17 March 2015
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Although Alfreton Town could not manage to maintain their winning run when Lincoln City visited the lmpact Arena on Tuesday night, a creditable 0-0 draw has seen the Reds complete 400 minutes of football since conceding a goal.
The point was also one more small step towards securing Vanarama Conference safety, although Alfreton remain just one place clear of the bottom four, but the game itself produced only a handful of clear chances for either side.
Manager Nicky Law recalled Tom Shaw to midfield with Dan Bradley not fit, Saturday's goalscoring hero actually missing the best chances of the game as the Reds tried their hardest to overcome a stubborn Lincoln rearguard.
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner had to clear off the line from Ben Tomlinson after Arnaud Mendy's shot had been blocked in the third minute, although the assistant referee's flag would have come to Alfreton's rescue.
In the Reds' first attack four minutes later John Johnston fired high and wide from a Luke Graham cross, then at the other end Jordan Burrow's header was wayward from a Jordan Cranston delivery.
Reds' keeper Jason Mooney held Mendy's angled drive in the 16th minute, then a deflected Andi Thanoj shot needed a good reaction from Paul Farman in the Lincoln goal.
Tom Miller headed behind from a deep Alan Power free-kick, but the clearest chance of the game so far came in the 25th minute when Shaw laid the ball off for Johnston, but Joe lronside just could not make contact with the cross in front of a gaping goal.
Hamza Bencherif fired a 25 yarder just wide, Ben Tomlinson sent a curling shot beyond Mooney's back post and Shaw had an effort blocked by Miller as the first half petered out.
Two minutes after the break, with the pace having been stepped up appreciably, Cranston's cross into the box caused confusion, then John Marsden's shot was blocked by Simon Lenighan from a Jake Caprice cross.
Nat Brown cleared a Shaw cross from a Johnston pass as Alfreton responded, but it was Mooney who was the next keeper in action tipping over a stinging shot from Marsden on 57 minutes.
Mooney then dealt with a Burrow header from another delivery by Caprice, before former Reds' striker Tomlinson was woefully off target with a brace of efforts from outside the area.
A pacy 20 yarder from Karl Hawley tested Farman midway through the second half, then on 71 minutes Shaw hooked over from 16 yards when set up by Hawley.
Four minutes later Shaw dragged an even clearer effort across the face of goal after Hawley had combined with Thanoj to provide the opening, then nine minutes from time Joe Leesley's overhead kick almost succeeded from a lengthy Niall Heaton throw.
Alfreton Town Team:
20 Jason Mooney
05 Luke Graham
28 Callum Howe
03 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
02 Bradley Wood
27 John Jonston (26 Niall Heaton, 80 mins)
25 Simon Lenighan
12 Tom Shaw
21 Andi Thanoj
18 Ironside (24 Joe Leesley, 66 mins)
Substitutes not used:
04 Duane Courtney
08 Lee Stevenson
11 Anthony Howell
Lincoln City Team:
01 Paul Farman
17 Jake Caprice
02 Tom Miller
12 Arnaud Mendy (18 Kegan Everington, 84 mins)
07 Jordan Cranston
23 Nat Brown
05 Hamza Bencherif
10 John Marsden (19 Alex Simmons, 87 mins)
08 Alan Power
11 Ben Tomlinson
09 Jordan Burrow
Substitutes not used:
04 Todd Jordan
22 Marcus Marshall
30 Aidan Grant
Alfreton Town - Simon Lenighan
Lincoln City - Arnaud Mendy and Ben Tomlinson
Attendance breakdown: 744 including 145 from Lincoln
Man of the Match: Karl Hawley
Referee: John Brooks of Melton Mowbray