Alfreton Town 2-2 Nottingham Forest

FT: Alfreton Town 2    2 Nottingham Forest

21 July 2018

Alfreton Town`s latest pre season friendly resulted in a 2-2 draw on Saturday against a youthful Nottingham Forest side made up largely of under 23 players.

 The Reds dominated the first half in which they established a 2-0 lead, but were pegged back after the break amidst numerous substitutions.

Tom Denton had given Alfreton a 20th minute lead with a powerful downward header from a Bobby Johnson corner, then 12 minutes later Forest keeper Erlandsson could only help a deep cross from James Clifton in to the net via the back post for a fortuitous second goal.

The visitors had gone close in the 11th minute when Martin Riley had to clear off the line from Ariyibi, the corner then forced Clifton in to a similar block from Zac Clough.

Towards the conclusion of the first period Johnson unleashed a ferocious drive that Erlandsson parried before Curtis Bateson headed wide from the ensuing flag kick, then at the other end Adam Crookes header was scrambled off the line from  another Ariyibi corner

 


HT: Alfreton Town 2    0 Nottingham Forest

A lethal three minute spell from the 55th minute saw a thunderbolt from Gboly Arriyibi and a sharp finish from Arvin Appiah from a Toby Edser draw Forest level.

Midway through the second half Luke Shiel`s towering header was powered by sub keeper Bossin, then from the break Anel Ahmedhodzic must have thought he had scored a third for Forest, but the ball rebounded tamely off the upright after beating Tom Nicholson in the Alfreton goal.

 The replacement keeper though made sure of parity with an excellent double save from Virgil Gomis in the second minute of added time. 

Alfreton Town Team:

ALFRETON: Durrant: Clifton,Shiels,Riley,Wilde,Johnson,Hotte,King,Peniket,King,Denton

Subs - Bacon,Clackstone,Chettle,Nicholson,Lane,Clarkle plus two trialists

 

Nottingham Forest Team:

FOREST: Erlandsson, Ahmedhozic,Preston,Taylor,Crookes,Coveney,Appiah,Esder,Vellios,Clough,Ariyibi

Subs- Farnah,Bossin,Sodiende,Gallacher,Gomis,Stewart,En-Neyah 

Attendance: 291

Referee: Jack Shepherd Match Reports

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