Non-league Matters: Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott insists ‘it’s important to play better’ despite winning run

By Matt Davies

Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott believes there is still plenty of room for improvement from his side, despite watching the Robins pick up a third consecutive win this week.

Victory in midweek propelled Altrincham back into the play-off places in the Blue Square Bet North ahead of this weekend’s trip to Colwyn Bay.

After a battling performance against Solihull Moors on Wednesday, Sinnott insisted his players have more to offer, but that maintaining a play-off challenge was paramount.

“It was a hard fought game, it was lacking in quality from our point of view, but at this stage of the season it’s just important to get points on the board,” he said.

“It’s pleasing to get the three points but it’s important to play better.”

James Lawrie struck at the death to claim victory against the nine-man Moors and Sinnott was adamant his side will never give up as they chase a play-off spot.

“Although we didn’t quite show what we are capable of on the ball, we kept going and managed to get the goal in the final minute,” he explained.

“It doesn’t really matter if it’s in the 60th minute or the 90th minute, what’s vital is that it’s the winning goal.

“Then we can look to take advantage of a couple of teams that are not necessarily picking up maximum points around us.”

League top-scorer Damian Reeves added another to his already glistening haul and skipper Shaun Densmore missed Alty’s seventh penalty of the season.

Colwyn held Altrincham to a 1-1 draw at Moss Lane at the end of February, and Sinnott is expecting a very similar affair when the sides meet this time around.

“Its fresh in the mind that they’ll work hard, work the system, and it’s up to us to find the answers to that,” he explained.

“They’re fighting for survival and they’re on their own turf so it’s going to be a hard game.”

The Robins boss said he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Wales although on-loan forward Ben Mills will miss out.

Mills was due to return to parent club Chester next week – remaining sidelined after dislocating his knee against Droylsden – with Sinnott yet to receive an update on his condition.

Elsewhere, in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Hyde are fresh from winning in Luton on Tuesday and host Dartford at Ewen Fields.

The Tigers can be boosted by the return of former chairman Steve Hartley this week, who joins the board as a director after resigning as chairman in 2011.

Stockport County welcome Braintree Town to Edgeley Park this weekend, with an opportunity for Darije Kalezic’s side to extend the five point gap between themselves and the drop-zone.

Danny Schofield could make his Hatters debut after joining on-loan from League Two Rotherham while Danny Hattersley has joined Southport on-loan for the rest of the season.

Stalybridge Celtic travel to Vauxhall Motors, with Celtic without a win since the start of January while lowly Droylsden visit basement side Hinckley United in a battle of the strugglers.

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