Phil Parkinson was beaming with pride after Altrincham turned on the style to win a pulsating FA Cup second qualifying round replay with Chester at a rain-soaked J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night.

The game had to pass a teatime inspection, after torrential rain throughout the afternoon, but Alty made light of the conditions to go ahead through James Jones in the second minute and bring the best out of Chester keeper Russ Griffiths in an action-packed tie.

“Some of our counter-attacking football was electric, and their keeper absolutely bailed them out,” said Alty boss Parkinson, after a 1-0 win earned the Robins a third qualifying round tie at Halesowen.

“There were saves he had no right to make, and he was the reason we weren’t well out of sight long before the end.

“The save from Jordan Hulme late in the first half denied us a goal-of-the-season contender.”

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