MANSFIELD TOWN 3, ALFRETON TOWN 2
Saturday Oct 22, 2011
NINE-MAN REDS UNDONE BY INJURY TIME MANSFIELD WINNER
ALFRETON Town surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead in the local derby at Mansfield Town, the Stags not scoring until the Reds had been reduced to nine men following red cards for Anthony Wilson and Greg Young.
The Reds opened up a deserved lead through goals from Anton Brown on 13 minutes and Paul Clayton on 21.
Already shorn of the services of five players for the game, the Reds lost Josh Law through injury on 29 minutes.
After Wilson and Young had both been red-carded for second yellow card offences, the nine men stood firm until a 74th minute penalty for a foul on Paul Connor by substitute Adie Hawes was despatched into the top right corner by Matt Green.
With five minutes left, Lindon Meikle despatched a superb 16 yard left-footed curling shot into the far corner and it was 2-2.
Still the nine men battled supremely until former Red, substitute Andy Todd, won it for Mansfield in the first of four minutes of added time, his acutely angled shot from the left byline deflecting into the net off the very unfortunate Joe Day on his near post.
The attendance was 2,982 with 320 making the trip from Alfreton. Anton Brown was named the Reds man of the match although it could have gone to any of several shattered
Alfreton Town return to the Impact Arena next Saturday when they host Lincoln City in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.
Kick-off is 3pm.