29 July 2016
It was a fourth draw for the Reds from five pre-season friendlies against League opposition after Alfreton Town had been involved in an enthralling 3-3 draw with Nottingham Forest at the lmpact Arena on Friday night.
Three times the hosts led only to be pegged back each time, the first goal a spectacular 25 yard strike by Ryan Wilson that flew into the bottom corner of Forest's net after just seven minutes.
Eight minutes later though keeper Fabian Spiess conceded his third penalty in the five games when he brought down Ben Brerton as he tried to go around him, the striker picking himself up to slot the spot-kick firmly home.
Paul Clayton's diving header from Craig Westcarr's deflected cross restored Alfreton's lead three minutes before half-time, but Forest were level again within two minutes when James Thorne let rip from 20 yards to find the furthest part of the net.
All eyes from the visiting contingent had been searching for highly acclaimed new signing Armand Traore, but having only left QPR earlier that day his negotiation up the M1 had resulted in his late arrival.
Brought on for the start of the second half it took Traore just 11 minutes to score - at the wrong end - after Clayton had done enough to force the defender into heading a deep left-flank cross into his own net.
But the visitors fought back again with Toby Edsir smashing home another spectacular goal from distance with 15 minutes remaining.
Alfreton Town Team:
Spiess; Doyle, McGowan, Heaton, Allan, Monkhouse,
Bradley, Wilson, Priestley [Jordan 18], Clayton [Smith 62], Westcarr [Garnett 72].
Referee: Rob Rees