Altrincham 5, Shaw Lane 1
Shaw Lane fall to a fifth straight defeat to title contenders Altrincham.
With the score standing at 1-1 at half time few would have prediction the result tonight.
The game started brightly with action at both ends. Alex Byrne firing a shot over on six minutes the start of the action.
Altrincham took the lead on ten minutes though when Tom Peers netted from the left of the area. A low shot which Myles Wright maybe could have dealt with.
For Chris Willcock it was a baptism of fire but his new team did show desire and strength going forward. A Byrne free-kick was saved by Tony Thompson on 27 minutes.
Confidence seemed to be restored on 37 minutes when Spencer Harris (pictured) scored from the spot for his 12th of the season. Thompson brought down Godwin Abadaki in the area whilst chasing the through ball and Harris made no mistake.
The second half is one to forget from a Shaw Lane point of view. An early goal by Simon Richman came out of nothing and it set the standard to the second 45.
Travelling with the ball across field Richmond was able to get a shot away and put it past Wright.
A quickfire double in three minutes saw Altrincham out of sight. Jordan Hulme credited with both goals - scoring on 56 and 58 minutes respectively.
It was an unhappy return for Damian Reeves who came on from the bench with 26 minutes to play, but debutante Olly Dyson who entered the fray at the same time looked lively and created the best opportunity for the Ducks in the second half.
Dyson's squared ball from the left found David Norris on the edge of the area but the long-range striker was held comfortably by Thompson.
A corner finished off the scoring on 72 minutes as the long corner was volleyed in by James Jones, the curling shot,going in, was claimed by Jake Moult though with a header on the line.
Shaw Lane now have to pick themselves up after five straight defeats as they face bottom club Sutton Coldfield Town on Thursday night at Sheerien Park.
Full Time: Altrincham 5, Shaw Lane 1.
Ducks Line-up: Myles Wright, Kieran Lugsden, Ben Gordon, Kelvin Lugsden, Ryan Serrant, David Norris, Alex Byrne, Dominic Brown-Hill (Gavin Rothery, 63), Paul Clayton (Damian Reeves, 64), Spencer Harris (c)(Olly Dyson, 64), Godwin Abadaki. Subs Not Used: Tyler Williams, Jake Skelton.