Phil Parkinson hailed a stunning second-half fightback against Barnet as potentially a season-defining moment after Altrincham completed two notable victories in the space of three days at The Hive on Tuesday night.

Fresh from an outstanding 3-1 home win against third-placed Woking on Saturday, Alty were up against it at 2-1 down at half time against Barnet but left their promotion-chasing hosts reeling with three second-half goals to take the points in a 4-2 triumph.

Reflecting on the significance of an odds-defying win double that followed four straight defeats in the league, as well as the loss of two key players in Ryan Colclough and Toby Mullarkey, Alty boss Parkinson said: “For me, that could be a season-defining moment when you consider what we lost in January and the character and togetherness the lads showed.

“We could have gone under in the first half, and I have seen us lose games like that 4-1.

“But there were some harsh words at half time, and the lads certainly raised their levels and showed character in abundance.

“I’m absolutely delighted with their reaction in the second half. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Recent signing Regan Linney has hit the ground running with two goals and three assists in his two starts so far, against Woking and Barnet, while keeper Ollie Byrne also came in for praise after a crucial stop at the end of the first half on Tuesday.

“Regan looks a really good player, tenacious and aggressive with an eye for goal, and he is already working well with Jordan Hulme,” said Parkinson.

“Ollie made an outstanding save, and, without it, we might have faced a different story at 3-1 down.

“He has come in for a bit of stick in recent weeks, with people questioning him, but he showed he’s got what it takes with that game-changing save on the stroke of half time.

“He’s a local lad who fiercely wants to do well for Altrincham, and he is only going to get better.’”

Alty are home to Solihull Moors on Saturday (3pm).