ALTRINCHAM'S good form continued with an impressive 2-1 win at Brackley in National League North.

This clash between seventh and eighth in the league also pitted two of the division's most prolific goalscoring teams against each other.

But Alty had lost impressive loanee winger Owen Dale during the week, as he returned to his parent club Crewe Alexandra so another loanee, Kallam Mantack, made his first start.

In a fairly even first half, it took a mistake by home keeper Danny Lewis to break the deadlock five minutes before the interval. He failed to hold an Alty shot and, after a follow-up had been blocked, midfielder Simon Richman was in the right place to score from close range.

But the lead lasted barely a minute before the home side equalised with a well-worked goal.

Brackley's busy right-back Ellis Myles did well to get forward and find team-mate Adam Walker on the opposite wing.

Walker's cross was met by his namesake, Glenn Walker, who headed home from the middle of the goalmouth.

It took Altrincham until eight minutes after the break to regain the lead.

Right-back Andy White advanced up the right wing before cutting in and planting a fine, low shot past Lewis from just outside the penalty box.

Brackley were kept largely subdued after that, despite seeing plenty of the ball in the closing stages.

The victory for Altrincham extended their league sequence to six wins and a draw in their last seven games and moved them up to fourth in advance of three successive home matches.

League fixtures at Moss Lane against AFC Telford United (Saturday) and Darlington (December 22) sandwich an FA Trophy tie with Stockport County (December 15).

ALTRINCHAM: Thompson, White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Moult, Johnston, Richman, Hulme, Hancock, Mantack. Subs: Harrop, Gabidon, Langley, Densmore, Wynne.