AL­LAN PUTS OLD PALS’ ACT ASIDE TO DENY YORK

YORK CITY 1 AL­FRE­TON TOWN 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By John Feather­stone

YORK City com­mu­nity coach and for­mer player Tom Al­lan de­nied his em­ploy­ers max­i­mum points with an equal­is­ing header for part-timers Al­fre­ton.

Left-back Al­lan grabbed his sev­enth goal of the sea­son to can­cel out Si­mon Hes­lop’s early goal for the hosts.

Ex- Lu­ton and Wrex­ham mid­fielder Hes­lop net­ted on five min­utes when he fired across the face of Vik­tor Jo­hans­son’s goal into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter be­ing played through the right chan­nel by Ai­dan Con­nolly’s quickly-taken free kick.

But the vis­i­tors might have drawn level when a Jonny Burn blun­der sent Nyal Bell clear on the home goal, only for the striker to have the ball taken off his toes as he tried to round home keeper Adam Bartlett.

On 38 min­utes, though, par­ity was re­stored when Al­lan rose un­chal­lenged to head in from six yards fol­low­ing Cieron Keane’s lofted free kick.

Af­ter the break, Al­lan went close with an­other header from a set-piece and Bartlett was also quick off his line to meet Keane.

At the other end, sec­ond-half sub Con­nor Smith drove nar­rowly wide for Martin Gray’s men and for­mer Dundee United winger Con­nolly saw a 12-yard ef­fort saved by on-loan As­ton Villa keeper Johnans­son’s legs.

STAR MAN: Tom Al­lan (Al­fre­ton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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