ALFRETON TOWN 2, WREXHAM 3
Sunday Aug 24, 2014
REDS SO CLOSE TO FIRST POINT
Alfreton Town came close to securing a first point of the season on Saturday but fell the width of a post short as they fell to a 3-2 home defeat against Wrexham at the Impact Arena.
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In front of 916, the Reds took the lead after five minutes through Joe Ironside's clinical strike (right) for his first goal for the club but the visitors levelled in firtuitous fashion on 12 minutes when debutant home keeper Cameron Dawson saw his attempted kick clear rebound off the back of former Reds striker Louis Moult who capitalised on the loose ball.
Wrexham went in front on 27 minutes when Blaine Hudson powered home a header from a corner, the Reds conceding again from a dead-ball situation.
It was 3-1 on 44 minutes when Wes York skipped past Bradley Wood down the left and crossed for Connor Jennings to stab home from close range.
Alfreton fared much better in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back on 74 minutes when Paul Clayton netted his first goal of the campaign with a firm header to finish a Tom Shaw free kick on 74 minutes.
Shaw had a shot blocked by the legs of visiting keeper Andy Coughlin and from the follow up Nathan Hicks saw his shot hit the base of a post.
On another day their efforts could have gained them a point but they now face more problems after Luke Graham was sent off late in the game for picking up two yellow cards and he will miss the Bank Holiday Monday trip to Grimsby Town.
Alfreton are back in action on August Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to take on unbeaten Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. The Mariners drew their first three games of the season but certainly found their way to goal on Saturday as they smashed Gateshead 6-1 on their own patch.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to the Grimsby Town game departs at 10am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
At half-time during the Wrexham game, Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley presented his granddaughter Lottie with her winnings for finishing top of the pile in last season's Results Prediction League competition.