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Altrincham 3 Bradford Park Avenue 1
11:38am Sunday 16th September 2012 in Sport
HIS name may only have appeared once on the scoresheet but wingman Nicky Clee's boots struck all three goals in this match on Saturday.
The Alty left-winger came to the rescue when Alty's scoring phenomenon, Damian Reeves, accidentally left his boots at his Doncaster home before travelling to Moss Lane.
Clee, who is Reeves' travelling companion from Yorkshire, lent his friend a spare pair with which Reeves increased his tally to a remarkable thirteen goals in his last six games for Alty.
The opener for the Robins came after a bright start by the visitors, who had already won two corners before Reeves expertly backheeled Simon Richman's pass into their net in the eighth minute, following a cross from Clee.
Clee himself doubled the lead in the 26th minute with a superbly struck left-footed freekick from just outside the box. Injury-hit Bradford went on to win a total of six first-half corners without seriously threatening to score, until they hit the woodwork on the stroke of half-time.
A more clinical team might have caused Alty more problems as Altrincham wobbled early in the second half - just as they had seven days earlier at Oxford City. Indeed, Alty conceded a goal just seven minutes after the interval when Marshall's sidefooted freekick from just outside the box was deflected past Alty goalkeeper, Stuart Coburn.
The game's outcome was not finally settled until deep into the five added minutes at the end of the game. Two of Alty's substitutes, Ryan Brooke and Danny Mitchley, combined well to set Reeves free. Borrowed boots or not, the league's leading scorer made no mistake as he drove the ball past the advancing keeper, Tim Deasy.
Next week Altrincham seek to score their first goal in an FA Cup match since October, 2008 when they face a tricky away match in Durham against Shildon. That game will be Reeves's 100th appearance for Altrincham, a spell in which he has so far scored 76 times from 87 starts and 12 appearances as a substitute. The Robins will hope to have the injured Duncan Watmore and Carl Rodgers available again for that match.
After this important win, which lifted Alty to eighth in the table, Watmore, an exciting teenage prospect who has graduated from the Alty juniors and youth team system, signed an extend contract at Moss Lane on Saturday.
ALTRINCHAM: Coburn, Densmore (capt), Hall, Havern, Leather, Richman, Moult, Lacey, Clee, Lawrie, Reeves. Subs: Reid, Grimshaw, Mithcley, Doughty, Brooke