Altrincham press and media officer John Edwards has submitted the following article for inclusion in this week's Sale and Altrincham Messenger.
Phil Parkinson is considering an appeal against a controversial sending-off for defender Andy White after 10-man Altrincham came within seconds of adding play-off rivals AFC Telford United to their recent list of conquests at the New Bucks Head on Tuesday night.
Fresh from Saturday's 7-0 rout of Alfreton Town, Alty were leading through Jordan Hulme's first-half goal and seemingly heading for another priceless win when White was shown a second yellow card for an innocuous-looking challenge 15 minutes from time.
The 10 men stood up to the aerial bombardment that followed but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after Shaun Densmore slipped as he went to tackle substitute Andre Brown and brought him down just inside the area. Even then, Tony Thompson, who saved a penalty at Alfreton, almost did it again, as he dived the right way but couldn't stop Brown's kick crossing the line.
'I felt we were robbed,' fumed Alty boss Parkinson, whose side face second-placed Chorley at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday. 'They may say they put us under sustained pressure, and I would agree when we were down to 10 men, but, 11 against 11, we created the better chances and were more clinical and incisive.
'I'm not disputing the penalty, but I'm certainly disputing the sending-off. It was very harsh on Andy, and we will be looking at it to see about possibly appealing, because, in my view, the referee was not going to show a card until their whole bench and players pressured him into doing it.
'You could just tell from the way he jogged over it wasn't in his mind to send him off, until the pressure came from the crowd, their bench and their players. All of a sudden, everything gathered pace very quickly, yet there was nothing in the challenge at all.
'I'm still exceptionally proud of the players. They could have folded, but they really dug in and looked after each other. My closing words to them were not to be down about the result - it was still a fantastic point.'