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REPORT: Rabid Robins run Reds ragged


Alfreton Town's faint play-off hopes came to a screeching halt after a humiliating 7-0 defeat to high-flying Altrincham at the Impact Arena.


The away side raced into a three goal lead by the break through Yusifu Ceesay, Jordan Hulme and John Johnston.


Josh Hancock, Ceesay, Hulme and James Jones compiled the misery for Billy Heath's men to record Alfreton's worst ever home defeat.


The hosts almost took the lead within the first minute. Danny Clarke made a strong run into the box before Josh Wilde saw his effort deflected wide.


However, in the eighth minute Altrincham took the lead as Sam Ramsbottom misjudged a cross which allowed Ceesay head home into an empty net at the second time of asking.


Alty took the momentum after the goal and continued to scare the Reds defence; Ceesay almost grabbed his brace, but his shot was blocked and Andy White also forced a smart save from Ramsbottom.


Just after the half hour mark, the Robins doubled their lead. White latched onto a fantastic ball from Johnston, before squaring it to the Hulme who rolled the ball into the back of the net.


Jordan Sinnott tried his best to get the home side back into the game - the ex-Spireite midfielder saw his long range free-kick easily saved by Tony Thomson.


Only a couple of minutes later, Altrincham were awarded a penalty after David Shiels was adjudged to have handled in the area.


Johnston sent Ramsbottom the wrong way and made it 3-0 before the break.


During the half time interval, Heath made a change with Styche making way for Danny O'Brien.


The second half started off a lot slower with Alfreton having a lot more possession compared to the first period.


But on the hour mark Hancock added a fourth goal, as the midfielder powerfully struck home from inside the penalty area after making his way past several Town players.


SAVED: Ex-Spireite Jordan Sinnott has his penalty saved by Tony Thompson

Three minutes later, the Reds were given a penalty of their own after Wilde was brought down in the area. Sinnott took the responsibility, but saw Thompson guess the right way and palm the ball away.


With the minutes ticking away, you would not have blamed the home fans for leaving early to try and catch the Grand National, but Altrincham still had time to score even more.


In the 86th minute, the away side scored their fifth goal of the afternoon.


Ramsbottom made a good save from Simon Richman, but the ball bounced up for Ceesay head home for his brace.


Just three minutes later, Moult got in on the act as Matt Chadwick's corner was headed towards goal by the Altrincham skipper before the effort was deflected and taken past a helpless Rambottom.


In added time, a ruthless display was finally completed. Another defensive mistake allowed Jones to unleash a powerful effort into the back of the net.


With the loss Alfreton dropped down to 14th position, 11 points below Telford United in seventh place.


On the other hand, Altrincham have moved up to fifth place and look to consolidate a play-off spot in the coming weeks.

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