19 July 2013
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Despite leading twice through Paul Clayton and Ben Tomlinson Alfreton Town had to settle for a draw at neighbours Matlock Town on Friday night in their first pre-season away game.
Just two minutes had ticked by when Gladiator's keeper Jon Kennedy had to tip over Kristian Ramsey-Dickson's stinging drive, then Lavelle White headed wide for the hosts from Joe Lesley's cross.
Both Tom Shaw and Daniel Meadows fired wide for the Reds, then on 15 minutes Meadows looked certain to score after a jinking run into the area only to fire straight at Kennedy.
Clayton's volley was held on the half-hour mark, then Shaw again went close from 22 yards, but Alfreton eased ahead in the 34th minute when Bradley Wood's deep cross was neatly laid back by Connor Franklin for Clayton to steer past Kennedy from eight yards.
Meadows' cross following a left-wing corner was inadvertently cleared off Matlock's goal line by triallist Red's defender Nick Fenton, then debutant keeper Ross Atkins saved confidently from Lewis McMahon.
Alastair Taylor flashed a shot across the face of goal as the second half commenced with the customary multiple changes, then on 47 minutes Wood made a rare error by impeding Corey Gregory which allowed McMahon to level the scores from the penalty spot.
Atkins then needed to save from Danny Holland, but Tomlinson restored Alfreton's advantage on 52 minutes with a neat finish from eight yards from a Darran Kempson header.
Aaron Webster then had a shot blocked by Kennedy, but Matlock were back on terms with 17 minutes remaining as Gregory deceived Atkins from ten yards with a sliced shot from Liam Gaughan's pull-back.
Lesley fired a clear chance over for Matlock on 77 minutes, then three minutes later a determined Taylor forged his way to the by-line before seeing his deflected shot held at his near post by Kennedy.
Alfreton Town Team:
Connor Franklin [Darran Kempson h/t]
Chris Westwood [c] [Michael Wylde 65]
Josh Law [Luke Purkiss h/t]
Tom Shaw [Dan Bradley h/t]
Paul Clayton [Ben Tomlinson h/t]
Kristian Ramsey-Dickson [Aaron Webster h/t]
Danny Meadows [Alastair Taylor h/t]
Matlock Town Team:
Josh Scully [Liam Gaughan 61]
David Haggerty [Oscar Radford 57]
Danny Holland [James Travis 75]
Man of the Match: Nick Fenton
Referee: Nick Hopton