Altrincham 2 Blyth Spartans 1

LEE Sinnott, the Altrincham manager, told opposite number Tommy Cassidy that Blyth Spartans ought to have been rewarded with something from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.

LEE Sinnott, the Altrincham manager, told opposite number Tommy Cassidy that Blyth Spartans ought to have been rewarded with something from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.

It is a familiar refrain for the Croft Park club manager, but of little consolation to him or his side.

Spartans have found themselves back on the bottom of Blue Square Bet North, 14 points from safety.

They lost at Altrincham on Saturday thanks to a Marlon Broomes goal and a Damian Reeves penalty, fiercely disputed by Cassidy after Wayne Buchanan was adjudged to have felled James Lawrie in the area.

Graeme Armstrong pulled one back for visiting Blyth as they ended the game in Lancashire far more healthily than they had started it.

But Lee Mason was sent off for an alleged stamp on an opposition player, and the Spartans were left pointless once again.

“It’s very disappointing, ” said Cassidy, who handed a debut to Mansfield Town loan star Joe Kendrick.

“We were poor in the first half, abysmal. The second half was completely different, we were much better and could even have won the game. That makes it all the more frustrating.

“How can we be so poor and go good within one game?

“I can’t put my finger on it, we don’t seem to be able to produce a performance for the full 90 minutes, and it’s costing us badly.

“Look at the league table, it doesn’t make for good reading.

“The Altrincham manager said to me after the game that we deserved to get something out of it.

“He’s the sixth to say that to me in two months.

“How many times are we going to keep doing the same thing?

“We’ve got a big game on Tuesday now against Stalybridge Celtic, they’re all big games. It’ll be hard because they’re right up there, they’re a good side. We’re bottom.

“But we have to keep fighting, we have to keep believing in ourselves.

“It’s going to be very difficult to get out of this, but we have to keep trying.

“If we can just put all of our good things together in one game, and cut out the mistakes, we’ll have a chance.”

ALTRINCHAM: Collister, Walmsley, Mark Lynch, Chris Lynch (Miles 85), Matthew Flynn, Broomes, Richman (Redshaw 71), Densmore, Lawrie, Reeves, Clee. Subs (not used): Lees, Twiss, Reid. Booked: Richman.

Goals: Broomes 33, Reeves 47 pen.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Birdsall, Groves, Kendrick, Anzevui, Buchanan, Mellish (Mole 71), Utterson (Mason 69), Hooks, Armstrong, Taylor, Phillips. Subs (not used): Knight, Hodgson, Cave.

Sent Off: Mason (84). Booked: Utterson.

Goals: Armstrong 53.

Referee: P Davidson

Attendance: 840

 
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