ALTRINCHAM are daring to dream of Wembley after registering a derby double over local rivals Macclesfield at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday.

Damian Reeves’ second-minute finish gave Alty a second successive 1-0 home win over Macc and raised hopes that overdue success in the FA Trophy could at last be on the horizon.

They will have their work cut out in the second round, after Kidderminster hammered Bradford Park Avenue in Monday night’s replay to land a home tie with Lee Sinnott’s side, but assistant manager Neil Tolson remained upbeat about their prospects.

"The message to the boys before the game was to make sure we were in the hat on Monday, and I’m delighted we managed that," he said.

"I know our record in the Trophy isn’t good, but I can assure everyone the things we say to the players are no different to what we tell them before league fixtures.

"We are striving to go as far as we can in this competition, and our foot will stay firmly on the pedal in our efforts to try and get to Wembley.

"It’s not just a good day out for the players and officials, if you reach the final, it’s a great day out for the supporters. You need a bit of luck along the way, but let’s go for it. That will be the message from the gaffer and myself.

"We weren’t overly happy with the performance against Macclesfield, because we felt we could have passed the ball better. But a fantastic finish from the fox-in-the-box got us off to a perfect start, and when you consider that’s not only twice we’ve beaten Macc but twice we’ve stopped them scoring, there are positives to be taken."

Alty were given an injury scare when Ryan Crowther limped off with a recurrence of hamstring trouble, but the winger could yet be fit to face Dover at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

"Ryan just slightly felt it, so we brought him off more as a precaution than anything,’ said Tolson. ‘You can’t take risks with hamstrings, and hopefully it’s not as bad as it might initially have seemed."