23 July 2011
Match pics album by Dave Pursglove here
Alfreton Town played out a tepid 1-1 draw with newly formed Ilkeston FC in their latest pre-season friendly at the New Manor Ground.
Darryl Thomas opened the scoring for the hosts in the 18th minute, after a through-ball from Will Mellors-Blair had caused confusion at the back which left keeper Dan Lowson exposed.
Reds man-of-the-match Jake Moult levelled the game on 32 minutes when the loose ball fell to him ten yards out, as Josh Hill wrestled Nathan Jarman to the ground in receipt of Anton Brown's cross.
Back in the ninth minute Levi Mackin had picked out Theo Streete on the edge of the six-yard box, but his clear header flashed wide.
Then Mackin cut inside to unleash a low 17th minute drive that Ilkeston keeper Aaron Butcher held.
Gary Ricketts should have tied it up for the home side three minutes after the equaliser, but shot tamely at Lowson from the penalty spot after Brown had handled inside the area.
With numerous changes just short of the hour mark a fragmented second half threw up just two notable points, both in the final ten minutes.
The first was a blistering run by Leigh Franks that ended with Paul Clayton scooping the ball on to the bar from a difficult angle, and latterly Jordan Hall's strong central run that forced to Butcher to come to the edge of his area to smother.
Alfreton Town Team:
Josh Law (Jordan Hall 58)
Matt Wilson (Leigh Franks 58)
Connor Franklin (Adie Hawes 58)
Jamie Mullan (Tyrone Thompson 58)
Levi Mackin (Chris Carruthers 58)
Nathan Jarman (Paul layton 58)
Nathan Arnold (Chris Senior 58)
Ilkeston FC Team:
Luke Garton (Gerome Palmer 68)
Louis Keenan (triallist 54)
Joe McGuire (Fabian Smith h/t)
Will Mellors-Blair (Andew Osei-Siribour 81)
Gary Ricketts (Ryan Wilson 81)
Subs not used:
Ryan Swift (GK)
Man of the Match: Jake Moult
Referee: James Adcock of West Bridgford