Non-league Matters: Altrincham miss out on FA Cup giant-killing at Burton Albion while Stockport crash out

By Ross McLean & John McDougall

Altrincham face a FA Cup first round replay at Moss Lane following their 3-3 thriller with Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday.

The Robins had a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to a 29th minute Carl Rodgers strike and a 34th minute own-goal from Brewers defender Nathan Stanton.

The League Two side levelled the score when Zander Diamond twice found the back of the net, sandwiching a missed penalty from Burton’s Robbie Weir.

Altrincham led once more when Damien McCrory scored an 85th minute own-goal, but former Crewe Alexandra forward Calvin Zola headed a 93rd minute equaliser to force a replay.

If Altrincham win, they face a second round draw against Crewe at the Alexandra Stadium on the first weekend of December.

Stockport County meanwhile crashed out of the competition on Saturday following a 3-0 defeat to Southend United at Roots Hall.

Barry Corr opened the scoring for the hosts on 33 minutes, before second half goals from Marc Laird and Freddie Eastwood confirmed defeat for the Hatters.

Hyde were not in action this weekend, with their next League game on Tuesday against Grimsby Town at Ewens Field.

Blue Square North sides Stalybridge Celtic and Droylesden were not in action either, with their next fixtures in the FA Trophy against Matlock Town and Rushall Olympic respectively.

Ashton United returned to winning ways as their pursuit of North Ferriby United and Hednesford Town at the summit of the Evo-Stik Premier Division continues.

The Robins won at Stocksbridge Park Steels with second-half goals from Scott Hogan and Matthew Barlow adding to an earlier own goal by Brett Bowden-Lovell.

FC United of Manchester are in ninth following their convincing 4-1 victory over Eastwood Town at Gigg Lane on Sunday.

The Rebels had a 4-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Adam Jones, Dean Stott and a Mike Norton double, before Alex Troke scored a 47th minute consolation for the Badgers.

The result of the day in Evo-Stik League Division (One) North came at the Tameside Stadium as Radcliffe Borough surprisingly defeated Curzon Ashton 2-0.

Curzon would have been many people’s tip for the title and will still hope to be in the promotion mix come April but currently languish in mid-table.

Borough won in the league for the first time since September, thanks to goals by Ben Wharton and Tom Brooks, but extend their unbeaten run to three games.

After a two-match goal draught, lethal strike pair Lee Gaskell and Jon Robinson scored a double apiece as Ramsbottom United ran riot at the Giant Axe, thrashing Lancaster City 5-0.

Mossley remain top after a 3-1 home victory over Burscough with goals from Sam Madeley (2) and Kayde Coppin.

Garry Vaughan’s Trafford again found goals easy to come by as they comfortably despatched Goole 5-1 at Shawe View with Michael Oates netting a hat-trick.

Salford City beat struggling Garforth Town 3-0 at Moor Lane with Robert Kindella scoring twice.

Midweek action this week sees Salford host Curzon Ashton in a Doodson Sport Cup Preliminary Round tie on Tuesday evening.

It’s battle of the Boroughs in the Lancashire Cup second round on the same evening as Radcliffe host Bacup at Stainton Park.

Picture credit: Altrincham FC

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