Franks on target as the Reds battle to point and climb to highest place
ALFRETON Town climbed to 12th place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table last night with a hard-earned draw at Hyde.
Leigh Franks headed them into a 39th-minute lead before Phile Jeavons equalised three minutes before the interval.
The game had twice been postponed and the Reds arrived in good form and with the knowledge that their two previous visits to Ewen Field had seen them emerge 5-1 victors.
But this latest encounter was to prove much tougher.
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Alfreton were quickest to settle and Nathan Arnold won two corners with piercing runs.
Ben Tomlinson played Paul Clayton clear down the right and only just failed to reach the return pass in front of goal.
A neat move in the 18th minute saw Matty Harriott slip the ball through to Josh Law, whose deep cross was scooped over the bar from close range by an offside Clayton.
At the other end Jeavons raced clear only to be denied by Jon Stewart's outstretched leg.
A superbly struck 25-yard free kick from Law was turned behind at full stretch by Chris Dilo in the 25th minute and a low drive by Arnold from the edge of the area was also gathered by the keeper.
There was another good reaction save by Dilo after 36 minutes from Harriott's 20-yard pile-driver after Arnold and Connor Franklin had combined on the left to feed Clayton.
But three minutes later, Alfreton edged head when Franks powered home a towering header from 12 yards from a Law free kick.
Hyde were level within four minutes when a Chris Sedgwick corner was met by a glancing Jeavons header that found the corner of the net low to Stewart's left.
There was time before the interval for Clayton to see a drive saved by Dilo.
Eight minutes into the second half Ross Killock had to tackle back with a degree of accuracy as Alex Brown played Matt Blinkhorn through, then four minutes later Jeavons fired wide when sent clear by Blinkhorn.
Killock had to be alert again as Liam Tomsett was sent through on the hour.
A rare mistake by Killock allowed Brown to head for goal before slipping the ball to Jeavons, whose volley was blocked by Franks. Then, before the ball could be cleared, Ryan Crowther's full-blooded shot from 18 yards was palmed behind by Stewart.
The Reds were forced to play out the final seven minutes with 10 men after Killock took a hefty accidental blow in the face and he had to be led from the pitch by the Alfreton physio and the Hyde club doctor with blood pouring from his mouth.
HYDE: Dilo, Brizell, Dennis, Ashworth, Griffin, Sedgwick, Brown, Tomsett, Crowther, Blinkhorn, Jevons. Subs: Poole, Byrne, Moses, Williams, Harris.
ALFRETON TOWN: Stewart, Franklin, Killock, Franks, Law, Harriott, Streete, Bradley, Tomlinson, Clayton, Arnold. Subs: Quinn, Brown, Meadows, Russell, Worsfold.
REFEREE: P Banks.