ALTRINCHAM face a crucial Easter programme as they battle to keep their play-off hopes alive.

A 2-1 defeat at Nuneaton on Saturday was a severe blow and manager Lee Sinnott had few complaints.

”We had an obvious penalty turned down early in the second half as Matthew Flynn’s header was clearly handled, but overall Nuneaton dictated the game to us and we struggled to build momentum.

"We lost too many individual battles and that was a real disappointment after we had played so well in the second half, in winning at Corby last Wednesday.”

The one bright spot in a frustrating afternoon for the Robins was Damian Reeves’ 40th goal of the season, a remarkable tally achieved in just 37 games.

“There is very little room for error now. We probably need to win four of our remaining five games as a minimum,” said the Altrincham supremo, who needs to get his team back up for an Easter weekend that couldn’t be any tougher.

Long time league leaders Hyde visit Moss Lane on Saturday, to be followed by an Easter Monday trip to Yorkshire to take on Guiseley, who are breathing right down the Tigers necks in second place.

Altrincham are hoping for a crowd of over a thousand on Saturday. With Manchester United and Manchester City playing on Sunday, the club are offering £5 admission for any supporter who is a season ticket holder at any one of the 92 Premiership or Football League Clubs. To take advantage of this offer, supporters must bring the relevant season ticket and produce valid I.D. at either turnstile five or 6.

The Easter Saturday game against Hyde at Moss Lane and the Easter Monday trip to Guiseley.