Dartford 1-0 Alfreton Town

Debutant Adam Birchall's goal ensured Dartford got their league season off to a winning start.

Birchall finished well with his left foot to give his side a lead which they had to fight hard to hold on to.

Alfreton's Tom Shaw and Josh Law both went close in quick succession shortly after Birchall went close to adding his and Dartford's second.

Dartford keeper Alan Julian denied Danny Wishart, while Birchall saw another late effort blocked.

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Alfreton boss Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

"One bit of misfortune in the first half cost us a result. I thought we were in total control of the game. Credit to the lad, he's made a run and tried to turn and he got a bit of a ricochet off Chris Westwood. Maybe Bradley Wood then needs to come out and stop the shot.

"So, disappointed to concede the goal, but we came out in the second half, but we failed to work the keeper and we failed to hit the target. We're getting caught offside from diagonal balls and we're letting teams off the hook.

"But I still don't think there was a great deal between the two teams. Just the one goal and obviously we're disappointed to have come away from home, looked comfortable, create chances and not hit the target."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Dartford

  • 01 Julian
  • 05 Clarke
  • 14 Mitchell-King
  • 19 Fry (Rogers - 51' Booked )
  • 06 Cornhill
  • 08 Noble
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 20 Burns
  • 07 Hayes (Woodyard - 90' )
  • 09 Prior (Harris - 75' )
  • 16 Birchall

Substitutes

  • 24 Wellham
  • 13 Rogers
  • 15 Collier
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 11 Harris

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 02 Wood
  • 03 Franklin
  • 04 Westwood
  • 07 Law
  • 10 Bradley
  • 16 Fenton
  • 08 Shaw (Ramsey-Dickson - 82' )
  • 12 Meadows (Wishart - 73' )
  • 17 McGrath
  • 09 Clayton

Substitutes

  • 05 Wylde
  • 06 Kempson
  • 14 Taylor
  • 11 Ramsey-Dickson
  • 13 Wishart
Ref: Colin Lymer
Att: 1,202

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

8 0

Corners

6 2

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:13

Corner taken by Josh Law.

89:52 Substitution

Substitution Alex Woodyard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Hayes.

89:19

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Westwood.

88:37

Daniel Wishart takes a shot. Alan Julian catches the ball.

85:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Bradley by Adam Birchall. Free kick taken by Chris Westwood.

85:02

John McGrath concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Harris. Lee Burns restarts play with the free kick.

83:58

Shot by Danny Harris went wide of the left-hand post.

83:28

Adam Birchall takes a shot.

82:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Law on Max Cornhill. Free kick taken by Lee Burns.

81:05 Substitution

Substitution Kristian Ramsey-Dickson is brought on as a substitute for Tom Shaw.

79:14

Paul Clayton is ruled offside. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

77:00

Max Cornhill takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

74:06 Substitution

Substitution Danny Harris replaces Jason Prior.

72:32 Substitution

Substitution Danny Meadows leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Wishart.

69:57 Booking

Booking

69:50

James Rogers concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Meadows. James Rogers goes into the book. Free kick crossed by Josh Law. Alan Julian safely holds on.

68:54

Josh Law has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

67:29

Unfair challenge on Danny Meadows by Lee Noble results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

66:48

Tom Shaw takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

65:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Josh Law. Elliot Bradbrook manages to make a clearance.

64:29

The ball is swung over by Adam Birchall. Jason Prior takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

63:45

Paul Clayton takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

60:24

Corner taken by Lee Noble. Paul Clayton makes a clearance.

59:37

Adam Birchall takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

58:34

The ball is sent over by Dan Bradley.

56:41

Paul Clayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mat Mitchel-King. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

56:21

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

55:55

Jason Prior fouled by Chris Westwood, the ref awards a free kick. James Rogers takes the free kick.

52:08

Corner taken by Lee Noble. Ross Atkins safely holds on.

50:46 Substitution

Substitution James Rogers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Fry.

48:32

Corner taken by Ryan Hayes from the right by-line. Ross Atkins punches the ball.

47:22

Unfair challenge on Lee Noble by Chris Westwood results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Noble.

46:17

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Shaw by Elliot Bradbrook. Josh Law restarts play with the free kick.

43:51

The official flags Paul Clayton offside. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

41:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Birchall - Dartford 1 - 0 Alfreton Adam Birchall scores a left footed goal. Dartford 1-0 Alfreton Town.

39:03

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

37:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dan Bradley. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

32:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Kenny Clark. Danny Meadows restarts play with the free kick.

32:07

Lee Noble takes a shot. Ross Atkins safely holds on.

30:39

Elliot Bradbrook takes a shot. Nick Fenton makes a clearance. Corner taken by Ryan Hayes. Bradley Wood makes a clearance.

28:47

Lee Noble produces a cross. Header by Jason Prior goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Hayes. Tom Shaw manages to make a clearance.

27:47

Dan Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Bradbrook. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

26:44

Jason Prior is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

22:25

Mat Mitchel-King challenges Paul Clayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Josh Law goes out of play.

19:54

Nick Fenton challenges Jason Prior unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick by Ryan Hayes goes left of the target.

18:22

Centre by Matt Fry that comes to nothing.

15:19

Kenny Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. John McGrath restarts play with the free kick.

13:52

The ball is delivered by Lee Noble. Clearance by Nick Fenton.

10:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Josh Law. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

7:29

Matt Fry challenges Dan Bradley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Law crosses the ball in from the free kick. Elliot Bradbrook makes a clearance.

6:25

Foul by Lee Noble on Danny Meadows, free kick awarded. Danny Meadows takes the free kick.

4:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dan Bradley. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

1:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dan Bradley. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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