Reds out of drop zone

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Alfreton Town 0, AFC Telford 0

Alfreton Town were left frustrated with a goal-less draw at the Impact Arena on Saturday after creating numerous chances against a poor AFC Telford United outfit.

Yet the point proved to be vital as it hauled the Reds out of the Blue Square Bet relegation zone for only the second time this season, although a suspension will now keep Leigh Franks out of action for the next three games following his 32nd minute dismissal.

Jon Stewart was given his debut on loan from Burnley between the posts, and despite having very little to do during the 90 minutes his distribution looked positive.

The first clear chance fell to the Reds in the 18th minute when Young saved well from Anton Brown’s powerful drive from a Jarman pass, then three successive shots by Clayton ended with a trio of blocking defenders ending up on their backs having felt the full force.

A scything tackle by Ryan Valentine on Clayton in the 20th minute had the referee instantly wielding a red card, but the numbers were evened up 12 minutes later after Franks’ clumsy tackle on Ryan Brooke was deemed dangerous.

A rare Telford attack in the 54th minute saw Jones side-step Stewart after latching on to a loose ball in the area, but Theo Streete was on hand to concede a corner with a vital touch.

Wilson’s 62nd minute back post header was scrambled clear by Killock after Clayton had been played to the by-line by Reds’ skipper Darran Kempson, then two minutes later the best chance of all was squandered when Arnold missed from eight yards from another by-line cross by Clayton.

A long throw by Streete in the 70th minute led to Brown’s back header being held by Young, then a Jarman corner allowed Arnold’s header to be cleared off the line by Chris Sharp.

Two further chances for Alfreton came in added time with Brown’s looping header from a Josh Law corner being held by the keeper, then Jarman’s shot cannoned off Sean Newton to safety as the referee brought proceedings to a conclusion.

Alfreton: Stewart; Franks, Quinn, Kempson, Franklin, Streete, Brown, Arnold (Mullan 82), Jarman, Clayton, A.Wilson (Law 82). Other subs: Moult, Clay, Deverdics.

Attendance: 940 (225 from Telford).