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5 October 2015


The overwhelming majority of Altrincham fans are delighted at the team's results over the past fortnight, with seven points gleaned by an injury ravaged team from the last three matches. However, Dave Stringer of the NLP interviewed Lee Sinnott after Saturday's win and he found the Alty boss justifiably upset at an odd few supporters who voiced criticism during the game.

Dave writes, "While admitting Reeves was only in the starting line up due to an injury to Michael Rankine, Sinnott expressed his disappointment at criticism of some of his other players and warned they could lead to dire consequences. 'Everyone has their favourites but some comments are uncalled for', Sinnott moaned. 'Fans have to remember that I am always 24 hours from the sack but also 24 hours from resigning'. Sinnott, however, was full of praise for his match winner but also hailed the efforts of his defence...

'Damian ran himself into the ground... Barrow started well and were the better team for long periods. I asked the defenders at the break to step forward ten yards to meet Barrow's forwards and I cannot fault their effort'".


TASC Travel Coordinator, Mark Eckersall, writes, "In a bid to welcome new travellers on the coaches the discounted TASC member price will be offered for all people who use the coach for this game as a promotion. TASC members have already saved £2 per journey on all travel so far and membership is available to guarantee that you will get a discount on future trips. We need your support to keep these coaches going and hope that you will join us.

We have a 29 seater coach booked with Haytons Travel, will stop for half and hour on the way down and back and aim to get there 1:15 - 1:30 in time for a pre-match drink. Contact the club (0161 928-1045)to book or get your name down in the Community Sports Hall on Saturday".

Times and fares are on the Away Travel page.


Brian Flynn advises that "Unfortunately, the recording from Radio Robins of Saturday's match doesn't start until 20 minutes in, as the microphone wasn't switched on!". However, that may be just as well as Barrow dominated the opening stages. The remainder of the game can be heard here.

According to the BBC match statistics in the game on Saturday the breakdown was as follows:

  • Possession: Altrincham 44/ Barrow 56%
  • Shots: 9/20
  • On target: 3/4
  • Corners: 2/9
  • Fouls: 11/15


Of the 22 matches previously played by Altrincham on Tuesday's date, 6th October, there is only one past opponent who is currently at the same level or a higher one than Altrincham currently enjoys; Yeovil Town. In fact, numerous former opponents have sunk down the pyramid or, in a few cases, disappeared altogether. See the details in Howard Watts's Through the Years data.

  • Altrincham v Halifax Town
  • Barrow v Chester FC
  • Cheltenham Town v Braintree Town
  • Grimsby Town v Gateshead
  • Guiseley v Macclesfield Town
  • Kidderminster Harriers v Boreham Wood
  • Torquay United v Dover Athletic
  • Welling United v Bromley
  • Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers

Wednesday 7 October:

  • Aldershot Town v Forest Green Rovers BT Sport

    • Aldershot Town v Altrincham
    • Boreham Wood v Welling United
    • Braintree Town v Grimsby Town
    • Bromley v Barrow
    • Chester FC v Lincoln City
    • Dover Athletic v Wrexham
    • FC Halifax Town v Woking
    • Forest Green Rovers v Guiseley
    • Gateshead v Cheltenham Town
    • Macclesfield Town v Kidderminster Harriers k.o. 12.30pm BT Sport
    • Southport v Torquay United
    • Tranmere Rovers v Eastleigh


    You can watch the passing move, starting with Scott Leather at right back, which led to Damian Reeves's goal against Barrow on Alty TV.

    Match report here.

    Michael Ripley has images of the game.


    Alty Youth are away at Workington in the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night, k.o. 7.30pm.

    On Sunday, Alty won 2-1 away in the league at Morecambe. The league table is here.


    John Edwards, joint Press & Media Officer at Altrincham FC writes that "Damian Reeves claimed his first goal of the season as Altrincham survived an early Barrow onslaught, courtesy of some inspired goalkeeping from Tim Deasy, to make it three games unbeaten in the Vanarama National League. After former Barrow keeper Deasy thwarted his old club with two exceptional first-half saves, Reeves latched onto a 61st-minute James Lawrie through ball to secure a hard-earned 1-0 win.

    'Barrow put us under pressure in the first half and may count themselves unfortunate after hitting the post and being denied by Tim,' said manager Lee Sinnott, whose side are at home to FC Halifax on Tuesday night. 'There were a couple of great saves to ensure a second successive clean sheet for Tim, and I'm delighted at the way he has stepped up and made the most of his opportunity.

    'That's what keepers are about. They are a bit like centre-forwards. They want the glory but, when the time comes, it's down to them to make those saves. Tim did, and all credit to him.

    'I'm pleased for Reevesie, the way he stuck that chance away. The system we have been playing dictates one up front, and, to be fair, Michael Rankine has been doing really well in that role. But we know what Reevesie is capable of, and he demonstrated it again. Striking is all about confidence, and that will have done him the world of good.'

    Rankine missed the game with a back injury and faces a fitness test for the visit of Halifax".

    Brian Flynn conducted an interview with goalkeeper Tim Deasy after Saturday's game and this can be heard here.


    Altrincham FC Junior Football Club is raising funds towards the £20,000 cost of participating in the prestigious Foyle Cup competition in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in July 2016, sponsored by Hughes Insurance. The aim is to enter an elite Altrincham under-12s' team and a composite youth team drawn from the club's appropriate age-group teams. A major fundraising event will be "An Evening with Graham Heathcote", the former Altrincham manager and player, which will be held at the J. Davidson Stadium on 7th November 2015 at 7.30pm.

    Tickets, at just £15, are available to order by e-mail or by ringing 07967 191610. Please see the adjacent poster for further information.


    Alty supporter Mike Garnett enjoyed a good week of football; read all about it here.


    In the North West Women's Regional League Division 1 South, Alty Ladies lost on Sunday away to Livepool City Ladies' Community FC 4-2. More detils are here.


    Altrinham entertain FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night. FC Halifax Ton report that "Manager Darren Kelly described his side’s performance in their 7-1 home loss to Cheltenham Town as 'not acceptable', following Town’s heaviest defeat of the season.

    Taking charge for the first time since his appointment on Thursday, Kelly saw his side heavily beaten at The Shay... The result means Town have slipped to 23rd in the Vanarama National League and are without a win in seven.

    An honest Kelly said, 'It’s hugely disappointing, especially with the supporters supporting us like they do and getting behind the team, but that’s not acceptable. After the game I’ve told the players what I think, I’ve been very honest. On today’s performance it’s pretty much the opposite of how I want to do things and it’s not going to happen again...

    'All credit to Cheltenham, they were very good but the thing for me is when we conceded, it’s about how you respond, and especially after the third goal the heads went down. I think mentally it sucked the life out of some of the players and through that they were just gone.

    'If I’m being honest I wasn’t really impressed from start to finish, I actually thought we started that bit slow, but there are certain characters in there that give their all. I wanted to get some really good positives from today to take into Tuesday but at the minute I can’t seem to find any. There’s an extreme amount of work to be done...

    'I learnt a lot from today and I learnt a lot about the players. Obviously I only came in on Thursday so I didn’t get the opportunity to work with them this week, if I had perhaps I would have had a better understanding and maybe I would have changed certain personnel. It’s a quick turnaround and hopefully today will hurt so that we look to respond on Tuesday'".

    Meanwhile, "FC Halifax Town defender Matty Brown has called on the side to take a look at themselves in the wake of the 7-1 defeat... avisibly upset Brown insisted things have to change on the field...

    'We started okay but the way it has gone in the end is just embarrassing... I think it was just an accumulation of things towards the end. We’re not getting the rub of the green and not playing particularly well so heads are dropping. Something needs to change quick because us as players are the only ones who can change something...

    I’m sure in the next few weeks you’ll see a bit of identity to come with the new manager. He’ll bring in his own ideas and his own players, but something needs to be done'...

    Brown and the squad will have an opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday night when they make the relatively short journey to Altrincham. The new management regime will take charge of their first training session on Monday night".

    And "Sam Walker has expressed his sympathy to the FC Halifax Town supporters, after they watched their side go down to a brutal 7-1 defeat at home... Sam Walker admitted, 'Everyone is pretty embarrassed...

    Walker was introduced in the second half after starting on the bench, and he gave away the penalty in the final minute which allowed Munns to seal his hat-trick...

    'In 75% of the goals which have come, they are preventable. I was at fault for one (the penalty) and I didn’t think I caught the lad'...

    Walker and his teammates have the opportunity to put things right on Tuesday night, when they travel to Altrincham. Coincidentally, Tuesday’s location is the scene of Town’s last clean sheet, 21 games ago, and the side will be determined to grab their first of the season this time around. The Shaymen have conceded the most goals in the National League this campaign, 32 goals going in so far in 14 games."

    The Halifax Courier adds that "Richard Peniket believes he is a long way down the road to recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament injury. The Town forward has been out of action since sustaining the injury in the 0-0 draw at Altrincham back in March.

    But he is optimistic that a return to action is on the horizon after gradually stepping up his rehabilitation programme... He said... 'I’m four months in and the ligament is strong now'...

    Peniket is confident he can come back as the same player he was before the injury... 'I’m keen to get back as quickly as possible,' he added. 'The physios are telling me Christmas and I’m telling them November!'".


    The a href="">Evostik League reports that goalkeeper Joshua Samberg has moved from Trafford to Ashton United and that ex-Youth teamer Matthew Todd has moved from Stockport County to Northwich Victoria on loan.


    According to the Gloucestershire Echo "Hat-trick hero Jack Munns is adamant that Cheltenham Town can't savour the success of Saturday's 7-1 thumping of Halifax Town... He said that the squad are determined to prove they aren't 'one-hit wonders' and reproduce the clever and classy football they showed in West Yorkshire on a more regular basis...

    Munns said, 'If we can produce that more often, then I don't think there are any teams that can live with us. We need to do that on the bigger occasions now against Forest Green, Grimsby and so on'".

    4 October 2015


    With this win Altrincham made it seven points earned in three games but Barrow will have left Cheshire disappointed not to have taken something from the game...

    Match report here.

    Above, right: Alty team-mates congratulate Damian Reeves on his goal.


    The NW Evening Mail reported that "Barrow AFC missed a string of chances and twice hit the woodwork as Damian Reeves's second-half goal condemned them to a narrow defeat at Altrincham.

    AFC were unable to make breakthrough having been the better side for the majority of the first half, although Altrincham created a few good chances of their own. Barrow continued to offer more attacking threat after the break but Reeves produced what the visitors couldn't; a clinical finish.

    Barrow looked sprightly from the first whistle. On three minutes, centre-back Danny Livesey rose well to meet a corner but his header was saved by ex-Bluebirds keeper Tim Deasy, who looked in the mood to foil his former club...

    Alty turned the tables by starting to pose their own attacking threat... Barrow keeper Joel Dixon then made a great save to scoop away Reeves' angled attempt. Dave Symington and Jake Moult traded long-range drives that went wide.

    Barrow were competing well again as Deasy did well to tip Cook's shot onto the post on 39 minutes, while Cowperthwaite's header hit the bar four minutes later...

    Reeves hit the hosts' winner on 61 minutes, latching on to a through ball and winning his one-on-one duel with Dixon by slotting home... Barrow were left to rue their wasted opportunities after falling to defeat".


    Altrincham entertain FC Halifax Town at the J. Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night.

    On Saturday, the Yorkshire Post told us that "The Darren Kelly-era at FC Halifax Town got off to the worst possible start as they were thrashed 7-1 at home by Cheltenham. The Shaymen have seen some miserable days over the last few months, but none as bad as this.

    But all that was brushed aside as Town’s season, and arguably their whole history since reforming, hit a new nadir. Again, Town’s only positive was a defeat for Kidderminster meaning at least they weren’t bottom of the table. The scoreline possessed an almost cruel similarity for Kelly, who lost his final game in charge of Oldham 5-1 at home.

    But the scale of the task ahead for the Northern Irishman was laid bare here as Halifax capitulated before his eyes. Cheltenham were good, very good, at times, but Halifax were awful; it says much that Cheltenham weren’t flattered too much by the scoreline.

    Steve Nichol, who selected the side in the absence of Gareth McClelland and due to the recency [sic] of Kelly’s appointment, made three changes from Welling.

    Kelly’s message to his players was an unequivocal ‘Show me what you can do’, and Town at least seemed determined to do just that early on, with Josh Macdonald and James Bolton particularly catching the eye down the right flank with some bursts forward... Despite that promising first 10 minutes, Town’s wait for a clean sheet was extended to 22 games as Jack Munns latched on to a superb through ball by Danny Wright and coolly lifted the ball over the onrushing Matt Glennon.

    Kelly had been given a great ovation from the Town fans before kick-off, and that atmosphere carried on into the match, but was punctured by Munns’ goal. Town seemed to fall flat on the pitch after that goal too, with the early bite and snap in their play dissipating...

    But... the side with the second-worst shots on target tally had equalised against the joint-best defence in the division; maybe some things do change...

    There was also plenty of evidence why only Torquay had conceded more goals than Town in the National League; changing that must surely be very high on Kelly’s to-do list...

    Town were a dispirited team and were soon subjected to greater punishment as substitute Billy Waters smashed the ball past Glennon from Morgan-Smith’s deft pass [5-1]. A lone cry of ‘I want my money back’ from the South Stand minutes before the end seemed to sum things up pretty well. There was still time for Munns to seal his hat-trick as he beat a couple of Town challenges before curling his shot beyond Glennon.

    Then, the final humiliation saw Munns grab his fourth from the spot after he was fouled by Bolton shortly before the final whistle was greeted with a mixture of boos and stunned disbelief."

    FC Halifax Town themselves report that "The Shaymen were beginning to take control of proceedings just as Cheltenham provided the sucker punch on the break. Having edged the run of play in the opening exchanges, Town fell behind in the 11th minute as Danny Wright played in Munns, who smashed home from just outside of the box...

    Jack Bartram raced towards Town’s box and unleased a stinging drive that Matty Glennon had to be at his best to parry behind for a corner, before The Shaymen broke away and found the equaliser following some excellent play. Josh Macdonald charged into The Robins half, before squaring an inch perfect cross to the feet of James, who composed himself and fired home his first goal for the club. Town took the momentum from the leveller...

    The home fans... were silenced shortly after when Amari Morgan-Smith raced past Town’s back four and slotted a left footed effort past Glennon’s right hand side from the edge of the box... Town were hit by with a huge blow almost instantly after the break, when a bizarre cross come shot by Munns evaded everyone and somehow found its way into the net...

    It didn’t take long for things to go from bad to worse for The Shaymen, as Cheltenham made it four just before the hour mark... New boss Kelly rolled the dice by making a triple substitution with Shaun Tuton replacing Macdonald, while Racchi was switched with Sam Walker. The final change saw Danny Hattersley come on in place of Bencherif.

    With Cheltenham now in full command, substitute Bill Waters got in on the act when he smashed home to make it five in the 80th minute, before Munns added his second goal ten minutes later with a strike which flew into the top right hand corner. There was even time for a seventh in added time, as Morgan-Smith drew a foul from Walker in the box. Munns stepped and sent Glennon the wrong way to complete his hat-trick".


    The National League round-up says that "Forest Green Rovers' form is still far from what it was at the start of the season, but Jon Parkin's fourth goal of the season earned them a point at Grimsby Town on Saturday that keeps them on top of the Vanarama National League table...

    Cheltenham Town thrashed FC Halifax Town 7-1 to... end an unbeaten home run of five matches at The Shay. A Jack Munns hat-trick, two of which came in the final minutes, gave the away side a comfortable margin of victory, after Kingsley James's first goal for Town had brought The Shaymen level in the first half... Munns curled home his second goal from the edge of the area, before completing his hat-trick from the spot after Sam Walker fouled Morgan-Smith, ending Darren Kelly’s first game in charge with a crushing home defeat.

    Andy Mangan and Jonathon Margetts both bagged braces as Tranmere Rovers comprehensively brought Bromley's run of six league wins to an end at Prenton Park...

    Tranmere also leap-frogged Gateshead after they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the International Stadium to Dover Athletic... The win moves the Whites up to fifth place in the table.

    Bragging rights went to Chester FC as they claimed a 3-2 cross-border derby win against Wrexham at the Deva Stadium. John Rooney put Chester ahead after 34 minutes with a superb free-kick into the top corner. But Wrexham hit back 6 minutes before the break, Dominic Vose slotting home from the spot after Ben Heneghan had hauled down Blaine Hudson in the box.

    But goals from Tom Shaw after 58 minutes and Kane Richards on 69 minutes put Chester into a 3-1 lead, and they could even afford to allow Wrexham a late consolation goal from Connor Jennings in the 3rd minute of injury-time.

    Braintree Town continued to be the division`s away experts as they won once again on the road. This time, it was Eastleigh who were on the receiving end as the Iron made it sixteen points from a possible eighteen away from the Avanti Stadium. The breakthrough came for Braintree from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute... And Braintree’s own grip was further strengthened on the hour-mark when a cross by Dan Sparkes saw Cheek tuck the ball away...

    Macclesfield Town failed to break down a resilient Boreham Wood at the Moss Rose on Saturday afternoon as the game ended goalless...

    A brace from Cole Stockton helped Southport to only their second win of the season against Woking at Kingfield. Stockton, on loan from league rivals Tranmere Rovers, scored the opener after 8 minutes with a low strike. The 21-year-old striker doubled Southport's lead in the 17th minute...

    Kevin Nicholson's first game in charge of Torquay United ended in a 2-0 defeat at Plainmoor against Aldershot Town to extend the Gulls' run without a win to eleven matches...

    George Porter scored the only goal at Aggborough as Welling United won to stretch Kidderminster Harriers' win-less start to the season to fourteen games. Porter's free-kick went straight through the wall to find the bottom corner on 49 minutes... Harriers went down to ten-men just 3 minutes later when Tunnicliffe was shown a red card for a foul on Porter. It was a third game without a win for Harriers' caretaker boss Colin Gordon."


    • Att: 1384 Altrincham v Barrow
    • Att: 3741 Chester FC v Wrexham
    • Att: 1330 Eastleigh v Braintree Town
    • Att: 1267 FC Halifax Town v Cheltenham Town
    • Att: 949 Gateshead v Dover Athletic
    • Att: 5034 Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers
    • Att: 1438 Kidderminster Harriers v Welling United
    • Att: 1186 Macclesfield Town v Boreham Wood
    • Att: 1946 Torquay United v Aldershot Town
    • Att: 4817 Tranmere Rovers v Bromley
    • Att: 1510 Woking v Southport

    3 October 2015


    Friday, 2 October
    • Guiseley 0-1 Lincoln City

    Saturday, 3 October

    • Altrincham 1-0 Barrow
    • Chester FC 3-2 Wrexham k.o. 2pm
    • Eastleigh 0-2 Braintree Town
    • FC Halifax Town 1-7 Cheltenham Town
    • Gateshead 2-3 Dover Athletic
    • Grimsby Town 1-1 Forest Green Rovers
    • Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 Welling United
    • Macclesfield Town 0-0 Boreham Wood
    • Torquay United 0-2 Aldershot Town
    • Tranmere Rovers 4-0 Bromley
    • Woking 1-2 Southport
    • Howard Watts's Through the Years data.


    Altrincham are hosts to Barrow on Saturday, 3rd September (3pm).

    You can follow the fixture via this website's minute by minute text updates by clicking on the icon below. Alternatively Radio Robins' coverage of the game is outlined below as well.

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    Brian Flynn advises that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of Saturday's game at The J.Davidson Stadium against Barrow. The match commentary sponsor is Leck Construction Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness's largest local contractor.

    Leck Construction Limited was founded in 1946 and is now one of the largest and most experienced Construction and Development Companies in South Lakeland/Cumbria. They have regional offices in Barrow and Manchester and undertake many aspects of construction and development work throughout the North West. Enquiries from all types of domestic or commercial clients are welcome and you can find further details on their website.

    The commentators are Tim Ainsworth and Paul Salt, and the match summariser is Jack Wylie. Coverage starts at 2.55pm with the game kicking off at 3.00pm and you can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at

    The match preview will be available to watch via Periscope, which is a live video streaming App. Viewing of the match preview will be by a link on twitter from @altrinchamfc, which will be available as the broadcast starts at 7.40pm.

    Mike Garnett's statistic summarise the history of matches between the two clubs:

    • Home - p.38 w.20 d.14 l.4 f.79 a.39
    • Away - p.35 w,14 d.9 l.12 f.54 a.45
    • Overall - p.73 w.34 d.23 l.16 f.133 a.84

    Howard Watts's Through the Years records for today's date are here.


    Altrincham Ladies' manager Keith Edleston announces that "We signed on two new players on Thursday night. The first is Lucy Smith, a young energetic player, who plays as a defensive midfielder and links up play very well. Lucy joins us from Stockport County LFC.

    The second new signing Lissy Taylor, who is a player we have played against many times and she has always impressed us with her tough tackling and will to win. Lissy joins us from Whitchurch Alport (via Crewe Alex LFC) and plays as a midfield/forward. Lissy also weighs in with a fair few goals to boot. We hope both players enjoy their time with us".


    The NW Evening Mail tells us that "Darren Edmondson has indicated that he will make changes to his Barrow AFC side at Altrincham tomorrow as he seeks better fortunes in front of goal. Winger Dan Pilkington has trained all week and is in line for a recall after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Full-back George Williams was also ruled out of AFC’s 1-1 draw with Kidderminster last weekend after picking up a foot problem. The defender was rested yesterday [Thursday] but it is hoped that he will train today when he will be further assessed. If Williams is declared fit, Edmondson must decide whether to recall him or keep faith with playing Dave Symington at right-back.

    AFC have only managed a total of 14 goals from their 13 National League games this season, the joint-17th worst record in the division. Barrow boss Edmondson said, 'I think there are big (selection) decisions all over to be honest. Pilks coming back is obviously a plus for the squad and ,if George is also fit, then that’s great. As it stands, we have decisions to make because we’re not scoring enough goals. There are a lot of people pushing for starts at the moment, which is very good.

    'If there are any changes I don’t think anybody can have any qualms because we are still conceding at the moment, plus on the flip side, we’re not scoring enough.'

    Leading goalscorer Andy Cook has bagged more than half of AFC’s goals this term having scored on eight occasions in league action. Edmondson added, 'We’ve got to get goals from elsewhere, whether that’s from defenders coming for corners, wide players coming inside and taking chances or midfielders and other forwards scoring goals'...

    Altrincham can certainly be classed as banana-skin opposition having bloodied the nose of some of the National League’s big guns this season... But they sit sixth-from-bottom in the table, having lost seven of their opening 13 league games

    Edmondson said, 'I think that sometimes inconsistency can come from being part-time and, sometimes, what financial benefits give you is inconsistent players. So, all managers in this league at the moment will be frustrated by what their group of players are bringing because, with the exception of one or two clubs, there have been a lot of inconsistent starts this year. We’ve got three games in a week so we’ve got to make sure that we’re very consistent in what we do, that we don’t give Alty any time to build some momentum.

    'They’ll pass the ball, they’ve got some good players in there and they’re producing some positive results. The tempo in our second-half performance against Kidderminster is what we need to achieve right from the first whistle'".

    The Mail also reports that "Barrow AFC striker Anthony Wilson insists he is willing and able to resume starting duties after ending his latest injury nightmare. During the summer the 28-year-old underwent knee cartilage surgery – his third such operation within the space of a year and made his comeback by emerging as a late substitute in the 3-1 home defeat by Aldershot Town a fortnight ago. And he got more than 30 minutes under his belt after arriving from the bench in the second half of last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Kidderminster Harriers.

    Ahead of the Aldershot game, Bluebirds boss Darren Edmondson outlined the need to give the powerful marksman a chance to bed back into the squad... Wilson understands that point of view but he will not shy away from the task in hand if Edmondson gives him the nod to start at National League rivals Altrincham...

    Said Wilson, 'I’ve not played for a while, I’ve missed a lot of football and pre-season. But once you’re fit and then joining back in you just want to get involved straight away'...

    Wilson believes his troublesome knee can stand up to the rigours of playing for longer periods... Said Wilson, 'In my head, at first, I was a bit wary but now I’m starting to trust the knee and it does feel good now. I’m not having any problems with it at all apart from a little ache here and there'...

    'I’m hoping that maybe I will [start] but, to be fair, we’ve been doing well recently so if I don’t start I can’t have any qualms about it'. Wilson joined Barrow from North Ferriby United before the start of last season, but knee injures have limited hnto the team because the club haven’t really seen me on a run yet, so I’ve got until the end of the season to kind of prove myself,' said Wilson... 'I feel like I kind of owe Barrow a little bit because I’ve been injured'".

    Still at Holker Street, we learn that "Elliot Newby is grateful for the first-team opportunities he has been handed this season... The Barrovian teenager joined his twin brother, Alex, in the Barrow ranks during the summer and made a dream start on a personal level, making his competitive debut by arriving as an 85th-minute substitute at Grimsby Town and scoring in injury time on August 11...

    The 19-year-old went on to show plenty of promise during a handful of other National League substitute appearances.

    'First of all, I’ve really enjoyed it,' said Newby... [Darren Edmndson has] put a lot of faith in me, putting me on in games where we’ve been winning and it’s been tight in the last 10 or 20 minutes when he might need a spark or to just keep the game solid...

    'I’m not looking to be on the fringes, I want to really help the team out as much as possible'...

    The ex-Bolton Wanderers youngster... Newby admits to not doing too well on his home debut against Guiseley... 'I’m not worried about how many minutes I get early on in the season but, definitely as the season progresses, if I get into the team I want to stay there...

    'Basically, the more I play, the better I think I’ll get'...

    Newby has not appeared for the Bluebirds since mid-September... But Newby himself agrees with the way his fledgling career is being handled and understands that Edmondson has to bring him on in a sensible manner...

    'At the moment he’s got me champing at the bit because I’m eager to play... It’s sort of driving me on to keep doing well in training and when I’m given minutes... So I agree with the way the gaffer has brought me in and edged me into the team and stuff'".

    Yet more from the NW Evening Mail comes in ex-Alty player Alex Meechan's column; he is assistant boss at Barrow thse days. He says, "I know Altrincham well as I played for the club during my career. Their latest squad boasts plenty of good players. They’ve got the big boy up front, Michael Rankine and they’ve got Damian Reeves.

    The latter banged in goals for fun and his record shows that he was an able replacement for Colin Little who was a legend at Alty. Jake Moult, in midfield, is very competitive and he tries to create catalysts for attacks with his tackling. At the back they’ve got the likes of centre-back Gianluca Havern.

    They’ve got Adam Griffin at left-back, another experienced player at this level. So they’ve got players who know the level, who are experienced and who can turn games in their favour. Jamies Lawrie is a very clever little player, who plays at number 10. <> I was with him at Telford so I know a lot about him. I think the whole league, other than three of four teams, has been inconsistent...

    We know what Altrincham are about, they try and play in the right way, they’ve got some good players and they’ve got a nice big pitch at Moss Lane. But it’s another game that you really want to have a go at...

    We’re still there or thereabouts in that we’re looking up the table and that’s the way the Barrow owner and the club wants us to be".


    Altrincham travel to the EBB Stadium a.k.a. The Recreation Ground a week today (Sat. 10th October). From there, Aldesrhot Town announce that "As part of Non-League Day’s efforts to attract more fans to support their local teams, Aldershot Town are offering season ticket holders of Premier League and Championship clubs free admission to Saturday’s match against Altrincham...

    Several non-league clubs have extended this deal to every home game, including Gateshead, to show Premier League and Championship supporters what the Vanarama National League has to offer. This initiative has been made possible by the Fans For Diversity scheme, which has made The Shots’ game against Altrincham one of just four designated matches on Non-League Day.

    Chairman Shahid Azeem said, 'We recognise the need to reach out to new supporters and this is a great opportunity to showcase the passion and excitement of Aldershot Town and the EBB Stadium. We would especially hope to welcome some fans who already know the club through attending Chelsea Academy matches. This area is a hotbed of football support and we want to prove the value of Aldershot Town to thousands of potential new fans'. Supporters wishing to take advantage of this offer must present their season ticket booklets at the EBB Stadium turnstiles on the day."


    He was a summer trialist for Altrincham in 2014 and now NL Pitchero reports that "Stockport County have signed 21-year-old midfielder Wade Joyce. Liverpool-born Joyce started out at Tranmere Rovers academy, but was tempted across to Bury... before making the move to Sunderland's under-21 squad in 2012.

    At the start of the 2013/14 season, he joined Barnsley and was sent on loan to Oldham Athletic, before leaving the Tykes to join St Johnstone... He joined Celtic from St Johnstone in August 2014 and then departed Bower Fold the following October to join Burscough."


    "Bromley duo Mark Goldberg and Moses Emmanuel have been named the September Vanarama National League Manager and Player of the Month respectively. Goldberg and his team have marched to six straight wins against against Gateshead, Macclesfield, Boreham Wood, Torquay United, Kidderminster Harriers, and Chester scoring an incredible twenty goals in the process.

    Moses Emmanuel has been a huge contributor to the twenty goals having scored eight of them, including a memorable twenty-two minute hat-trick against Torquay. To win both awards in only the Club's second month of Vanarama National League football is a huge achievement".

    According to the BBC, "Kidderminster Harriers director Colin Gordon is to remain in caretaker charge of the National League's bottom club while they search for a new head coach. Gordon has so far overseen two matches, a 3-2 away defeat at Bromley and last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Barrow. And he will still be in charge for Saturday's home game with fellow strugglers Welling United.

    'We hope to have someone in place in the next couple of weeks,' said chairman Rod Brown. 'Supporters should be in no doubt that the football world still sees Kidderminster Harriers as an attractive proposition. That's been reflected in what we've seen as a board in this process so far. "But the process will take as long as it takes. It is vitally important for the long-term future of the club that we get this right and, in that sense, we are in no hurry. We are happy that the team is in good hands in the immediate short-term as Colin Gordon and the staff have been working hard and the players have responded.'

    Harriers, who have slashed their playing budget over the last six months, started the new season with Gary Whild as manager. He was then moved sideways to become 'head of football operations' when the club offered the job of head coach to former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers. But Flowers never accepted the job, meaning that the Harriers then undertook their next three games without anyone formally in charge. Flowers then left following Harriers' last home game, the 2-0 defeat by Lincoln City, since when Gordon has picked the team. Much-travelled former Harriers striker turned football agent Gordon, 52, joined the board at Aggborough in April".

    In the meantime, the Worcester News confirms that "Harriers have signed former Motherwell player Zaine Francis-Angol on a short-term contract. The 22-year-old London-born left-sided player progressed through the youth system of Tottenham Hotspur. He made more than 70 domestic and European appearances for Motherwell before leaving in the summer.

    Comfortable on the left of midfield or at left-back, Francis-Angol has agreed a contract with the club that initially runs until January. Francis-Angol, who is also an Antigua and Barbuda International, said... 'From what I have seen in training this is a good set-up and everything is high-tempo. The standard is good and doesn’t really reflect the league position'".

    2 October 2015


    Following training on Thursday evening, Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott confirmed that both Shaun Densmore and Nicky Clee had trained, raising hopes that they may return from injury for Saturday's game. Nicky has yet to start a game this season whilst Shaun has missed the last two matches. Their inclusion in the squad will depend on whether they show any reaction to training during Friday.

    Altrincham have injury concerns over striker Michael Rankine who has a back problem. Of course, long-term absentees Tom Marshall and Stuart Coburn remain out of contention for Saturday's match.

    Meanwhile, the National Scene's latest issue tells us that next Saturday's opponents, Barrow, have the National League's "Player with most shots on target" namely Andy Cook with 25; from these he has scored 8 goals.

    The NW Evening Mail reports that "George Williams hopes his Barrow AFC loan deal will be extended and has been boosted by the confirmation that he has escaped serious injury.

    The 22-year-old right-back has made a positive impression at Holker Street since arriving on a three-month temporary deal from Barnsley in August, making nine starts for the Bluebirds. So much so that manager Darren Edmondson says, at this stage, he intends to try and extend the defender’s loan stay when his initial deal runs out in November...

    'I’m loving my time at Barrow, it’s been absolutely brilliant and I’m playing football which is the most important thing,' said Williams. 'It’s a case of Barrow and Barnsley speaking, I’m absolutely loving it here so I’d love to stay. I’ve been playing week-in, week-out and the manager has put his trust in me, and Barrow have a really good group of lads.

    'Honestly, I like everything about the club and it’s just really good to be back playing, we’re doing well and hopefully we can keep a good run going... I haven’t really thought too much about next season'...

    Williams’ run in the AFC side came to an end last weekend when he was ruled out of the home clash with Kidderminster Harriers after picking up a foot injury. He subsequently returned to Barnsley at the start of this week to be assessed, and the ex-Worcester City man hopes that he will be declared fit ahead of Saturday’s National League fixture at Altrincham.

    ' 'I went for a scan just to make sure that the injury was nothing serious and it came back with positive results, there’s no fracture or anything like that, so that’s a good sign,' explained Williams.... 'I think I’ll be all right for the weekend'...

    Dave Symington replaced Williams at right-back in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Harriers. After the former Carlisle player produced an encouraging display, Edmondson is likely to have a tough selection decision on his hands if Williams sufficiently recovers ahead of the weekend".


    Saturday's referee is Mr Simon Bennett (Staffordshire) who has a good record in Alty games, including...

    • ALTRINCHAM (0) 2 STALYBRIDGE CELTIC (1) 1, on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012.
    • WORCESTER CITY (0) 0 ALTRINCHAM (3) 3, FA Trophy, on Saturday, 10 November 2012.
    • LINCOLN CITY (0) 1 ALTRINCHAM (1) 2 on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.
    • ALTRINCHAM (1) 1 MACCLESFIELD TOWN (0) 0, FA Trophy, on Saturday, 13 December 2014.


    Altrincham FC announces the latest in its entertaining series of New Recruits evenings on Saturday, 31 October in the Community Sports Hall, from 6.30pm. The guests will be Michael Rankine, Josh O'Keefe, George Bowerman (right) and Tim Deasy, plus any subsequent signings that the Club may make.

    Tickets are, as usual, just £15 and include a two-course meal provided by Richie Bentley, the club's official caterer. These are always entertaining evenings and you will get to learn what goes behind the scenes at the club! Contact the club on 0161 928 1045 to make your booking.


    Droylsden now have Ged Murphy as player-coach and Jim Vince junior as coach.


    Press release:

    "Vehicle leasing specialists and National League sponsors Vanarama, together with Prostate Cancer UK are launching #WearTheWig for Non-League Day 2015 on 10th October 2015. After a successful ‘Thumbs Up For Non-League Day’ campaign in 2014 that saw £7735 raised for the charity, Vanarama are back again to lend their support.

    Non-League Day provides a platform for non-league clubs to take advantage of the international break in fixtures and draw in fans from Premier League and Football League clubs that have no fixtures.

    Vanarama is supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s pledge campaign with a series of big ticket pledges to raise money and drive attendances on Non-League Day. #WearTheWig aims to amplify the pledge campaign by challenging football personalities and teams and fans to get involved and #WearTheWig for Prostate Cancer UK.

    James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said 'Men United is about men joining together to fight a common opponent – prostate cancer. One man dies every hour from this disease but it’s been proven by taking this issue to football terraces up and down the land that we are starting to make a difference. The power of football consistently helps us reach out to men and their friends and families, and we are very grateful for the continued backing from Vanarama as we continue to raise money and awareness throughout the grassroots game in innovative ways. By teaming up with us once more they will play a vital role in saving lives.'

    Andy Alderson, Managing Director of Vanarama, said 'We’re delighted to be once again supporting two very worthy causes. As National League sponsors we are proud to play our part in supporting Non-League Day. By partnering with Prostate Cancer UK we hope to raise as much as we can to support what is a vital charity, doing great work. We hope fans will have as much fun supporting the campaign as we will.'

    To find out more about the range of pledges Vanarama is supporting and how you can get involved visit here".

    Aldershot Town, add that "Barry Smith will also have a special new member of his squad for one day only as The Shots host Altrincham, with number 42 allocated to Men United in recognition of the 42,000 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year".


    FC Halifax Town announce that the club "has appointed Darren Kelly as their new manager. The former Oldham Athletic boss becomes only Town’s third permanent manager since the new Club was formed at the start of the 2008-2009 season and following the recent departure of Neil Aspin in September.

    Terms have been agreed for the rest of this season, with an option to extend.

    'I am delighted to be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us', said Darren, who will also be joined by assistant Jim Harvey. 'We are delighted to welcome both Darren and Jim to the football club. They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward', said Chairman David Bosomworth."

    From the National League we learn that "Chester FC have announced that striker James Roberts (19) has joined the club on a month`s loan... from Oxford United – having made twenty-six appearances for the "U"s, scoring 5 goals.

    Also, the Blues announced that Dale Tonge has left the club after making three appearances. The 30-year-old signed for Chester in August, having previously made fifty-three appearances for Torquay United and 163 for Rotherham after starting out at Barnsley, for whom he played forty-six times."

    Meanwhile, "Welling United have taken young forward Sandro Semedo on loan until January 9th 2016 from Leyton Orient. The Portuguese winger signed a two-year professional contract with Leyton Orient having impressed for the O’s youth team."

    According to the Daily Post "Gary Mills was delighted to bolster his ranks with two loan signings ahead of tomorrow’s derby with Chester, and he has paid tribute to the character of skipper Lee Fowler, who has been made available to leave the club on loan.

    Mills was busy yesterday as he brought in 23-year-old midfielder Jon Nolan on a three-month loan from Lincoln City and Bournemouth youngster Joe Quigley, 18, who featured against the Dragons for Torquay United earlier in the campaign, on a one-month deal...

    Mills said, 'Joe impressed me initially when he played against us for Torquay, I thought he played really well against us. He is available now and after being on our radar since he played us, we are delighted to get him in. And Jon is someone I have known for a while and tried to get at Gateshead but it didn’t quite come off'”.

    1 October 2015


    In the Manchester Evening News we read that "Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott feels winger Ryan Crowther is a perfect example to his fringe players.

    Confined to the bench for the first few weeks of the Vanarama National League season, the much-travelled 27-year-old has fought his way back into the Robins' starting line-up...

    The Alty winger stated his case for a starting place with some impressive substitute appearances that included a vital opening goal in the 2-1 win over Cheltenham. It was enough to convince Sinnott and Crowther responded to his promotion by scoring at Lincoln and earning a penalty that Michael Rankine dispatched for the only goal at Boreham Wood.

    'Ryan is a great example to anyone who is not in the team at the moment', said Sinnott. 'He has taken his opportunity and forced my hand, and that is exactly what you want from your players in those circumstances. He featured again at Boreham Wood with a good positive run into the box that tempted the challenge. If you look at the games he has contributed to, he has had a major hand in so many of our better moments. I am very pleased with him.

    'It was a case of getting over the line at Boreham Wood, but there were some notable performances. The industry and energy Simon Richman showed in the middle of the park caught my eye. You always get that from Simon, but it's not to be under-estimated. He gets through a player-and-a-half's workload, and that is important to us.'".


    The Altrincham FC Football Careers, Scholarship & Education Programme youth team lost 3-2 at home to FC United of Manchester on Wednesday.


    The BBC says that "Wrexham will not be signing former Swansea City, Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic striker Jason Scotland. The 36-year-old former Trinidad & Tobago international is a free agent and had been training with the Dragons. He played 45 minutes as Wrexham reserves suffered a 5-0 defeat against Stoke City on Tuesday.

    'I am not going to be taking it any further', Wrexham manager Gary Mills told the Evening Leader. 'You get someone in to take a look at them and it is just not quite right for what I am looking for. I need someone to come in and hit the ground running and Jason is not at that stage'".

    At Torquay United, "Player-manager, Kevin Nicholson, won’t be rushed into appointing an assistant manager. The United Legend, who took over at the helm on Monday, will initially tap into the knowledge of the existing support staff before looking to bring in a right-hand man.

    'The decision to bring in an assistant manager is one that needs to be made properly', he said. 'I would be naive if I rushed into it, particularly as I already have good people around me. I need to find someone who will stand up to me if they feel I am wrong and someone I can trust to make key decisions from the bench if I am out there on the pitch. I don’t want someone who will massage my ego and tell me that I am great, as that will be no benefit to anyone.

    'It’s a big decision and one that I won’t dive into. I am putting together a list and will speak to a few people before taking things from there. It has to be someone on the same page as myself, who has the same philosophies'".


    All enquiries about the Altrincham FC Christmas Party Nights (above) should, please, be made by phone (0161 928-1045) or by e-mail. Places are limited, so booking in advance is essential.


    Natt Kerr was an Altrincham FC trialist in 2008. The Manchester Evening News reports that "An amateur footballer has been jailed for a year after breaking an opponent’s leg with an intentional horror tackle described by a judge as a 'serious assault'.

    The victim of the two-footed lunge in a Sunday league game needed a pin and plate in his ankle after it was broken in two places by Nathaniel Kerr (seen left, in 2008), known as Nat. Kerr, 27, was once a promising youngster who began his career at Crewe Alexandra and went on to play in the football league for Rotherham United.

    However, he was playing for Longsight pub team AFC Gold Cup when he launched the attack on innocent Stuart Parsons just two minutes into the first game of the season. The dad-of-one became riled up after an early foul on one of his fellow players by one of Parson’s teammates in the game against The Emigration from Offerton, Stockport, a court heard. And after losing control of the ball he dived over it and, whilst grunting, flew at Mr Parsons 'like an athlete doing a long jump' before landing and stamping on his leg.

    In the immediate aftermath he carried on abusing his victim as he lay in agony on the ground shouting, 'Get up you soft c**t'. As a melee erupted he then turned to the man who committed the original foul and said: “I did this because of you', Justin Hayhoe prosecuting told Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

    The sickening break was visible through his socks and once the severity of the injury became clear Kerr did show remorse, the court heard. However he was sent off and the match was abandoned as the air ambulance came to Mr Parsons’ aid on playing fields in Hazel Grove. In his official report, the referee said he had 'never seen such aggression on a football pitch'.

    Kerr, of Chapel Grove, Urmston was arrested several weeks after the incident on Sunday August 30 last year and was later charged with wounding with intent by officers. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge causing grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing. The M.E.N understands no action has been taken by the football authorities whilst the court case has been ongoing. And in the meantime Kerr has been playing for Northern Premier League Division One North side Droylsden, being sent off on one occasion...

    Andrew Scott defending Kerr said, 'He accepts he assaulted Mr Parsons'... However a judge said he had no option but to send Kerr, who has previous convictions for violence, straight to prison due to the harm caused".

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