06 Jan 2019 by Admin

Alty back on track with deserved three points

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Alty got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they travelled to Lincolnshire to overcome a Boston United outfit at The Jakemans Stadium.

After a difficult Christmas period where Phil Parkinson’s men suffered two defeats and two in a four-match winless streak, they bounced back in style with a 2-1 victory that could have been more comprehensive had it not been for some exceptional goalkeeping by George Willis.

It was the hosts who made the stronger of the starts as Gavin Allott header was off target from a good position while Max Wright shot into the side-netting after another nice move.

Alty gave a warning sign of their own as Max Harrop – starting out wide after recovering from a back injury – tested Willis with a good effort and Jordan Hulme’s rebound was blocked.

Midway through the first half it was Alty who broke the deadlock and it was Max Harrop who was involved once again. A cut back from the left found Josh Hancock who fired home into the far corner to put the visitors ahead.

That gave the Robins a huge boost in confidence and they took control of the game from that moment on. Ten minutes later in the 34th minute, Jordan Hulme doubled Alty’s advantage as he got a touch on Andy White’s cross which gave Willis no chance.

The remaining spell before the interval saw Alty create chance after chance but Willis thwarted them several times. Hulme and Hancock especially were threatening but the Boston keeper denied them with some quality saves.

The second half continued as the first half ended as Alty had more chances to extend their advantage. Hulme, Johnston and Hancock all posed more questions to the Boston goalkeeper but Willis had the answers to keep the home side in the game.

With ten minutes remaining, the referee adjudged Jake Moult had fouled Allott in the box which handed the hosts with a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears. Ben Davies stepped up and converted the penalty despite Tony Thompson’s fine effort to save it which set up a nervy final few minutes for Alty.

Parky’s men remained calm however and saw the game out to seal a deserved three points and get back to winning ways. Alty return to the play-off places ahead of the crunch match with leaders Chorley next weekend.

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