BRADFORD PARK AVENUE 2, ALFRETON TOWN 2
Saturday Aug 8, 2015
REDS EFFORTS GAIN A POINT
Alfreton Town got their 2015/16 Vanarama National League North campaign under way with a point from a 2-2 draw at Bradford Park Avenue on the opening day on Saturday.
But the Reds certainly had to do it the hard way, coming from two goals down after Michael Potts netted on 18 and 32 minutes for the hosts, having two defenders sent off before the nine men stuck to the task right to the very end which was rewarded by a point when Joe Ironside netted from the penalty spot deep into injury time.
Man of the match Andi Thanoj had the honour of netting the Reds' first goal on 64 minutes, his superb free-ick strike reducing the arrears.
Manager Nicky Law had to make a change just before kick-off when captain Dan Bradley suffered a minor hamstring injury, he being replaced by Ryan Wilson who became one of seven debutants for the club.
As tempers flared after the game Dan Bradley was allegedly also shown a red card by the match official along with Avenue's Luke Dean.
Match report here
Match pitcure album by kind courtesy of Bradford Park Avenue official photographer John Rhodes here
Next up for Alfreton Town is a first National League North home game of the 2015/16 season when Lowestoft Town are the visitors to the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.
Kick-off is 7.45pm and there is no segregation for this fixture.
Lowestoft got their season off to a great start when three goals in eight minutes enabled them to record a 3-0 home win over AFC Telford United in Suffolk on Saturday. Jake Reed netted on 69 and 77 minutes with Danny Crow adding the second on 70.
Results for Saturday, August 8th
Brackley Town 1, Harrogate Town 0
Bradford Park Avenue 2, ALFRETON TOWN 2
Chorley 2, Nuneaton Town 3
Curzon Ashton 2, Corby Town 2
Gainsborough Trinity 1, Worcester City 1
Gloucester City 1, FC United of Manchester 0
Hednesford Twn 2, Stalybridge Celtic 1
Lowestoft Town 3, AFC Telford United 0
Solihull Moors 3, AFC Fylde 0
Stockport County 2, Boston United 1
Tamworth 1, North Ferriby United 0