National League
TelfordAFC Telford United0AlfretonAlfreton Town1

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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joe Leesley (Alfreton Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Joe Leesley replaces John Johnston.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

  15. Post update

    Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by John Johnston (Alfreton Town).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United).

  20. Post update

    Danny Bradley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.