LINCOLN CITY 5, ALFRETON TOWN 1
Tuesday Oct 28, 2014
HEAVIEST FA CUP DEFEAT IN 53 YEARS FOR TEN MAN REDS
Alfreton Town exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle this season, going down to a 5-1 fourth qualifying round replay defeat at Lincoln City's Sincil Bank ground on Tuesday evening, and having striker Karl Hawley sent off for a red card offence on 70 minutes.
The defeat was the heaviest FA Cup defeat suffered by Alfreton since Sutton Town's 5-0 second qualifying round win 53 years ago at Priestsic Road, on the current Asda supermarket site in the 1961/62 season.
With two goalkeepers injured and an appeal for an emergency keeper to be brought in turned down by the FA, the Reds were thankful to left-sided midfield player Anthony Howell for going in goal. It was the first time an outfield player had started an Alfreton Town game in goal since Shaun Pickersgill at Curzon Ashton in the UniBond League 26 years ago.
Unfortunately, Howell found himself beaten at Lincoln after just six minutes, Sean Newton the scorer from a 25-yard free-kick.
Newton added his second on 42 minutes with another long range free-kick and sealed a hat-trick on 62 minutes, scoring from the penalty spot after Alan Power was felled in the area.
Four minutes after Hawley was sent off, Bradley Wood - who had amazingly shaken off what looked a bad knee injury from the first game last Satruday - reduced the arrears when his header from a long throw went in-off a post for this first Reds goal of the season.
However, any chance of a revival was swiftly ened by two Delano Sam-Yorke goals on 79 and 81 minutes to earn the Imps a trip to league rivals Eastleigh in the first round proper.
Match picture album here
Alfreton Town now turn their attentions back to Vanarama Conference action this Saturday when they travel to take on Altrincham (3pm).
ATFC Supporters' Association transport to Altrincham departs at 9.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.