First-half blitz gives Alfreton win over Farsley
Alfreton Town hit three first half goals as James Jones, Elliott Reeves and Jake Day sealed a second win of the league season in a fantastic display at the Impact on Saturday afternoon.
It was the perfect response from the Reds following back-to-back defeats to Bradford PA and Brackley prior and set them up nicely for the trip to Leamington on Tuesday night.
Alfreton began well and had their first chance with eight minutes gone, Jake Day and Elliott Reeves linking well with Day firing a shot wide of the post from inside the D.
The Reds then went in front on 16 minutes. Reeves tested Drench with an effort which the Celts goalkeeper had to tip over the bar, James Jones heading in the resulting Dan Bradley corner which left Drench stranded as it nestled in the bottom corner.
The Reds couldn't settle on the lead and were pegged back almost instantly, George Willis unable to hold onto a ball into the box in slippery conditions and Adam Clayton on hand to stab the ball home from a yard out or so after a scramble.
The Reds never let the equaliser affect them and the response was fantastic as they looked to press the visitors again and they got the perfect reaction, re-taking the lead on 23, Reeves with an excellent solo run and skill to find space inside the box and his shot went into far right corner after taking a deflection.
Josh Clackstone won a header inside the box but Day couldn't quite connect on the ball as he slid with Ellis. Dom Smith then produced heroics which proved crucial as he cleared a Celts shot off the line.
Day would make it 3-1 in first half stoppage time, latching onto a Dave Syers clearance which went high into the air and then firing past Drench into the bottom corner inside the box.
Farsley started the second half well, Tyler Walton forcing Willis into a good save, before Alfreton's Nathan Fox fired too high after a twisting run on the left.
The last chance came from Celtic's Jordan Richards who curled a free kick over the bar, but it was a well managed second half from the Reds who did the damage in the first half and in turn stayed solid and produced a fantastic performance to seal a deserved second league win of the season.
Alfreton: Willis, Clackstone, Fox, Branson, Lees, Jones, Smith, Bradley (c) (Johnson 70), Day, Reeves (Walker 86), Atkinson.
Subs Not Used: Lund, Unwin-Marris, Williams.