Trav­els catch up with tired Robins

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - SPORT - JOHN ED­WARDS

LEE Sin­nott ad­mit­ted fa­tigue was be­gin­ning to catch up with his Al­trin­cham play­ers af­ter they carved out a hard-earned point in a goal­less draw with play-off hope­fuls FC Hal­i­fax at The J.David­son Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Record-break­ing Alty keeper Stu­art Coburn pulled off two spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond-half saves to keep his goal in­tact, while at the other end, James Lawrie might have had a hat-trick af­ter clip­ping the out­side of a post with one shot and just clear­ing the bar with two oth­ers.

The point took Alty’s Va­narama Con­fer­ence tally to 50 and left manager Sin­nott with mixed feel­ings, as he said: “You couldn’t fault the play­ers for ef­fort, but I just thought we be­gan to look a bit tired.

“There are five weeks to the end of the sea­son, and that was our 40th game. We both played on Tues­day night, and it looked like two tired teams out there. We vir­tu­ally went to France and back, with the trip to Dover, so it’s no sur­prise we prob­a­bly ap­peared the more tired.

“When that hap­pens, care­less­ness in pos­ses­sion creeps in, and there tends to be fewer op­tions. Play­ers are hurt­ing a bit and haven’t got the usual spring in their step. That said, Stu­art made a cou­ple of out­stand­ing saves, and James went close a few times.

“We are third in the league for shots at goal, which means our ap­proach play is get­ting us into po­si­tions where we can pull the trig­ger.

“Un­for­tu­nately we are third-worst for miss­ing the tar­get, which means we need to im­prove our ac­cu­racy. We are clear­ing the bar too many times and need to do some­thing about that.”

Alty are on their trav­els again on Satur­day and are hope­ful Nicky Clee can shake off a tight ham­string for the game at Dart­ford.

Simon Rich­man faces a test on a dead leg, but Shaun Dens­more is out with a knee in­jury.

‘We are clear­ing the bar too many times and we need to do some­thing about that’

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