IN a game where Chorley dominated position, missed chances in front of goal eventually gifted Alfreton an unexpected chance to secure three points, which they took.
The match was far from a spectacle with Alfreton’s physical tactics often preventing the game from flowing with a series of niggling fouls halting proceedings, the visitors winning the card count with five yellows to Chorley’s nil.
Of the action of a footballing variety, there was only one side in the game for long periods.
Andy Bond was heavily involved in the game, putting in a series of free-kicks, the first on 7 minutes following a foul on Marcus Carver came to nothing, but on 12 minutes his delivery was sided footed over the bar from close range by Carver.
Lewis Guy missed a glorious chance on 14 minutes when put through by Jake Cottrell, but his tame effort was easily gathered by former Premier League keeper Matt Duke then the Duke again denied Guy, holding onto a looping header 60 seconds later.
On a rare venture forward John Johnston turned Adam Dodd, but his shot was sliced well wide.
Mark Ross played a peach of a ball forward from the halfway line, straight into the path of Guy, but the striker’s effort only found the side netting.
A heavily bandaged Andy Teague headed over from a Ross long throw then Guy header from a Bond delivery took a top quality save from Duke to keep the scores level.
The deadlock was finally broken on 36 minutes when Carver raced onto the ball down the right flank and crossed superbly to Guy in the box who squared the ball to Bond who slammed home from close range for his first goal for the club.
Guy had an opportunity to double the lead almost immediately after the restart, but his effort from a Teague flick-on lacked pace.
Ryan Wilson and Johnston both had chances for the visitors either side of a Bond free-kick, but the Magpies held a slender one goal lead at the break.
After the interval both sides were unchanged, but the visitors started with more purples that they showed throughout the first 45 with a shot in the opening seconds flying across the so far under used Sam Ashton.
Carver remained positive in attack, running at Alfreton whenever he had the ball, and earned another free-kick, which Bond whipped in and forced a smart save from Duke at the foot of his near post.
Ashton then made his first save of note, gathering a tame shot after Keiran Charnock has been dispossessed on the edge of the area then minutes later Jordan Robertson let rip from distance, his effort skimming off the top of the bar from 25 yards.
On the hour mark Josh Hine, hard working as ever on the right flank, tried his luck with his left peg, but the tame shot trickled wide.
Alfreton’s man of the match Cliff Moyo forced a smart save from Ashton, cutting in from the right his effort from the edge of the box needed an acrobatic effort from the Chorley keeper to tip it over the bar.
Darren Stephenson and James Dean were both off the bench by now, and the former was denied by Duke, his drilled effort was blocked and Hine shot over the bar following up.
Stephenson then squared to Dale Whitham, but the midfielder shot over from 20 yards.
Thomas Allen was cautioned for a lunging tackle on Bond, and from the resulting free-kick the visitors scored! Bond deliver this time wasn’t up to his usual standard and cannoned off the wall. Alfreton hit on the break and Johnston found himself 1-on-1 with Ashton, rounded the Chorley keeper and calmly slotted into an empty goal.
Sixty seconds later the visitors took the lead!
The Magpies were at 6’s and 7’s after conceding the equaliser, and Alfreton took full advantage with Robertson turning on the edge of the box and firing beyond a stationary Ashton to complete an amazing turnaround.
Chorley responded well, but failed to find a goal. Bond hit two more excellent set-pieces (the niggly fouls continued from the visitors), the first Duke almost spilled into his own goal and the second was destined for the top corner, but Duke saved superbly.
Teague volleyed over from his own chest down then tricked another effort wide as the skipper, now bandage-less, more or less finished the game in attack, while Hine and Charnock might have done better with half chances they received.
At the final whistle Alfreton celebrated in improbably win while Chorley scratched their head to wander just how (again) they failed to turn possession into goals.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Dodd, Andy Teague, Keiran Charnock, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Andy Bond, Lewis Guy
Subs: James Dean (Carver, 69), Darren Stephenson (Guy, 61), Sam Sheridan, Paul Jarvis (Whitham, 82), Adam Roscoe
Goals: ANDY BOND (36), John Johnston (75), Jordan Robertson (76)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Marcus Carver