Alfreton through to FA Cup first round

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ALFRETON Town dug deep into their reserves to gain a 2-1 FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay victory at Lincoln City on Tuesday evening.

The beleaguered Reds, who had ten players unavailable for the first game at the Impact Arena on Saturday, and seven sitting out the replay win, now face a mouth-watering home tie against npower League One side Carlisle United on Saturday, November 12.

The Reds had to do it the hard way, coming from behind to win after Sam Smith had headed the Imps in front on 20 minutes. Anton Brown headed home the equaliser on 27 minutes before Nathan Jarman struck home a penalty for the second game running against Lincoln on the hour mark for what proved to be the winner. The Reds also finished the game with ten men after Jake Moult was sent off for two cautionable offences on 86 minutes.

It was a much-needed first win in ten games for Nicky Law’s side, but it was totally deserved.

One piece of interesting history trivia which came out of the tie was that it was the first time Lincoln City had gone out of the competition in the qualifying stages since 1924. The team who knocked them out way back then being . . . the old Alfreton Town!

It is the fifth time the Reds have reached the first round proper of the FA Cup with previous appearances in 1969/70, 1973/74, 2003/04 and 2008/09.

Carlisle United will be the fourth League club Alfreton will have faced in the FA Cup down the years with games against Barrow, Macclesfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Alfreton’s clash with Carlisle United will be shown as one of the highlight games on ITV1 on the Saturday evening of the game.