11 Jul 2018 by TheSportsBlogger

Kidsgrove Athletic 2-4 Altrincham match report

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A Jordan Hulme brace saw Altrincham come out victorious from their second pre-season game. It took the Robins just two minutes to gain the lead in Staffordshire through their top scorer of the 2017-18 season, Hulme.

Some top work from Connor Hampson down the left flank allowed Hulme to slot the ball past Burzynski to open the scoring.

Phil Parkinson’s men had doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark through Elliot Rokka, who is currently on trial at the club. Captain Jake Moult sent a fantastic long-range pass through to Rokka, and the trialist then rounded the goalkeeper and stroked the ball into an empty Kidsgrove net.

Nine minutes before the half-time break, Kidsgrove had halved the deficit through Lee Cropper as he managed to get a decisive touch on the loose ball before Matthew Johnson could get there as the half finished with Alty 2-1 up.

Early into the second period, Altrincham had extended their lead back to a two-goal advantage through Josh Hancock from the penalty spot. Jordan Hulme had been brought down in the box by Alex Morris when he looked certain to score, and Hancock stepped up to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

Hulme’s persistence in the box soon paid off as substitute Pat Savage crossed into the box, and Hulme got on the end of the lovely cross to flick home past Burzynski.

20 minutes from time, Kidsgrove produced arguably the moment of the match as a sublime effort from Chris Baker from outside the area saw them pull the score back to 4-2.

And that is how it finished as Alty picked up another comfortable victory while sharing minutes out throughout the squad. Phil and the team will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce as they face a trip to the Isle of Man at the weekend for the third pre-season friendly.

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