Wrexham's title bid suffered a blow as they were held to a draw by Alfreton in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Dragons took the lead in the eighth minute through Kevin Thornton's 25-yard shot, but they were second best for most of the game.

Scott Boden tapped in a deserved equaliser for Alfreton, who dominated for long periods, from six yards.

Wrexham stay top on goal difference, but will rue late missed chances for Dean Keates and Dele Adebola.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wrexham player/manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales: "You need to win your home games. If you draw away at Barrow and you win here you'd probably take that.

"But it's disappointing because we've had the majority of the game and just haven't been able to create enough good play to take the lead and keep the lead and we've given a sloppy goal away again and it can cost you.

"If you win all your games from now until the end of the season then you deserve to go up.

"Disappointed not to get the three points at home, but you take your disappointment on to the next game."

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Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Wrexham

  • 24 Maxwell
  • 02 Wright
  • 03 Ashton
  • 23 Westwood
  • 32 Artell
  • 12 Keates
  • 14 Clarke
  • 29 Thornton (Little - 81' )
  • 09 Wright
  • 10 Ormerod (Cieslewicz - 83' )
  • 31 Adebola

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 16 Hunt
  • 17 Little
  • 15 Ogleby

Alfreton Town

  • 22 Pickford
  • 03 Franklin
  • 05 Quinn
  • 06 Kempson
  • 10 Bradley
  • 12 Franks
  • 07 Brown
  • 08 Soares (Law - 84' )
  • 18 Hewitt
  • 15 Boden (Clayton - 87' )
  • 21 Tomlinson Booked (Arnold - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Law
  • 14 Meadows
  • 09 Clayton
  • 11 Arnold
  • 20 Worsfold
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 3,706

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

3 4

Corners

12 5

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:48

Effort on goal by Dean Keates from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +3:02

Inswinging corner taken by Joe Clarke from the left by-line, Jordan Pickford manages to make a clearance.

89:34

Joe Clarke takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jordan Pickford.

89:16

Adrian Cieslewicz fouled by Leigh Franks, the ref awards a free kick. David Artell restarts play with the free kick.

87:58

Dele Adebola is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

87:00 Substitution

Substitution (Alfreton Town) makes a substitution, with Paul Clayton coming on for Scott Boden.

83:36

Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

83:36 Substitution

Substitution Josh Law joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louie Soares.

83:36

The official flags Scott Boden offside.

83:04

The offside flag is raised against Dele Adebola. Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

82:13

Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Adrian Cieslewicz replaces Brett Ormerod.

82:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Louie Soares on Neil Ashton.

80:41 Substitution

Substitution Glen Little on for Kevin Thornton.

79:15

Louie Soares produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

74:41

Nathan Arnold concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Keates. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

72:32

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Hewitt, Leigh Franks takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.

70:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thornton on Dan Bradley. Free kick taken by Leigh Franks.

69:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Dean Keates, Chris Westwood has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

67:45

Steven Hewitt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Keates. Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.

63:56

Foul by Kevin Thornton on Dan Bradley, free kick awarded. Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.

62:56

Effort on goal by Joe Clarke from just inside the area clears the bar.

62:34

Danny Wright takes a shot. Save made by Jordan Pickford.

61:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Boden. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

58:31

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke to the near post, clearance by Dan Bradley.

56:41

Assist on the goal came from Louie Soares.

56:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Boden - Wrexham 1 - 1 Alfreton Scott Boden scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wrexham 1-1 Alfreton Town.

55:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Nathan Arnold misses to the right of the goal.

54:02

Dele Adebola concedes a free kick for a foul on Darran Kempson. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

53:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Boden. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

52:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Hewitt on Kevin Thornton. Direct free kick taken by Dean Keates.

48:22

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke to the near post, Dan Bradley makes a clearance.

47:18

Corner from left by-line taken by Louie Soares.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Arnold replaces Ben Tomlinson.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:07

Joe Clarke takes the inswinging corner, save made by Jordan Pickford.

40:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Tomlinson on Chris Westwood. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

39:06

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Louie Soares from the left by-line to the near post, Joe Clarke makes a clearance.

38:48

Louie Soares takes a shot. Chris Maxwell makes a save.

38:08

Darran Kempson challenges David Artell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

37:27

Foul by Chris Westwood on Scott Boden, free kick awarded. Steven Hewitt restarts play with the free kick.

36:20

Danny Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Tomlinson. Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.

33:53

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Hewitt, clearance made by Chris Maxwell.

32:36

Corner taken by Joe Clarke from the left by-line, Neil Ashton produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

32:10

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, clearance made by Darran Kempson.

31:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates, clearance made by Darran Kempson.

31:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke.

29:04

Steven Hewitt takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell.

28:33

Steven Hewitt takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Dele Adebola.

24:23

Louie Soares has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

23:42

Shot by Scott Boden from just outside the area goes over the net.

21:46

Unfair challenge on Neil Ashton by Leigh Franks results in a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

20:55

The offside flag is raised against Dele Adebola. Jordan Pickford takes the indirect free kick.

18:01

Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

18:01 Booking

Booking The referee books Ben Tomlinson for unsporting behaviour.

17:50

The referee penalises Ben Tomlinson for handball.

14:11

Effort from outside the penalty box by Joe Clarke goes wide left of the goal.

12:50

Adam Quinn challenges Brett Ormerod unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Keates takes the free kick.

11:38

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joe Clarke, clearance by Ben Tomlinson.

11:17

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joe Clarke, Adam Quinn manages to make a clearance.

8:34

Assist on the goal came from Dele Adebola.

8:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Thornton - Wrexham 1 - 0 Alfreton Kevin Thornton grabs a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Wrexham 1-0 Alfreton Town.

6:20

The offside flag is raised against Danny Wright. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

4:17

Corner taken by Joe Clarke, Adam Quinn manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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