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Alty Held – Ducks Lose

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Leaders Altrincham ensured second and third-placed sides Warrington Town and Grantham Town maintained an interest in the title race after being held to a 1-1 draw at mid-table Stourbridge on Monday night.

Both play this evening and the gap at the top could be down to just six points with six games remaining by the end of play.

At the War Memorial Ground in front of a decent crowd of 426 on a wet night, the Glassboys took an 11th minute lead through Luke Benbow`s free-kick.

The leaders dominated the second half and eventually go themselves back on level terms in the 75th minute when Simon Richman won a penalty, but John Johnston failed to beat home `keeper Matt Gould, only for Josh Hancock to net the rebound.

Despite pressure, the visitors weren`t able to find a winner.

Shaw Lane AFC`s play-off hopes took a nosedive as they were beaten 3-1 at Sheerien Park by a relaxed Marine AFC.

The Ducks – appropriately-named on a very wet night – got back to winning ways on Saturday after an inconsistent spell which has seen them drop out of the play-off places.

They had the lead as well as Kelvin Lugsden scored after 12 minutes.

But goals from Adam Hughes after 23 minutes and Tom Field 11 minutes later took the Mariners into the break in front.

And a 65th minute Liam Tongue third confirmed the visitors` win to leave the Barnsley side four points adrift of the top five with two games in hand.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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