Poole is Alty’s star turn
TOP-of-the-table Altrincham kept up their title challenge.
The home side enjoyed the better of the first half and had a chance as early as the third minute when Massiah McDonald got behind the Alty defence only to be denied by the left boot of Anthony Thompson.
Alty’s first look-in came from a corner on the right which Jordan Hulme headed over.
Karl Hawley failed to make the most of a Stafford counter and McDonald fired wide from distance as the home side continued to provide the greater threat, but Alty were coming more in to the contest and saw John Johnston fire over.
Another Stafford counter saw Robert ThompsonBrown feed Hawley but Alty keeper Thompson again came to his side’s rescue.
Alty’s best chance of the half came moments later but James Poole blazed over from 15 yards.
Then came the breakthrough. There seemed little threat with Poole in possession midway inside the Stafford half but his pass found its way through the defence to Jordan Hulme and he went round Whitehouse.
From then on, Alty were in charge and Ben Harrison doubled the lead on 77 minutes. STAR MAN: James Poole (Altrincham) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★