The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Phil Matthews

AGAINST the top team in the league, Mick­leover al­ways knew that they were go­ing to be up against it.

But al­though the points went back North with the vis­i­tors, Sports came out of the game with great credit.

Al­trin­cham started the con­test with an in­ten­sity that caught the hosts on the back foot.

Sports failed to clear a shot that had been pushed away at close range by keeper Lewis King and Tom Peers fired the ball into the net to give his side an 18th minute lead.

The vis­i­tors looked dan­ger­ous in the open­ing 30 min­utes, at­tack­ing down the Sports right hand side. But the sec­ond goal on 29 min­utes was struck home from a very nar­row an­gle by Jordan Hulme on the left.

It was cruel for the home team who were un­lucky to see an Evan Gar­nett shot de­flect onto a post and away just a minute ear­lier.

Mick­leover re­fused to cave in and the threat that they pro­vided was em­pha­sised by the amount of time wast­ing vis­it­ing keeper Anthony Thompson felt the need to do.

Sports pulled a goal back through Gar­nett on 85 min­utes and were un­lucky not to get an equaliser de­spite go­ing close sev­eral times in the fi­nal stages of the game.

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