Poole is Alty’s star turn

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Alan Gee

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: ★★★★★

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