellor (Alfreton Town).

Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

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