ALFRETON TOWN 2, DOVER ATHLETIC 3
Saturday Nov 15, 2014
REDS SUCCUMB TO FIRST LEAGUE DOUBLE
Alfreton Town surrendered a half-time lead and a first Vanarama Conference league double of the season as Dover Athletic came back to win 3-2 at the Impact Arena on Saturday.
On a foggy afternoon, Reds man of the match Tom Shaw (pictured after opening the scoring) put Town ahead on 40 minutes when his low corner found the net after Dover striker Stefan Payne appeared to lift his foot up and leave the ball, perhaps thinking it may have been going into the side netting.
Dover equalised on 53 minutes when a through-ball from Tom Murphy for Nicky Deverdics saw the former Reds man allowed to continue from a seemingly offside position and crack home a left-footed shot into the top corner.
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner picked up a very costly fifth booking on 64 minutes for a foul on the lively Tom Murphy which means the left-back will now miss the next game through suspension.
From the free kick wide right, Nicky Deverdics saw his flighted ball helped into the far side of the net by Reds keeper Cameron Dawson whose attempted palm clear went horribly wrong.
It was a bad error but Dawson atoned for his earlier mistake with a great save to keep out a close range header from Murphy before he was beaten again on 73 minutes when Murphy again got free and pulled back for Stefan Payne to apply a fine finish at the near post.
Dover were reduced to ten men in the first minute of added time for a second yellow card.
Alfreton reduced the arrears on 90+2 when Tom Shaw got his second of the game, firing home from eight yards but despite Dover keeper Rafferty having to produce a fine save from substitute Jake Sheridan in the dying seconds to ensure all three points for the visitors, it was too little too late from Alfreton.
Match picture album here
Match report here and match reaction here
The Reds are back in action on Saturday, November 22nd when they travel to take on Macclesfield Town.
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