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Alfreton Town came to Highbury with some very underhand tactics and got exactly what they deserved in the end. From the first whistle, the front pairing of Alfreton seemed to be trying to upset the home defence with the occasional leading elbow and dig off the ball. Most of this was aimed at McNulty, who, despite his obvious appearance, managed to show his class by rising above it.
On 13 minutes, Andy Mangan got on the end of a Peter Cavanagh cross and the keeper produced a fantastic save, if indeed he knew anything about it. 3 minutes later and it was 1-0, Nathan Pond getting on the end of a low cross to the far post.
On 27 minutes, after a foul on Theo Streete, the full-back reacted by head-butting Jamie Vardy as clear as day in front of the referee. To everyone's surprise, the ref somehow came to the conclusion that a yellow card for each player was the correct punishment. Absolute nonsense.
Fleetwood needed another goal to calm things down. The referee had made a shocking decision and almost gave extra impetus to Alfreton's spoiling tactics. On 36, newly in favour striker Seddon scored to first of his two with a fanstastic piece of persistence down the left resulting in a lovely finish from an acute angle.
On 38 minutes, Leigh Franks got himself a caution for a pinch on the back of Andy Mangan's neck, much to the amusement of the latter. At 2-0, there was no way back for the visitors, but still they persisted with their unsporting behaviour.
Ten minutes into the second half, a blistering run by Andy Mangan down the left set up Seddon to make it three. Theo Streete didn't get his red card but after the lesson handed to him by Fleetwood's number 14, he may have wished he had. Three minutes later, the full-back got hauled off by his manager. Thanks for coming.
With seven minutes remaining, Vardy put in a cross/shot from the right which the keeper made a complete hash of. I wasn't sure whether Vardy's attempt was on target but the goal seems to have been credited as an own goal.
With Wrexham losing at Stockport, the crowd of around 2000 will have gone home happy and thoroughly entertained. Fleetwood now have a bit of daylight at the top, 5 points clear having played an extra game.
Davies, McNulty, Pond, Goodall, Cavanagh, Mangan, McGuire, Fowler, Rose (Viera), Seddon (Brodie), Vardy
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