Alfreton Town 0 Walsall 6 – In-depth Tactical Analysis

Easy peasy lemon squeezy this one.
First of all the goalscorers:

32: Sawyers – easy lob after mix up in Alfreton defence
36: Lalkovic – from tight angle
68: Hemmings – into bottom left corner
69: Westcarr – another mix-up in the Alfreton defence and great work from Baxendale sets up easy chance
72: Westcarr – tucks away after great long through ball from Flanagan
90: Hewitt – from close range after cross from George

This was a great display of movement and passing with Alfreton hardly getting a look-in except for a five minute spell in the 2nd half when our backline was a bit shaky after a few subs.
The first half saw Mantom and Featherstone dominate midfield and the defence very comfortable.
The second half we attacked with more aplomb and created bags of chances.
Throughout the game I can only think of one time when we hoofed the ball clear instead of passing.

Out of the non-regulars, trialists and new signings, Reece Flanagan stood out for me. He had so much time and looked very comfortable on the ball spreading play around and threading through balls. His pass for Westcarr’s second was sublime.
All the others did well, with Mantom and Westcarr being the best of the regulars.
Both the new forwards took their goals well.
Morris did ok as did Robert McQuilkin. O’ Donnell was hardly tested.

Our team in full:

GK O’Donnell

RB Ben Purkiss
LB Benning
CD Butler
CD Downing

CM Mantom
CM Fetherstone

LM Morris
RM Mcguigan

AM Sawyers

CF Lalkovic

2nd Half

Holden for Butler
Taylor for Benning
Baxendale for Mantom (Mcguigan moves into CM)
Westcarr for Sawyers
Hewitt for Lalkovic

67m Subs

James Chanbers for Downing
Hemmings for Morris
Flanagan for Fetherstone
George for Purkiss

As long as we don’t have James Chambers and Holden as centre halves, all bodes well for next season.