Hednesford Town’s unbeaten home start to the season came unstuck against a rampant Altrincham side on Tuesday evening as the visitors took all three points back to Greater Manchester.
The Pitmen handed home debuts to Reece King and Edjidja Mbunga who had joined the club from Gloucester City on a one-month loan and dual registration deals respectively earlier in the day.
It was the visitors who started the game very much on the front foot and had it not been for Pitmen goalkeeper James Wren they could’ve been at least two goals up in the opening ten minutes. First the shot stopper denied Josh Hancock in the sixth minute before a cutback from the right found Jordan Hulme who forced Wren into another smart save.
After a quiet spell in the game the visitors forced another save from Wren as James Poole burst through into the penalty area.
Wren was in the thick of the action again in the 28th minute as he made two fine saves in a matter of seconds to deny former Pitmen frontman Tom Peers. From this the home side broke and after a cross into the box was half cleared the ball found its way to Tom Thorley who fired wide.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 32nd minute though when out of nowhere Josh Hancock fired in a low effort from 20 yards that beat Wren and found the back of the net.
Six minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when a ball to the back post eventually found its way to Jordan Hulme who fired home.
In the 43rd minute things almost went from bad to worse for the Pitmen as Peers broke clear but Wren made a fine save before seeing the rebound fired well over the crossbar.
Although Hednesford made a better start to the second half it was Wren who was once again in action in the 54th minute as he again denied Peers, this time from a corner.
Two minutes later James Lawrie forced an effort on target for the Pitmen before firing the ball well wide after being set-up by Danny Glover.
It would be the away side that would add to the scoreline though as they grabbed a third goal in the 64th minute when a corner wasn’t cleared and Hulme was able to smash home inside the six yard box.
The final quarter of the game played out to be a bit of an anti-climax as both teams accepted their relative fate with the Pitmen being well beaten on the night.
Hednesford Town: Wren, Melbourne, Weir, Bailey, Mutton, King, Bullock (Fitzpatrick 52), Thorley, Glover, Mbunga (Lyttle 85), Lawrie (Levingston 67)
Subs not used: Oji, Platt
Altrincham: Thompson, Bembo-Leta, Densmore, Hannigan, Harrison, Moult, Peers, Sheridan (Richman 56), Hulme, Hancock (Amis 70), Poole
Subs not used: Short, Jones, Deasy