Quakers were denied by a late penalty following the dismissal of keeper James Talbot at the Impact Arena.
Quakers got off to the perfect start at Alfreton, with an early goal by Reece Styche, and they looked as if they might hold on to it, until there was a scuffle in the Darlington box in the last minute of normal time after a free kick was cleared, and keeper Talbot was red carded for an off the ball incident.
There was controversy on just 10 seconds, Alfreton played the ball up the right, where Galbraith was flattened by a challenge by Sharp. The ref only showed a yellow, when it could have been a red.
When play resumed, Talbot made a point blank save from Jennings.
Goal! Quakers took the lead on 8 minutes. Styche put the Alfreton left back under pressure, the defender slipped and Styche ran into the box and coolly fired across the keeper into the net. Styche ran 80 yards to celebrate in front of the Darlo fans!
Talbot then made a good save from a curling free kick by Daniels, while Styche put an overhead kick over the bar.
Keeper Elliott was then booked for bringing Styche down way out on the Darlo right.
Let off for Darlo on 23 minutes, Mulhern got away down the right hand side into the area and pulled the ball back into the middle, but Portas intercepted well.
Quakers look really sharp, and Styche tried his luck from 30 yards but the ball went wide.
But Alfreton looked dangerous from setpieces, and after a Daniels free kcik was blocked, Jennings headed the return cross into Talbot’s hands.
But Quakers returned to the other end, and Styche set up Thompson who fired over, then Thompson and Mills nearly opened up the defence with a 1-2, but the keeper intercepted.
Five bookings so Far: Sharp, Elliott and Bird for Alfreton, Brown and Thompson for Darlo.
Half time 0-1
There was some early Alfreton pressure but Galbraith and Scott both cleared well.
There was some early Alfreton pressure but Galbraith and Scott both cleared well, while Mulhern got away in the inside left position but pulled his shot wide.
Quakers nearly got a seond. A long throw by Brown went into the six yard box, and a defender nearly deflected the ball into his own net.
There was a great save on 74 minutes. A free kick into the box was nodded down for Sharp to try an overhead kick that Talbot saved low down.
Quakers had a chance to settle it when Thompson set up Scott on the edge of the box, but he fired over.
But in the last minute, there was a big argument in the Darlo box, Talbot tangled with someone and was sent off. Daniels beat Brown from the spot.
There was still time for Bird to be dismissed for his second yellow in stoppage time.