Reds go global after Owls rout

NMAC11-2051-2'Alfreton town V Sheffield'Paul Clayton celebrates goal no. 10
NMAC11-2051-2'Alfreton town V Sheffield'Paul Clayton celebrates goal no. 10

ALFRETON Town’s staggering 14-0 pre-season friendly home win over Sheffield Wednesday’s Academy side gained the Reds global publicity and recognition.

Within just a few hours of the massive victory, the club had made the ‘trends’ list on social network site Twitter which shows the most viewed topics of the day.

Numerous football club forums including as far away as Glasgow Rangers and a Google search of Alfreton Town 14, Sheffield Wednesday 0 listed dozens of fans forums and official football club website all carrying the news of the demolition.

Assistant manager Russ O’Neill admitted he had been overwhelmed with the amount of phone calls and texts he received.

He said: “I have had texts from people I know abroad, lots of people in football and mates texting me to tell me how many thousands of hits we have had on Facebook pages.”

Thoughts that the management had not learned anything about the side from the one-sided contest were quickly dispelled by O’Neill.

He explained: “At the minute it is all about getting the balance right and we were just trying to progress through pre-season as best we can and we got plenty of things from the game.

“Everything is about gearing up towards the first game of the season and we got as much out of the Wednesday as we possibly could.

“There are obviously sterner tests to come, but the major plus point from the performance was that it showed we have a really high fitness level.”

The Reds made the transition from part time training to three days a week a fortnight ago and while it has taken a while for some of the players to get used to it, dividends are now being reaped.

O’Neill ended: “We thought it was perhaps a shock to the systems for some of the players who had not been used to training like this.

“It possibly showed in one or two of the early pre-season games, but, irrespective of the nature of the opposition, the players really did look good and worked very hard.

“But we will not realise how fit we are until we get to next week and we lay off and rest up a bit ahead of the first league game.”

Meanwhile, the Reds finish their pre-season build-up with a final friendly away at Evo-Stik League First Division South club Rainworth MW this Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.

Nicky Law’s side will then have just one week to wait until their first-ever game at Conference national level when they travel to Woking, the temporary home of Hayes & Yeading United, to contest the opening Blue Square Bet Premier Division game on Saturday, August 13.