Alfreton Town’s penultimate pre-season friendly ended prematurely on Tuesday evening when young Reds Academy keeper Danny Hatfield, 18, had his first team debut marred when he suffered a broken nose and experienced breathing difficulties after a collision with a Sutton Town player.
With an ambulance in attendance to treat Hatfield on the pitch, referee Hristo Karaivanov abandoned the fixture on 67 minutes.
A much-changed Alfreton squad, again containing numerous trialist players, made a strong start and they were only kept at bay in the opening 20 minutes by a string of superb saves by former Reds keeper Gavin Saxby.
Alfreton then opened up a 2-0 lead with two goals in a minute on 36 and 37 minutes, both efforts coming from trialists.
The Central Midlands League Premier Division hosts stuck to their task and had got themselves level with a brace of goals from Nathan Hollingworth on 62 and 65 minutes. The first came from the penalty spot, the second a 35 yard free kick.
Two minutes later came the injury to Hatfield and an early end to the game.
The Reds return to the Impact Arena this Friday evening when Chesterfield are the visitors for a third successive summer. The game has a 7.45pm kick-off.
This is the last scheduled official pre-season game for the Reds and with the Spireites expected to bring a good travelling support again, a larger crowd is expected and fans are requested to arrive earlier than usual to avoid any congestion.
Kick-off is 7.45pm and visiting supporters are requested to enter the stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the ground.
Admission is £8 for adults, £4 for concessions - under-16s and over 65’s.
The Chesterfield game is the prelude to what is sure to be a very busy week for the Reds with several signings expected to be announced prior to the opening Blue Square Bet Premier Division game of the 2012/13 season at Stockport County on Saturday, August 11.
Alfreton Town fans who have not yet collected their 2012/13 season tickets can collect them at the Chesterfield game or from the general office at the Impact Arena from 10am until 3pm each day, Monday to Friday inclusive.
Reds fans only have just over one week in which to purchase a season ticket with the deadline being Friday, August 10. Prices are: Adults (persons aged 16 and over) £310, Concessions (senior citizens, aged 65 and over and children aged 15 and under) £206; Ten Match Tickets Adult £160, Concessions £110.
Season tickets can be ordered by contacting Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
Meanwhile, Alfreton Town supporters who have taken forms to enter the 2012/2013 season Results Prediction Competition are requested to return them to the club as soon as possible.
Fans who have already filled them in can return them at this Friday’s pre-season home game against Chesterfield or post them to ATFC Prediction Competition, c/o Lisa Towerzey, Impact Marketing and Publicity Limited, Media House, 116-118 Derby Road, Stapleford, Notts N9 7AD.
Entry to the competition is just £5 per person and forms will still be available for entry at the Chesterfield game.
Fans can also return their completed forms to Roger Webster at the Impact Arena.
The deadline for all prediction competition forms to be returned is 4pm on Friday, August 10th.