Blyth Spartans 1-1 Alfreton Town

FT: Blyth Spartans 1    1 Alfreton Town

05 January 2019

Alfreton Town produced a organised and solid display on the road as a controversial offside decision in the second half denied the Reds all three points at Croft Park on Saturday.

Billy Heath rung the changes with Josh Clackstone, Jordan Sinnott, Martin Riley all coming into the starting line up. Dec Bacon, Danny O'Brien and Danny Clarke all returned to the bench.

The Reds started with good purpose as we won an early corner, Curtis Bateson and Tom Allan exchanged passes from the short corner but the chance went away.

Blyth broke on a Sinnott free kick and Rivers raced past Clackstone and found Holmes in the box but his shot went wide. Luke Shiels reacted well to clear a lofted pass before another good challenge took the sting out of a dangerous cross and allowed Sam Ramsbottom to clear.

Reece Styche nearly put Richard Peniket through before more defending from the Reds saw Shiels clear a Rivers cross before Peniket cleared a corner.

Shiels couldn't direct his header on target from a Sinnott throw, Bateson then crossed towards Peniket at the near post with contact being made on the Reds striker but the penalty appeals were waved away.

Jameson punched the corner away as Alfreton pressed the hosts. Styche fired way wide from distance before Clackstone fired over the bar from 25 yards.

On 33 minutes the Reds took a deserved lead when Tom Allan headed Sinnott's corner in at the far post.

But five minutes later, Blyth were level when Ramsbottom raced out to intercept a clearance and was booked for handball. A free kick was awarded and up stepped Robbie Dale to fire low to Sam's left corner for his 200th Blyth goal.

The Reds looked to respond as Styche's effort was blocked by Jameson before Allan was caught late, Sinnott's free kick found the Reds defender whose effort went wide.

HT: Blyth Spartans 1    1 Alfreton Town

The second half saw us keep the pressure on, Peniket pressed well and Jameson had to clear a under-hit back pass, Peniket caused more problems showing good pace to get away from Watson but his shot in the box went over the bar.

Peniket came close to making it 2-1 after saloming his way past two Blyth defenders but his shot across Jameson went just wide of the far post.

Then on 65 minutes a controversial offside call was given when Sinnott's free kick on the left was nodded on by a Blyth defender and Allan slid in a the far post to convert but the Referee deemed the goal offside despite the touch coming from the Blyth player.

The game was end to end with Styche looking for shooting openings at every occasion and Shiels at the other end denying counter attacks. Bateson couldn't get the ball out of his feet before Dale fired over the bar from a corner late on.

However the game would finish level in a contest which the Reds should have won, it was a solid performance and a solid point on the road but perhaps it should have been three in the end.

Next up, we return to the Impact Arena as we host Darlington on Saturday, 3pm kick off.

Alfreton Town Team:

Ramsbottom, Sinnott, Clackstone, Lynch, Riley, Shiels (c), Styche, Platt, Peniket, Bateson, Allan.

Subs Not Used: Hobson, Nicholson, Bacon, Clarke, O'Brien

Attendance: 676

Referee: Richard Aspinall Match Reports

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