ALFRETON TOWN 1, GATESHEAD 1
Saturday Nov 19, 2011
BEST PERFORMANCE OF SEASON FROM REDS
ALFRETON Town were desperately unlucky not to record a win over high-flying Gateshead, but the level of performance gives rise to hopes that the side can climb out of the relegation zone.
Reds manager Nicky Law felt it was his side's best display of the season. "It was a complete performance from us, from the first minute to the last. It could quite easily have been four or 5-1 to us.
"The players have set the benchmark for the rest of the season with that display, it is something to build on."
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It was an intriguing game with both sides displaying good quality of pass and although both defences played well, it was Alfreton who created the majority of the chances, Gateshead's Jon Shaw getting little joy out of Greg Young and Leigh Franks who ended the game on a stretcher after being knocked out contesting another header.
Three times in the first half, Kris Gate cleared home efforts off the line and Anthony Church saw a 22-yarder kept out by a superb save by Alnwick who tipped over for a corner from just under the angle of bar and post. The hosts took the lead on 37 minutes with a contender for goal of the season.
A flowing move down the right involving Mullan ended with Jake Moult back-heeling the ball into the path of Paul Clayton on the edge of the penalty area and he smashed it first time into the top right corner. Gateshead keeper Alnwick got a hand to it but he was beaten by the pace and quality of the shot.
The visitors had plenty of possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half and equalised with another quality piece of play. Substitute Chris Moore was allowed just enough time to get a 22-yard left-footed strike off which beat diving home keeper Joe Day inside his left-hand post.
After that, it was back to Alfreton dominating and they went close to securing all three points on seveal occasions.
Alfreton are home again next Saturday when Hayes & Yeading United are the visitors to the Impact Arena, 3pm.