Unbeaten start to the season comes to an end
Vauxhall Motors 1 Altrincham 2
A LATE winner denied Motors a share of the spoils on Monday – and brought their unbeaten start to the Skrill North season to an end.
Altrincham striker James Walshaw’s goal saw the visitors snatch the three points.
Early chances were few and far between, until the scoring was opened on 19 minutes. A free-kick from the left wasn’t properly clearly and Alty’s Kyle Perry was on hand to put the ball past Zac Jones from 10 yards.
As the half went on, Motors came into it more and more and they grabbed an equaliser just before the break.
Ashley Stott broke clear past Altrincham defender Gianluca Havern and as he was about to pull the ball across the box he was brought down by goalkeeper Stuart Coburn.
The referee pointed to the penalty spot and Stott picked himself up to coolly slot home from 12 yards.
The second period saw the Motormen put a lot of pressure on the Altrincham goal as they searched for a winner.
Coburn was forced to make a smart save when Stott’s cross from the left was headed goalwards by Karl Noon, and the Altrincham keeper also denied a 20-yard effort from sub Danny Fearnehough.
With seven minutes remaining, the visitors sprung an attack on the break. Jake Moult sent Walshaw through and the striker’s shot from the edge of the penalty area just went past Jones’ despairing dive and into the net.
On bagging his first goal of the season, Stott said: “It’s a relief! Hopefully there will be more to come now.”
He added: “It has been a great start to the season. The lads have been excellent and no team has stretched us. We look solid.”
Motors’ next fixture is a trip to Solihull Moors on Saturday (3pm). League One side Peterborough United come to Rivacre Park for a friendly fixture next Tuesday (7.45pm).