MAG­PIES FIGHT BACK AS NEWBY HITS TWO

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Mike Neild

LEAD­ERS Chor­ley un­der­lined their ti­tle cre­den­tials with a for­mi­da­ble sec­ond-half show­ing that over­whelmed Altrincham.

The vis­it­ing Robins re­peat­edly stretched the home de­fence and af­ter Josh Han­cock had rat­tled the home bar with a 25-yard free-kick, the vis­i­tors went ahead in the 32rd minute.

Mag­pies keeper Matt Ur­win did well to deny John John­ston with a div­ing save, but Max Har­rop was on hand to fire home the loose ball from an an­gle.

Chor­ley missed a cou­ple of chances to equalise, while Alty con­tin­ued to of­fer a ma­jor threat as Si­mon Rich­man’s pow­er­ful shot skimmed the bar.

The sec­ond half saw a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion, with Alex Newby tuck­ing away the equaliser on 54 min­utes af­ter the slick­est of one­touch build-ups.

Ten min­utes later Mar­cus Carver teed up Josh Wil­son, who thumped his low cross high into the net.

The Robins con­ceded a third goal six min­utes from time when Adam Blake­man’s bal­looned ball fell for Newby to shoot calmly through a ruck of play­ers and into the cor­ner of the net.

In added time, Court­ney Mep­pen-Wal­ter put the ic­ing on Chor­ley’s cake with a tow­er­ing header from a cor­ner to the de­light of the bulk of a 1,675-strong crowd.

STAR MAN: Alex Newby (Chor­ley) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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