Streete sees red as Alfreton are denied by a late Cambridge leveller from spot
MICHAEL Gash's penalty in added time denied Alfreton Town three points in their Blue Square Bet Premier encounter with Cambridge United at the Impact Arena last night.
Gash grabbed a last-gasp point for Cambridge after Harrison Dunk had his shirt pulled by Theo Streete in the penalty area.
Streete, who had been recalled to the Alfreton starting line-up as one of three changes following the 3-0 defeat by Luton Town, was shown a red card for the offence as the hosts finished with 10 men and only a point after Josh Law's first-half strike was cancelled out.
It could have been worse, as Dunk almost grabbed a winner for Cambridge, only to be denied by a great save from Reds keeper Jon Stewart.
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Alfreton were without striker Ben Tomlinson due to a foot injury, while Anton Brown and Ross Killock were recalled as well as Streete.
A bright start by the Reds saw Paul Clayton glance a header wide from a sixth-minute Law corner.
Four minutes later, United's first attack saw Tom Elliott fire over from the edge of the area following a cross from Gash.
Elliott then missed two chances for Cambridge.
He volleyed over before then dragging a shot wide following a solo run.
The Reds drew first blood in the 27th minute when Law curled a free kick directly into the net from 20 yards after Clayton had been fouled by Rory McAuley.
Reds keeper Stewart was immediately forced into making a reflex save as Eliott tried to atone for his earlier misses with a low drive from 12 yards.
Eight minutes into the second half, a low drive from Ross Jarvis struck the post but the referee thought Stewart had saved it and awarded a corner.
Moments later, the frustrated keeper was booked for kicking the ball away as another corner was awarded.
Cambridge piled on the pressure, with Robbie Willmott going close and Dunk seeing an effort cleared off the line.
The visitors would not be denied and had the final word from the penalty spot in added time.
ALFRETON TOWN: Stewart, Law, Kempson (Franks, 77), Killock, Franklin, Harriott, Bradley, Streete, Brown, Clayton, Arnold. Other subs: Denton, Meadows, Worsfold, Emerton.
CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Ross, Roberts, Coulson, McAuley, Jennings, Pugh (Willmott, 60), Shaw, Jarvis (Wellard, 64), Dunk, Gash, Elliott (Thorpe, 68).Other subs: Hedge, Haynes-Brown.
REFEREE: K Evans (Lancs).