Chorley slipped to a defeat in the first game post Josh Hine on a cold afternoon in Derbyshire. Lindon Meikle's goal nine minutes from time sealed the win for Alfreton, sending them above Chorley in the Vanarama National League North table writes Elliot Walsh.
It was to be a game of first half of very few chances for both sides as they struggled to adapt to the slope on the pitch. Set pieces were the order of the day, Tom Allan with the first chance following a Leesley corner, the left back heading over for the hosts.
Andy Bond produced the first Chorley move. Paul Jarvis' cross on the right eventually found the number 10 who struck just wide from the edge of the area.
Darren Stephenson had a quite afternoon. Alfreton fullback Cliff Moyo with a fine display to keep the winger quiet. He had his only chance of the game after cutting from the left before dragging his shot wide of the near post.
A free kick 25 yards from goal was taken by Andy Bond who was unlucky to see his effort go inches away from the goal. Alfreton goalkeeper Matt Duke stranded by the flight of the ball.
At the other end it could so easily have been Nicky Law's Alfreton taking the lead. After Ross was beaten by the flight of the ball his clearance found it way to Meikle. He crosses for Smith but the former Hereford man could only head straight into the hands of Ashton from close range.
It was Smith again who so nearly broke the deadlock just before half time. After a scramble in the area the striker fired a powerful shot straight at Ashton who made himself big to prevent a goal.
The home side remained in control of the game going into the second half. Their captain Dan Bradley with the first opportunity following the restart but he fired well over from 20 yards out.
Jordan Connerton nearly scored his first goal of his second spell at the club. Bond whipped a ball towards the far post. Connerton dived towards the ball but couldn't keep his header down from 6 yards out.
It was almost a mirror image at the other end. Bradley crossed to Smith who, like Connerton, flung himself at the ball. The Alfreton man producing a smart stop from Ashton down to his right hand side to keep the scores level.
But it was the home side who looked the most likely to open the scoring. Meikle was lively all game and was only kept out by a superbly timed challenge from Charnock. There was nothing the defender could do to prevent the only goal of the game just two minutes later. Allan mishit a shot into Meikle's path, the diminutive attacker poaching from close range to fire past Ashton.
Jack Lynch did have a chance in the 89th minute. Adam Roscoe laid the ball off to his midfield partner, but he miscued his effort over the bar.