01 November 2011
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ALFRETON Town are back on the FACup glory trail after a famous win at Sincil Bank in Tuesday night's replay with Lincoln City.
It is only the fifth time in Alfreton's 52-year history that they have reached the First Round Proper of this prestigious competition, with League One Carlisle United set to visit the Impact Arena on Saturday week.
The Reds picked up £12,500 prize money for their victory, having entered the competition for the first time at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage.
Conversely, and by one of those weird coincidences that the FACup tends to produce, Lincoln had not been beaten in the Qualifying stages for 87 years - and incredibly that was at the hands of the old Alfreton Town.
No-one could deny that the Reds deserved their win on the night with a polished performance, and despite City taking a 20th minute lead with their only effort on target in the first half Alfreton heads did not drop and they were deservedly level seven minutes later.
Early exchanges were tenuous at best, but Theo Streete glanced a header wide from a fourth minute Nathan Jarman corner and two minutes later at the other end Adam Watts headed well wide from 15 yards from a long Mitchell Nelson throw.
Jordan Hall sent a shot over from 35 yards after a Jarman free-kick had been partially cleared, then a sublime move by the hosts led to them taking the lead.
John Nutter played the ball inside to Sam Smith before the move was continued on the left by Nicky Nicolau and Gavin McCallum, with the latter's cross being crisply headed home by Smith from 12 yards.
Three minutes later Paul Clayton took a return pass from Anthony Wilson only for his shot to be blocked by Watts, then Imps' skipper Nutter fired across the face of Dan Lowson's goal.
Alfreton were level in the 27th minute when one of numerous long throws taken by Leigh Franks paid off, with Anton Brown's near-post header nestling in the back of the Lincoln net despite efforts by three defenders to hack it off the line.
Three minutes further on and Streete was denied by a superb save from rookie keeper Nick Draper when he was left with a clear header from a Jarman corner, whch had been the product of another Franks throw.
Three minutes before the break Jarman latched on to a wayward Nelson free-kick to send Clayton down the left, but Chris Senior's shot was off target after Wilson had flicked on the cross.
Jarman went close with a curling 49th minute free-kick, then as the tie increased its tempo Alan Power embarked on a strong run for the home side before firing straight at the covering Franks.
A cross from Franks set Streete up with a clear header six yards out but he directed it straight at the grateful Draper, then Power blazed over from a McCallum cross as Franks lay injured.
The tie swung firmly in Alfreton's favour in the 59th minute when a weak back header from Watts sold his young keeper short and Draper brought down Wilson as the Reds' striker pounced.
Draper escaped with a caution but a penalty had been awarded, and for the fifth time this season Jarman thumped the ball home from the spot.
A rising drive from Smith posed no problem for the Reds as Lincoln found difficulty in breaking down a resolute Reds' rearguard, then on 70 minutes a strong run by Senior led to James Ellison's weak shot being comfortably held by Draper.
Despite increased pressure from the Imps there was only one clear chance that came there way five minutes from time, when Lowson stretched to superbly tip over a powerful header by Francis Laurent from a Nutter free-kick.
On the down side for Alfreton they were hampered by injuries to Franks and Wilson while Brown was limping late on in the tie, and the squad will be further depleted after another red card was shown four minutes from the end.
This time Jake Moult was the player dismissed for a second yellow when he was deemed to be time-wasting by delaying a throw-in, just two minutes after being cautioned for a foul on McCallum.
Alfreton Town Team:
Dan Lowson, Leigh Franks (Josh Law 58), Greg Young, Theo Streete, Jordan Hall, Anton Brown, Jake Moult, Paul Clayton, Anthony Wilson (James Ellison 62 (Levi Mackin 88)), Nathan Jarman.
Substitutes not used: Nathan Arnold, Jamie Mullan, Ross Turner.
Goasls: Anton Brown (27), Nathan Jarman (60 penalty)
Bookings: Jordan Hall (31), Nathan Jarman (82), Jake Moult (85).
Sent off: Jake Moult (86)
Attendance: 1,728 including 98 from Alfreton.
Lincoln City Team:
Nick Draper, Tony Sinclair, Adam Watts, Mitchell Nelson, John Nutter, Jean-Francois Christophe, Alan Power (Francis Laurent 67), Nicky Nicolau (Kyle Perry 67), Josh O'Keefe (Jamie Taylor 81), Sam Smith, Gavin McCallum.
Substitutes not used:
Goal: Sam Smith (20)
Man of the Match: Nathan Jarman
Referee: Richard Wigglesworth of Doncaster