Alfreton Town 1-1 Gateshead

20/11/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Chris MooreDespite 18 places separating the two sides this was a point gained for high flying Gateshead as hosts Alfreton belied their lowly status with their best display of the season.

The Reds had four efforts cleared off the line, three of them by Kris Gate, as the Heed goal led a charmed life, particularly in the first half.

Trailing to Paul Clayton's 37th minute opener Gateshead hit back to earn a point through sub Chris Moore midway through the second half.

That stretched the Tynesiders unbeaten run to five games as Ian Bogie's men held on to 6th spot in the table.

While Gateshead disappointed going forward the defence put in a great shift to ensure a share of the spoils.

Jak Alnwick was commanding in goal and centre backs James Curtis and Ben Clark were again pillars of defiance at the back.

The Heed had to hold firm in a difficult opening 45 minutes, three goalbound efforts scrambled off the line to keep the game goalless.

On loan Newcastle keeper Alnwick also produced a stunning save from Alfreton loanee Anthony Church's 22-yard drive that was destined for the top corner.

The Derbyshire outfit finally made the breakthrough eight minutes from half-time just as the Heed looked to have held out.

A flowing move down the right saw Jake Moult back-heel the ball into the path of Clayton on the edge of the box and the striker's first time shot flew into the top corner.

It was a great finish from Clayton and it finally stung Gateshead into action.

Reds' on loan Peterborough keeper Joe Day had to keep out a side-footed effort from Micky Cummins and a 12-yard Gate shot as the Heed hit back.

Gateshead had gone long on too many occasions in the opening 45 minutes but they had plenty of possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

That spell brought a 68th minute equaliser from Moore who had replaced Nathan Fisher at half-time.

Moore took Craig Baxter's pass to strike a 22-yard left-footed strike that beat Day inside his left-hand post to restore parity.

It was another good goal but instead of galvanising the Tynesiders it was Alfreton who took up the mantle and pushed for a winner.

The second bottom Reds, without a league win in nine games, went closest to a winner when a Clayton header was cleared off the line by James Marwood.

Gateshead then almost pinched victory late on when Jon Shaw flashed a shot across goal, the draw maintaining the recent unbeaten run.


Alfreton Town: Day, Franklin, Streete, Young, Franks (Brown 90), Moult, Mullan, Church, Clayton, Arnold (Senior 89), Wilson (Jarman 76)
Subs (not used): Mackin, Hall

Goal: Clayton (37)

Booking: Clayton


Gateshead: Alnwick, Baxter, Carruthers, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Brittain (Marwood 69), Turnbull, Shaw, Fisher (Moore 56), Cummins (Mulligan 76)
Subs (not used): Deasy (GK), Rents.

Goal: Moore (68)

Bookings: None


Referee: Andy Davies (Southampton)

Attendance: 651


Craig Baxter

Craig Baxter


James Curtis

James Curtis


Ben Clark

Ben Clark. Photos by Dave Pursglove.