Two second-half goals, the second of which completed a brace
for former Buck Josh Hancock, saw the Bucks’ hopes washed away in the rain at
Moss Lane. After being level at the interval, courtesy of Daniel Udoh’s 13th
goal of the season, Gavin Cowan’s team lost their grip on a point in the closing
quarter of the contest.
The early exchanges were somewhat tentative, with the
players adjusting to the wet surface, but on 18 minutes the home side made the
breakthrough. A ball cleared to half-way for John Johnston saw him evade Ross
White’s sliding tackle; Shane Sutton came across to cover but he too left his
feet, and the no.7 cleverly stepped inside the challenge and advanced before picking
out Hancock, who rolled the ball home past an exposed Andy Wycherley.
The Bucks looked for a quick response, and got one,
levelling on 25 minutes; Alty couldn’t clear a ball played into the six-yard
box and at what looked to be the second attempt Daniel Udoh scored from close range,
finishing high into the net.
The rest of the half saw both sides trading efforts on goal,
but with neither Wycherley or Tony Thompson seriously troubled. Wycherley
snapped up a low Johnston cross, then left-back Connor Hampson struck a
half-clearance wide of the post from just outside the penalty area.
HALF TIME: Altrincham 1 AFC Telford United 1
The first serious effort goal attempt of the half came just before
the hour, as a cross from the right flank located Hulme; his header was on target,
but turned away for a corner by Wycherley. The keeper then had to be alert to
rush out and deny Mantack, blocking with his body after the ball rebounded into
On 74 minutes the Bucks suffered a decisive blow. Altrincham
induced some rash challenges in the Bucks defence, and after a Deeney foul 25
yards from goal right-back Connor Hampson stepped up to put a terrific
free-kick over the wall and into the top right-hand corner of Wycherley’s net.
Substitutes Brendon Daniels and Yusifu Ceesay were unable to
have much influence. With only two minutes of normal time remaining, Alty made
the game safe. With the Bucks leaving men upfield, Alty took advantage of the
extra personnel to great effect; Hulme and Hemmings were both involved in some
quick passing movements, playing Hancock in to finish low under Wycherley from
10 yards.Altrincham: Thompson,
White (Densmore 12), Hampson, Jones, Hanningan, Moult (c), Johnston (Harrop 85),
Richman, Hulme, Hancock, Mantack (Hemmings 75).
Unused Substitutes: Langley, Wynne.
Scorer(s): Hancock (25, 88), Hampson (74)