‘Duncan’s an exception’: Lee Sinnott hails Watmore after wonder-goal has Altrincham flying

By Matt Davies & Matt Simpson

Duncan Watmore spectacularly scored the winner for Altrincham against Corby, and the man-of-the match drew special praise from manager Lee Sinnott.

Top-scorer Damian Reeves broke the deadlock with his 25th league goal of the season but Ryan Semple’s deflected effort drew Corby level before Watmore struck.

Sinnott hailed the contribution of his 18-year-old front-man, who chased and harried throughout, and ran from the half-way line before slotting home the winner.

“Duncan’s an exception,” said Sinnott. “There are not many people like him in the league.

“There are plenty of target men, number nines, and players who play off number nines, but there are not many players who run with the ball like Duncan does.

“His runs are meandering, they aren’t straight and they are always asking questions of defenders, it’s a flowing curved run and for defenders that is hard to handle.”

The win was the Robins’ fifth on the bounce at Moss Lane, but Sinnott feels his side can still improve, and insists that his sides’ ability to see out results is a sign of recent success.

“I think we played better today than we did against Gloucester last week but obviously not to the levels that we want and we know that,” said the Altrincham boss.

“We’ve come across two games in the last two where last season we might have lost or drawn both yet we’ve ended up winning both.

“That’s what a successful team has in their armour.”

Altrincham have conceded just five goals in their last eight games, vital to them remaining unbeaten over that period but Sinnott believes there is still room for improvement.

“It’s solid but not solid enough,” explained Sinnott. “Stuart Coburn made two splendid saves in the first half that helped us come in 2-1 up without a shadow of a doubt.

“That’s what he’s there for people might say, but I’m of the belief that the keeper should be redundant and bored, because then he has nothing to do and the balls not in the back of our net.”

Simon Richman hobbled off in the first half with a calf injury and Sinnott described the midfielder’s chances as 50/50 ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Histon.

One positive for the Robins was the return Of James Lawrie from a spell on the side-lines with a leg injury, with Sinnott glad his player is returning to fitness.

“I’m delighted to have him back,” he said. “He’s got a lovely football brain and you can tell when he came on that he slotted in well.

“He’s a little bit different to other people at this club which is what you want – you don’t want everyone the same.”

Elsewhere in the Blue Square North, Droylsden remain entrenched in the relegation zone after going down 3-1 to fifth-placed Gainsborough – their ninth straight league defeat.

Luke Waterfall, Mark Jones and Daniel Hone gave Gainsborough a three-goal lead before Steve Hall replied for the Bloods, who had Nat Kerr and Jimmy Derbyshire dismissed.

And two late goals at Bower Fold from Worcester City’s Danny Glover and Mike Symons secured a 2-0 win and ensured Stalybridge Celtic’s winless run stretches to four games.

In the Blue Square Premier, a late free-kick from Scott Spencer – fresh from his outing for England C in midweek – rescued a point against Macclesfield Town.

The draw leaves the Tigers in 19th and only four points clear of relegation, but did help them break a four game losing streak.

And finally, Darije Kalezic tasted his first defeat as new Stockport County manager as his side went down 3-1 to Wrexham in North Wales.

Joe Clarke gave the Dragons an early lead before late goals from Danny Wright and Robert Ogleby took the game away from County.

The Hatters did get some consolation through Connor Jennings’ stoppage time strike but the result halts their march up the league.

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