FC United 1-1 Alfreton Town

FT: FC United of Manchester 1    1 Alfreton Town

30 October 2018

A late equaliser from James Clifton brought Alfreton Town their first National League North point since the beginning of September when they drew 1-1 at Broadhurst Park on Tuesday night.

lt was the first time a game against FC United of Manchester had ever finished level, but for long periods it seemed only a matter of how many for the hosts after Josh Wallen had given them a 20th minute lead, Reds' keeper Sam Ramsbottom making at least four crucial saves in a one-sided first half.

There was little that Ramsbottom could do to prevent Wallen's close range header from a left flank corner from finding the back of the net, Alfreton's best chance of the opening session falling to Reece Styche, whose shot flew over the bar from debutant midfielder David Lynch's through-ball after just 45 seconds had elapsed.

HT: FC United of Manchester 1    0 Alfreton Town

A more concerted effort after the break saw Bobby Johnson head wide from a Lynch cross and keeper Lloyd Allinson claw away a stinging drive by Styche, while Sam Hird's header from a Jordan Sinnott corner midway through the second half looked to be over the line before being hacked clear.

Meanwhile though Ramsbottom continued to shine with saves from Lewis Mansell and Kurt Willoughby before the latter's strong run was curtailed by Clifton's timely interception.

Craig Hobson had been brought on in the 64th minute and his presence livened up the Reds' attack, the sub striker teeing up Curtis Bateson for a blocked shot before setting up Clifton to head wide moments before the 88th minute leveller, Hobson's shot blocked before Clifton followed up from just inside the area.

Alfreton Town Team:

Ramsbottom; Clifton, Wilde, Hird, Lynch, Shiels, Bateson, Hotte [Sinnott 60], Styche [Hobson 64], Peniket, Johnson [Clackstone 69].

Other subs: Gowling, Nicholson.

FC United of Manchester Team:

Allinson; Senior, Thompson, O'Halloran, C.Lynch, Potts, Simoes [Crawford 84]. Wallen, Mansell, Willoughby, Donohue [Brierley 82].

Other subs: Banister, Baird, Lonsdale.

Attendance: 1531

Man of the Match: Sam Ramsbottom

Referee: David McNamara Match Reports

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