County ran out comfortable winners against Alfreton Town in what turned out to be County’s third league ‘double’ of the season in what is the Hatters last away match of the season. The result also saw County surpass their points tally for 2014/2015 season, quite a damning stat considering last season was nowhere near good enough.
County went ahead 27 minutes into the first half, with Odejayi making a nuisance of himself, the ball fell to Marsden who put a smart finish beyond the former Hatter, Matt Duke. The score remained 1-0 as the referee blew for half time.
Some second half pressure, in which Alfreton could have had a couple of goals, was withstood by the County backline and their hard work in keeping the Derbyshire side at bay was rewarded when substitute Richard Brodie poked home from a low Morton cross.
The cherry on the icing on the cake came 4 minutes later when, in the 88th minute, Henderson launched a diagonal ball forward which found Marsden unmarked, who smashed home County’s third from a tight angle.
Overall, a good victory for the Hatters against a side of similar stature this season, Jim Gannon will have learnt a little more about who he wants next season from yesterday’s showing.
Full Time: Alfreton 0-3 County
Scorers: Marsden 27, Brodie 84, Marsden 88
Starting XI: Henderson, Connolly, Roberts, Ellison, O’Hanlon, Smalley, Morton, Wilson (Russell, 64), Odejayi (Brodie, 72), Marsden, Garvin (Rule, 77).