Report: Alfreton Town 2-2 Nottingham Forest Under 23s

Report: Alfreton Town 2-2 Nottingham Forest Under 23s

Monday Jul 23, 2018

Read the report following Saturday`s entertaining 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest Under 23s

Alfreton Town`s latest pre season friendly resulted in a 2-2 draw on Saturday against a Nottingham Forest side made up largely of Under 23 players.

The Reds dominated the first half in which they established a 2-0 lead, but were pegged back after the break amidst numerous subsitutions.

Tom Denton had given Alfreton a 20th minute lead with a powerful downard header from a Bobby Johnson corner, then 12 minutes later Forest keeper Tim Erlandsson could only help a deep cross from James Clifton in to the net via the back post for a fortuitous second goal .

 A lethal three minute spell from the 55th minute saw a thunderbolt from Gboly Ariyibi and a sharp finish from Arvin Appiah from a Toby Edser pass draw Forest level.

 The visitors had gone close in the 11th minute when Martin Riley had to clear off the line from Ariyibi, the corner then forcing Clifton in to a similar block from Zac Clough.

Towards the conclusion of the first period Johnson unleashed a ferocious drive that Erlandsson parried before Curtis Bateson headed wide from the ensuring flag kick, then at the other end Adam Crookes` header was scrambled off the line from another Ariyibi corner.

  Midway through the second half Luke Shiels` header was powered by sub keeper Liam Bossin, then from the break Anel Ahmedhodzic must have thought he had scored a third for Forest, but the ball rebounded tamely off the upright after beating Tom Nicholson in the Alfreton goal. 

 The replacement keeper though made sure of parity with an excellent double save from Virgil Gomis in the second minute of added time.


ALFRETON: Durrant; Clifton,Shiels,Riley,Wilde,Johnson,Hotte,King,Peniket,King,Denton

subs - Bacon,Clackstone, Chettle,Nicholson,Lane,Clarke and two un-named trialists.


FOREST: Erlandsson; Ahmedhodzic, Preston,Taylor,Crookes,Coveney,Appiah,Edser,Vellios,Clough,Ariyibi

subs - Farnah,Bossin,Sodiende,Gallacher,Gomis,Stewart, En-Neyah


Referee: Jack Shepherd

Attendance: 291 

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