‘Men against boys’ in Town mismatch

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ALFRETON Town chairman Wayne Bradley has accused Sheffield Wednesday of under-estimating the Blue Square Bet Premier newcomers following their one-sided pre-season encounter.

The Reds recorded a stunning 14-0 victory against a youthful Owls outfit on Sunday thanks largely to hat-tricks from Nathan Arnold, Nathan Jarman and Paul Clayton.

At half-time of the clash, when the score was 9-0, Bradley went around the ground and apologised to the Wednesday supporters who had made the trip.

“It was a bit of a mismatch,” he told The Star. “They sent boys into a man’s world and were not at the races.

“Someone got it awfully wrong and under-estimated the calibre and playing standard of our team.

“It was not the test that we were looking for at this time in the season.”

Bradley said there was a breakdown in communication between the two clubs over the quality of opposition Wednesday would send for the match.

“I’m totally appreciative that Wednesday have a small squad of professionals but I don’t think that there was communication that suggested for one minute that they would play the team they did,” he added.