Report: Alfreton Town 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Report: Alfreton Town 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Monday Jul 9, 2018

Alfreton Town began their pre season campaign with a narrow defeat to League One Doncaster Rovers, with Joe Wright's second half strike the difference at the Impact Arena.

Billy Heath took charge of his first game and included many of the summer signings brought into the club. A scorching hot day presented another challenge to both sides with drinks breaks a regular feature throughout the contest.

The first half presented limited openings with both sides trading possession, Tom Platt mustered an effort which was blocked on the edge of the box before a mazy run from winger Craig King nearly resulted in a tap in for Callum Chettle but last ditched defending denied the midfielder.

Donny's first real moment of danger came after 25 minutes with a curling effort which struck Ross Durrant's right hand post from outside the area. Tom Denton was then introduced after 28 minutes with Doncaster continuing the pressure with several corners which were all cleared.  

The second half saw a rotation in the side from Billy Heath; Bobby Johnson, Dec Bacon and five trialists all entering the fray. Tom Nicholson took his place between the sticks.

Doncaster had the first huge moment when a corner was delivered only for the attacker to miss from a few yards out on 47 minutes.

The opening goal came after 59 minutes after a well worked move saw Joe Wright escape free in the box and he finished past Nicholson to give the visitors the lead.

The Reds looked to respond and only a crucial touch denied Dec Bacon space in the box from Bobby Johnson's pass as the game fizzled to an end.  

ATFC XI:

Durrant, Clackstone, Clifton, Platt, Riley, Shiels, Clarke, Hotte, Peniket, Chettle, King.

Subs: Denton, Nicholson, Bacon, Johnson, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.  

 
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