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Altrincham edge one game away from the National League

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Altrincham progressed to the National League North play-off final thanks to victory over York City on Saturday.

Goals from Josh Hancock and Tom Peers gave Altrincham a 2-0 win over the Minsterman. They will now face Boston this coming Saturday, as they look to return to the National League for the first time since 2016.

In an end to end game, in which both sides will feel they could have done more in front of goal, it was Alty who proved to be more clinical when it mattered.

Hancock’s goal in the 8th minute came shortly after a great close-range chance for York forward Alex Kempster, but the youngster could only find the empty stand at Bootham Crescent.  

Both teams would go on to hit the woodwork, however, it was Altrincham who again provided the cutting edge. Peers sliding in the rebound under York goalkeeper Peter Jameson, after the initial attempt hit the crossbar.   

It was Peers third goal at Bootham Crescent this season, his two previous coming in 1-0 FA Cup and FA Trophy wins for the Robins earlier in the campaign.

Alty manager Phil Parkinson was naturally full of praise for his side,

“It’s a great result, and it was a great performance to achieve it. You always need an element of luck, and York should have scored in the opening couple of minutes and also in the opening minutes of the second half.”

“Equally, you could say we should have scored lots more than we did, but it certainly wasn’t an Alty-dominated game. It was an end-to-end game in which our counter-attacking football was outstanding and our front three were superb.”

Altrincham’s playoff final opponents Boston edged out Gateshead in a 5-3 thriller at the weekend. While Parkinson’s men will be seeking revenge following the 5-0 beating the Robins took from them earlier in the season, “Boston are the most improved team this year.”

“Compared to last year, the recruitment they have done, particularly lads coming in from Harrogate, has improved them no end, and of course we owe them one after they gave us a roasting at their place earlier this season.”

Despite this previous result, Parkinson is fully aware of what’s at stake,

“We have now got a fantastic opportunity next Saturday that we want to exploit. We will be giving it our best.”

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