Romone strike defeats Reds


Newport County 1,

Alfreton Town 0

Having won the five previous away games Alfreton Town were left disappointed by their single goal defeat in South Wales on Saturday on their final trip of the season.

Newport County were able to celebrate their survival in the Blue Square Bet Premier with their slender win, which consigned Hayes & Yeading United to relegation alongside Darlington, Bath City and Kettering Town.

The game though was marred by Darran Kempson’s horrific injury in the 19th minute, the Alfreton skipper needing five minutes of treatment before being aided off the pitch and then having to go by ambulance to hospital, but he was later allowed to travel home with the team.

A low drive by Ryan Charles from the edge of the area on 34 minutes was turned behind by Dan Lowson, back in goal for his first game since Alfreton’s last away defeat at champions Fleetwood Town in February.

Newport though took a 38th minute lead after some sloppy defending with Meadows’ header going straight to Charles, and then the normally reliable Conneely directed his clearance straight to Foley.

After a jink on the edge of the area Foley fed the ball inside to Romone Rose, and he steered his shot low into the far corner of the net from 16 yards.

Six minutes from time Lowson tipped over a Jarvis header from a Darryl Knight’s cross, then in the 86th minute Jake Moult was twice denied by Darlow from two stinging volleys.

First of all Brown nodded down Franks’ through-ball for Darlow to save at his near post, with the resultant corner taken by Josh Law reaching Moult only for the midfielder to be thwarted again by the on-loan Nottingham Forest keeper.

Alfreton: Lowson; Franks, Streete, Kempson (Franklin 19), Brown, Conneely, Moult, Meadows (Law 73), A.Wilson, Clayton, Cunnington (Jarman 73). Subs not used: other subs: Arnold, Mullan.

Attendance: 1,239 (85 from Alfreton).