Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

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ALFRETON Town's four-match unbeaten Blue Square Bet Premier Division run came to an end in an action-packed local derby on Tuesday night as visitors Mansfield Town extended their own unbeaten run to eight games with a 6-3 victory.

In front of a massive crowd of 3,354 (including 1,956 from Mansfield) the Reds got off to a flier with Jake Moult heading home a Nathan Jarman cross at the far post after just six minutes but the lead lasted only until the 17th minute when former Red Anthony Howell crashed the ball into the roof of the net from close in after both Matt Green and Lindon Meikle shots had been blocked.

In a pulsating first half, Alfreton went 2-1 up on 21 minutes when Jarman blasted home from ten yards through the legs of visiting keeper Alan Marriott but within ten minutes Louis Briscoe had tucked home the equaliser from close range.

Mansfield went 3-2 two minutes later when Green applied the final touch to a powerful downward header from Exodus Geohaghan back across goal.

Anthony Wilson hit the visiting bar before Howell made it 4-2 with his second of the game, a strike fit to win any game, a rocket of a shot from just outside the penalty area arrowing straight into the top corner on 43 minutes.

Within a minute Anton Brown had given Alfreton hope for the second half when he bundled the ball over the line from a yard out after Marriott had failed to hold a fiercely-struck free kick from Jarman.

The second half could not live up to the first and with defences on top, chances became fewer.

A gusty defensive display fromReds man-of-the-match Darran Kempson in particular deserved better than to concede two more goals in the dying embers. Geohaghon diverted a corner with his knee from almost on the line on 89 minutes before Green added his second of the game in the fourth minute of stoppage time when he was sent through the middle to rifle the ball past the advancing Jon Stewart.

Alfreton are at home again on Saturday when Cambridge United visit the Impact Arena. Kick-off is 3pm.

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