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REPORT: Reds mark first pre-season game with a win

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Alfreton Town recorded a 1-0 win in their first pre-season game after Jake Day's penalty scored the only goal of the game against Northern Premier League outfit Basford United.

New signings Day, George Willis, Nathan Fox, Dan Bradley and Elliott Reeves made their debuts as part of the first half team.

The hosts, managed by Steve Chettle, fielded a strong team which included a number of former Reds such as Stefan Galinski, Callum Chettle, Don Roma and more. Basford also included recently departed Matlock Town forward Marcus Marshall in the starting line-up.

Marshall was awarded with the first chance of the afternoon. Basford recovered the ball on the edge of the Alfreton box and fed it through to the forward but the shot flew over the crossbar.

Chance in the opening stages were few and far between with strong tackles and aerial battles dictating the play.

Basford thought they had opened the scoring on the 24th minute. Marshall and James Clifton moved the ball nicely on the edge of the box before the latter rolled the ball to Niall Towle, who tapped home from a couple of yards. The former Long Eaton United forward's joy was short lived though as he was denied by the offside flag.

Kieran Preston pulled off a good save to deny Day just before the half hour mark. However, the forward would have a chance to score his first goal for the Reds just a minute later.

Following the missed chance, Reeves was brought down just inside the box, which left the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Day took the responsibility and cannoned the spot kick down the middle of the goal.

At half time, Reds manager Billy Heath made wholesale changes apart from Toby Lees. A couple of trialist made up half of Alfreton's midfield.

Dwayne Wiley only lasted a couple of minutes into his debut for the National League North side. The defender went up for a header against former teammate Marshall and landed awkwardly. He left the pitch on crutches and was replaced by Dom Smith.

The substitute was involved in the first chance of the second half. He gave away the ball to Towle in a dangerous position but he couldn't keep his shot down.

Alfreton almost doubled their lead late on. A trialist wearing the number four shirt saw his powerful free-kick crash against the woodwork.

Kyle Dixon came very close to levelling things up as the game went into the 90th minute. The midfielder latched onto a cross by sending the ball goalwards but it was cleared off the line by the Reds defence. The full-time whistle soon sounded and Alfreton left Greenwich Avenue with the win.

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