11 Mar 2019 by John Edwards

Some feat beating York home and away, says Phil

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Press and media officer John Edwards has submitted the following article for inclusion in this week's Sale and Altrincham Messenger.

Phil Parkinson hailed a 'top achievement' by his Altrincham team after they completed a notable double over a York City side steeped in Football League history at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

The Alty boss was full of praise for his players after they added a hard-fought 1-0 win to November's 3-0 home triumph over the Minstermen with a brilliantly-executed second-half volley from Josh Hancock.

It moved them up a place to sixth in the Vanarama National League North, and they have the chance to climb even higher at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday when they face a Brackley Town side who are just one point better off in fourth.

'I thought we were really efficient in everything we did,' said Parkinson. 'We had a strong, swirling wind in our faces in the first half, but I don't remember York troubling us too much. On the one occasion they got through, Tony Thompson bailed us out with a great stop. He has been outstanding since coming back in and has really got the bit between his teeth.

'Josh Hancock had one of the best games I've seen from him for a long time. He has been very good all season, but his levels in this game, getting on the ball and making us tick at times, really stood out. It was absolutely fantastic ability for his goal as well. That's what he is all about, and it topped off a very good, professional performance.

'I don't want people underestimating how big a win this was, To beat York City home and away is a really top achievement that shows how far we have come as a club and how well we are doing.

'The away fans were brilliant again, travelling all this way and getting behind us, and I'm glad we made it worthwhile for them.'

Alty have one or two injury worries ahead of Saturday, with livewire winger Yusifu Ceesay picking up a slight hamstring strain and ankle knock and striker Joe Piggott missing the York game due to back spasms.

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