ALTRINCHAM returned to winning ways in front of the BT Sport cameras at Welling United on Sunday, but still left manager Lee Sinnott distinctly unimpressed.

A late goal by substitute Ryan Crowther gave Alty a 1-0 victory and came as a welcome relief after a return of just one point from four games against teams in the top five.

"I thought it was a complete struggle from first minute to last,’ admitted Sinnott.

"It’s a very valuable three points, but we can play a lot better than that. I thought we were very sluggish, very slow on the ball.

"I have played in these games before, and managed in them, and they really are like pulling teeth. It was a game for the insomniacs.

"We are on 49 points, which is great, but I have always said to my players I don’t want to sit there in the dug-out and be bored.

"At times, I was extremely frustrated, because I know we can play an awful lot better.

"It went right through the team, and I’d say we were operating at about 60 per cent of our true capabilities.

"At least it was a lovey cut inside and finish by Ryan for the goal. That was the one bit of class on show all afternoon."

Keeper Stuart Coburn set a club record for first-team appearances, overtaking John Davison’s tally of 678, and marked it in style with a clean sheet.

"I’m thankful we got the three points, especially on such a special day for Stuart," added Sinnott.

"It’s a first-class effort by a top guy, who is liked and admired by everyone at the club.

"He has looked after himself really well and been a model of consistency, so well done, Stuart."

Alty are producing a special tribute programme, in recognition of Coburn’s milestone, for Saturday’s home game with Wrexham.