Alfreton Town secured an invaluable 3-1 victory over Darlington at the Impact Arena on Saturday to boost their survival hopes.
The Reds are facing an almighty battle to avoid the drop this season but wins in proverbial six-pointers such as Saturday's encounter will do their chances no harm.
It was the visitors who started the strongest and they went ahead in the 27th minute when Ryan Bowman steered home from close range after goalkeeper Dan Lowson had parried Adam Rundle's long-range effort.
Just as it appeared as if the Quakers were beginning to take control of proceedings, Alfreton hit back. Nathan Arnold was the man to grab the goal, finding the back of the net from the edge of the area.
The two teams were greeted by a heavy shower as the second half got underway but while it sent the spectators rushing for cover the players continued to show good endeavour.
The hosts took the lead in the 58th minute when Paul Clayton bundled the ball in after Jordan Pickford had only been able to parry an Arnold shot.
Alferton's joy was short-lived though, with Anton Brown given his marching orders just minutes later. Some would have considered Brown lucky to have still been on the pitch at that stage as the defender was cautioned inside the first half hour but still proceeded to commit a number of fouls. With half an hour to play, referee Richard Clark eventually lost his patience and showed the 24-year-old his second yellow card for a trip on Rob Ramshaw.
Despite being one man down, it was Alferton who dominated and all but secured the win when Arnold netted his second with 20 minutes to play.
Nicky Law's men held on to take the three points and as a result draw level with Darlington on 28 points. The Quakers are in the final relegation position, with Alferton one below in 21st place on goal difference.
Alfreton Town bookings: Brown.
Sent off: Brown.
Darlington bookings: Arnison, Rundle.
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By bjones63 on Sun, 12th May 13