GI­ANT KILLERS ALTY ARE BACK!

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Matthew Bad­cock

DE­FI­ANT Barns­ley boss Lee John­son says he’s in it for the long haul af­ter Al­trin­cham knocked his side out of the FA Cup.

Alty striker Damian Reeves struck the killer blow to re­vive the Na­tional League club’s proud cup past.

It was the lat­est blow for John­son’s un­der­pres­sure side, who can’t buy a win – and he’s promised a shake up.

“I’m an­gry and frus­trated,” John­son said. “They de­served their win to­day, which is not on from our point of view.

“I’ve been a gi­antkiller in my days at Yeovil, I know how hard peo­ple work.

“But I just feel there’s a soft un­der-belly all the way through the club.The 18s can’t get a win, the 21s can’t and the first team can’t.

“We need to shake it up and if I’m still here, like peo­ple keep ques­tion­ing, then I will be the one to shake it up.

“Foot­ball’s foot­ball. It’s an hor­ren­dous run, you never know what’s around the cor­ner. But, by the same to­ken, I still be­lieve I’m the man for the job.”

Alty boss Lee Sin­nott was pay­ing lit­tle at­ten­tion to Barns­ley’s seven-game los­ing streak in League One ahead of the game.

But the Tykes would have ar­rived ner­vous at the prospect of fac­ing the Non-League club with the most gi­ant killings to their name.

Al­trin­cham have claimed 16 Foot­ball League scalps down the years, al­though an­other name hasn’t been added to the list since the 1994-95 sea­son when they beat Wi­gan Ath­letic. And they showed their in­tent on 22 min­utes as keeper Adam Davies had to be alert to tip Jake Moult’s dip­ping drive over the bar.

Moult when close again soon af­ter Barns­ley skip­per Al­fie Maw­son had fired just wide at the other end. The Na­tional League side were more than hold­ing their own and they struck im­me­di­ately af­ter the break with a clas­sic poacher’s goal from Reeves.

Ryan Crowther drove for­ward with the ball, shot low and al­though Davies par­ried, Reeves was on hand to tuck in the re­bound.

It was too quick for Sin­nott, who was still in the stand when the ball hit the net.

John­son quickly re­sponded with a triple sub­sti­tu­tion and all three went close.

Lloyd Is­grove put a good open­ing wide, Conor Wilkin­son saw his shot de­flected into the hands of Alty keeper Tim Deasy and Conor Houri­hane went within inches of the an­gle with a free-kick be­fore drilling an­other chance past the post.

But, with the rain pour­ing down, Al­trin­cham tack­led, has­sled and re­pelled ev­ery at­tack for a de­served win.

“I’m pleased it’s been rekin­dled, it’s been a while since Al­trin­cham, a bril­liantly tra­di­tional name in the FA Cup, have shown ev­ery­one it’s still there,” Sin­nott said.

“We have some el­derly sup­port­ers who re­mem­ber those games in the 80s.

“It’s nice to see it’s come back for peo­ple like that.

“We’re ex­cited to be in the draw and ex­cited to see who we get.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

STAR MAN JAKE MOULT Al­trin­cham SLIDE RULE: Adam Davies makes an ex­cel­lent save, but can't keep hold of the ball In­set: Damian Reeves cel­e­brates scor­ing the only goal

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