Phil Parkinson ‘couldn’t have been prouder’ of his Altrincham players after they inched closer to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title with a hard-fought goalless draw at Buxton on Tuesday night.

With 10th-placed Buxton again playing above themselves, as they did at The J.Davidson Stadium last November, Alty had to dig deep for a point that leaves them needing another five to be sure of promotion as champions.

“You could see how up for it Buxton were, and it was important we battled as well as we did,” said Alty boss Parkinson, whose side travel to Shaw Lane tonight and Grantham on Saturday before home games with Marine on Tuesday night and Hednesford a week on Saturday.

“It’s always a big game for the opposition when Alty come to town, and credit to Buxton for the effort they put in. That’s the pressure my lads face on a weekly basis – teams playing at a level Buxton did – but, once more, they took it in their stride.

“I thought they were superb, absolutely immense, and I’m delighted with the point.”

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