Altrincham director Bill Waterson has reflected on where Alty stand after recent games, describing ‘one hell of a journey’ in this season’s FA Cup.

The National League North side were ultimately beaten 2-1 deep into stoppage time by League One Portsmouth in the second round at the weekend.

Waterson said: “This management! These players! These fans! We could have asked for nothing more.

“We have been on one hell of a journey, a journey that has come to an end in as disheartening a set of circumstances as could be imagined, but we should be very proud of what we have achieved. Some invoke the ghosts of Colchester, but I saw something entirely different yesterday – a team on the rise backed by an increasingly enthusiastic and vocal fan base.

“I saw a cohort of red and white warriors go toe to toe with a League One side and come away bloodied but with heads held high. I saw a pure footballing philosophy come of age as Alty took the game to Portsmouth and held the upper hand for long periods of the game.

“I saw more than 600 fans in the Milton End out-sing the 8,000 Pompey fans – from the directors’ box for long periods of time, you could hear the Alty singing far more than you could the home side. I saw Portsmouth gracious in victory, applauding our efforts and respecting us as footballing equals.

“This is not the end of the story but instead it is the start of a far greater journey over the coming seasons.”

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