A BROKEN hand suffered by goalkeeper Scott Bentley didn't stop Alsager Town picking up a vital away win at Warrington on Saturday.
The on-loan Newcastle Town stopper left the field with only 30 minutes gone after a collision with his own defender Steve Elks and a Warrington centre forward.
Ironically, it was Elks who played out the remaining 60 minutes between the sticks as three penalties made up the 2-1 scoreline.
On form striker Chris Budrys bagged a brace with his two spot kicks.
Boss Dean Stokes said: 'To be honest, we should have had a third penalty and their penalty shouldn't have been given.
'We should have put the game much further beyond them as well with Budrys hitting a half-chance over the bar and Fraser Robinson and Paul Ireland both having chances.
'But the win was very pleasing and it was a great team performance. It was a big loss with Scott getting injured but it was just one of those things.
'It was then a case of whoever was willing to replace him. Steve did well but, in fairness, he was well protected by the back four. It was a relief to take the three points in the end.'
Stokes now has the task of finding a replacement keeper before Saturday's visit of Harrogate Railway Athletic, with first choice stopper Phil McGing out with a hamstring problem.
He said: 'I dropped Phil to take him out of the firing line a bit and so he could regain his confidence, but he got injured in training so I'll be looking to the reserve team or elsewhere for a keeper.'
He added: 'We need to beat Harrogate as they are only a few places behind with games in hand. We want to put some daylight between us and them and keep our little run going.'