Altrincham 5 Aldershot Town 1

Last updated : 28 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
Altrincham completed a league double over Aldershot after recording a sensational 5-1 win at Moss Lane.

While the 2-0 win at the Recreation Ground earlier in the season had been pure smash and grab there was not a hint of it this time round. James Robinson and Rod Thornley both grabbed a break and Colin Little added the other as the hosts embarrassed their more illustrious opponents.

In a scrappy start to the game, both teams enjoyed little in the way of chances but it was a great piece of skill that swung the game in Altrincham's favour. Robinson grabbed a scuffed clearance 30 yards from goal before hitting a right-foot thunderbolt into the corner of the net.

Not happy to rest on their laurels, Altry kept up the pressure on the visitors, who had Nikki Bull to thank for keeping them in the game.

The Aldershot keeper made a sensational double save to deny first Little and then Val Owen after Robinson's precision cross had evaded the Shots defence.

Despite their utter ineptitude Aldershot found their way back into the game, albeit in controversial circumstances. Gary Holloway appeared to go down easily in the area under challenge from Peter Band and Darren Barnard despatched the penalty.

But nothing was going to stop Altrincham and they restored their lead four minutes before half time when Thornley volleyed home from 20 yards. And the home side continued their master class in finishing when Robinson almost out done his earlier efforts, curling a 20-yard free-kick into the net.

Looking nothing like the team who had capitulated 5-0 at Forest Green the previous week, Altrincham continued their second half in similar fashion.

Thornley added the fourth with a calm finish from Stephen Rose and Little capped an outstanding day for the part time team with a superb individual effort.