• Amar Sharma

REPORT/HIGHLIGHTS: Reeves earns Alfreton a point

Elliott Reeves latched onto a first-half mistake to ensure Alfreton Town claimed a point over promotion-fancied Spennymoor Town at the Impact Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Reeves capitalised on a slow pass back to race onto the ball and curl a shot into the bottom corner just before half-time, the equaliser cancelling out Glen Taylor's penalty mid-way through the first half.

The point saw Alfreton start the season with back to back draws, with this draw particularly impressive thanks to the Reds' dangerous counter attacks and solid defensive display.

The game started very evenly, James Jones headed a free-kick from Scott McLean away before Bobby Johnson curled another free-kick just too high.

Dan Bradley then skewed an effort wide before at the other end, Rob Ramshaw fired a snap shot past the post.

Spennymoor's Taylor cut inside and fired one straight at George Willis before a promising break for the visitors ended with the ball trickling wide of the post.

With 30 minutes gone the visitors were awarded a penalty as a cross from the right saw Jones flattened in the box, the ball then hit Josh Clackstone on his shoulder and the penalty was given despite furious Reds protests. Taylor stepped up and converted past Willis into the bottom left corner.

Willis saved from James Curtis's low header at the far post on 33, then Johnson had a shot blocked in the box as Alfreton looked to turn the tide and were given the perfect opportunity by the Moors on 44 minutes.

Reeves raced onto a back pass inside the box and curled a low effort past Dale Eve to give the Reds a deserved equaliser.

The second half was a very close affair as both sides traded chances and appeared to cancel the other out. Bradley saw a shot held by Eve and Jones then headed straight at Eve from a Morgan Fox deep free kick.

McLean hammered a free kick over from 25 yards for Spennymoor before Reeves chased a long ball, cut inside from the left and curled one just over the bar.

Johnson saw another free-kick parried by Eve while Willis saved Taylor's low effort and a McLean free-kick as the Reds keeper took charge.

The game reached a frenetic end as both sides looked for a winner, Ramshaw firing a first time effort over the bar from a cross on the left in the Moors' biggest chance of the half.

Alfreton then could have won it in stoppage time when Reeves slid Bradley through but Eve saved the effort with his body to deny the hosts all three points.

Next up, Alfreton travel to FC United of Manchester in the FA Cup third qualifying round on Tuesday night in another match having to be played behind closed doors but which will be streamed live by the host club.

Alfreton: Willis, Clackstone, Fox, Branson, Jones, Lees, Smith, Bradley (c), Clarke, Reeves, Johnson.

Subs Not Used: Lund, Unwin-Marris, Day, Grice.