Cambridge United slipped to second in the Conference Premier but kept their unbeaten start to the season with a draw at Alfreton Town.

The visitors conceded their first goal in 10 hours as Tom Shaw's shot from the edge of the area was touched in from close range by Paul Clayton.

Alfreton also went close when Danny Meadows curled just over and Dan Bradley's long-rang shot was saved.

Ryan Donaldson's deflected free-kick secured a point for Cambridge.

Clayton had a chance to win it for the hosts late on but his shot was blocked on the line.

The visitors lost their spot at the top of the table to Nuneaton who beat Herford, while Alfreton drop to seventh.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law:

"We have deserved to win that game. They have given us everything they have got and have had attempts from long range. I think Ross [Atkins] has had a save to make early on, but in the second half he has not had a save to make and they have scored from a deflected free-kick.

"I thought my lads were great, and I thought we played some good football. We defended well as a team and I think it's progress when you can see the faces of Cambridge [who] have gone off horrified at half-time and they have come off delighted at the end of the game.

"When the top of the league [team] is delighted with a point here it shows how far we have come."

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Alfreton Town 1-1 Cambridge FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Clayton 15
  • Donaldson 63

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 02 Wood
  • 05 Wylde
  • 10 Bradley
  • 16 Fenton
  • 21 Rowe-Turner
  • 08 Shaw
  • 12 Meadows yellow card (Law 78)
  • 17 McGrath yellow card
  • 09 Clayton (Wishart 86)
  • 18 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 03 Franklin,
  • 04 Westwood,
  • 07 Law,
  • 14 Taylor,
  • 13 Wishart

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 22 Spillane (Berry 60)
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 08 Champion
  • 11 Dunk
  • 09 Cunnington (Arnold 52)
  • 17 Hughes
  • 21 Appiah

Substitutes

  • 13 Norris,
  • 02 Roberts,
  • 14 Tait,
  • 18 Berry,
  • 24 Arnold
Ref: WhiteleyAtt: 731
ALFRETON TOWN
CAMBRIDGE

Possession

  • Alfreton Town 49%
  • Cambridge 51%

Attempts on target

  • Alfreton Town 9
  • Cambridge 9

Attempts off target

  • Alfreton Town 5
  • Cambridge 4

Corners

  • Alfreton Town 5
  • Cambridge 3

Fouls

  • Alfreton Town 19
  • Cambridge 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:14 Tom Shaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Berry. Greg Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:05 Header at goal by Luke Berry goes right of the post.
  • 90:00+0:53 Ryan Donaldson takes a shot.
  • 86:48 John Akinde takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
  • 85:33 Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 85:33 Substitution (Alfreton Town) makes a substitution, with Daniel Wishart coming on for Paul Clayton.
  • 85:33 Harrison Dunk is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 84:09 Ian Miller challenges Paul Clayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by John McGrath restarts the game.
  • 83:41 Kwesi Appiah takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
  • 77:03 Substitution Josh Law on for Danny Meadows.
  • 76:39 Josh Coulson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
  • 74:22 Unfair challenge on Tom Champion by Paul Clayton results in a free kick. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:29 Corner from the right by-line taken by John McGrath. Chris Maxwell punches the ball.
  • 68:16 John Akinde is caught offside. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
  • 66:56 Tom Shaw challenges Harrison Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Ryan Donaldson from the free kick. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 66:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kwesi Appiah by Nick Fenton. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:34 Booking
  • 64:04 Danny Meadows gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hughes. The referee cautions Danny Meadows for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Donaldson crosses the ball in from the free kick. Bradley Wood manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:37 GOAL - Ryan DonaldsonAlfreton Town 1 - 1 Cambridge Utd Ryan Donaldson hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. Alfreton Town 1-1 Cambridge Utd.
  • 61:21 Booking
  • 60:57 John McGrath challenges Ryan Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions John McGrath for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:58 Unfair challenge on Bradley Wood by Kwesi Appiah results in a free kick. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 58:51 Ian Miller fouled by John Akinde, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 58:51 Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
  • 58:51 Substitution Michael Spillane goes off and Luke Berry comes on.
  • 58:51 Foul by John Akinde on Ian Miller, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
  • 58:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Clayton. Free kick taken by Tom Champion.
  • 57:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Wylde on Greg Taylor. Free kick crossed by Harrison Dunk. John Akinde makes a clearance.
  • 56:45 Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Wylde.
  • 53:57 John Akinde takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
  • 51:11 Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Nathan Arnold coming on for Adam Cunnington.
  • 50:16 Unfair challenge on Ian Miller by John Akinde results in a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
  • 48:55 Foul by Danny Meadows on Ryan Donaldson, free kick awarded. Ryan Donaldson crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.
  • 48:41 Kwesi Appiah takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Wylde.
  • 47:08 John Akinde concedes a free kick for a foul on Harrison Dunk. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:18 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:44 Michael Wylde takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.
  • 44:56 Corner from the left by-line taken by John McGrath. Clearance made by Liam Hughes.
  • 43:55 Adam Cunnington takes a shot. Michael Wylde gets a block in.
  • 43:08 John Akinde takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Miller.
  • 42:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Harrison Dunk on Danny Meadows. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:58 Danny Meadows takes a shot.
  • 40:23 Dan Bradley fouled by Tom Champion, the ref awards a free kick. John McGrath restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:06 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner challenges Ryan Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Donaldson crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.
  • 36:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kwesi Appiah by Nick Fenton. Greg Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner makes a clearance.
  • 35:14 The offside flag is raised against Adam Cunnington. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:47 Unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Liam Hughes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John McGrath.
  • 30:57 Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson from the left by-line. Foul by Ian Miller on John Akinde, free kick awarded. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.
  • 30:26 Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson from the right by-line. Liam Hughes takes a shot. Bradley Wood gets a block in.
  • 30:09 Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Diving save by Ross Atkins.
  • 29:13 Corner taken by John McGrath. Clearance made by Adam Cunnington.
  • 28:40 Corner taken by John McGrath. Chris Maxwell gets a fist to the ball to punch .
  • 28:15 Danny Meadows takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.
  • 27:05 Dan Bradley takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.
  • 26:58 John Akinde takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.
  • 23:46 Paul Clayton challenges Ian Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
  • 21:58 Liam Hughes fouled by Paul Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ryan Donaldson. John McGrath makes a clearance.
  • 21:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Tom Shaw. Ryan Donaldson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:11 The ball is crossed by Ian Miller. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 19:57 Kwesi Appiah takes a shot. Michael Wylde gets a block in.
  • 18:14 Danny Meadows takes a shot.
  • 17:41 Shot by Paul Clayton went wide left of the target.
  • 16:28 Liam Hughes fouled by Paul Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
  • 16:15 John McGrath gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Champion. Tom Champion restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:43 Assist on the goal came from Dan Bradley.
  • 14:43 GOAL - Paul ClaytonAlfreton Town 1 - 0 Cambridge Utd Paul Clayton slots the ball right footed into the goal. Alfreton Town 1-0 Cambridge Utd.
  • 14:27 Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Meadows.
  • 12:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Tom Champion. Free kick crossed by John McGrath restarts the game.
  • 11:28 Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson.
  • 8:30 Dan Bradley takes a shot. Josh Coulson gets a block in.
  • 7:54 Kwesi Appiah takes a shot. Ross Atkins safely holds on.
  • 7:31 Danny Meadows takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.
  • 5:15 A cross is delivered by Greg Taylor. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 4:01 Unfair challenge on John McGrath by Tom Champion results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nick Fenton.
  • 2:36 Foul by Dan Bradley on Michael Spillane, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Spillane.
  • 0:56 Danny Meadows takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.
  • 0:19 Ryan Donaldson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Bradley. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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