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Alty thrive on away days
5:07pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Sport
LEE Sinnott called for more of the same from his in-form Altrincham players after they continued to put miles on the clock and points on the board with a stunning performance at Corby Town.
Alty’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Boston United on Saturday will be their seventh away trip in eight games, but there was no sign of fatigue as they blitzed Corby with a first-half onslaught that yielded five goals and a missed penalty.
Damian Reeves had an early spot-kick saved and promptly handed over to Matt Doughty, when Alty were awarded another soon after. Despite it being his third miss of the season, Alty’s prolific striker will continue as penalty-taker, if he wants to, Sinnott confirmed.
"If we get another pen, and Reevesie feels confident about taking it, he will," said the Alty manager. ‘If not, he will step aside for someone else. Buzz (Doughty) would be an obvious choice, but there are two or three others who would step up and take one. I’ve no worries on that score. I trust the players to know how they feel at the time and make the right decision between them.
"Fair play to Buzz at Corby. One penalty had been saved, and if another had been missed, with the score still 0-0, we might have started wondering if it was going to be one of those days. There was a bit of pressure on him, but he knew what he was doing and stuck it away really well.
"It was quite a first half. In fact, I can’t remember one like it. Once we went ahead from the spot, we just caught fire and cut through them at will.
"Full credit to the players for that. Seven away games out of eight is a tough ask, but it seems to have toughened them up. They seemed to realise that if they didn’t do something on the road, they were going to be out of the Cup and slipping down the league. That’s the scenario that was facing them, and the reaction has been exactly what was required.
"Now we need more of the same at Boston. They may be favourites, with home advantage, but if we perform as we can, we will cause problems for any team in our division."
Duncan Watmore is expected to be fit, while Simon Richman is available after suspension.