Ten-man Alfreton came from behind to beat Darlington.

Ryan Bowman cut in from the left and fired into the bottom corner to put the visitors ahead.

Nathan Arnold equalised soon after with a low shot from the edge of the area, before Paul Clayton slotted in from close range to give the Reds the lead.

Alfreton's Anton Brown was sent off for a second bookable offence to give the Quakers hope, but Arnold fired in his second to secure victory.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

"This was a crucial, massive game for us today. It was a real six pointer and I told the players before the game we must come off with three points.

"I was comfortable with that and I thought we would do that, but not after the first 20 minutes.

"However, we grew into the game and we got ourselves 2-1 in front, but for Anton Brown to get sent off was totally irresponsible. Normally, I'll defend them all I can but it was a bad decision by Anton and he put us under pressure.

"However, to be fair to the players, they dug him out and it was a great three points."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Lowson
  • 04 Streete
  • 05 Young
  • 25 Quinn
  • 26 Kempson
  • 07 Brown Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 08 Moult (Law - 86' )
  • 09 Clayton (Hall - 86' )
  • 11 Arnold
  • 15 Wilson (Clay - 64' )
  • 16 Jarman

Substitutes

  • 02 Law
  • 03 Franklin
  • 14 Hall
  • 19 Mullan
  • 22 Clay

Darlington

  • 24 Pickford
  • 02 Arnison Booked
  • 03 Brown (Ferguson - 77' )
  • 07 Keltie (Lambert - 63' )
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady
  • 20 Rundle Booked
  • 22 Ramshaw (Hopson - 73' )
  • 31 Bridge-Wilkinson
  • 12 Bowman
  • 27 Harrison

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 17 Ferguson
  • 19 Bagnall
  • 11 Lambert
  • 30 Hopson
Ref: Clark
Att: 950

Match Stats

Shots

5 5

On target

1 1

Corners

5 6

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:17

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Lambert, Foul by Scott Harrison on Adam Quinn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dan Lowson.

90:00 +3:03

The ball is crossed by Adam Rundle, Darran Kempson gets a block in.

90:00 +1:39

Scott Harrison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +0:04

Adam Rundle produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

87:08 Booking

Booking Adam Rundle is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:57

Foul by Adam Rundle on Josh Law, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darran Kempson.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution Paul Clayton leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Hall.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution (Alfreton Town) makes a substitution, with Josh Law coming on for Jake Moult.

84:26 Booking

Booking Paul Arnison receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

84:03

Nathan Arnold fouled by Paul Arnison, the ref awards a free kick. Nathan Jarman takes the free kick.

82:19

The ball is delivered by Danny Lambert.

76:32 Substitution

Substitution (Darlington) makes a substitution, with David Ferguson coming on for Aaron Brown.

72:10

Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

72:10 Substitution

Substitution Dale Hopson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rob Ramshaw.

72:10

The ball is delivered by Nathan Arnold, Nathan Arnold takes the inswinging corner, Darran Kempson challenges Jordan Pickford unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Arnold - Alfreton 3 - 1 Darlington Nathan Arnold fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Alfreton Town 3-1 Darlington.

66:01

A cross is delivered by Danny Lambert.

63:56

Unfair challenge on Scott Harrison by Nathan Arnold results in a free kick. Jordan Pickford takes the direct free kick.

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Craig Clay joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Wilson.

62:11 Substitution

Substitution Danny Lambert comes on in place of Clark Keltie.

61:00

Unfair challenge on Jake Moult by Clark Keltie results in a free kick. Adam Quinn takes the direct free kick.

58:25 Dismissal

Dismissal Anton Brown sent off.

58:13

Anton Brown challenges Rob Ramshaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

57:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Clayton - Alfreton 2 - 1 Darlington Paul Clayton finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Alfreton Town 2-1 Darlington.

54:41

Outswinging corner taken by Nathan Jarman, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Paul Clayton goes wide right of the target.

53:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Arnison on Paul Clayton. Free kick taken by Nathan Arnold.

51:05

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson takes a shot. Dan Lowson makes a save.

50:15

The referee blows for offside against Nathan Arnold. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

49:44

The ball is crossed by Paul Clayton, Scott Harrison manages to make a clearance.

47:54

Nathan Arnold produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Brown.

47:25

Centre by Nathan Jarman, Clark Keltie manages to make a clearance.

46:31

A cross is delivered by Greg Young.

45:30

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Rundle, clearance made by Greg Young.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:56 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:42

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Rundle, clearance made by Greg Young.

42:34

Corner from right by-line taken by Nathan Arnold.

40:06

Anton Brown challenges John McReady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Pickford takes the direct free kick.

39:50

The ball is swung over by Nathan Jarman, clearance by Jordan Pickford.

38:47

Nathan Arnold takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

36:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Pickford by Anthony Wilson. Aaron Brown restarts play with the free kick.

34:58

Nathan Jarman produces a cross, clearance made by John McReady.

32:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Arnold - Alfreton 1 - 1 Darlington Nathan Arnold scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Alfreton Town 1-1 Darlington.

31:26

Nathan Arnold takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Nathan Jarman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

30:32

Clark Keltie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Moult. Adam Quinn takes the direct free kick.

28:10 Booking

Booking The referee shows Anton Brown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

27:59

Rob Ramshaw fouled by Anton Brown, the ref awards a free kick. John McReady takes the direct free kick.

26:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Bowman - Alfreton 0 - 1 Darlington Ryan Bowman grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Alfreton Town 0-1 Darlington.

23:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Arnison on Paul Clayton. Greg Young takes the free kick.

21:11

Adam Rundle takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Theo Streete.

19:30

Unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Scott Harrison results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Wilson.

18:14

Header from close range by Paul Clayton misses to the right of the goal.

16:24

Nathan Arnold has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:49

Effort on goal by Kris Taylor from long range goes harmlessly over the target. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Clark Keltie played to the near post, Scott Harrison takes a shot. Dan Lowson makes a save.

13:20

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Rundle from the left by-line, clearance by Anthony Wilson.

11:33

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson produces a cross.

10:19

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Save made by Jordan Pickford.

5:17

The ball is swung over by Anton Brown, save by Jordan Pickford.

4:56

The ball is sent over by Theo Streete.

4:23

Nathan Jarman produces a cross, Paul Arnison manages to make a clearance.

2:43

Aaron Brown produces a cross.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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