Gainsborough Trinity were well beaten by promotion hopefuls Altrincham at a blustery Moss Lane on Saturday, with the game eventually settled by two quick fire late goals.
The home side started the brighter and went close to scoring on a number of occasions before opening the scoring from the penalty spot.
James Walshaw was the scorer from the spot, sending Trinity keeper Phil Barnes the wrong way after a foul by former Altrincham defender Grey Young just inside the area.
Altrincham continued to have more of the ball and plenty of half chances following the gaol with both Damian Reeves and Nicky Clee going close
Gainsborough Trinity had their best chance of the first half with Jonathon Williams hitting a free kick narrowly over the bar.
Minutes later however the same player was lucky to stay on the pitch following a late tackle on Altrincham’s Nicky Clee.
The game reached the interval with no further incidents and the home side a goal to the good.
Gainsborough started the second half with more intent, pressing the home side and enjoying their best spell of the game albeit without creating any clear cut chances.
But they were always in the game whilst still only a single goal behind.
The second goal arrived for the home side on 76 minutes during a spell of Altrincham pressure.
Following a couple of corners the Gainsborough defence could not get the ball clear and Scott Leather capitalised by scoring a header from close range in a crowded six yard box.
The game was settled just two minutes later when James Lawrie scored the home side’s third goal without reply.
His well taken header was at the end of a cross from Altrincham’s skilful winger Nicky Clee who caused Trinity problems all afternoon.
Trinity substitute Jamie Wootton forced a decent save from Altrincham keeper Stuart Coburn as Steve Housham’s men tried to find a way back into the game.
The final whistle blew on what was a disappointing afternoon for Gainsborough Trinity who now sit in 17th place in the Skrill North standings, setting up a nervy finish to the 2013/14 campaign.
Altrincham: Coburn, Densmore, Griffin, Moult (Rodgers 66), Havern, Leather, Lawrie, Richman, Walshaw (Perry 74), Reeves, Clee (Wilkinson 87).
Subs Not Used: Marshall, Doughty.
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Leary, Davie (Winfarrah 77), Lacey, Martin, Young, Russell, Williams (Wootton 77), Bateson (Davis 67), Margetts, Roberts.
Subs: (not used) Batty, Dickens.
Goals: Walshaw (28 PEN) Leather (76) Lawrie (78) .
Referee: M Parry.