BOLTON were unfortunate to lose on Tuesday night as they hosted a Burnley side preparing to return to the Premier League.
The Clarets opened the scoring as David Wheater made a mistimed challenge on Andre Gray, who stepped up to convert the penalty.
Wanderers pounced on a loose Burnley pass to draw level just before the hour mark, with captain Jay Spearing sweeping the ball in off a post from 20 yards out.
But the Clarets claimed a last-minute winner as Josh Ginnelly, who was on loan at Altrincham last season, broke down the middle before firing home from a tight angle.
A late Michael Jacobs free-kick gave WIGAN a 1-0 win at OLDHAM, who have lost all four of their pre-season games, while ROCHDALE suffered their first defeat of pre-season as goals by Chris Holroyd and Danny Whitaker gave MACCLESFIELD a 2-0 home win.
ALTRINCHAM are still waiting for their first pre-season win after John Cyrus headed them level in a 1-1 draw at home to Crewe, while the Robins’ new league rivals SALFORD CITY were beaten 5-1 by United’s reserves.
STOCKPORT COUNTY won 2-1 at home to Wigan’s Under-21s, with Josh Amis heading the Hatters in front from a John Marsden corner. The Latics equalised after the break before Glenn Rule sidefooted in a late winner for County from close range.
A Jason Gilchrist hat-trick set FC UNITED on course for a 4-0 win at MOSSLEY and ASHTON UNITED played out a 1-1 draw at home to neighbours CURZON ASHTON, with Rich Smith’s first-half header swiftly cancelled out by Paul Ennis.
HYDE UNITED enjoyed a 5-1 win at New Mills while Tameside rivals DROYLSDEN and STALYBRIDGE CELTIC played out a 3-3 draw at the Butcher’s Arms.
Elsewhere, TRAFFORD thumped Prestwich Heys 7-0 and RADCLIFFE BOROUGH beat Rochdale’s youth team 2-1.