BONUS THROWBACK | August 2011 - Alfreton Town 1-4 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 13 Jan 2018

Back for 2018 is #ThrowbackThursday! This time we've gone visual and raided the back-catalogue of club DVD's to bring you a new video every Thursday from yesteryear! 

As we have no match this weekend - we are throwing in a Saturday bonus match! 

We can't promise you a classic every week - but we can promise you a look back at some of the more unusual games.

Alfreton Town 1-4 Wrexham

It was a fresh season with new exciting players, Wrexham fans brimming with optimism for the season ahead but owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts had already placed the club up for sale.

August 2011, we travelled to Alfreton closely following not only the team but the WST's takeover bid too.

It was an important time for the players to put on a performance for the large number of travelling Wrexham supporters, to entertain the masses while they worried about the takeover - and they did. 

Was this the game of Jake Speight's career? Quite possibly! A super hat-trick! Alfreton decided to go man-for-man accross the field - and manager Dean Saunders dealt with it quite simply. 

I was speaking to former midfielder Lee Fowler about the match this week, he said: "They went man-for-man all over bar NKP (Nat Knight-Percival) and the Beast (Mark Creighton). It was very, very strange.

"After 30 seconds, Deano (Saunders) shouted to us "run and touch every corner of the boxes" - and there was nobody left in the centre of the pitch! All I kept saying to their players was - You can't be happy following me round all game!"

This stratagy worked - as shown in the video where Knight-Percival took the ball from area to area to set up Speight's second goal of the game. 

Mini Match Report

Jake Speight scored a hat-trick as Wrexham returned to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Speight gave his side the lead on 12 minutes before bottom side Alfreton hit back with a Nathan Jarman penalty.

But Speight restored the lead on 32 minutes and completed his hat-trick in the second half with a penalty after Neil Ashton was fouled.

Mathias Pogba completed the scoring late on for the visitors, who maintained their unbeaten start.

5 Things About Alfreton Town Since

  1. They now play in the Vanarama National League North - One league below Wrexham. 
  2. They finished the 2011-12 season in 15th place with 54 points. Wrexham finished 2nd with 98 points. 
  3. At the end of the 2014-15 season they were relegated on goal difference behind 20th placed Welling United with 45 points each. 
  4. In the National League North they have finished 10th in 2015-16 and 18th in 2016-17. 
  5. Alfreton's highest all-time league finish was during the 2013-14 season, 11th in the National League.  

The Line Ups

Alfreton Town: Lowson, Hall, Matt Wilson, Franks, Hawes (Ellison 72), Franklin, Brown, Streete, Mackin, Clayton (Senior 90), Jarman (Mullan 62).
Substitutes (not used): Moult, Young. 

Wrexham: Maxwell, Obeng, Creighton, Knight-Percival, Ashton, Harris, Tolley, Fowler, Speight (Taylor 90), Wright (Pogba 62), Morrell (Cieslewicz 61).
Substitutes (not used): Keates, Clarke.

Attendance: 1,165
Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

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