Altrincham got 2015 off to a flying start with a 4-1 demolition of Chester FC. Two goals a piece for Damian Reeves and Nicky Clee, one each in either half, was more than enough for The Robins, with John Rooney scoring a scant consolation for Chester.
Macclesfield also got off to a flyer with a 2-1 win away at play-off rivals Grimsby Town, Johnstone and Whittaker scoring either side of a Pitman equaliser.
Macclesfield stay in third and increase the gap between themselves and Grimsby, while Altrincham climb up to 16th above Chester on goal difference.
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AFC Fylde prove Boxing Day’s win over Barrow was no fluke by defeating them again, this time on their own soil by two goals to one. Liam Tomsett and Danny Rowe gave them a 2-0 lead before Lacey pulled one back with just over 10 minutes to go, to make for a nervy finish. However The Coasters held on and are now 3 points clear of the Cumbrians with a game in hand.
Stockport County were indebted to a late Chris Sharp winner as they came away from Colwyn Bay with a 2-1 win. New oldboy Jack Ryan, back from Preston North End on loan opened the scoring to give the Hatters a 1-0 HT lead. Colwyn Bay manager Frank Sinclair scored his second in 2 games to equalise shortly after the break. However Sharp got the winner in the 88th minute to give County a much needed 3 points, in a game that saw Sinclair then receiving his marching orders following a bout of ‘dummy spitting’ following the County winner.
In the big Tameside Derby, Hyde travelled to Stalybridge looking to take avenge for the 4-2 loss on Boxing Day. Things started well for the Tigers as Tom Bentham put them in to a 7th minute lead. However, this wasn’t to last long as Stalybridge were rampant, running out 7-1 winners. A hat-trick from Charlie Ennis, a double from Cadman and strikes from Calvert-Lewin and O’Darius sealed the rout.
Chorley saw their game at Bradford PA postponed following the recent bad weather.