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Posted Sun 03 Mar 13 at 16:57 PM

Wrexham 1 Alfreton Town 1

Wrexham’s cutthroat ruthlessness of late deserted them on home soil as bogey side Alfreton Town earned a point.

Having ground out three successive 1-0 league wins on their travels Andy Morrell’s men were unable to translate that guile back to the Racecourse despite Kevin Thornton’s stunning ninth minute strike.

Scott Boden (57) levelled for Nicky Law’s side, who have yet to lose in three visits to North Wales. 

Wins for Kidderminster, Newport and Mansfield mean the Reds are only ahead of Harriers on goal difference. 

Morrell shuffled his pack for the visit of the Derbyshire club. In came new signings Dave Artell and Dele Adebola, whilst Thornton replaced the suspended Jay Harris in the heart of midfield. 

Wrexham, buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, started well and soon took the lead in spectacular fashion.

The ball dropped to Thornton on the edge of the box and the midfielder, making his first league start for the Reds, smashed home a dipping drive which gave Alfreton custodian Jordan Pickford no chance.

It was nip and tuck thereafter and only  smart save by Chris Maxwell low down to his left prevented Louie Soares from levelling after 30 minutes. 

Wrexham responded with four corners in a row, the last almost paying off when Neil Ashton headed over from Joe Clarke’s delivery. 

Six minutes before the break the dangerous Soares again went close for his side, but Maxwell parried his powerful shot away from goal. 

It took just 12 minutes of the second half for Alfreton to restore parity. Neil Ashton allowed Soares to wriggle free down the right and his low drive across goal was converted by Boden.

Wrexham hit back and should have regained the lead five minutes later but Pickford spread himself wide to deny Danny Wright after the in-form marksman was unselfishly played in on goal by Brett Ormerod.

Man-of-the-match Thornton saw a close-range volley deflected for a corner and he was replaced with nine minutes to go by Glen Little.

Adrian Cieslewicz soon followed as boss Andy Morrell looked to skill and speed to unlock Alfreton’s stubborn defence. 

Clarke should have passed square to Adebola in space after plucking Keates’ long free-kick out of the sky, but the midfielder opted to shoot and it was easy for Pickford to gather at his near post.

Adebola and Dean Keates almost won it at the death but Pickford tipped over the veteran’s overhead kick before watching in relief as the Reds skipper fired his volley wide from 12 yards.  

Wrexham: Maxwell; Ashton, Artell, Westwood, S Wright; Clarke, Keates (cpt), Thornton (Little 81); Adebola, Wright, Ormerod (Cieslewicz 84).
Subs: Hunt, Ogleby, Coughlin (GK).

Referee: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria)
Attendance: 3,706
Away: 58

Bookings -
Wrexham: None
Alfreton: Tomlinson

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