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20 December 2014


A disappointing performance from Altrincham saw them fortunate to take a point against a well-organised Dover Athletic.

Match report here

Right: Tom Marshall in action against Dover; he was named Man of the Match.


Saturday, 20 December, 3pm
  • AFC Telford Utd 3-4 Eastleigh
  • Alfreton Town 1-5 Macclesfield Town
  • Altrincham 2-2 Dover Athletic
  • Barnet 3-0 Chester FC
  • Braintree Town 2-0 Torquay United
  • FC Halifax Town 2-0 Nuneaton Town
  • Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Lincoln City
  • Welling United 3-1 Aldershot Town
  • Woking 1-2 Southport
  • Wrexham 1-3 Dartford


Don't forget that Manchester City v. Crystal Palace will be shown in the new Community Sports Hall this Saturday. Doors open at 12.30pm for a 12.45 kick off. The bar will be open and food will be available.


Altrincham's main doubt before the game against Dover Athletic concerns Ryan Crowther. What was thought originally to be a hamstring problem is now believed to be a back problem for the wingman. Goalkeeper Stuart Coburn has recovered from his groin injury so should be available for selection again, though Dave Parton kept a clean sheet in his absence last Saturday. Nicky Clee gained some pitch time last Saturday following his injury absence and he, too, should again be available for selection.

Mike Garnett informs us of the record in matches between the two clubs.

  • At Altrincham: P5-W3-D1-L1-F11-A4
  • Away: P5-W2-D2-L1-F11-A7
  • All: P10-W5-D3-L2-F22-A11


Graham Houghton advises that the commemorative match (details, right) has had to move to the Astro pitch at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Marlborough Road, Hale. Kick off remains at 11am. Everybody welcome!


TASC's Paul Salt writes that "To commemorate the opening of the new Community Sports Hall, TASC will be running a 'Question Of Sport' Quiz Night on Saturday 17th January 2015 following the home game with Torquay United.

The quiz will be based on the popular BBC programme with teams from the Players, The Management, TASC Supporters and Radio Robins/Alty TV competing against each other for bragging rights on who has the best sporting knowledge. In addition, the quiz is open to all other supporters' and friends' teams. Entry is either £5.00 per person in advance or £6.00 on the night, which includes a hotpot supper.

The quiz will start at approximately 6.00pm. Get your team sorted now for what promises to be a highly entertaining evening. Tickets will be on sale on Saturday before the game v Dover Athletic and all other home matches over the Christmas period from the TASC Desk, which will be located in the bar area of the Community Sports Hall".


You can follow the Altrincham v Dover Athletic match (Saturday, 3pm) via this website's minute by minute updates or via Radio Robins. Click on the appropriate icon below to go to your preferred means of following the game. For Twitter and Facebook links see the icons on the side panel, right.

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Brian Flynn adds that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, will be broadcasting full live coverage of Saturday's game against Dover Athletic at The J.Davidson Stadium. The match commentary sponsor is 'E-Cignature' a locally based company supplying a full range of high quality E-Cigarettes & E-Liquids. E-Cignature offer you the perfect way to assist you with your New Year’s resolution! The stylish yet practical EVO D gives you the latest in vaping technology which helps you adhere to stopping smoking conventional cigarettes.

This Kit Includes: 1 x EVO D Electronic Cigarette with GSH3 Clearomiser, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x ID E Liquid of your choice, starter kit. Also have a look at the special gift pack offers.

Altrincham fans can get a fantastic deal on both kits by using the special voucher code 'radiorobins'. Unfortunately, E-Cignature are unable to offer delivery on the kits before Christmas. However they can offer a pay and collect service for collection from Altrincham Football Club during the week. E-Cignature's website is here.

The commentators are Ian Wikinson and Paul Salt with match summaries from John Edwards. Coverage starts at 2.50pm with the game kicking off at 3.00pm. You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at Leah and Simon Brotherton will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time and full-time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC).


The Vanarama Conference announce that BT Sport has selected the following game for LIVE screening on Saturday, 17th January 2015, with a kick-off time of 12.45pm.
  • Grimsby Town v Barnet

The programme will commence at 12.15pm on BT Sport2".


Sunday's Altrincham FC Youth match at home to Morecambe has been postponed owing to a drainage problem at the Hale Country Club ground on Clay Lane.


Friday 19 December, 7.45pm
  • Bristol Rovers 3-2 Gateshead
  • Grimsby Town 2-1 Forest Green Rovers


The BBC has sad news of a former Conference club. It says that "Hereford United has been wound up by a High Court judge. The winding-up petition was brought by HM Revenue and Customs, which is thought to be owed £116,000. Owner Andy Lonsdale had promised to invest £1m in the club, which was expelled from the Football Conference in June after failing to pay creditors.

But he was late to court and the judge was not satisfied there were sufficient funds.

Mr Lonsdale's barristers said they had a statement that the money was in the bank but Mr Lonsdale said he was stuck in traffic and could not get to the court in time. It was the tenth time he had been ordered to appear at the High Court in London. The winding-up order was issued moments after he was due, at just after 16:30 GMT.

Supporters have gathered at the club's ground at Edgar Street, where one man said 'We will come back. It may take 10 years, but we will be back'. Herefordshire Council said, 'As Hereford United Football Club (1939) Limited is in the process of being wound up and a liquidator will be appointed, this action triggers the council's right as landlord to forfeit the leases. The council will now pursue this and seek to gain formal repossession of all three sites leased to the club. "Once the ground has been secured, the council will consider the appropriate process for procuring a new tenant to ensure the continuation of football'".

FC Halifax Town "would like to explain the situation and resultant huge disappointment for all, of our game on New Year’s Day being cancelled. This matter was not under the control of FC Halifax Town.

As it turns out, we are the only Club directly affected by the ruling issued by the Football Conference at 4.54pm on 16th December...

Southport, who are also drawn away to Derby County in the FA Cup 3rd Round, would have been away to Wrexham in a league fixture on New Year’s Day, but as Wrexham are themselves involved in the FA Cup with an away tie at Stoke City, they were both happy to have the game postponed on 1st January. An option open to us was to swap the Gateshead fixture from New Year's Day to Boxing Day, but Gateshead were reluctant to do this as they had all their arrangements in place for our game (we are only eight days away at a particularly difficult time of year). That said, we also enquired as to the possibility of having the game at the Shay Stadium on Boxing Day, but we were unable to use the stadium due to stadium staff holidays being booked, in view of plans for our two arranged home games against Chester (28th December) and Gateshead (1st January), the latter now aborted.

Having talked around options, Gateshead were specifically asked the question ‘If the game was to remain on 1st January would it go ahead?’ The reply was 'No, we would need the best possible preparation for the FA Cup third round tie, as permitted within the Conference communication to our Club on the 16th December'. Upon that and from that point on, we had no alternative but to reluctantly accept the situation and set about agreeing terms for financial compensation that would be fair to the football club, given that the Football Conference Board had unanimously agreed to apply board minute 1143b of 8th May 2014.

In no way does the financial compensation agreement, designed to cover the shortfall for when the re-arranged game is played in midweek during January or December, make up for the disappointment of losing the holiday fixture. New Year’s Day, as is Boxing Day, is a real sporting day and there is something special about the atmosphere surrounding the fixture. Families attend, many who don’t really watch football at any other time of the year and on this occasion we have lost it.

We can only abide by the rules and options that are presented and available to us and hope, that if we had been in the same position, the same circumstances would have applied. We can only apologise for any potential inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this fixture and for the disappointment of such a fixture not taking place. Be assured, all of us who work in the Football Club are as disappointed as everyone else at not having the game! To make matters worse, we also lose our next away league game away at Southport on 4th January as, previously mentioned, Southport are in the FA Cup third round. On that basis, we may not play again in the New Year until the re-arranged game against Dartford on 13th January, unless we progress to play Alfreton at home in the next round of the FA Trophy on Saturday 10th January. We need a good result at Worcester!!

We can do no more, let us get on and celebrate the New Year early by making the Chester game on 28th December a really special atmosphere and get us in a positive position in readiness for 2015".

19 December 2014


Details of the TASC supporters' coaches to the away games at Chester (Boxing Day) and Eastleigh (Sunday, 4 January) are now here. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Brian Flynn, chairmam of TASC, writes. "I am absolutely delighted to advise that The Altrincham Supporters' Club (TASC) appeal to raise £10,000 for a high quality audio-visual system in the new Community Sports Hall has now reached a figure of £11,020 and therefore the target has been achieved.

A further 11 people have donated since Saturday, including a fan in Australia and a further significant donation from a long standing supporter and sponsor. In total, more than 80 supporters have now contributed and we have been genuinely overwhelmed by the generosity of Altrincham fans in supporting this appeal over the last four weeks.

The Audio-Visual system has now been installed and was in operation for the Community Sports Hall Open Day on Sunday, when the Manchester United v Liverpool game was shown. It's a fantastic facility made possible by your contributions! The glass-fronted list of names detailing those people who have made this happen will be situated above the bar area, which is perfect!

Whilst the target has been achieved, it is still possible for your name to be added to this list, as we are still accepting contributions and any donations above the cost of the Audio-Visual system will go straight to the overall Community Sports Hall Fundraising, which still needs more that £50,000 to cover the cost of the project, which is in excess of £750,000.

If you would like to get your name on the list and support this fundraising effort, you can contact me to get payment/standing order details by email ( or phone (0161 610 1193/07860 561011). Alternatively, you can telephone Altrincham Football Club on 0161 928 1045, e-mail or call in at the ground from 9.30am-4.30pm between Monday and Friday".


Altrincham FC Youth team manager George Heslop tells us that one of his strikers, "Aaron Goldman on Wednesday played for the England Independent Schools when they beat Wales 2 - 1 and, on Thursday, they beat Crystal Palace 4-0 and Aaron was one of the scorers".


The Sale & Altrincham Mesenger says that "Altrincham are daring to dream of Wembley after registering a derby double over local rivals Macclesfield at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday. Damian Reeves’s second-minute finish gave Alty a second successive 1-0 home win over Macc and raised hopes that overdue success in the FA Trophy could at last be on the horizon.

They will have their work cut out in the second round, after Kidderminster hammered Bradford Park Avenue in Monday night’s replay to land a home tie with Lee Sinnott’s side, but assistant manager Neil Tolson (left) remained upbeat about their prospects. 'The message to the boys before the game was to make sure we were in the hat on Monday, and I’m delighted we managed that,' he said.

'I know our record in the Trophy isn’t good but I can assure everyone the things we say to the players are no different to what we tell them before league fixtures. We are striving to go as far as we can in this competition, and our foot will stay firmly on the pedal in our efforts to try and get to Wembley. It’s not just a good day out for the players and officials, if you reach the final, it’s a great day out for the supporters. You need a bit of luck along the way, but let’s go for it. That will be the message from the gaffer and myself.

We weren’t overly happy with the performance against Macclesfield, because we felt we could have passed the ball better. But a fantastic finish from the fox-in-the-box got us off to a perfect start, and when you consider that’s not only twice we’ve beaten Macc but twice we’ve stopped them scoring, there are positives to be taken'.

Alty were given an injury scare when Ryan Crowther limped off with a recurrence of hamstring trouble, but the winger could yet be fit to face Dover at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday (3pm). 'Ryan just slightly felt it, so we brought him off more as a precaution than anything,’ said Tolson. ‘You can’t take risks with hamstrings, and hopefully it’s not as bad as it might initially have seemed'".


Alty last met Dover Athletic in 1999-2000. The games that season were as follows:
  • 4/09/99 Altrincham 3-0 Dover Athletic, gate 938, scorers Talbot 27, Ellison 32,54
  • 4/12/99 Dover Athletic 2-2 Altrincham, gate 1,015, Alty scorers Kielty 15, Power 40.
News of Saturday's visitors comes from Kent Online . "With Dover goalkeeper Andy Rafferty banned for Saturday’s Vanarama Conference clash at Altrincham, Mitch Walker admits he would love to replace him. But no matter how keen the England C representative is to do so, he knows that won’t be happening as he’s still a couple of weeks away from playing again.

He has been sidelined with injury since tearing the ligaments in an elbow during the 2-1 league defeat at Dartford on September 16. Walker, who was named in the Conference South Team of the Year last season, said it was frustrating he wasn’t ready yet. He said, 'It would have been great to be able to tell the gaffer (Chris Kinnear) that I was good to go, and he did ask, but I am still not right. There is no point taking a risk when I am not 100%. It’s been a long road back to get to this stage so I don’t want to jeopardise all that work. I would have loved to have played'.

Walker, who signed for Whites from Brighton & Hove Albion in May, 2012, said his long stint on the sidelines had been ‘boring’. 'I thought I’d only miss a month or so. It’s dragged on, as there was nothing I could do except rest it. I wasn’t able to drive, either'".

So "Lee Hook is the only one of three goalkeepers in Dover’s squad available to play in Saturday’s clash at Altrincham. Andy Rafferty is banned following his red card in last weekend’s FA Trophy first round win at Lowestoft while Mitch Walker is still a couple of weeks away from returning from injury.

That leaves Hook, Whites’ goalkeeping coach, as the last man standing but, whether he plays or not remains to be seen. When Walker got injured at Dartford, boss Chris Kinnear brought in former Hartlepool keeper Rafferty as cover. Could Kinnear be planning to do the same as his side attempt to extend their 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including seven in the league?

The manager admitted he wasn’t certain about who would be in goal. He said, '[oufield player]Tom (Wynter) may even keep his place in goal after his effort at Lowestoft. He keeps on telling me how good he did. But, seriously, I just don’t know who will play yet. I am having a look around'.

But Kinnear is certain of one thing ahead of Saturday’s clash; he won’t be missing the train from London, something he did for the trip to Lowestoft. Kinnear said, 'That was the first time that I’ve ever missed a train or a coach to a game in my long career and I’ve got no intention of doing it again. I am sure the lads will fine me for it!'

But how did he come to miss it? He said, 'Jake (his assistant manager Jake Leberl) and I had dropped the players off at the station in the club’s mini bus but we couldn’t find a parking spot. The train went without us so we ended up driving there'.

Chris Kinnear jnr is facing a spell on the sidelines as the result of a knee injury while Callum Davies’s loan spell has ended with the Gillingham defender to undergo an operation on his ankle early next week. Davies made three starts before limping off in the 1-0 FA Cup win at Cheltenham."

However, Kent Online adds that "Tom Wynter has no intention of playing in goal for Dover again after coming off the bench to replace the sent-off Andy Rafferty at Lowestoft Town on Saturday. The defender, who is known as the joker in Whites’ squad, said, 'I always thought keepers had it easy and know that for sure now. I had nothing to do apart from catching one cross and kicking the ball out a couple of times; it was boring. I had so little to do that I was glad Raffers (Andy Rafferty) gave me his long sleeved compression shirt to wear under the keeper’s shirt because I would have frozen had he not.'

But did he feel comfortable out there? He said, 'Real comfortable. I felt that could have saved anything that came my way but the boys in front of me didn’t let me do anything'. How did the former Gills man come to find himself playing between the posts for the first time ever in his life? He said, 'I said to the gaffer (Chris Kinnear) I’d go on and, besides, I knew I could do a better job than the other bloke on the bench in the running to do it, Sean Raggett. He (Raggett) didn’t impress me when he came on at Dartford earlier this season after Mitch (Walker) went off injured and we lost the game. I come on and we win; that sounds pretty impressive to me'.

But it seems not all of Wynter’s team-mates were impressed with his performance, after the game. Wynter said, 'I threw the gloves I’d worn, Rafferty’s, into the crowd in celebration like all quality keepers do. He (Rafferty) was having none of it and told me to go and get them back so I did. They are mad this lot (goalkeepers). I mean, what’s a pair of gloves?'"

Crystal Palace's fanzine, the Five-Year Plan reports that "When Alan Shearer pulled ball number 14 out of the hat, it handed non-league Dover Athletic as big a 3rd round tie as they dared dream of and gave James Allison and Lee Bowman, a couple of Palace supporting Dovorians, a huge headache. Here are their thoughts ahead of the cup tie at Crabble.

South East Kent is not exactly what you would class as a hotbed of footballing talent. Growing up in Dover, there are essentially two footballing choices: pick whoever is doing well in the top flight, or follow the mighty Whites and support Palace on the side - it's not like they're ever going to play each other, is it? In the early 90s, Dover Athletic were the undisputed non-league Kings of Kent football. After twice winning the Southern League, Dover established themselves in the Conference, finishing as high as 6th place.

After nine consecutive seasons in non-league's top flight, the wheels well and truly came off. The club suffered two relegations in three years, followed by a further virtual relegation when the Conference North/South tier was added to the non-league pyramid. Massive financial problems threatened the future of the club before a new board took over, cleared the huge debts and turned Dover Athletic into a family focused club which can now operate within in its own financial means. Sound familiar?

Under Andy Hessenthaler, the club achieved back to back promotions to get into Conference South where they remained for five seasons before an unlikely promotion back to the Conference last term via the playoffs, having creeped [sic] into them in the last five minutes of the season. After a poor start this season, the team has transformed itself into a solid, mid-table unit turning in some impressive performances, especially at home with Crabble once again becoming a difficult place for visiting teams to take points away from.

Chris Kinnear, Dover’s most successful manager of all time, returned to the club last year 2013 and took them to the brink of Conference football in his first 4 months back before last season’s promotion. His transfer market dealings have gone a long way to supporting Dover’s resurgence.

The shrewd addition of ex-Hartlepool ‘keeper Andy Rafferty has paid dividends and he has looked an assured presence between the sticks, particularly in front of the home fans, having kept eight consecutive clean sheets between September and December, including the Cup win against Morecambe.

Former Croydon, Fulham & Gillingham Striker Stefan Payne, a summer acquisition from AFC Hornchurch, has found his goal scoring boots in bagging nine goals so far this season. Christian Nanetti, at 2ft short, is a skilful player who can beat defenders and deliver quality balls in the final third. In defence, Richard ‘Janitor’ Orlu is Dover’s Scott Dann and the former caretaker is fast becoming a Crabble cult hero.

Add in ex-League players Nicky Deverdics and Conor Essam, and Dover look like a team who are more than capable of a high finish in the Conference in a season where survival would be regarded as a success. The two clubs can also name a certain Peter Taylor in their list of former managers...

The Dover support is loyal and vocal. Dover took more fans on their recent away fixture at Gateshead - a 672 mile round trip -, than Brighton managed on a 342 mile round trip to Derby. So what can travelling Eagles look forward to? The majority of Crabble is terraced so look forward to standing up without getting told off. Don't expect a beer inside though; when the ground is segregated only home fans have access to The Centre Spot bar. The Cricketers pub just outside the ground will however be a great pre- and post-match destination, with a garden...

There is a real feel-good factor at Crabble right now, and this magic-of-the-cup tie is very much what Dover deserve. Beating League Two opposition in rounds one and two has set up arguably the biggest game in the club's history. As perennial 4th qualifying round stumblers, the Whites have only previously reached the heady heights of the third round on one occasion".


According to the BBC, "Wrexham's Conference game at home to Southport on New Year's Day has been postponed. Both clubs had requested the game be called off to allow them to prepare for FA Cup third round ties. Southport are away to Championship side Derby County on Saturday, 3 January, with Wrexham travelling to Stoke City a day later. The Football Conference have confirmed the game will now be played at the Racecourse on Tuesday, 17 February. Wrexham will travel to Southport in the Conference on Boxing Day having beaten the Sandgrounders in the FA Trophy. "

The BBC also says that "AFC Telford United chairman Ian Dosser says the club are unlikely to appoint a new manager before their next game. After Liam Watson was sacked by the Conference club, managing director Lee Carter said he wanted a swift decision.

However, in a statement on the club website, Dosser said, 'We have a shortlist of impressive candidates, who we have already started interviewing. It was our original intention to complete this process in time for Saturday's game. This is now unlikely'. Telford, who currently lie bottom of the Conference, and host Eastleigh on Saturday, are 10 points behind 20th-placed Southport, the team immediately above the relegation places.

Dosser also confirmed that player-coaches Andy Todd and Andy Pryce will prepare the team for the game".

Bristol Rovers "have extended the loan deal of Bradley Goldberg. The Dagenham & Redbridge striker arrived at the Memorial Stadium on 20th November, initially for a month, and will now remain with us until 24th January. Bradley has, to date, made one start and three substitute appearances for the club...

Manager Darrell Clarke said, 'He has shown that he is an exciting young footballer and will be a valuable member of our squad over the busy festive schedule."


First Round fixtures:

Monday 22 December>

  • Chester FC v AFC Telford United

Tuesday 23 December

  • Worcester City v FC Halifax Town
  • Welling United v Ebbsfleet United

18 December 2014


News of Saturday's visitors to the J. Davidson Stadium comes from the Dover Express to the effect that "Dover Athletic played with ten men for 50 minutes and had a left-back in goal for the same amount of time but still beat Conference North outfit Lowestoft Town 3-1 to progress to round two of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Whites took the lead on 26 minutes... Lowestoft pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute in a move which saw Dover number one Andrew Rafferty sent off. Whites manager Chris Kinnear rarely names a substitute keeper on the bench and didn't do on Saturday, so left-back Tom Wynter replaced Nicky Deverdics and then went between the sticks.

But, Wynter was superbly protected by the Whites defenders and the visitors went on the offensive, regaining the lead on 65 minutes. The hard-working Tom Murphy was rewarded when he drove the ball across goal and into the net in the far corner.

And the win was wrapped up in injury time when on-loan striker James Poole netted his first Dover goal since joining from Bury Town. Murphy burst down the right and crossed for Poole, who turned a defender and fired home. Up next for Whites is a trip to Altrincham in the Conference Premier".

On Dover FC's forum it says "Sad news as mentioned elsewhere about Callum Davies ending his loan spell, with Taiwo gone, that does leave us light in midfield... I am assuming the team for Altrincham will stay the same with two exceptions, Lee Hook going in goal and a player in midfield to fill in what was the former Taiwo, and then intended to be, the Davies role.

Cheltenham was out first game without Taiwo for sometime and [manager] Chris Kinnear played Davies who then went off injured to be replaced by Wynter who did a good job, then I suppose we have Cogan and Bellamy. Who do people want to see lineup in that last midfield spot alongside what I presume to be a 3 alongside CK Junior and Deverdics?...

CKJ is doubtful for Saturday. I spoke to him at Lowestoft and he said he took 20 painkillers to nurse a knee problem, whilst stating he was unsure when he would return. Therefore, I would imagine the only change on Saturday from Lowestoft will be Hook in for Rafferty in goal".

Mike Garnett informs us of the record in matches between the two clubs.

  • At Altrincham: P5-W3-D1-L1-F11-A4
  • Away: P5-W2-D2-L1-F11-A7
  • All: P10-W5-D3-L2-F22-A11


As can be seen from the banner above, you will be able to watch live Sky Sports on all Alty matchdays in the new Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium.

Judy Henson, deputy manager of the Hall confirms that the next match to be shown is Manchester City v. Crystal Palace, this Saturday. Doors open at 12.30pm for a 12.45 kick off. The bar will be open and food will be available.


General Manager of the Community Sports Hall, Stacey Rowley, writes that “The Community Hall is looking for volunteers to help on match days with the bar and new catering facilities. We would be looking for people to be at the ground from 12pm and help until kick-off time, then also help during half-time. They would receive free entry to the match on the days they are helping. Previous experience is desirable. Anyone who is interested should please e-mail me".


Altrincham FC is now selling half-season tickets as an ideal Christmas present for Alty fans. They are valid from the game against Nuneaton Borough on 28 December and cover all subsequent league games (excluding play-offs!).

  • Standing - Adults £110, Concessionaries £65
  • Seating - Adults £125, Concessionaries £70

Ring the club on 0161 928-1045 or e-mail to secure your ticket.


The Football Conference tells us that "Welling United have extended the loan of forward Aristide Bassele from AFC Bournemouth for a further month. The 20-year-old, who enjoyed a spell on loan with the Wings last season, originally linked-up with club in September.

Bassele, who operates mainly in wide areas, ended last season on loan with Havant & Waterlooville but signed a new deal at Bournemouth after impressing his parent club. The extension will keep Bassele at Park View Road until January 14th 2015."

Elsewhere, "Steve Burr, manager of Chester FC, has confirmed that Rhys Oates had been recalled to Oakwell by parent club Barnsley. However, Burr confirmed that Kane Richards has signed from Ilkeston FC and will be in the squad for the trip to Barnet on Saturday, subject to paperwork clearing.

Richards, 19, had attracted the eyes of the Chester boss last season and has followed his progress since and is happy to have the striker coming into the club at a time when the likes of both Oates and Matty Hughes having returned to Barnsley and Fleetwood Town respectively. Richards is renowned as one of the quickest players in the NPL, Burr said, 'Kane is a striker who will be hungry to do well here at Chester. He's got an excellent pedigree...

Burr also paid tribute to Oates' time at the club, 'Rhys will have gone back to Barnsley a better player given the time he has spent playing matches here'".

Our FA Trophy opponents, "Kidderminster Harriers have secured the signings of both Jamie Spencer and Akwasi Asante. Twenty-one-year-old Spencer joins from neighbours Redditch United until the end of the season. The striker is a product of the Coventry City academy and has previously played for Alvechurch and Rushall Olympic.

Former Birmingham City striker Asante has also signed until the end of the season. The 22-year-old Dutchman, who moved to England as a youngster, made his first-team debut for Blues in a Europa League play-off game against Nacional in 2011. Asante also went out on loan to Northampton Town in January 2012 and Shrewsbury Town in March and July 2013... He was released by Birmingham at the end of last season.

Kidderminster manager Gary Whild was on hand to give his thoughts... 'Jamie is a young lad who we’ve been aware of for a while', Whild said. 'He’s a goalscorer and has played a lot at local level, similar to some of the lads who we’ve brought here before. Jamie has got a little bit about him too. He understands the game well for a young lad... He hasn’t featured too much for Redditch this season but every time he’s got on the pitch he’s scored'...

On Asante, Whild continued, 'Akwasi is in a different situation. He was highly thought-of at the Blues and in and around their first-team, but he has had a poor time with niggling injuries and has found himself out of the game... He’s got the hunger and desire to come in and try and rediscover where he was eighteen months ago, when he was on the edge of a Championship club’s first team... We could have a good find on our hands... For him it’s not about the money... He hasn’t come here for his wage, he’s come here to roll his sleeves up and have a go'".

According to the Gloucester Citizen, "Plans for Forest Green Rovers to move to a new stadium away from Nailsworth have been criticised by fans. The club’s chairman Dale Vince is hoping to build a new football stadium and eco-business park near Stonehouse.

Mr Vince, who is also the founder of green energy firm Ecotricity, told staff last week about ambitious plans to buy land close to Junction 13 of the M5 within the next five years, due to what he says is a lack of resources in Stroud. It comes after he recently bought Q Park in South Woodchester to go with his growing portfolio of business sites. It is understood that the eco-business park would be a hub for green firms including Ecotricity and would be home to a new stadium for the Conference team.

Mr Vince has previously said a move to a new stadium 'needs to be done' if the club secures league status because of where the New Lawn is at the top of a hill, in a corner of Nailsworth... but fans are not so sure it is needed... Fan Russell Flagg said, 'The sooner the chairman realises [he is] a custodian of a football club the better. You can only maintain a fan base if fans care and feel part of a club. How are you going to do that when there is no community, no identity? When the team is struggling crowds will drop. Stay in Forest Green'...

FGR moved from The Lawn, where it played from 1889, to the New Lawn a few hundred yards up the road in 2006. Mr Vince has led the way in fitting it out with green innovations including solar panels, rainwater collection points, a layer of insulating vegetation on the roof which helps it blend in with the landscape, and an organic pitch... Red meat was swiftly banned... The ground can only be reached by coming through Nailsworth town centre, or via the narrow single carriageway of Tinkley Lane from Nympsfield...

Ecotricity confirmed the plans but declined to comment."

Chester First tells us that "The gaffer turned to a packet of biscuits in a bid to give Chester FC a boost during their FA Cup replay against Barnsley. Steve Burr, threw Jaffa Cakes on to the pitch as an energy boost for his players in Tuesday night's second round tie...

He said, 'We got a message from Sean McConville saying Gareth Roberts was struggling, feeling light headed. He was groggy so we needed to get chocolate to him to boost his sugar levels. That’s why I did the javelin throw with a full packet on to the pitch. He probably didn’t need that many but he shared them out. It is amazing really that the BBC have put it on their website as part of the coverage. Hopefully we can boost Jaffa Cakes sales a bit.'

Despite the intervention, the Blues couldn’t overcome Barnsley in their FA Cup Second Round replay and crashed to a 3-0 defeat... Burr praised his player, 'Gareth was outstanding last night and he epitomises why he is still playing at 36 because of his dedication to playing and being fit'".

The Chester Chronicle adds that "Steve Burr had no complaints after Chester FC exited the FA Cup... Chester managed only one shot on target...

Burr said, 'I think you could see the distance the two teams were apart. I was disappointed a little bit with our performance in that one or two that we know can do better... but we've earned the club some money this season which is good and that helps everybody to make the club a bit stronge...

Their four games in the competition have been rewarding... The run has brought in over £100,000. Some of that has been allocated for squad strengthening and Burr, who has signed 20-year-old forward Kane Richards from Ilkeston, plans to bring in more new faces when the transfer window reopens".

17 December 2014


The Football Conference has news of our FA Trophy opponents in January. "Kidderminster Harriers safely made it through to the Second Round of the FA Trophy on Monday night after comfortably beating Bradford PA 4-1 at the Horsfall Stadium. First half goals from Marvin Johnson after just 8 minutes and Josh Gowling after 18 minutes for Harriers were followed up in the second period by the killer third goal from Callum Gittings after 57 minutes. Craig Reid made it 4-0 with 69 minutes gone on the clock.

Avenue grabbed a late consolation 5 minutes from time through Danny Frost".


According to the BBC, "Former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has been earmarked as a leading contender for the managerial vacancy at AFC Telford United. Cox, who led the Stags to promotion back into the Football League in 2013, was fired by Mansfield on 21 November following a poor start to the season. Sources close to the ex-Stags boss have told BBC Radio Shropshire he would not rule out talking to the Bucks.

Telford are bottom of the Conference and sacked Liam Watson on Saturday... They are 10 points adrift of safety and have won just three of the 24 league games they have played this season. Former Port Vale, York City, Hereford United and Southport manager Martin Foyle, another former Hereford boss John Trewick, former Shrewsbury coach John McMahon and ex-Chester boss Neil Young have all applied, as has Rapid Bucharest assistant manager Mario Marinica.

Two former Telford favourites, Birmingham City Ladies' coach Marcus Bignot and ex-Cheltenham Town assistant Neil Howarth, have been linked with the role. And Worcester City manager Carl Heeley, whose Conference North side made the FA Cup second round along with Telford, is another expected contender, having been in the frame for the Telford job during the round of interviewing when Watson was appointed in May 2013".

The Harriers report that "Jake Green has vowed to step up when called upon as he performed admirably in an unfamiliar role for Harriers in their 4-1 FA Trophy victory over Bradford Park Avenue on Monday. The full-back featured in midfield for boss Gary Whild in only his second start for the club and his solid display earned praise from his manager.

'The gaffer told me before the game that they were going to throw me in, with there being injuries, and put me in a different holding midfield role', Green said. 'They gave me a job to do and I stuck to it. I’m happy to play anywhere the gaffer wants me to play and I’ve told him I’ll give him 100% no matter where I play on the pitch. It’s difficult to get into the team when the boys are doing well and we’ve got a great set of lads but, when I do get my opportunities, I want to make sure I take them.

If the gaffer wants to change it for Saturday, chances are he will do, due to the experience of other players. But I’m happy to take my opportunities any time they come... and aim for a bit of a run in the team... We knew it was going to be a battle, so we did the basics and the hard work, put the ball in the right areas and ground out a result', he said.

'The only way they could really match us was physically, so we made sure the first thing was to work hard and then let our quality shine through with four great goals... We’ve got a good home record and we’ll try and do the same again against Lincoln... The pitch at Bradford was one of the worst I’ve ever played on but we showed that we can do both sides of the game; if we need to dig in, be tough and do the horrible things, we can do that'".

We also learn from Kidderminster Harriers that "A thoroughly professional performance from Harriers saw them ease through the rescheduled FA Trophy tie at Bradford...

The home team started brightly and went close to opening the scoring in the first few minutes... After the break Harriers continued to dominate and increased their lead further on 59 minute... With the game now looking won Harriers were able to introduce youth-teamer Digie for his debut, the first to come through from Steve Guinan's Academy squad and get onto the pitch. The home team pulled a goal back with five minutes left to spoil the clean sheet".

The Kingston Guardian says that "Harry Pell has joined Grimsby Town on loan to prove his worth to AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley. The 24-year-old has struggled to get a foot-hold in the new-look Dons midfield this season, playing a bit-part role from the bench. When his chance to impress did come in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Southend in September, it lasted only 20 minutes before he was sent off.

After eight games in the wilderness, Pell had regained his place on the bench, but it is game-time he so desperately wants, and with it the chance to prove a few things... In came the Mariners, who are pushing for promotion out of the Vanarama Conference Premier, and Pell has moved north on a one-month loan deal".

Macclesfield Town "can confirm that they have formally appealed the red card that Danny Whitaker received in the FA Trophy defeat at Altrincham at the weekend. After reviewing video footage of the incident the club submitted an appeal to the FA which will be reviewed shortly."


Tuesday 16 December, 7.45pm
  • Chester FC 0-3 Barnsley
  • Rochdale 4-1 Aldershot Town

Wednesday 17 December, 7.45pm

  • Worcester City v Scunthorpe United - Live on BT Sport


Monday 15 December, 7.45pm: Round 1
  • Bradford PA 1-4 Kidderminster Harriers

Tuesday 16 December, 7.45pm: Round 1 Replays

  • Barnet 2-6 Concord Rangers
  • Boston U. 0-2 N Ferriby U,
  • Didcot T. 0-3 Forest Green R.
  • Gosport B. 2-1 Basingstoke T. (Extra time - 1-1 after 90 mins)
  • Havant & W. 5-0 Weymouth
  • Welling U. P-P Ebbsfleet U.
  • Wrexham 2-0 Southport

> 16 December 2014


Alty TV has a post-match interview, by Brian Flynn, with Neil Tolson, following the win over Macclesfield Town on Saturday. It can be viewed by clicking on the adjacent frame.


Following Monday's FA Trophy Round 2 draw, the first round replay on Monday night between Bradford PA and Kidderminster Harriers determined that it would be Aggborough that Altrincham would visit on Saturday, 10 January. The Harriers beat BPA 4-1 at the Horsfall Stadium.

Mike Garnett reminds us of previous FA Trophy encounters with Kidderminster Harriers.

  • Alty 0 Kidderminster Harriers 2 on 14.1.1984 (Rd.1), attendance 668.
  • Kidderminster Harriers 5 ALtrincham 0 on 25.3.1995 (Rd.4), attendance 2660.

Altrincham last won at Aggborough on May 7th 1994 (a Conference game, won 1-0) but since then it has been a litany of draws, defeats and sendings-off for us. Mike's records reveal the grim record so we are well overdue a good result there!

  • 19.11.94 Lge D 2-2
  • 25.3.95 FAT4 L 0-5
  • 21.10.95 Lge D 1-1
  • 15.2.97 Lge D 1-1
  • 11.3.2000 Lge D 1-1
  • 26.12.05 Lge D 1-1
  • 9.12.06 Lge L 2-3
  • 5.4.08 Lge D 1-1
  • 23.8.08 Lge L 0-4
  • 29.8.09 Lge L 0-3
  • 12.2.11 Lge L 1-2
  • 16.9.14 Lge L 0-4


On Saturday, Altrincham welcome Dover Athletic to the J. Davidson Stadium. After a poor start to the season, Dover are currently one of the form teams, having gone 7 league matches without defeat; only Bristol Rovers (8) have done better. However, for their trip to Altrincham they will be without keeper Andy Rafferty, who was sent off last weekend. Their leading scorer is Stefan Payne with 8 league goals

Dover are still in the FA Cup and entertain Crystal Palace in Round Three.

Mike Garnett informs us of the record in matches between the two clubs.

  • At Altrincham: P5-W3-D1-L1-F11-A4
  • Away: P5-W2-D2-L1-F11-A7
  • All: P10-W5-D3-L2-F22-A11

Saturday 17 January 2015: QUESTION OF SPORT QUIZ NIGHT

At 6pm, after the game against Torquay United, there will be a quiz night featuring teams of:
  • Altrincham FC Players and Management
  • TASC
  • Radio Robins/Alty TV
  • Supporters' teams will also be welcome (no limit on team size)
The entry fee is £5 per person (in advance) or £6 (on the night) - payment includes food.

The quiz features a 'One Minute Round', 'Mystery Guest Round' 'Picture Board Round' and others...

Everyone welcome; bring a friend!


Saturday's bucket collection raised £53.41. The Club thanks the donors and collectors alike.


Graham Houghton, Chairman of Altrincham Junior Football Club, writes that "The event is an idea I had a few weeks ago after reading about the Christmas Truce project established by the British Council, Premier League, Football League and the FA.

Principally the idea was for Schools to recreate the famous Christmas truce by teams playing matches and uploading a photograph onto Twitter, given we are in the Centenary year. However, I thought we could take this idea and use it to raise some extra money for the Royal British Legion. The match would also give the opportunity for both local Junior Clubs to come together and mark such a poignant event in history as a tribute who laid down their arms during the front line ceasefire 100 years ago.

The game will be played between the Managers and Coaches of Altrincham Juniors (part of Altrincham FC) and Unicorn Athletic Juniors FC, at Unicorn's home ground.

There has always been a healthy rivalry between the two Clubs, who both play in the same local Junior football and are two of the biggest junior clubs in the area. Despite their numerous teams playing each other on a numerous occasions at various age groups, boys and girls for many years, the Managers rarely have the chance to get together.

In other words, this is a social event with a serious message and a great opportunity to raise some vital funds for the RBL.

We hope that our Junior players and parents will come along and support this event. Each player will be contributing £10 to the charity. News of this match has been circulated within the local area. Everyone is welcome to attend or just send a donation by contacting myself".


Above: Mike Ripley captures Steven Gillespie gliding past a Macclesfield player in the game on Saturday. More of Mike's pictures are on his website.


The BBC reports that "Wrexham and Southport want their Conference game on New Year's Day postponed to allow them to prepare for FA Cup third round ties. Kevin Wilkin's side are scheduled to host Southport on Thursday, 1 January. Southport are away to Championship side Derby County on Saturday, 3 January, with Wrexham travelling to Stoke City a day later.

The Football Conference are due to consider the request during a board meeting on Monday. 'Both clubs would ideally prefer the game to be called off so we can prepare for massive games,' Wilkin said. 'The Conference will decide whether that can or can't be the case'. Wrexham will travel to Southport in the Conference on Boxing Day".

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, "Lincoln City have released striker Sahr Kabba following a fruitless spell at the club. Kabba was signed by then Imps boss Gary Simpson last summer for an undisclosed fee, but has failed to make an impact and has been let go by Simpson’s successor Chris Moyses. The former Havant & Waterlooville forward was loaned out to Whitehawk earlier this season in a bid to improve his fitness and returned at the start of last month. Overall, he made just two substitute appearances for the Imps."

From Coventry City we learn that "Former Coventry City defender Liam Daish is maintaining that he is the right man to lead Nuneaton Town. Nuneaton are in big trouble in the Conference relegation zone and results have not improved since Daish replaced Brian Reid.

Speaking to Nuneaton News, Daish said... 'I am the man to succeed here. I know what I am doing. I have been dealt a tough hand, but I have not given up on it. But there things happening that I cannot legislate for. I am man enough to take responsibility for what is going on but the players need to take responsibility at the same time. I can do all the work with them in the world but I cannot legislate for what happened on Saturday.

I cannot legislate for us giving away goals or players not playing simple passes or passing it at the right time. I cannot make a player make the right decision at the right time. It is not coaching what they are doing, it is just knowing what to do at the right time. As I said, these are things I cannot control. I am confident that I can push us forward, though'",

According to the Halifax Courier "FC Halifax Town and Forest Green Rovers have both been charged by the FA with mass confrontation following their Conference Premier game at the Shay on December 2. Both clubs are accused of failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour, contrary to FA Rule E20[a].

Forest Green have admitted the charge but FC Halifax have denied the charge. Both clubs have requested a non-personal hearing. No date has been set for these hearings. A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission will decide whether the charge against Halifax should stand and will be reviewing video and written evidence.

Meanwhile, Forest Green’s James Norwood has also been charged in relation to the same game after it was alleged his language and/or behaviour following his dismissal amounted to improper conduct. Norwood has admitted the charge and requested a non-personal hearing".

15 December 2014


In the FA Trophy second round, Altrincham have been draw away to the winners of the Bradford PA and Kidderminster Harriers first round tie.

The full draw is:

  • 1 Chorley v FC United of Manchester
  • 2 Grimsby Town v Gateshead
  • 3 Stockport County v Wrexham
  • 4 Worcester City or FC Halifax Town v Alfreton Town
  • 5 North Ferriby United or Boston United v Hyde
  • 6 AFC Fylde v AFC Telford United or Chester
  • 7 Kidderminster Harriers v Altrincham
  • 8 Wealdstone v Bath City
  • 9 Ebbsfleet United or Welling United v Forest Green Rovers
  • 10 Havant & Waterlooville v Dover Athletic
  • 11 Maidenhead United v Farnborough
  • 12 Basingstoke Town or Gosport Borough v Braintree Town
  • 13 Oxford City v Woking
  • 14 Hemel Hempstead Town v Concord Rangers
  • 15 Torquay United v Bromley
  • 16 Burgess Hill Town v Dartford


MIchael Ripley's images from the Alty v Macclesfield Town game are at the above link.


At Sunday's successful Open Day in the new Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium there was a good attendance and plenty of potential bookings for the new facilities. Amongst those attending was Alty keeper Stuart Coburn and his two children, Finn and baby Jake (seen right). In addition to display tables representing the Club's community operations as well as various local organizations, visitors were able to watch the Manchester United v Liverpool game on the numerous new TV screens.

Club caterer Richie Bentley provided refreshments whilst Jenny Heslop was behind the bar. The facility will be open to all at the next home game, against Dover Athletic on Saturday 20 December.

The Club is aiming to decorate the panels behind the bar with supporters' favourite Altrincham FC pictures of all time. These can be action shots, poirtraits or whatever takes your fancy. Supporters are invited to nominate their chosen image(s) to the Club. This can be done by sending your nominations by e-mail.


Geoff Morris writes that "The 'Friends of Altrincham FC' November draw was made at half-time on Saturday on Radio Robins. The winners are:
  • *92 John Edwards £100
  • *25 Allison Lewis £50
  • *106 Ian Gordon £35
  • *68 Mike Jones £15
The December draw will take place during half-time of the match against Dover on Saturday at the J Davidson stadium. Details of the draw, including how to join, can be found here".


Alty's next game is at home to Dover Athletic on Saturday, 20 December (3pm). The Dover club's forum confirms that the clb will not be running a supporters' coach to the game. Dover had their keeper sent off on Saturday so he will miss the trip to Alty.

Howard Watts provides us with details of previous Alty matches on Saturday's date in his Through the Years files.


Coming up soon are several notable landmarks for Alty players...
  • Nicky Clee's 200th Altrincham start arrives in 2 games' time.
  • Damian Reeves's 200th start arrives in 6 games' time.
  • Scott Leather's 100th start is in 3 games' time.
  • Jake Moult's 100th start comes in 7 games' time.


Alty Youth's fixture on Sunday, away to Hyde FC, was postponed as the pitch was unfit. Next up is an away game at Morecambe, next Sunday.


Following Saturday's game, Lee sinnott told the NL Paper, "It was a poor game that started well and then degenerated. We put in a strong defensive display and won with a superb goal".

Match report here.

Alty TV has highlights of the match here.

According to Macclesfield Town, "The Macclesfield manager isn't worried ahead of Alfreton. Macclesfield’s defeat at the hands of Altrincham may have left fans disappointed, but manager John Askey is confident that the result can be nothing but a blip...

'We didn’t get the result we wanted and now we concentrate on the league. There was one or two that we had to rest after playing on Wednesday. We didn’t get back until about quarter to four in the morning. I didn’t want anyone to get injured and that’s why we had to rest Danny Whitaker and Paul Turnbull. Turnbull felt his groin in training, so he couldn’t play.

We didn’t play well in the game today but I can’t criticise the players. Games like this have only been blips this season and I’m hoping this will be the same'.

Despite losing the early goal, Macclesfield continued to press but couldn’t break down the Altrincham defence... 'I thought we could get back into it, I put one or two players on towards the end to give us that extra impetus but it just never really happened for us. We were unlucky not to score but, just like last time we were here, it’s one game and we won’t get carried away.'


The Chester Chronicle tells us that a "replay means Blues face six games in 16 days over festive period. Steve Burr said his team were below their best following the 1-1 draw at AFC Telford United in the FA Trophy first round...

Neither side did enough to win the game so a draw and a replay was the fair outcome, although that did not save Telford manager Liam Watson, who was sacked after the game... Telford did merit something from the game on balance without creating too much, and the draw means the teams will meet for a fourth time this season.

A provisional date of Tuesday, December 23 was announced for the replay which would mean Chester have to play six games in 16 days...

Up next for the Blues is the FA Cup second round replay with Barnsley at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm)."

We learn from the Shropshire Star that "AFC Telford United managing director Lee Carter has confirmed it was the club's decision to end Liam Watson's reign as manager.

Watson's departure from the New Buck's Head, along with that of assistant Dominic Morley, was announced at around 6pm yesterday evening... The Bucks have endured a dismal campaign so far and are lying rock bottom of the Conference Premier with 24 games gone, 10 points from safety.

And Carter said, 'It was the board of directors' (decision). We try and take the decisions in as collective a manner as possible so, of course, we talk to the (supporters') trust and the trust chairman has been involved in all the discussions. But, ultimately, it is our name on the contract or on the agreement in this instance so it is us that had to make the final decision.'

Carter added... 'The driving factors were our form, particularly our form against teams 13th in the table and below. We have taken five points [three from Alty!] out of a possible 36 from teams below that, and the impact that was having on us. We had 1,000 people here on Tuesday against Welling, which we can sustain for a while, but we will be issuing a rallying call in January if that continues'...

He said, 'It s not an easy decision to make, because Liam Watson is a fantastic individual. Dominic is a fantastic individual. They are quite possibly the two best individuals I have worked with but we are determined to retain our Conference Premier status so that is why we have made the decision.'

Midfielder and player-coach Andy Todd and goalkeeping coach Andy Pryce will take team training on Tuesday, in the meantime."

14 December 2014


Everyone is invited to the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall Open Day at the J. Davidson Stadium this Sunday (14th) between 11am and 4pm. Come along and see the new facilities and please spread the word to people and groups who might be interested in making bookings to use the Hall.


Altrincham repeated their league win over the Silkmen with another 1-0 win in their FA Trophy clash. The deciding goal arrived after just one minute and fifty seconds...

Match report here.

Right: Simon Richman closes down an opponent.

Macclesfield Town report that "Local rivals Altrincham end Macc’s chances of success in the FA Trophy after an early goal from Damian Reeves was enough to win the tie. The Silkmen made a slow start to the match and Altrincham punished them when their early pressure led to the only goal of the afternoon.

Reeves struck in the second minute when he turned smartly on the edge of the box before firing the ball into the top right corner past Ritchie Branagan. Alex Grant denied the Robins a second goal in the eighth minute... Grant then came close for Macc 22 minutes in ... John Askey’s men then began to dominate possession but struggled to find the killer pass in the final third...

Within the first 10 minutes of the second period both Holroyd and Scott Barrow had chances to make the game level... The home side almost doubled their lead on 62 minutes when a free kick was flicked just past the post by Macc defender George Pilkington.

The Silkmen were beginning to assert their authority on the game as it entered the final 15 minutes but disaster struck when Reeves [Richman] was adjudged to have been fouled on his way through to the Macc penalty area. Whitaker was seen to have caught Reeves not the ball and was shown a red card for being the last man. The decision looked very controversial though as Whitaker didn’t look to be the last man.

With Macc down to 10 men for the last part of the game Altrincham almost took advantage immediately through Tom Marshall. The defender latched onto a cross and his acrobatic effort hit the crossbar before being cleared away. Altrincham saw another chance come and go minutes later when Simon Richman only had Branagan to beat but his shot flew over the bar from inside the box.

Despite being down to 10 men the Silkmen began to dominate the final minutes of the game and began to put a lot of pressure on the Altrincham goal... Macc’s best opportunity of the game came in the 88th minute and it fell to Grant once again. Matthew Barnes-Homer knocked the ball down in the penalty area but the defender could only steer his header wide of the post".


The Football Conference says that "AFC Telford United have issued the following statement immediately after their FA Trophy draw with Chester FC on Saturday. The statement reads, 'It is with regret that the club and Trust Board announce the departure of manager Liam Watson and his assistant Dominic Morley with immediate effect. We would like to thank them both for their effort and commitment since joining the club in May 2012, and more importantly their unique achievements on winning the club's first ever championship in 62 years, and for taking the club to the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever. The club and Trust Board will now work quickly to appoint a permanent successor whose main task will be to fulfil the club's main objective of retaining Vanarama Conference status this season.”

The BBC confirms that "The Football Conference have rejected an appeal from Forest Green Rovers to replay a match in which the club fielded an ineligible player. A three-point deduction, handed out when Rovers pleaded guilty to the offence, will now take effect, seeing them drop from sixth to ninth in the table. Rovers won the match in question, their first of the league season, 1-0 away to Southport on 9 August. A Conference statement also confirmed that a fine of £500 would also stand. "


FA Trophy prize Money is as follows:
  • First Round Proper winners - (32) - £5,000
  • Second Round Proper winners - (16) - £6,000
  • Third Round Proper winners - (8) - £7,000
  • Fourth Round Proper winners - (4) - £8,000
  • Semi-Final winners - (2) - £16,000
  • Final runners-up - (1) - £25,000
  • Final winners - (1) - £50,000


  • Att: 215 AFC Fylde 3-0 Gainsborough Trinity
  • Att: 776 AFC Telford Utd 1-1 Chester FC
  • Att: 870 Aldershot Town 0-1 Burgess Hill Town
  • Att: 1276 Altrincham 1-0Macclesfield Town
  • Att: 290 Basingstoke Town 2-2 Gosport Borough
  • Att: 428 Bishops Stortford 0-5 Torquay United
  • Att: ? Bradford Park Avenue P-P Kidderminster Harriers
  • Att: 547 Braintree Town 1-0 AFC Sudbury
  • Att: 3505 Bristol Rovers 0-2 Bath City
  • Att: 413 Bromley 2-0 Leiston
  • Att: 318 Concord Rangers 0-0 Barnet
  • Att: 513 Dartford 2-0 Solihull Moors
  • Att: 876 Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Welling United
  • Att: 907 FC United Of Manchester 4-0 Harrogate Town
  • Att: 517 Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Didcot Town
  • Att: 538 Gateshead 2-0 Halesowen Town
  • Att: 498 Guiseley 0-2 Chorley
  • Att: ? Hemel Hempstead Town 1-0 Sutton United
  • Att: 280 Hyde 4-2 Spennymoor Town
  • Att: 1243 Lincoln City 0-2 Alfreton Town
  • Att: 575 Lowestoft Town 1-3 Dover Athletic
  • Att: 255 Maidenhead United 2-1 Poole Town
  • Att: 321 North Ferriby United 1-1 Boston United
  • Att: 654 Southport 1-1 Wrexham
  • Att: 454 Wealdstone 1-0 Hayes & Yeading Utd
  • Att: 0 Weston-Super-Mare 1-3 Farnborough
  • Att: 612 Weymouth 1-1 Havant & Waterlooville
  • Att: 235 Wimborne Town 0-3 Oxford City
  • Att: 693 Woking 2-0 Eastleigh
  • Att: ? Worcester City P-P FC Halifax Town
  • Att: 344 Nuneaton Town 0-2 Grimsby Town
  • Att. 907 Ramsbottom United 0-3 Stockport County

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