ALTRINCHAM completed their third win of the season against Colwyn Bay on Saturday but, ultimately, it was not as straightforward as it promised to be.
The visitors had got themselves a 2-0 lead after only 26 minutes but then surrendered a goal which led to a competitive hour before they wrapped the game up in the 86th minute.
Alty had taken a fifth-minute lead when Carl Rodgers's excellent ball allowed Shaun Densmore to feed Damian Reeves for a close-range goal, his 16th in the league this season.
And when Nicky Clee set James Walshaw running at the left of goal to score in the 26th minute, it looked to be all over for the Bay.
But, just three minutes later, Scott Leather, who otherwise had an outstanding game, was beaten by Bay's Marc Williams on the Alty left and his cross was comfortably converted by Rob Hopley to make it 2-1.
The Welshmen enjoyed a lot of possession and won a hatful of corners but the Alty defence stood firm.
With seven minutes remaining, Marc Williams lunged in on James Lawrie in midfield. Referee Bristow instantly produced a red card.
Three minutes later, after a foul on substitute Kyle Perry, Nicky Clee scored with a superb free kick into the top corner of the net to make it 3-1 for the visitors.