Loan watch - goal ace Goodson spot-on for Pilgrims!

How did Altrincham players currently out on loan fare over the weekend? Press and media officer John Edwards brings you up to date with all the action.

Boston United 3 Darlington 1

What a win for Boston against promotion-chasing Darlington, and Zak Goodson was a key figure in shaping a result that eased the Pilgrims' Vanarama National League North relegation worries at the Jakemans Community Stadium.

Starting in the number 19 shirt, the livewire Alty forward gave his side the perfect start after Darlington buckled under a spell of early pressure and conceded a penalty for a foul on Ben Pollock.

Zak stepped up to take responsibility from the spot and kept his nerve superbly to slot the kick into the bottom corner and put the Pilgrims 1-0 up after 19 minutes.

After combining well with veteran frontrunner Jordan Burrow in the 25th minute, Zak set up a chance for loanee Billy Chadwick, whose finish lacked the power to trouble Darlington's keeper.

As Boston kept up the pressure, there was no lack of venom in a 20-yard drive from Zak that needed a smart save to prevent a second goal for the home team in the 38th minute.

Luke Shiels doubled the lead in the 49th minute and Burrow added a third three minutes later before Zak was again thwarted by the visitors' keeper, following a fine effort on goal by the on-loan Robin in the 59th minute.

Zak was substituted in the 70th minute, shortly before Ben Liddle scored what was little more than a consolation goal for Darlington, but it was very much job done by the Alty marksman, who looked bright and sharp all afternoon.

Liversedge 3 Nantwich Town 3

Another goal for another Alty loanee as Ryan Morton opened his account for Nantwich with a smart, crisp finish in the first half at the Clayborn Ground.

The home side were leading through a Ben Atkinson penalty in only the fourth minute when a Nantwich free-kick fell for Ryan to drill a low shot past the keeper for a 13th-minute equaliser.

Dan Cockerline made it 2-1 to Nantwich, and the Dabbers almost increased their lead when Ryan, who was looking lively up front, tested the home keeper with a shot that was well saved at the near post.

Nantwich were good value for their half-time lead, with Ryan figuring prominently, but it was a different story in the second half as they conceded an equaliser and then went behind before substitute James Caton rescued a point four minutes into added time.

Manager Ritchie Sutton labelled the second half 'an absolute disaster' but Ryan had every right to feel pleased at getting another impressive 70 minutes under his belt before being substituted.

Stockport Georgians 1 Alsager Town 1

Plenty of Alty interest at Cromley Road, with Ewan McGeady and Josh Jordan in Alsager's defence and winger Dion Siboko Bohe and striker Matty Sumner also starting in this North West Counties League Division One South fixture.

The high-riding home team may have had designs on adding another thee points to their promotion push, but Ewan and Josh had other ideas as both Alty youngsters kept a tight rein on the Georgians' main attacking threats in a disciplined Alsager performance.

Josh was a tower of strength in central defence, and kept Stockport's main striker in check, while Ewan took every opportunity to get forward and support Alsager's attack and took the honours in his battle with the winger he was up against.

Dion worked hard and set up a chance that almost produced a 55th-minute breakthrough for the Bullets and Matty led the line well and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet for an Alsager side who went behind midway through the second half but salvaged a thoroughly-deserved point with a 90th-minute equaliser from Kallam Boyle.

City of Liverpool 1 Hanley Town 0

Eden Bailey was on the bench for this Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division fixture but got valuable minutes under his belt after going on as a 65th-minute substitute.

Hanley were already trailing to a 30th-minute goal, scored on the rebound after a penalty had been saved, but, with Eden to the fore, they piled on the pressure without being able to find a way past an inspired home keeper, whose string of saves earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Kettering Town 0 Buxton 0

A scrappy, disjointed 90 minutes at Latimer Park, but Alty's Brad Jackson played the full 90 minutes for Buxton, who hit the frame of the goal twice in the first half but were ultimately relieved to head home with a point after coming under sustained pressure in the second 45 minutes. The draw at least prevented Buxton, who had former Alty skipper Jake Moult on the bench, being overtaken by Kettering in the lower reaches of the National League North.

*Sharif Deans (injury) and Joe Cooney (suspension) were missing for Widnes and Northwich Victoria respectively, while Matt Gould is back with Alty, and was substitute keeper at Bracknell on Saturday, after helping out Chorley on loan at Blyth Spartans last Tuesday night, the Magpies winning 2-1. Young Alty defender Owen German was unable to travel to the Isle of Man with Irlam and, instead, put in a man-of-the-match performance for the Robins' Reserves in a 0-0 draw with Egerton.

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