The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Joshua Smith

AN AB­SO­LUTE non­event at the Im­pact Arena left lit­tle to re­flect on, as Alfreton con­tinue their un­beaten 2019 with a third suc­ces­sive draw.

In a half of lit­tle to no chances, the vis­it­ing Quak­ers had a glim­mer of hope when Reds keeper Sam Ramsbottom mis­judged the height of a ball and al­most lost pos­ses­sion, but didn’t.

At the other end, Tom Platt could have cre­ated a chance had he made con­tact with the ball from a cor­ner, but he couldn’t.

Richard Peniket tried to threaten the de­fence by chas­ing long balls and hope­less causes and man­aged to get on the end of most of them, but he ended up trapped in the cor­ners with lit­tle chance to cause prob­lems.

The sec­ond half of­fered lit­tle less than the first. Alfreton sub Bobby John­son re­turned from in­jury and looked lively, but despite his ef­forts it did lit­tle to in­spire the rest of the Reds play­ers.

Dar­ling­ton had a spell in the sec­ond pe­riod where they threaten to break the dead­lock, but a num­ber of ef­forts were snuffed out with rel­e­vant ease by Alfreton stop­per Ramsbottom.

Do­minic Smith made his de­but for Billy Heath’s Alfreton side, hav­ing joined the club on a one-month loan deal from AFC Telford United.

STAR MAN: Richard Peniket (Alfreton Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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