Relieved Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott was left praying the Robins have finally found a cure for their travel sickness after they recorded only their second away win of the season in beating FC Halifax 4-2.
Jack Redshaw’s double secured the points for Sinnott’s Blue Square Bet North promotion hopefuls after they’d earlier lost a two-goal lead provided by the division’s top scorer Damian Reeves, leaving him now just one short of 20 league goals.
Reeves would have had a hat-trick had his late penalty not been saved but, by then, the damage had already been done.
Sinnott said: “After a tricky November, it was nice to get back on the winning trail and very much like our only other away victory at Colwyn Bay, when we scored six.
“Our front two were very sharp and we looked dangerous for large parts of the game.
“It could have ended up 8-5 to us, but we’re pleased nevertheless.”
Meanwhile, FC United’s Evo-Stik Premier promotion battle with Garry Flitcroft’s Chorley at Gigg Lane ended goalless – a result which extends the Rebels’ unbeaten run in league and cup to nine games.
FC’s best chance fell to star striker Mike Norton early on, when he missed the target from a narrow angle after rounding Magpies’ keeper Russ Saunders.
But it was the visitors who came closest to snatching the points when Adam Roscoe’s blistering 30-yard free-kick rattled the crossbar.
Northwich stay level on points with leaders Chester following a 2-0 home win over Stocksbridge, while 10-man Ashton United survived Kevin Sanasy’s 53rd- minute dismissal to carve out a useful goalless draw at high-flying Hednesford.
Glossop North End’s dreams of a Wembley return in the FA Vase were shattered in a 2-1 third round home defeat to fellow NWCL title contenders Runcorn Town.
Ramsbottom were knocked off the league’s summit on goal difference by Bootle, despite beating Ashton Athletic 5-3.
December 05, 2011