ALFRETON TOWN 2, GRIMSBY TOWN 5
Saturday Jan 7, 2012
ALFRETON Town had their four-game unbeaten run ended by an in-form Grimsby Town side at the Impact Arena on Saturday.
Dave Pursglove and Bill Wheatcroft's match picture album here
Official match report here
Former Reds striker Liam Hearn was once again a constant thorn and he scored twice but the final scoreline was a harsh reflection on the effort Nicky Law's side put in, particularly in the second half when they were the better side and created several openings.
Hearn shot Grimsby ahead on 11 minutes with a low effort from the edge of the penalty area taking a deflection before finding the bottom corner. Noticeably, Liam chose not to celebrate his goal in front of the home fans who gave him their applause and respect when he was substituted late in the game.
It was another Hearn drive on 29 minutes which led to the second goal, Michael Coulson sticking out a boot to divert the ball into the net.
Alfreton pulled one back on 33 minutes when Anthony Wilson headed down for Nathan Arnold to rifle a shot inside the left-hand post from 12 yards.
The home side had plenty of possession but Grimsby were a constant threat on the break and a tremendous through ball from Andi Thanoj sent Hearn racing in. He side-stepped the onrushing home keeper Day and steered the ball into an empty net from 12 yards for 3-1 on 40 minutes.
Alfreton then lost goalkeeper Joe Day to a groin injury and he was replaced at half time by Matt Wilson with Greg Young going in goal.
Young did well aside from one corner which he parried out to former Red Scott Garner and he stabbed in the fourth from close range on 61 minutes.
Matt Wilson reduced the arrears on 73 minutes when he headed in Jake Moult's corner at the far post but the Reds were denied by some desperate defensive work and superb goalkeeping by James McKeown.
Grimsby sealed the win with a fifth goal on 90 minutes when substitute Rob Duffy robbed Adam Quinn and advanced before firing into the far corner.The Reds man of the match was Adam Quinn. The attendance was a season's best 1,924 with 1,026 making the trip from Grimsby.
The Reds are back in action on Saturday, January 14th when they travel to Weymouth for an FA Carlsberg Trophy second round tie.
ATFCSA transport departs at 7.30am for this tie and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773836251.