Heanor Town celebrated in style after deservedly beating Alfreton Town in the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup at the lmpact Arena on Tuesday night.
Keiran Debrouwer capped a fine personal performance with the winning goal ten minutes from the end of extra-time, lashing home Gary Webster’s pass from 12 yards with the help of Ross Atkins’ left-hand upright.
Alfreton’s disappointment was compounded by their fourth game without scoring since triumphing at Hyde FC on 23rd November, and the Reds now have just 24 league games left for the remainder of the season after being eliminated from all three cup competitions.
Danny Wishart’s strong run to the by-line resulted in his cross being fumbled by Heanor keeper Mark Frost in the third minute, with Brett Peel scrambling the ball behind as Sammy Akinde pounced.
Debrouwer fired over from the edge of the area three minutes later for the visitors, before Wishart drilled another by-line cross for Alastair Taylor to steer wide.
A dipping effort from Debrouwer was held by Atkins on 18 minutes, then the same player headed wide from a Webster cross, with Alfreton responding through JJ Hooper’s free-kick that drifted wide.
Another Debrouwer shot was held by Atkins after 35 minutes, then a jinking run by Taylor resulted in a cross that his Alfreton colleagues could not take advantage of.
Darran Kempson’s downward header from Taylor’s 48th minute corner was held by Frost, then five minutes later Nathan Benger’s explosive effort from 25 yards rebounded off the angle of crossbar and upright as the Reds were almost caught out.
A low angled drive by Benger from Webster’s through-ball was held by Atkins on 68 minutes, then Lathaniel Rowe-Turner found the roof of the net from all of 30 yards.
Gerard Moran’s 75th minute shot was deflected behind for a corner, then two attempts by Alfreton in the 79th minute failed to break the deadlock with Tom Shaw’s cross-cum-shot being held by Frost before Paul Clayton headed wide from Dan Bradley’s by-line cross.
Vehement penalty claims were waved aside one minute from normal time as Wishart was apparently sent sprawling by Matthew Blake from Jay McFadzean’s intuitive pass, then moments later Kempson headed wide at the back post from a McFadzean corner.
Extra-time was uneventful until Debrouwer struck in the 110th minute, then Alfreton summoned more urgency than they had previously exhibited with McFadzean just failing from 20 yards before Daniel Meadows received Shaw’s through-ball to swivel and smash the ball against the Heanor crossbar.
ALFRETON: Atkins; Wood, Rowe-Turner, Kempson, Franklin, Bradley, Meadows, Taylor (McFadzean 76 mins), Wishart, Hooper (Clayton 65 mins), S.Akinde (Shaw 65 mins). Other subs: Wylde, Westwood.
HEANOR: Frost; Raven, Shaw, Hall (Stevenson 96 mins), Peel, Blake,Webster, Moran, Benger, Holmes, Debrouwer. Subs not used: Nicholls, Hardy, Williams, Baker.