November 15, 2012
Burton breeze through
Chris Palmer and Calvin Zola both netted within the space of 10 second-half minutes as Burton overcame a FA Cup first-round replay with non-league Altrincham by winning 2-0.
After a goalless first half following a dramatic 3-3 draw at the Pirelli Stadium 11 days ago, Palmer fired League Two Burton in front with a smart free-kick in the 65th minute.
And no sooner had Conference North Altrincham settled, than Zola had doubled the Brewers advantage to set up a second-round clash at his former employers Crewe.
Altrincham had the first chance of the match after just eight minutes, however, striker Damian Reeves could only scoop over a smart right-wing cross from Scott Leather.
Burton responded in the 24th minute through Zola, whose late equaliser salvaged a replay for the Brewers, heading against the bar following a Palmer free-kick.
Altrincham striker James Lawrie saw a drive deflected wide after the break before Palmer broke the deadlock with a free-kick after Simon Richman fouled Jacques Maghoma.
Ten minutes later the visitors clinched victory as Maghoma teed up Zola to finish left-footed from the edge of the six-yard box and extinguish any hopes of an Altrincham comeback.
The Robins did come agonisingly close to setting up a tense finale, though, when Nicky Clee played in Matt Doughty but his teasing ball across goal drifted narrowly wide.
|1 Stuart Coburn||30 Mark Oxley|
|3 Matthew Doughty||5 Alexander Diamond|
|6 Daniel Hall||21 Marcus Holness|
|5 Gianluca Havern||20 Anthony O'Connor|
|2 Scott Leather||7 Cleveland Taylor|
|8 Jake Moult||23 Lee Bell|
|4 Simon Richman||11 Chris Palmer|
|11 Nicky Clee||19 Jacques Maghoma|
|10 Damien Reeves||14 Damien McCrory|
|9 James Lawrie||8 Robbie Weir|
|7 Duncan Watmore||10 Calvin Makongo Zola|
|18 Adam Reid||Dean Lyness 16|
|16 Sam Grimshaw||Nathan Stanton 4|
|12 Patrick Lacey||John McGrath 6|
|14 Ryan Brooke||Jack Dyer 22|
|15 Danny Mitchley||Matthew Palmer 15|
|Matthew Paterson 18|
|Billy Kee 29|
|Patrick Lacey for Nicky Clee (79)||John McGrath for Robbie Weir (84)|
|Ryan Brooke for Duncan Watmore (79)||Billy Kee for Calvin Makongo Zola (84)|
|Matthew Palmer for Jacques Maghoma (90)|
|· Squads: Altrincham | Burton Albion|