Tuesday 26th February 2013
Alfreton Town: Pickford, Law, Franklin, Quinn (Franks), Kempson, Brown, Soares (Meadows), Clayton, Bradley, Arnold, Tomlinson (Boden). Unused subs: Hewitt, Worsfold
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Kelvin Lomax, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Tunji Moses (Danny Broadbent), Liam Tomsett (Matthew Cassidy), Tom Anderson, Matthew Blinkhorn, Grant Spencer (Shay McCartan). Subs not used: David McNiven, Christopher Dilo.
Danny Broadbent scored a consolation goal on his return to the Tigers as Alfreton went goal crazy at the Impact Arena.
Paul Clayton and Scott Boden added goals after Ben Tomlinson’s treble to give their side a convincing 5-1 scoreline.
It started in ominous fashion for the visitors with Alfreton taking full control and dominating the early going.
Nathan Arnold fired a warning as early as the third minute after a succession of corners; Dave Carnell saving well.
Two minutes later and the opener was hit, Tom Anderson allowing Tomlinson to nick the ball all too easily before he proceeded to hit a delicate lob over the stranded Hyde keeper.
Hyde’s first venture forward in the 12th minute forced Jordan Pickford into action.
Alex Brown created space and hit a shot goalwards that was well saved before winning a corner from the rebound; he again forced Pickford into action from Griffin’s centre but was again denied.
Just three minutes later the home side doubled their lead from a corner of their own.
Josh Law swung it in, Darran Kempson rose to knock it down and Tomlinson was on hand at the back post to turn it in.
From here on it was Hyde who enjoyed more of the play, but both sides struggled to create any clear cut chances.
A Griffin overhead kick went harmlessly wide, Tomsett fired a long range effort over and Grant Spencer did well to work crossing opportunities that were cleared.
To add to the Hyde woes Anderson was stretchered off with a bad looking injury before their best chance of the half was spurned.
It fell to Spencer who raced in one on one with the Alfreton keeper, but with Kempson frantically back tracking he pulled his shot across the keeper and past the far post.
It wasn’t Pickford’s last action of the half, however, on half time he produced a brilliant save from Matthew Blinkhorn’s first time effort that was dipping under the bar.
Any hopes of a Hyde revival in the second half were cut short with a dubious penalty awarded just 70 second in.
Paul Clayton was through and knocked the ball past Carnell before hitting the deck, with Tomlinson stepping up and converting to seal his hat-trick.
Hyde continued to enjoy plenty of the ball with their patient passing display, but they only had a blocked Alex Brown shot to show for their efforts.
After Tomlinson prodded wide after weaving his way into the box Alfreton made it four.
Nathan Arnold’s high ball forward was terrifically controlled by Clayton who was afforded too much space and time.
He brought it down, turned, and hit it past a helpless Carnell.
With a little over ten minutes remaining Broadbent announced his return in the best possible way.
Running on to a long ball forward, he made no mistake when in one on one with the keeper.
Kempson should’ve made it five with a free header from a corner that was right at Carnell, before Hyde almost pulled another back with time running out.
Broadbent held the ball up well and found Josh Brizell on the right, he whipped in a cross that Blinkhorn was unlucky not to get on the end of.
With the last attack of the half the home side did make it five.
Clayton got on the end of a long hoof forward and slid in Scott Boden who smashed the ball across Carnell and into the bottom corner.