REPORT: Heath's Alfreton held in first game

Alfreton had to settle for a point in their opening National League North fixture of the season under new manager Billy Heath, as the Reds played out a six-goal thriller with Kidderminster Harriers at the Impact Arena.

It was a tale of two halves at the Impact, with Alfreton deservedly leading at the break, before a poor second-half defensive display saw them slip behind, although a penalty salvaged a point in the final minutes.

Former favourite Dan Bradley returned to the Impact in style with an outstanding goal to take the lead, using the outside of his right foot to power home a sublime volley into the far bottom corner.

Tom Platt's header levelled the scores ten minutes later, redirecting Bobby Johnson's corner on 31 minutes.

Tom Denton then nodded in a perfectly-placed cross from Craig King in stoppage time to give Alfreton a well earned 2-1 lead at the break.

Almost immediately after the restart, substitute Kane Richards took advantage of some poor defending to equalise for Harriers, before another ex-red, Joe Ironside, was given time and space to turn on the edge of the six yard box and slot home the third.

Five minutes to play and Josh Wilde linked well with substitute Curtis Bateson in the box, with Wilde then taken down; penalty to Alfreton.

Bobby Johnson stepped up and laced home his effort via 'keeper Brandon Halls arm into the bottom corner to ensure Billy Heath would earn a point in his first competitive game in charge of the Reds.


Talking points: Solid start for the Heath era

The overall attacking performance looks promising under the Billy Heath era, but the defence looked exposed at times.

Alfreton will no doubt be happy with an opening day point against a well fancied side.

Kidderminster on the other hand looked disappointed with the point, with manager Neil MacFarlane saying he felt his side deserved all three points.

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