Altrincham striker James Poole

Evo-Stik Premier – Altrincham remain league leaders after top-of-the-table clash

ALTRINCHAM stayed top of the Evo-Stik Premier after a hard-fought draw with title rivals Warrington Town on Saturday.

Before the top-of-the-table clash, Alty sat above Shaw Lane and Warrington due to their superior goal difference having gone on a fine run over the last 2 months.

And a 0-0 draw at Cantilever Park meant the Robins stayed top of the pile as Shaw Lane also claimed a solitary point after a thrilling 3-3 draw with ASHTON UNITED.

Alty’s free-flowing attack was hindered by heavy rain and swirling wind, although the pitch dealt with the downpour extraordinarily well, and Alty manager Phil Parkinson was surprised by Warrington’s lack of ambition to win the game considering the league standings.

“It was an extremely difficult game with regards to the conditions,” said Parkinson. “We’re disappointed we only drew the game. Even though we were away from home, I felt we were the team that looked like we wanted to win it.

“They looked like they just wanted to make sure that we didn’t win it, and maybe get something on the break, which is a bit disappointing when we’re 1st and 2nd. I thought we’d both have a go at each other but it’s up to them what they do.”

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Being a top-of-the-table clash, a crowd of 952 saw this important fixture unfold, which was the league’s best gate of the day.

The first chance of the game fell to Alty with a free-kick taken by James Poole, who was my Man of The Match. But the torrid weather forced errors from both sides and it was a game of few goal-scoring opportunities. It needed someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and steal all 3 points, but no-one did so.

Alty had a flurry of free-kicks in the 2nd half but none amounted to anything serious, and although Warrington began to attack late on, the Robins stretched their recent league record to 1 defeat in 14.

Alty now have 3 home games in 12 days against Lancaster City (Tuesday), Clitheroe (FA Trophy, Saturday) and Buxton (Saturday, Nov 4).

Parkinson added: “It was always going to be a tight affair but it shows the standards that we’ve set because we’re disappointed that we’ve come to Warrington and got a draw. We’ll go again on Tuesday and try to get back on the winning trail.”

ASHTON remain 8th after sharing the spoils with Shaw Lane in another 6-goal thriller. The Robins drew 3-3 with Altrincham in the Integro Cup in midweek before going out on penalties and there were another 5 goals in the 1st half on Saturday.

Ashton twice went in front through Alex Johnson and Liam Tomsett, only for Shaw Lane to fight back and go 3-2 up just before the break. But top scorer Matt Chadwick struck in the 89th minute to salvage a point with his 10th goal of the season. The Robins are away to 4th-placed Farsley on Tuesday night but STALYBRIDGE CELTIC don’t have a game.

Bridge remain 6th-bottom despite claiming a welcome 4-2 home win against Barwell on Saturday, with Theo Bailey-Jones, Oli Roberts, Matty Wolfenden and Jake Charles scoring for Celtic.

Ashton host Frickley in the FA Trophy on Saturday while Stalybridge are away to Prescot Cables.