Sublime Altrincham Fire Themselves Into Play-Off Contention

A direct and clinical Altrincham performance over York City saw them earn all three points at the J Davidson Stadium in one of the most complete performances of the season for the Robins.

The fireworks that went off before the game set the tone for the night.  In the second minute, Edward Jones fired a cross, which headed goalward. Skyes-Kenyworth misjudged it and Altrincham found themselves ahead. 

Direct football was prevalent all night, and goal number two was a prime example of this. Justin Amaluzor won the ball back and a counter was on. He found Alex Newby, who returned the ball and finished to make it two to the good for his side. Constant pressure from the Robins ensued as the keeper made another error, clearing the ball to Jake Cooper who found the net. Phil Parkinson would be elated with the performance, With his side looking a class above at all times. 

In the 65th minute, Kouyhar pulled one back for York with a sensational finish from distance. It was the least the visitors deserved after making an excellent start to the second period.

However, Newby killed the game with an excellent run at the Minstermen’s defence as he shoots from range. It went through the goalkeeper’s to restore the home side’s three goal advantage.

Altrincham soon had their fifth of the night when Chris Conn-Clarke won a free kick in his half, which was taken quickly. Dan Mooney picked the ball up before laying off the 22-year-old, who needed to invitation to get himself on the scoresheet. It was soon six, with Newby getting his second of the night. 

Full-Time – Altrincham 6-1 York City

Writer’s View

A real masterclass from Altrincham was on display and the win never looked in doubt.  Both wingers were afforded so much space and looked like the best players on the pitch. Versatility is a key strength of Phil Parkinson’s side with his attackers so quick and interchanging, creating a handful for all defenders.

The full-back Edward Jones also looked back to his best, with a great work rate, creating a strong offensive and defensive display. As for York, a horrible display was epitomised by Skyes-Kenyworth’s performance between the sticks. It was a performance with very little to be positive about as 269 travelling fans were let down. With relegation looking more imminent, Neal Ardley’s side needs to make changes. As for the home side, they are a joy to watch when they are flowing as they were on Tuesday. Their fight for promotion is back on.

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