ALTRINCHAM were knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy, losing Tuesday’s first-round replay at home to Warrington Town after their goalless draw in the first round on Saturday.

Following a blank stalemate in their Evo-Stik Premier encounter in October, Altrincham and Warrington Town again met at Cantilever Park at the weekend and the outcome was the same as midfield and defences once more dominated attacking efforts.

On a cold afternoon, Altrincham kicked off with Simon Richman restored to midfield following his recent suspension.

But the Robins were without forward Josh Hancock, who had gone down with flu.

In a game of few clear chances, a disallowed goal by Warrington’s Tony Gray was the nearest to breaking the deadlock in the first half – the ex-Southport striker disappointed to be flagged offside.

Alty’s best effort was John Johnston’s long-range shot which was deflected wide for one of four first-half corners for the visitors.

The second half saw little change in the dour pattern of the game.

Altrincham’s left-back Connor Hampson did force a good save and both James Poole and Johnston went close but the visitors could not make the breakthrough.

At the other end, a Tony Thompson error allowed home substitute Scott Bakkor a chance but his effort was deflected wide.

It meant the two sides were forced to a replay on Tuesday night at the J Davidson Stadium, when a dramatic injury-time winner by Wigan Athletic target Jamie McDonald sent Altrincham spinning out of the competition.

The Robins looked to be heading for a second-round trip to Ebbsfleet when Jordan Hulme fired them in front with a brilliant 52nd-minute volley.

But Liam Goulding equalised in the 87th minute and McDonald, watched by Wigan’s coaching staff, slid home Warrington’s winner in the third minute of stoppage time.