Those Altrincham fans who made the relatively short trip to the Deva Stadium will have been cheered by the Robins' defensive discipline but choked at the way Chester pinched a point with a fortuitous equaliser four minutes into added time. Alty director BILL WATERSON certainly was, as he explains in his round-up of all the midweek action.
Football is a cruel game – we came so close to a great away win at Chester, settling in the end for a point after a stoppage-time deflection meant that the other two points would elude us. But it’s our first point, we are on the board and it was a good, solid performance from the Robins.
There were eight other Tuesday night games, with one more on Wednesday. And after tonight’s results, only one team have a 100% record, namely Guiseley, who came away from Bradford (Park Avenue) after handing them a 5-0 drubbing.
What makes this even more remarkable is that on Boxing Day last season, Avenue returned from Guiseley having won by 5-1. Tonight’s defeat for Bradford was their second 5-0 setback of the season, and last season's play-offs must seem a distant memory indeed.
Farsley Celtic had a great result at York City, Elliott Wynne’s clean sheet earning a point for the newly-promoted side in a goalless draw. Both sides are on four points from two games, and are joined on this mark by Curzon Ashton, Hereford and Leamington.
Curzon Ashton came away from Southport with a 0-0 draw, whereas Leamington had a strong win at home to Brackley by 2-0, with Hereford winning by the same scoreline at our next opponents Gloucester City, who suffered two red cards on the night.
Gloucester and Brackley Town have three points each, as do newly-promoted King's Lynn Town and Kettering Town after the Norfolk side prevailed 2-1 in the fixture between the two. AFC Telford United moved to three points with a 2-0 home victory over Kidderminster Harriers.
Chester’s draw tonight was their second 1-1 result of the season, the first being with Boston United, who, coincidentally, also ended 1-1 at Alfreton Town. Southport are on the same two-point tally after a brace of 0-0 draws.
Spennymoor and Gateshead have one point from a single game, with the Tyneside club travelling to Darlington tomorrow night. The three other clubs with one point are Alty, Alfreton and Kidderminster.
There are three clubs without a point; Bradford, with a goal difference of minus 10 already, are joined by Darlington and Blyth Spartans, both of whom have played only a single game.
This article will be updated tomorrow after the Darlington v Gateshead match.
Looking forward to the weekend, we are paying our first-ever visit to Evesham United’s ground, Gloucester City’s base ahead of their planned move back into their home patch. Early pacesetters Guiseley travel to Southport, and there is a meeting of two unfancied teams who have started well, as Leamington host Curzon Ashton.
York are at home to Brackley, Hereford travel to King's Lynn and Farsley visit Chester. The two other teams on three points have North East challenges, with Telford hosting Gateshead and Kettering travelling to Darlington.
Boston are at Spennymoor, Alfreton host Blyth and it's fair to assume Bradford will be looking for some sort of improvement at home to Kidderminster.
Already this season is shaping up to be every bit as intriguing as the last one, with some surprises and some of the in-form teams quickly into their stride. What will Saturday bring? I can’t wait.