A stunning free kick from Shaun Densmore coupled with Damian Reeves’ 24th league goal this season were enough for Altrincham to give Gloucester a rough reintroduction to football.\r\n\r\nPlaying only their second game of 2013 City looked rusty at times in the first half, squandering a series of chances and were made to pay in a two-minute period before half time.\r\n\r\nWith both Will Morford and Steve Davies missing through work commitments the threadbare City squad was shuffled once again with Jack Harris playing in the centre of midfield and Adam Mann partnering Darren Edwards up front.\r\n\r\nEdwards should have done better on eight minutes, collecting a neat ball from Lewis Hogg, City’s top scorer could only shoot wide.\r\n\r\nMinutes later Bagasan Graham just failed to connect wit a cross from his former Cheltenham Town teammate Danny Andrew.\r\n\r\nIn a fast paced first half it wasn’t just Gloucester failing to take their chance. Altrincham star striker Damian Reeves had his work cut out getting past Sam Rawlings. Rawlings picked up a yellow card for a robust challenge on 15 minutes, with Jake Moult’s follow up free kick being blocked by Mike Green.\r\n\r\nAndrew blocked a shot from Reeves on 19 minutes before Edwards headed over the bar at the other end a minute later.\r\n\r\nTom Webb, never known for his composure in front of goal was the next to face down Stuart Coburn, set up by rampant Edwards but the midfielder scuffed the ball past the wrong side of the post.\r\n\r\nAdam Mann also panicked when through on goal on 33 minutes before everything went a bit wrong with minutes to play of the first half.\r\n\r\nMatt Coupe gave away a clumsy free kick on the edge of the box and Altrincham captain Stuart Densmore stepped up to the spot, 25 yards out. His free kick curled over the wall into the top left corner to put the home side ahead.\r\n\r\nAltrincham made it two a minute later, with Reeves rising high to head home a corner.\r\n\r\nCity had more chances in the second half, with substitute Tom Hamblin coming close with a header from a corner on 60 minutes.\r\n\r\nBut Altrincham remained dangerous on the break, with keeper Mike Green a busy man for a ten minute spell, blocking shots with his hands and feet to stop a third goal going in. He remained calm when Ryan Brooke broke past Chris Holland on 71 minutes, palming the ball away.\r\n\r\nBoth teams tired towards the end of the game, giving away needless free kicks and reducing the play to end-to-end hoofing.\r\n\r\nBut Altrincham were unable to take their goal tally for the week to double figures as City stayed resolute.\r\n\r\nAltrincham: S Coburn, S Densmore, M Doughty, C Rodgers, G Havern, S Leather, S Richman, J Moult, D Watmore, D Reeves (R Brooke 61) N Clee. Subs: O Riley, C Mooney,D Mitchley, S Bullen\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M Green, S Rawlings (M Green 65), D Andrew, M Coupe (T Hamblin 46) , C Holland, T Webb, L Hogg, J Harris, D Edwards, A Mann, B Graham. Subs: N Mustoe\r\n\r\nAttendance: 762 (66 away fans)\r\n\r\nReferee: A Greenwood\r\n\r\nStar man: Jack Harris

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