29 October 2016
Alfreton Town's determined late push earned them a share of the spoils against high-riding Chorley at the lmpact Arena on Saturday, on-loan defender George Edmundson scoring both goals when any outcome but defeat looked highly unlikely.
A quiet start to the game had seen Jason Walker's angled drive held by Reds' keeper Fabian Spiess, whilst Terry Kennedy's through-ball was almost turned past his own keeper by Scott Leather.
But Alfreton fell behind to a 28th penalty after Kennedy had impeded Jake Cottrell close to the bye-line, Spiess given no chance with Walker's spot-kick, but the major talking point of the first half was undoubtedly Paul Clayton's somewhat harsh dismissal in the 34th minute following an aerial clash with Kieran Charnock.
Alfreton took time to recover their composure and may well still have been in the process of re-organisation when the visitors struck for a second time in the 42nd minute, with Josh O'Keefe lashing the ball past Spiess from eight yards after Walker had created the opening.
Despite being a man down the Reds fought hard after the break to rectify the situation, Edmundson glancing a header wide from Paul Marshall's cross, Adam Priestley firing behind from a difficult angle and Edmundson again going close with a back post header from a Ryan Wilson delivery - all seemingly to no avail.
However as the game entered its final ten minutes Alfreton increased their attacking intensity with Marshall, Priestley and Craig Westcarr all going close to reducing the deficit, but an isolated Chorley attack proved to be the turning point for the hosts.
Waqas Azam found himself with a clear chance to put the issue beyond doubt with the clock showing 84 minutes, but contrived to slice wide from a diminishing angle after side-stepping Spiess.
Alfreton responded with a prolonged attack that ended with Priestley finding the net only to be ruled off-side, then Brad McGowan's header was turned behind at full stretch by keeper Shaun Rowley with three minutes remaining, Wilson's subsqequent corner headed in by Edmundson from close range to give the Reds vital impetus.
Two minutes into added time a well-earned and justified draw was secured when Edmundson headed home again from close range, this time from Westcarr's cross from the left, to give Alfreton the best possible boost ahead of their F.A.Cup tie with Newport County AFC next Sunday.
Alfreton Town Team:
Spiess; Mantack, McGowan, Kennedy [Heaton 49], Edmundson, Wilson, Nyoni, Monkhouse [Priestley 60], Marshall, Westcarr, Clayton.
other subs: S.Smith, Allan.
Rowley; Challoner, Blakeman, Leather, Charnock [Jarvis 34], Roscoe, O'Keefe, Whitham [Azam 76], Carver, Walker, Cottrell.
other subs: Beesley, Hartley, Caunce.
Referee: Joe Hull