Altrincham bounced back from their defeat at Witton as they ground out a 1-0 victory against a battling Farsley side.

The Celts had to play the final 30 minutes with ten men, and it was left to Jordan Hulme to score the decisive goal.

Cameron Murray had the first chance of the game for Farsley, but he saw his effort blocked.

Altrincham soon started to move onto the front foot, and James Poole was denied by an excellent Graeme McKibbin save after Poole was allowed in behind the Farsley defence.

Poole came close again just a minute later as he let fly from the edge of the box on the turn, but McKibbin produced an outstanding save to prevent the Robins from taking the lead.

The visitors continued to dominate, and James Poole turned creator as he picked out John Johnston with an excellent crossfield ball, but the winger could only curl wide.

Just after the half hour mark Farsley should have taken the lead, as Isaac Baldwin made a great run before pulling back to a wide-open Dan Cockerline, but he failed to hit the target from 15-yards.

Graeme McKibbin had to be alert once more to deny Altrincham’s creative spark James Poole, who cleverly flicked the ball up before unleashing a volley, only for McKibbin to make the save.

Altrincham started the second-half quickly, with John Johnston heading just over from James Poole’s cross.

The critical moment in the match came just after the hour, as Dan Cockerline was shown a straight red-card after a late but fairly innocuous challenge on Tom Hannigan.

And within three minutes Jordan Hulme had given Altrincham the lead, winning the ball off Kurt Harris and rounding McKibbin for a simple finish.

Josh Hancock could have all but ended the game as a contest with just under 20 minutes remaining, as Altrincham broke clear, but after cutting inside his shot was well saved by McKibbin.

Farsley pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing minutes and their best chance fell to Isaac Baldwin. Baldwin made a terrific, bursting run through the Altrincham side from inside his own half before firing his effort into the outside of the post, and Farsley were ultimately unable to breakdown Altrincham who returned to winning ways.

Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Harris, Baldwin, C. Atkinson, Ellis ©, B. Atkinson (Walker 75), Watson, N. Turner, Cockerline, Cartman, Murray (Parkin 81). Unused subs: Clayton, Bett, Trenerry (GK).
Altrincham FC: Thompson, Densmore, White, Hannigan (Jones 76), Harrison, Moult ©, Johnston (Peers 74), Harrop (Richman 76), Hulme, Poole, Hancock. Unused subs: Miller, Deasy.

MOTM: James Poole

Attendance: 380

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