Stamp hits target

PUBLISHED: 12:04 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Boro keeper Alan Julian claims the ball under pressure

Boro keeper Alan Julian claims the ball under pressure

Altrincham 1 Stevenage B 1 STEVE WATKINS reports Boro made it two away games unbeaten – something of a rarity this season – when they returned home from Altrincham with a share of the points on Saturday. Having looked so comfortable as the game entered t

Danny Williams

Altrincham 1 Stevenage B 1

STEVE WATKINS reports

Boro made it two away games unbeaten - something of a rarity this season - when they returned home from Altrincham with a share of the points on Saturday.

Barry Laker

Having looked so comfortable as the game entered the last quarter though, they were left to rue their luck when Matt Hocking, one of only two central defenders available, limped off the pitch, leaving his team-mates to hold on for the draw.

With Ronnie Henry, Rob Quinn and Jon Nurse all suspended, it would have been understandable that Boro might struggle against a side looking for a fourth game unbeaten.

But they held the upper hand for much of the contest, and should arguably have been clear of danger by the break.

Dino Maamria and Danny Williams were just wide with early efforts and Jefferson Louis shot high and wide from the same position that he scored from a week earlier.

Altrincham had rarely troubled Boro once their top scorer Colin Little had fired at Alan Julian after a tricky run.

Boro were to hit the break a goal to the good though when George Boyd beat his defender before progressing into the area.

His low squared cross was prodded in at the near post by Darryn Stamp.

The Stevenage front pairing of Stamp and Louis were always looking threatening, and backed up by the reformed Maamria, Boro were pushing forward at will.

Stamp started the second period with a volley onto the roof of the net from 30 yards, and Louis fired over from a similar distance.

Boro came so close to adding to the lead midway through the half, but Maamria could only guide his header wide, and Stamp had an effort saved only by the legs of Stuart Coburn.

Then came the upset as Hocking left the action, with a rejig of the back four seeing Mickey Warner move to central defence and Dannie Bulman dropping to right-back.

Altrincham immediately sensed a weakness and were rewarded on 76 minutes when substitute Colin Potts played a dangerous ball into the area and Little bundled the ball home from close range.

Now the home side could sense victory and Boro were forced to defend.

They came close to giving way two minutes into added time but Julian ensured the point by saving at full stretch from a Potts free-kick that looked in all the way.

There was satisfaction in the point but soured by the knowledge that this was a win that got away from Boro in the end.

Match Facts

Altrincham v BORO

12 Goal attempts 12

8 Shots on target 5

4 Shots off target 7

0 Hit woodwork 0

2 Offsides 2

18 Free-kicks 11

9 Corners 7

TEAM: Julian 8, Warner 7, Laker 7, Hocking 7 (Berquez 70m, 6), Perpetuini 7, Williams 7, Bulman 8*, Maamria 8, Boyd 6, Louis 7, Stamp 7.

SubS not used: Brough, Schillaci, Sullivan, Gore.

BOOKED: Bulman 45m, Laker 90m.

ATT: 914.

REF: Mr J Waugh (Sheffield).

n Subs must play at least 20 minutes to earn a player

rating.

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