Soares on target as Alfreton earn a point away to Tamworth

Darran Kempson, Alfreton Town
Darran Kempson, Alfreton Town

Alfreton Town edged a fraction closer to a third season in the Blue Square Bet Premier with a point at Tamworth on Saturday from a game they should have won.

The same side started the game that had been selected to face Barrow before fog intervened in midweek, but a 38th minute injury to skipper Darran Kempson allowed Leigh Franks to come off the bench earlier than expected.

Barely had the game entered the second minute when Ben Tomlinson turned and fired at goal from the edge of the area, but home keeper Tony Breeden held his effort.

Louie Soares’s shot from a Connor Franklin cross was beaten out by Breeden on 13 minutes.

Soares was in the thick of it again on 25 minutes, but his shot struck an off-side Anton Brown before being saved by Breeden.

Alfreton took a 29th minute lead with easily the best move of the game, which began by Dan Bradley spraying an inspirational crossfield pass to Boden on the right and his accurate cross allowed Soares to stylishly rifle home from 16 yards.

Cunnington’s run down the right led to the equaliser on 65 minutes, his deep cross bundled in at the back post by Darren Byfield, despite Pickford managing a touch, but the game became fragmented as the referee made several unnecessary stoppages.

Either side could have snatched a winner at the death but it ended with honours even.

ALFRETON: Pickford; Law, Kempson [Franks 38], Quinn, Franklin, Soares, Brown, Bradley, Arnold, Boden [Meadows 81], Tomlinson [Clayton 60].other subs: Hewitt, Worsfold. Att: 703