Alfreton Town boss Billy Heath ordered his players to roll up their sleeves and work harder after a first half horror show at Altrincham saw them slump to a fourth National League North defeat in a row, report the Derbyshire Times.

The Reds will host St Neots in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday (3pm) with Heath’s words ringing in their ears. They were 2-0 down after only 10 minutes of the 3-1 defeat by Altrincham and 3-0 down by the break before Richard Peniket pulled one back.

“We’ve got to roll our sleeves up now and go back to what we were doing earlier in the season – really wanting to work hard,” said Heath. “The first 25 minutes was poor to say the least. We didn’t compete anywhere on the park.

“We didn’t seem to have any presence about us anywhere on the park. We got what we deserved. It was too easy to come through us, too easy to break on us, too easy all round.

“The game was more or less finished at half-time.”

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