Broughton axed by Reds

ALFRETON Town have parted company with striker Drewe Broughton.

The experienced target man was sent off on 86 minutes for violent conduct for the second time in two games this season as the Reds went down 5-2 at Grimsby Town last Saturday.

Broughton had just returned from a three-match suspension following trial by video evidence in his debut game at Kidderminster Harriers when he was charged by the Football Association after the game. He has now been suspended for a further four games but he won’t be serving his ban with Alfreton.

Chairman Wayne Bradley explained the decision. “We confirm that the actions of Drewe Broughton on Saturday were wholly unacceptable and the club has made a decision to sever relationships with the player.

“He was a non contract player and, whilst we understand his plea and his disappointment with himself and that it was completely out of character, we have made our decision and he has kicked his last ball for Alfreton Town Football Club.”

The Reds had two players sent off at Grimsby, striker James Ellison getting a straight red card on 73 minutes for use of an elbow.

Alfreton are unable to take any additional action against Ellison as he is on loan to them from parent club Burton Albion. However, the club have passed on their findings and recommendations to the npower League Two club.

Chairman Bradley added: “Ellison is a different matter. Again it was totally unacceptable [what he did], we have made our recommendations and findings to Burton Albion. How they deal with the situation is up to them.”

Meanwhile, the Reds have seen two other players depart for different matters.

Steve Brogan has joined Stalybridge Celtic. He acknowledged that he wants to be playing football and that opportunity hasn’t shown itself at Alfreton for several reasons. He leaves with the best wishes of Alfreton Town.

Also departing is midfield player Andy Holdsworth who has gone to Guiseley.

Chairman Bradley added: “Again, Andy goes with our best wishes. He has gone and got himself a contract with Guiseley. We did offer him a contract, but unfortunately it was not attractive enough and he has chosen a club far closer to his home.

“We shouldn’t be bitter, and if anybody wants to shoot anybody, then it is me. I am the one maintaining we have got a cap on wages.

“The future of the football club won’t be compromised. We will do things within an affordability and will finish in a shape where we will be able to kick on again.

“We do expect at least one new face into the club in time for Saturday’s game and there may be more. We had put seven days in on two players, but unfortunately we have failed to land them due to more lucrative offers. Again, it is the affordability of things. We are not absolute paupers, but we are doing things in a manner which means we will turn a lot of stones to find the jewel beneath one of them. What we are showing is that we are busily active and we will get stronger.”