Mickleover Sports 1-2 Alfreton Town

FT: Mickleover Sports 1    2 Alfreton Town

06 October 2018

First half goals from Jordan Sinnott and Richard Peniket proved enough, as Alfreton Town navigated the challenge of local rivals Mickleover Sports to book their spot in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

Billy Heath made just the one change from the previosu weekend's defeat to Bradford PA in the league, James Clifton came in with Declan Bacon dropping to the bench.

With a brilliant atmosphere at the Don Amott and FA Cup fever in the air, the hosts started with expected brightness and both Josh Gowling and Luke Shiels had to be alert to deny ex-Red Garnett through on goal.

A nice flowing move on the right also tested Josh Clackstone who defended well in the early stages. With the local derby descending into congestion in midfield, the Reds were looking to utilise the flanks but several crosses were comfortable for Pablo Mills in the Sports back-line.

The first clear opening fell for Garnett who broke free in the box and rolled his effort wide of the far post with Sam Ramsbottom racing out to intercept.

Alfreton responded but a block denied Nathan Hotte's shot in the box after a neat lay-off from Peniket. There were some tasty tackles coming in with Shiels fouling Cribley on the touchline before Bobby Johnson was bundled down in the centre of the park.

Sinnott tested King from range but the effort was saved well by the Sports goalkeeper. Clifton then hooked a flicked header from Peniket over the bar when well positioned.

With 24 minutes gone, the Reds were given a penalty as Curtis Bateson was tripped in the box. Johnson stepped up but a fantastic save from King denied the Reds midfielder before the Mickleover keeper denied the follow up shot also.

But with 32 minutes gone, a second penalty came the way of the Reds when Peniket appeared to have been tripped on. Although the striker didn't go to ground, contact was made following Peniket's movement on the ball and the Referee gave the penalty. Sinnott stepped up this time and sent King the wrong way.

The game soon reached boiling point with Ramsbottom denying Garnett in the box before Peniket went down under an apparent elbow, the Mickleover players were furious and protested to the officials which included pushing and shoving with Reds players.

With the arguments subsiding and the first half entering the last seconds, Alfreton extended the lead when a short corner from Bobby Johnson found Sinnott whose effort across goal found Peniket who toe poked in a second.


HT: Mickleover Sports 0    2 Alfreton Town

The second half saw Mickleover press, John McGrath played a wicked ball across the face which no one can connect. Nathan Jarman latched onto loose headers from Gowling and Josh Wilde but couldn't get a shot off in the box.

Peniket couldn't guide a Wilde cross from the right goalwards before Mills at the other end produced a looping header which went just wide.

With ten minutes to go, the hosts were given a penalty themselves when Gowling looked to have dragged down Garnett in the box. Marselia stepped up and converted to set up a grand-stand finish.

But the Reds held on and defended solidly throughout the last nine minutes, defending crosses and Sam Ramsbottom providing safe hands in late moments of pressure.

A toughly fought cup tie saw the Reds through into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with the draw on Monday. Alfreton return to action with an away trip to Altrincham in the National League North on Saturday, 3pm kick off.

Alfreton Town Team:

Ramsbottom, Clackstone, Wilde, Hotte, Gowling, Shiels (c), Sinnott (Clarke 87), Clifton, Bateson, Peniket, Johnson (Platt 75).

Subs Not Used: Nicholson, Chettle, Bacon, Riley, Middleton.

Attendance: 505

Man of the Match: Richard Peniket

Referee: Aaron Jackson Match Reports

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