UNITED Reserves ensured Ricky Ponting's winless streak continued as they beat Altrincham at Moss Lane. Ponting, watching the Robins with several of his Aussie team-mates having become a shareholder of the club, had suffered humiliation in the Twenty20 World Cup while his side is trailing in the Ashes. And now he has tasted defeat on the football pitch. A 14th-minute strike by Joe Dudgeon after good work from Cameron Stewart gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men an early lead. And a bizarre last-minute goal which saw Nicholas Ajose's long-range shot rebound off the post and defender James Smith's head before going in wrapped up the win for the Reds. But it was Altrincham, who begin their Blue Square Premier League campaign at home to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, who had most of the chances against a young United second string. Colin Little twice went close in the first half while skipper Greg Young went close with a couple of headers from corners, one of which was blocked on the line. UNITED RES: Heaton, Simpson (Moffatt 73), Gill (Brady 45), Chester, Wootton (Brown 60), Evans (Norwood 45), Stewart (Ngoo 70), James, Brandy (Ajose 60), Eikrem (Keane 73), Dudgeon.