Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham kept their hopes of promotion from the Conference North on track last night with a comfortable 4-1 home win over ten-man Bradford Park Avenue.

The former Bantams defender had a brief spell in charge at Horsfall Stadium and current Avenue manager John Deacey was his number two.

But the master still has the upper hand if last night’s result is anything to go by, with Alty ending Avenue’s run of three wins and a draw, during which time they hadn’t conceded a goal.

Former Guiseley and Halifax Town striker James Walshaw broke the deadlock before Avenue old boy Damian Reeves made it 2-0 to Alty.

John Deacey responded by making changes with a double substitution, Richard Marshall and skipper Nathan Hotte making way for Scott Maxfield and Nicky Boshell.

Avenue got a foothold in the game when Jordan Deacey pulled a goal back before half-time but a red card early in the second half curtailed any hopes of a comeback. Ryan Qualter was dismissed for a foul on Walshaw.

Walshaw netted his second and Kyle Perry scored in the penultimate minute to see the home side cruise to their victory.