New signing Elliott Durrell pressed his claims for a starting place after another telling substitute’s appearance as Altrincham defied the elements and a Blyth Spartans side fighting for their lives at windswept Croft Park.

The livewire attacker marked his Alty debut by winning and converting a penalty shortly after coming on at Spennymoor last week, and he made an even more dramatic impact after entering the fray in the second half at Blyth.

The outcome was still in the balance, following free-kick specialist Josh Hancock’s first-half opener, but Alty could breathe easy after Durrell doubled their lead with an assured finish less than a minute into his second Robins appearance.

“Elliott’s first touch after going on was to get the ball out of his feet, and his second was to finish in emphatic style, which was really pleasing,” said assistant manager Neil Sorvel after a 3-0 win that included Alty’s fifth penalty miss of the season, this time by Jordan Hulme.

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