Max Harrop has been challenged to add consistency to his other qualities after a stunning long-range free-kick from the Altrincham midfielder lit up their latest pre-season friendly at Atherton Colleries on Tuesday night.

From nearly 30 yards out, Harrop took just two strides, almost in slow motion, before whipping a left-foot shot with power and swerve into the top corner of the Atherton net to put Alty 2-1 ahead.

The home side punished a defensive mix-up to force a 2-2 draw, but while Parkinson was unhappy with that aspect of Alty’s play, he spelled out the possibilities for Harrop if he can produce his best on a regular basis.

“That free-kick was Max all over,” said the Alty boss. “He is an unbelievably gifted player who can produce those flashes of brilliance, but he has to work on his consistency, and he knows it.

“It’s whether he can do that week-in, week-out. That’s the challenge for him, because if he can hit those levels, no-one will get near him.”

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