Farsley Celtic 0, Alfreton 3: Farsley Celtic's unbeaten home record was ended in emphatic style by UniBond Division One leaders Alfreton Town.

Martin Haresign's side had stood firm against strong sides from Bradford City and Leeds United in their promising pre-season build-up and have enhanced their home reputation with wins in the league and cup before Saturday but were undone by the sheer endeavour of the Derbyshire outfit.

The game was over as a contest midway through the first half when the visitors reached the comfort zone by adding a second to their early opener. They finished with ten men but when Steve Heath received his marching orders for a second bookable offence two minutes from time Celts already trailed 3-0.

The skids were under the home side from the tenth minute. Centre back Scott Bairstow made a rare error, Mick Goddard nipped in, beat a covering defender and steered a shot past Liam Sutcliffe.

Celtic keeper Sutcliffe was left exposed again in the 21st minute and Ryan France made the most of his opportunity.

Alfreton had former Avenue keeper Ross Turner between the sticks - he spent last month at Horsfall Stadium on loan from Worksop Town - and he made some fine saves.

One in particular denied Matt Smithard right on the stroke of half time. Had Celtic made the breakthrough then it could have panned out differently but it proved a long second half for the home side.

Danny Spence replaced Damian Place at half-time and he troubled the Alfreton defence but his most accurate cross picked out Michael Midwood and he shot over from a good position.

Mick Godber wrapped up the three points for the top side 16 minutes from time with a shot from the edge of the area.