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22 October 2014


Altrincham FC have acquired the services of Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher [right] from Radio 5 Live's "606" programme for a Sportsman's Dinner on Friday 14th November at the Cresta Court Hotel, Church Road, Altrincham with a 7.30pm start. The duo will be holding their usual entertaining debate, live in the Belgrave Suite at the Cresta Court.

This event will consist of a four-course meal followed by an auction and raffle. The price is £400 + VAT for a table of 10 or £40 per ticket. Please complete the attached booking form now and return to Karen Rowley at the club, Moss Lane, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 8AP, or by e-mail. Book soon to avoid disappointment!


Thanks go to Phil Taylor, who has kindly provided a match report on last Sunday's Altrincham FC Ladies' game against Warrington Wolverines.


TASC is running a supporters' coach to Barwell on 25 October for the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round match. Details of times and fares are on the Away Travel page. As usual, supporters need to book in advance by ringing the Club during normal office hours.

However, there will be no supporters' coach to the Woking match, which has been conveniently scheduled for Tuesday, 2 December at 7.45pm. This is because it would not be economic to operate the vehicle for such a long distance in midweek, given the likely number of travellers.

Alty will be wearing their normal red and white striped kit on Saturday. Admission prices at Barwell are £10 for adults, £6 for concessionaries and £3 for under-16s. Under-11s accompanied by an adult are free.

Barwell won 1-0 against Stamford in the league on Tuesday night.

From NL Daily we learn that "Richard Sneekes, manager of Rushall Olympic, has signed striker Luke Barlone... on a month-long loan deal from league neighbours Barwell... The 26-year-old striker is available for the short trip to Halesowen Town".

Following their defeat at Barwell last Saturday, Blyth Spartans' supporters have a blog which describes their experience.


James Farrington's report on Alty Youth's narrow defeat at league leaders Chester FC is here


This week's winning Altrincham FC Saturday Yankee code was 6084. Two members won £75 each for winning trebles whilst the main jackpot rose to £2,500 as the winning code was unissued.


Barnet 3 Braintree Town 0. The Iron had Marks sent off just before the half-hour mark when Barnet led 1-0.


The BBC says that "The chairman of Lincoln City Football Club is calling for League Two and the Conference Premier to be regionalised to reduce travel costs and improve player wellbeing. Bob Dorrian said it costs the club upwards of £20,000 a year for travel and accommodation.

He said many clubs in the Conference struggle to make ends meet. However, Football Conference officials said teams wanted to be part of a national competition. Mr Dorrian said, 'With six overnight stays and another 17 away games we are looking at a figure of about £21,000'. The extreme would be a trip to Torquay, costing about £2,500, with £1,500 spent on staying in a hotel.

He said, 'There is also a little bit of an unwritten law that anything over three hours a player spends on a coach is detrimental to his wellbeing. It's a real battle trying to get the money together to survive in these leagues. If we could get to a situation where League Two and the Conference Premier were regionalised I think that would be an excellent result for everybody'...

Lincoln City fans Fans travelling to each of Lincoln's away league games will cover more than 6,200 miles during the season. However, Colin Peake, who is a director of the Football Conference, said it was unlikely there would be 'a break-up of the top division'. He said, 'The 24 clubs are national, and they are national for a reason. Most of the clubs want to be part of a national competition.'

Alfreton Town's chairman Wayne Bradley said it was hard to see how regionalisation could work. On the subject of travel, he added some teams, including Torquay, do not stay overnight unless absolutely necessary".

According to the Football Conference, "Alfreton Town have received a boost ahead of this weekend's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie against rivals Lincoln City. Fleetwood Town have granted permission for on-loan central defender Tom Davies to play in the competition...

Meanwhile, left-sided midfield player David Mellor has returned to parent club Oldham Athletic at the end of a month-long loan spell".

Elsewhere, "Welling United have taken young defender Michael Chambers on a month's loan from Crystal Palace. Chambers, 20, was signed by Palace from Dulwich Hamlet for a fee of around £80,000 as a 17-year-old in January 2012. At the time, several other clubs were interested in the big, 6ft 5ins defender, including Manchester United. However, Chambers was riddled with injuries during last season but possesses a wonderful left foot and stature and has plenty of potential. He is now a regular in Palace's under-21 side."

21 October 2014


Click on the button, right, for the Alty TV higlights from the Altrincham v Braintree Town game last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Radio Robins commentary is here

After the game, Brian Flynn interviewed James Lawrie and Jake Moult for Alty TV

According to the Essex Chronicle, "Braintree Town have now gone six games without a win after suffering their second successive Saturday defeat on the road, on their first ever visit to Moss Lane. It was the same old story for the Iron with the side creating a host of chances and not taking them before paying the price and losing by the odd goal.

Iron manager Alan Devonshire... will be hoping prolific striker Charlie Strutton, out since the end of last season with a broken leg, is fit to return to lead the attack within a few days... This match was a repeat of the previous Saturday’s defeat against Southport where they dominated the early stages, created chances, failed to take them and then fell behind to a poor goal and never really recovered.

'It’s disappointing because we played much better, bossed the game early on had chances to score and, overall, we were the better side but again conceded a poor goal', he explained... The one bright spot for Devonshire was the debut of 6ft 5in central defender Omar Sowunmi, signed on Friday on a month’s loan from Ipswich Town... This has been a problem position for Devonshire since the summer departure of Dean Wells to Stevenage...

'We have been hit by the worst injury list I’ve known but we are now getting players back and we’ll still be aiming to achieve my target of 50 points for the season', he added... The Iron were hit by a real sucker punch on 27 minutes when the home side snatched the lead through rather fortunate circumstances. Iron keeper Nick Hamann had saved an initial effort from Shaun Densmore, but Nicky Clee was quicker to react and pounced on the loose ball to slot the ball into the net for what was an undeserved lead...

The Iron should have equalised as they forced the home side on the defensive late on particularly after Devonshire brought on fresh legs in Sean Marks and Dan Sparkes off from the bench".

And the half-time bucket collection raised £46.23, for which the Club thanks all concerned.


The new Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium is reaching completion as can be seen in this view from Moss Lane. The sign outside forbids fouling - and it's banned inside the ground too!


  • Alty Youth went down 2-1 at league leaders Chester on Sunday. There is more on this on the Youth page
  • Altrincham FC Reserves beat Egerton 4-0 in the Cheshire Football League Cup on Saturday.
  • Phil Taylor reports that "Altrincham FC Ladies were defeated 4-0 by League Leaders Warrington Wolverines, who maintained their 100% record on Sunday. Despite the score, the Ladies more than held their own and, on balance, arguably played the better football at times". Phil's match report will follow shortly.


Grimsby Town tell us that "Danny Parslow has been recalled by his parent club York City. Town boss Paul Hurst was hoping to extend the deal to keep the player at Blundell Park for a further period. Rhys Oates has also returned to his parent club Barnsley after completing his loan with the club."

Still in Lincolnshire, Red Imps confirm that "Tom Anderson has returned to Burnley following the completion of his month-long loan spell".

At Southport, "Gary Brabin has agreed with Blackburn Rovers to extend goalkeeper David Raya Martin's loan spell until January. With three clean sheets in seven appearances the young Spanish keeper has made an impressive start at Vanarama Conference level." Also, "Striker Danny Hattersley returned to training at Edge Hill University this morning following a successful loan spell at FC Halifax Town that included three Vanarama Conference goals. The loan agreement which saw Ross Dyer join the Port from the Shaymen was drawn up before Gary Brabin took over as Southport manager".

There is food for thought in the Gloucester Citizen which tells su that "Forest Green Rovers are going vegan for the day. On World Vegan Day, November 1, Forest Green Rovers are hosting an entire Conference league match dedicated to The Vegan Society, with only vegan food on sale. Vegan Society members and staff will join the crowds to cheer on Forest Green Rovers as they take on Lincoln City. Earlier this year club chairman, Dale Vince, suggested that Rovers host a match in aid of The Vegan Society for its 70th Anniversary, with all the food served at the match being vegan.

Forest Green Rovers have been promoting sustainability since they were taken over by Ecotricity in 2010. They hit the news when they switched from hot dogs and meat pies to a completely vegetarian menu. The players have been following a vegetarian diet as part of their training plan.

Dane Vince, stadium manager said, '“Here at Forest Green Rovers we are looking forward to celebrating with The Vegan Society for their 70th birthday. We are introducing a special menu for the day to raise awareness. It's about promoting the football and welcoming Vegan Society members'.

The world’s first professional vegan footballer will also be appearing at the event to give a half time talk to gathered fans. Neil Robinson was born close to Everton’s ground in Liverpool in 1957 and was already vegetarian when he joined the Goodison Park club at 16. His move to Swansea City in 1980 coincided with switching to a vegan lifestyle. The 5th September 1981 is a key date in vegan sporting history as Neil scored for Swansea against West Bromwich Albion; the first goal scored by a vegan in a top-flight match, and only four miles from the current home of The Vegan Society...

The pitch on which Neil will stand to give his half-time talk is the world’s first organic pitch and it is kept in perfect condition thanks to a special compost tea feed and the club’s rainwater harvesting system. The office lighting is powered by solar panels and the floodlights use electricity from Ecotricity. The grass is cut by a robotic mower, also powered by solar panels. Rovers have plans to replace their current floodlights with arrays of LED bulbs that will reduce energy consumption by as much as 60%.

The Vegan Society 70th celebration cake will be made by Leicester cake company ‘The Vegan Cakery’. The Vegan Cakery has been Vegan Society Trademark holders for over two years and donate all their income to rescue and animal advocate organisations. Vegan Society CEO, Jasmijn de Boo said... 'I’m looking forward to cheering on Forest Green Rovers and hope that they have a extremely successful season leading to a much-deserved promotion to The Football League in 2015'".

20 October 2014


Match report here.

Mike Ripley has images of the Braintree game at the J. Davidson Stadium on his website.

Braintree Town report that "A scrappy affair at the J. Davidson stadium saw Altrincham win by a single goal in a performance that Iron will be keen to put behind them in the North West. Ipswich Town loanee Omar Sowunmi made his debut in a Braintree Town shirt after signing a month long deal yesterday, but Devonshire's problems looked to be at the other end of the pitch as Iron created little against a side that has shipped goals in the past few games in this division. Devonshire said after the match that 'The sharpness doesn't look right further up the pitch'.

A slow start to the game in Greater Manchester saw little more than a sliced Kenny Davis effort in the opening stages. However, Iron began to build some momentum as they got into the groove".

After Nicky Clee had scored, "Iron had chances to reply, but failed to make possession count with little more than half chances in the first 45 minutes. Alan Devonshire was left with some work to do at half time, trailing 1-0 at the whistle. It was the hosts that came out the quickest, with Damian Reeves through on goal in the opening five minutes of the second half, firing over from close range. Hamann did well to claw out a header down to his left on the hour mark...

With both sides creating little, Davis looked most likely to equalise in the second half. Davis received the ball just outside the Altrincham box, brought the ball across his body with his right, and struck the underside of the woodwork with the resulting shot bouncing the wrong way for the Iron faithful...

Alan Devonshire reflected on the performance stating that 'In the first 20-25 minutes we bossed the game, seeing probably too much of the ball. We were camped in their half really, then we got done with a sucker punch, poor, poor goal. I felt we deserved something out of the game but we haven't and we have to move on...

(Omar Sownumi) was available and Remy's out for a couple of weeks. We're a small side, but with getting him in, all of a sudden we look a big side. He done OK, he's helping us through this period... We're a bit worried at the moment because we haven't created as much as we did earlier on the season'".


Above, courtesy of James Surridge, Altrincham supporter and regular programme seller at the J. Davidson Stadium, we have some images that he took last week of Barwell FC, where Altrincham play next Saturday. You can click on the images to enlarge them.


Trafford repprt that "Ten men Trafford produced a tremendously brave second half performance but gifted Curzon two goals to present them with the points... In the 14th minute... a weak back header by Steve Mason fell short of keeper Andy Robertson and Ryan Brooke nipped in to slot the ball home.

Five minutes later another disaster befell the boys from Shawe View when another sloppy pass deep in defence failed to find Steve Mason and his mistimed tackle on Brooke led to a red card [his second in a week] and a free kick just outside the penalty area...

There was little goalmouth action for the remainder of the first half with the makeshift centre back partnership of Lewis Chalmers and Martyn Andrews coping admirably with the Curzon attacks...

Their tale of woe continued when influential midfielder [and ex-Alty trialist] Tom Schofield was stretchered off with a serious hamstring injury".

Elsewhere, Kevin Ellison was again on the scoresheet for Morecambe.

19 October 2014


Match report here.

Below, Tom Marshall deals with a Braintree attack.

After the game, manager Lee Sinnott told the NL Paper, "It's pleasing to get three points although we know we can play better. What pleases me most is the character the lads showed, especially once we got our noses in front. We managed the game well, standing up when they were on top for a while and then controlling the game to ensure we kept a clean sheet.

We have picked up ten points from fifteen, which is great for a club of our size and stature. If we carry on at that rate we will be in a very healthy position".


  • Through the Years by Howard Watts
  • Altrincham 1-0 Braintree Town (att. 894)
  • Bristol Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers (7,014)
  • Chester FC 2-1 Alfreton Town (2,084)
  • Dartford 1-1 Aldershot Town (1,310)
  • Eastleigh 2-1 Nuneaton Town (1,009)
  • FC Halifax Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers (1,437)
  • Gateshead 0-2 Barnet (1,747)
  • Lincoln City 2-1 Wrexham (2,360)
  • Macclesfield Town 1-0 Dover Athletic (1,439)
  • Southport 1-0 Welling United (1,007)
  • Torquay United 2-3 Grimsby Town (2,353)
  • Woking 1-3 AFC Telford Utd (1,817)

    Tuesday, 21 October: Vanarama Conference
    • Barnet v Braintree Town

    FA CUP 4QR

    Alty's FA Cup opponents, Barwell, won on Saturday, 2-1 at home to Blyth Spartans in front of 161 spectators. Anthony Carney netted both of The Canaries' goals and was Man of the MAtch.

    Barwell: Castle, Lower, Nisevic, Jenno, Hood, Lavery, Julian, Woodward (Tomkinson 45), Towers (Murphy 81), Stevenson (Brehen 86), Carney. Subs: Brooks, Hadland".

    Saturday, 25 October

    • Through the Years by Howard Watts
    • Aldershot Town v Torquay United
    • Alfreton Town v Lincoln City FC
    • Barwell v Altrincham
    • Basingstoke Town v Harrow Borough
    • Canvey Island v Havant & Waterlooville
    • Chelmsford City v Barnet
    • Chorley v FC Halifax Town
    • Dartford v Burgess Hill Town
    • Dorchester Town v Bristol Rovers
    • East Thurrock United v Bath City
    • Eastbourne Borough v Dover Athletic
    • Evesham United v Bromley
    • Gateshead v Gainsborough Trinity
    • Gloucester City v Forest Green Rovers
    • Grimsby Town v Guiseley
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Eastleigh
    • King's Lynn Town v AFC Fylde
    • Macclesfield Town v Wrexham
    • Maidstone United v Welling United
    • Nuneaton Town v Hemel Hempstead Town
    • Spennymoor Town v AFC Telford Utd
    • St Albans City v Concord Rangers
    • Stockport County v Chester FC
    • Tamworth v Southport
    • Warrington Town v North Ferriby United
    • Weymouth v Braintree Town
    • Willand Rovers v Gosport Borough
    • Witham Town v Weston-Super-Mare
    • Woking v Boreham Wood
    • Worcester City v Greenwich Borough


    Barry Pikesley's latest article from The Robins' Review, this time on the theme of Braintree, is entitled "Devonshire Knows I'm Miserable Now" and can be found here.
    18 October 2014


    Saturday, 18 October 2014
    • Through the Years by Howard Watts
    • Altrincham 1-0 Braintree Town
    • Bristol Rovers 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
    • Chester FC 2-1 Alfreton Town
    • Dartford 1-1 Aldershot Town
    • Eastleigh 2-1 Nuneaton Town
    • FC Halifax Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers
    • Gateshead 0-2 Barnet
    • Lincoln City 2-1 Wrexham
    • Macclesfield Town 1-0 Dover Athletic
    • Southport 1-0 Welling United
    • Torquay United 2-3 Grimsby Town
    • Woking 1-3 AFC Telford Utd


    You can follow the Altrincham v Braintree Town game on 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, is providing full live coverage of Saturday's game at The J.Davidson Stadium against Braintree Town at the J.Davidson Stadium. The match commentary sponsors are Flooring 4 You Limited, who are recognised as one of the leading flooring retailers in the North West, with stunning showrooms in Knutsford and Bowdon. Find out more about Flooring 4 You Ltd at their superb new website.

    The commentators are Joe Barry and Brian Flynn, with match summaries from Paul Salt. Coverage starts at 2.50pm with the game kicking off at 3pm and you can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at

    Simon Brotherton will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time and full time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC).


    Altrincham Forward reports that "On Saturday 18 October 2014 Altrincham FC will be hosting a fun-filled day of football in the Stamford Quarter in Altrincham, between WH Smith and Wilkinsons.

    Following their recent promotion to the Conference Premier League, Altrincham FC will be bringing the Conference North Play Off Trophy to the Stamford Quarter, as well as their popular mascot Rocky Robin and some fun football skills and games to try.

    Events programme as follows:

    • Throughout the day from 10.30am-2pm: Children's football games - join in 3 v 3 and 4 v 4 football games in the mini-arena.
    • 11am-1pm: Have your photo taken with the Cup! We will have the Conference North Play Off Trophy shiny and ready for photo opportunities with Altrincham fans young and old!
    • 11am, 12pm and 1pm: Penalty shoot-out v Rocky Robin. Can you beat the bird and hit the back of the net?
    • 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm: Keepy-uppy challenge - how long can you keep the ball in the air?
    • Rocky Robin will also be around throughout the day for photos, and you will have the opportunity to bag reduced and even free match tickets too!

    There will also be information about forthcoming first team matches at Moss Lane in October, November and December, details about the club's Junior Section and Girls' and Ladies' Sections. You can also find out about Altrincham FC's October Half-Term Holiday Football Fun Week 27th - 31st October (with special discounts on offer). You can also learn more about the Altrincham F.C. Community Sports Hall at Moss Lane".


    Braintree Town report that a "Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire has strengthened his squad ahead on Saturday's trip to Altrincham by taking 19-year old centre-half Omas Sowunmi on loan from Championship neighbours Ipswich Town, initially until mid-November. The 6'5" defender signed a season-long contract at Portman Road in May this year and Devs [Alan Devonshire] has confirmed that he will be included in the squad for the trip North tomorrow".

    Braintree add that "Up next for Iron is a trip to Moss Lane to take on Altrincham. The Greater Manchester side will be looking to pull themselves away from the bottom, with Braintree looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at home to Southport last weekend. Conference newcomers Altrincham finished last season in 3rd position in the Conference North, and have had a tough test so far which sees them sit in 21st position currently. The Robins have been struggling for goals after failing to hit the back of the net in their past two games.

    Conceding 14 goals in their past six would suggest that the Iron have a great opportunity to get the goals needed to end a run of five winless games. The club's top scorer Damian Reeves will be looking to add to his already impressive goal-scoring tally of seven, but the fans can be expecting a physical game with three of Altrincham's players being sent off this season. Perhaps not a statistic that Iron manager Alan Devonshire will be pleased to hear having seen his squad already plagued by injuries early this season."

    The Football Conference says that "Alfreton Town have signed defender Tom Davies on a month`s loan from Fleetwood Town. The 22-year-old former Blackburn Rovers trainee signed an eighteen-month contract with the Cod Army in March 2014. Davies, who spent two years playing for Team Northumbria while completing a university degree in Newcastle, joined FC United of Manchester at the start of the last campaign. Upon signing for Fleetwood, Davies was immediately sent back to the [FCUM]... on loan for the remainder of the 2013/14 season."

    Also from the Football Conference we learn that BT Sport will televise FC Halifax Town v Woking on Sunday, 16 November at 2pm.

    From NL Pitchero we learn that "Gary Brabin, manager of Southport, has added to his squad with 23-year-old winger Mitchell Austin joining from League Two [Cambridge United] on a loan until January 4th 2015. Austin left Stalybridge Celtic for United during the summer of 2013. Australian-born, Austin [played] his youth football with Sydney outfit Manly United before relocating to the UK with Rotherham United, who had offered him a scholarship.

    A regular in Millers reserves, he was later released and spent time in the Swedish lower leagues, before joining Stalybridge in October 2010... During last season, Austin spent time on loan with Lincoln City and the latter end of the campaign with Brackley Town, where he has recently spent a second loan spell. Brabin said, 'Mitchell will add to our attacking options, I want to play entertaining football and to do that you need pace and width'".

    The Football Conference "confirms Forest Green Rovers FC has lodged an Appeal with the Football Association against the Competition’s decision to deduct 3 points from the Club’s League Table score for fielding an ineligible Player on 9 August 2014. No adjustment to the League Table should be effected until the Appeal procedure is exhausted."

    17 October 2014


    Following Thursday night training, manager Lee Sinnott confirmed that three of the squad were unavailable for Saturday's home match against Braintree Town. They are the suspended Adam Griffin, who starts a three-match ban following his dismissal last week, Ryan Crowther (rib injury) and Mike Williams, who is on loan at Stalybridge Celtic.


    News of Alty's next opponents comes from The Gazette which says that ex-Histon and current "Braintree Town midfielder Dan Sparkes feels the Iron can have a stronger push for the Vanarama Conference Premier play-off places this year.

    Despite heading to Altrincham Town [it's not just the BBC that invents this name!] tomorrow on the back of a five-game run without a win, Braintree are still only eight points off the play-off places with a game in hand over most of the sides above them.

    They still have some long-running injury problems, with Charlie Strutton and Matt Paine unlikely to return for the trip to Altrincham, but Sparkes feels the squad has enough depth in it this year to push for a top-five finish and better last season’s highest-ever sixth spot.

    He said, 'We have bundles of talent in this team and the gaffer has brought in some great players. Going forward we are frightening, as we are quick and sharp, and there will be goals while we’re solid at the back. (Alan) Massey and Mitch (Brundle) have been brilliant and the two full-backs have been so consistent.

    We’re still going for the play-offs and I believe we have a better squad this year. We’ve had players out, as they’ve had no choice with injuries, but you wouldn’t think it'".


    The winning Yankee code this week was 0014. As this sequence had not been issued, the jackpot has now risen to £2,250. However, there were four winners of Trebles, each netting £37.50.


    The Altrincham Youth Education Programme team lost their League Cup tie at home to Macclesfield Town by two goals to one. The starting eleven comprised (alphabetially) Joe Conway, Jimi Folagbade, Matthew Johnson, Aaron Longley, Cole McGrath, Alex Owen, Jude Oyibo, Ben Reid, Alex Robbins, Ioannis Stouppis and Dylan Wagster, with substitutes Charlie Das, Daniel Gadsby and Adam Bond.


    In Tuesday's CSC Preliminary Round, Stalybridge Celtic lost 0-2 at home to Nantwich Town with Aaron Burns netting the Dabbers' second goal.


    Aldershot Town "have added two key players to their squad ahead of this weekend’s trip to Dartford. Prolific Kingstonian striker Andre McCollin joins on a deal until 2 May 2015, whilst Brentford midfielder Manny Oyeleke returns for a third loan spell.

    Lambeth-born McCollin, 29, has already scored 10 goals in 16 appearances this season, in a total of 58 goals in 109 games for the Ryman Premier Division side. Known as both a predatory goal poacher and flamboyantly creative striker, McCollin began his career at Corinthian Casuals, before moving to Fisher and securing a move to Yeovil Town. Two broken legs halted his progress but short spells at Dorchester, Grays and Farnborough saw him prove his fitness before joining Tooting and Mitcham and then Kingstonian.

    Oyeleke, who has joined until January, made 40 appearances and scored six goals for The Shots in two loan spells last season. Initially signing from August 2013 until January 2014, he returned in March and his dynamic displays in midfield were crucial as Aldershot Town secured their place in the Conference.

    Manager Andy Scott said, 'We tried to get Manny back in pre-season but there were a few other clubs interested. He knows us and he’s desperate to play, and he’s available for the FA Cup, which is key for us. We hope that he’ll be a seamless introduction into the side.

    We also feel that Andre can fit into the team really well. He’s got a good goalscoring record, plenty of energy, he’s quick, strong and holds the ball up well. He wants his chance at this level again and we think that he’ll give us that little spark up front that we need. We’ve been watching him since pre-season and he’s been outstanding on every occasion'"

    Dover Athletic tell us that "Luton Town have recalled Ricky Miller from his loan spell with the club. The striker [has] scored five goals in ten appearances for Whites, since joining at the start of September.

    Miller was brought in by Chris Kinnear before the loan window closed last month, and made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut....

    The club are still confident in the ability of our forward options, with Christian Nanetti, Stefan Payne, Nathan Elder, Tom Murphy and Jake Reid all having scored this season".

    Southport report that "It's free entry for Southport's Vanarama Conference fixture versus Dover Athletic on Saturday November 1st for everyone who attends Southport's next home match against Welling United on Saturday October 18th.

    Chairman Charlie Clapham said 'With the launch of Gary Brabin's management reign I felt it important to say thank you to all our supporters. It's been a difficult start to the season. Now, with Gary Brabin in charge, we want everyone behind him and are looking to say thank you to our regular supporters and encourage two big gates against Welling and Dover".

    According to the Lincolnshire Echo, "Lincoln City are aiming to announce a new defensive signing... The Imps have also extended the loan of Tom Anderson from Premier League side Burnley. City have been looking to strengthen at the back having conceded 27 goals in their 16 games so far this season.

    They are also looking likely to be without the services of Tony Diagne, who limped off with an injury in the 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Cup final on Tuesday night...

    Said Simpson, 'We’ve conceded a few goals, but we have got an injury problem with Tony Diagne. He has a stomach problem, which could be a hernia. That could mean an operation and four to eight weeks out. We agreed Tom Anderson extending his loan, we want to make sure we cover all bases'. The length of Anderson’s loan is yet to be finalised, but the club hope to make it a significant length of time."

    16 October 2014


    Alty TV has an interview (right) with Altrincham assistant manager, Neil Tolson, following the defeat by Woking.


    Altrincham FC Matchday Secretary George Heslop is hoping to boost his pool of turnstile operators for the coming weeks. If you would like to help the Club in this way, whilst gaining access to the matches, please contact George a.s.a.p. either by phone 0793 9890503 or e-mail.


    Altrincham FC featured on BBC News throughout Wednesday as part of a BBC report on the "pricing of football". Reporter Dan Roan was at the Altrincham v Woking game and the feature included interviews with Altrincham supporters.


    News of Altrincham's FA Cup opponents, Barwell, comes from Belper Town which says that "The Nailers earned their first point of the month and stopped a run of four consecutive defeats with this 2-2 draw against Barwell, writes Joe Malone... The game began in the worst possible start for Belper, conceding a penalty in the 3rd minute... Unusually, goalkeeper Liam Castle stepped up to take the penalty for the visitors, and made no mistake after smashing the ball in to the bottom left corner, sending Scott Low the wrong way...

    The Nailers got back on level terms on the half hour mark, after a wonderful individual goal by Evan Garnett... Belper took the lead after 63 minutes through Bruno Holden... However, after sustained pressure Barwell secured their equaliser after the 70 minutes.

    A cross from the left hand side resulted in a poor defensive headed clearance that saw the ball run kindly for Callum Woodward 20 yards from goal, whose side footed strike took a harsh deflection to leave Scott Low flat-footed".

    Barwell: Liam Castle, Scott Lower, Edward Nisevic, Danny Jenno, Jamie Hood, Richard Lavery, Alex Tomlinson (Brendan Murphy 60), Callum Woodward, Jon Stevenson (Luke Barlone 68), Kieron Brehon (Nigel Julian 60), Anthony Carney. Subs: Sam Brooks, Guy Hadland".

    From Barwell, we learn that, "This was an action packed encounter that entertained both sets of fans with the result uncertain from the first to last minutes. A point was a fair result after what was a very even game.

    Team: Liam Castle, Scott Lower, Eddie Nisevic, Danny Jenno, Jamie Hood, Richard Lavery, Alex Tomkinson (Brendan Murphy 60), Jon Stevenson (Luke Barlone 68), Kieron Brehon (Nigel Julien 60) , Ant Carney. Subs not used: Sam Brooks, Guy Hadland... Man of the Match: Ant Carney".


    The Cheshire FA reports that "Cheshire FA progressed to the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup with a hard fought 3-2 victory over West Riding FA... West Riding opened the scoring when Cheshire failed to clear their lines and having scored they became a different team, playing with much more conviction.

    In the 50th minute Cheshire equalised through Masterson. Within a minute West Riding retook the lead with a low hard drive into the bottom right hand corner... In the 80th minute Ryan Masterson equalised for Cheshire. From then on it was all Cheshire, dictating play with nonstop pressure in an attempt to score the winner... In the 85th minute, a neat combination between Jacob Evans and Jonathan Jones led to the ball being played wide to [Altrincham's] Harry Cain who drove in a low hard cross to the back post for Masterson to slide the ball home to claim his hat-trick and victory for Cheshire.

    Following on from their previous victory away at Manchester FA in the Northern Counties Youth Competition, it was another good all round squad performance from Cheshire... Cheshire FA now play Northumberland FA at home in the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup on 1st November 2014 at Vauxhall Motors."

    The Cheshire FA Youth squad list includes Altrincham's James Campion, Harry Cain and Sam Heathcote.

    Meanwhile, the Independent Schools' FA reports that "Following the U18 North matches on Sunday 12th October, a squad has been selected to face Lancashire Schools on Sunday 16th November." It includes Alty Youth's Aaron Goldman, of Manchester Grammar School. Last Sunday the ISFA North beat Cheshire Schools 2-1 at The King's School, Chester.

    1-0 up, "The lead was doubled in the second half when fine work down the right by Ike Alexian ended with a cross for Aaron Goldman to score".


    The Daily Post reports that "Wrexham FC's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Macclesfield Town has been switched to a Friday night kick off. The match was originally due to be played on Saturday October 25. However after discussions with police it has been changed to the night before, due to their rivals, Chester, playing in nearby Stockport on the same day.

    A statement on the club's official website said 'As a result of discussions with both Cheshire and Greater Manchester police forces, the decision was made to alter our game'".

    Also from the Daily News, we learn that "Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin makes no apology for his sparing use of striker Dan Holman, who was on target in a reserve-team match yesterday just four days before his month-long loan from Colchester United comes to an end.

    The 24-year-old, who has completed only 31 minutes of first-team action in six matches, scored his first goal in a Dragons shirt as Joey Jones’ second string won 2-1 at League Two Morecambe, but the Racecourse boss admits the striker is unlikely to start at Lincoln City this Saturday, even though leading goal-scorer Louis Moult misses out through suspension.

    'Daniel will be frustrated because he wanted to come here and play,' said Wilkin. 'But, by and large, the front two we play with in Louis and Connor (Jennings) have maintained their form and I think Dan is a different sort of player and we haven’t found ourselves in too many situations where I’ve been comfortable to throw him on. Dan prefers to play facing the opposition goal whereas I think Louis and Connor, with their backs to the opposition, want to come in and play a little bit shorter and play in pockets. I just feel we haven’t been in the position in games to offer him any more time on the pitch.'

    Conceding that Holman’s involvement had been extremely limited, the Dragons’ boss added, 'I’m doing what I think is best and I appreciate he’s been thrown on late in games so he’s only had a small window of opportunity in fairness. But Moult has been scoring, Connor has been complementing him and Andy Bishop has come in. He’s got off the bench and scored and in some ways, in the way we set up and play, we need players to hold up the ball and allow us to develop. Andy, with his back to goal, is probably the most attritional of the three we’ve got, he’ll win his top-hat headers, he’ll keep the ball with back to goal and that’s where we find ourselves at the moment.'

    Wilkin said he would discuss the situation with his Colchester counterpart Tony Humes before deciding whether to push for an extended stay, given the three-match ban for Moult following his sending-off during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat by Grimsby Town. He said, 'It’s frustrating for Dan and whether that changes we’ll have to wait and see. We sat down and spoke at length yesterday and to move things forward I’ll speak to Tony (Humes) at Colchester and seek his view. I’ll tell him my reasons why he hasn’t had too much game time and sometimes these situations can be difficult but the biggest thing in my mind is winning games and getting three points.

    Every call I make is off the back of trying to get three points and, while I’m not saying I always get it right, that’s how it is. Dan will play in the reserves today which is another opportunity for him to gain 90 minutes, then we’ll sit down and have a discussion. In any team that’s doing okay to well you’ll find some disappointed people because they are not playing. Connor and Bishop are the two that will probably get the nod for Saturday and then it’s about them taking their chance.'

    Wilkin is also keeping an open mind about a potential goalkeeping target who trained with Wrexham on Monday as a possible replacement for the injured Daniel Bachmann, who has returned to Stoke City after suffering a cruciate ligament injury. The Dragons' boss said, 'He’ll work with his club today and then we’ll have him back for a look again tomorrow and Friday and see where he’s at. No deal has been agreed because at this stage we need to have a look at him and try to gauge whether he is at the level that we need him to be. If we then feel that he is, we will try to move it on from there. We may not get the luxury of seeing him in games, given the rules that apply, but it would be a loan deal and we’ll see over the next day or two if it moves on any further'.

    An England C team with Louis Moult in the starting line-up were beaten 2-0 by Turkey yesterday in Istanbul, ending their hopes of further progress in the International Challenge Trophy. Moult was substituted after 64 minutes while team-mate Andy Coughlin was on the bench as a brace from Emre Colak secured victory for the home side."

    According to Bristol Rovers, "Chairman Nick Higgs says manager Darrell Clarke will reaffirm Bristol Rovers' position among the Vanarama Conference promotion-chasing pack by adding one or two new faces to his squad before the deadline for loan transfers at the end of next month.

    Clarke has been casting his eyes over some trialists over the last few days and confirmed he had 'one or two' irons in the fire as regards the possibility of adding new faces to a squad that extended an unbeaten run to nine games with a 2-2 draw at Aldershot on Saturday.

    .. Said Higgs,'We want to continue this good run up until Christmas and then reassess what we might need to do (in the January transfer window) to help us with that final push towards the end of the season. Darrell has scope within the budget to bring players in and we will try to improve that budget if we need to. He has a list of players he is looking at, but we have a very good team spirit going at the moment and we have to make sure anyone we bring here is able to fit in with that.'

    Clarke is believed to be toying with the option of adding further defensive cover and is almost certain to look at the possibility of bolstering a strikeforce that has found goals hard to come by. Of the top ten in the Vanarama Conference, only Macclesfield Town have scored fewer goals than the 20 Rovers have managed.

    Higgs said, 'Everybody is craving a few more goals and that is what we are looking to try to add, but the team is unbeaten in nine and that is a good position to be in. I think it has been quite noticeable that the players have a bit more resilience this season because when we went a goal behind last year we often crumbled at times. The players have shown that they can grind out a result as well as get victories in a more expansive fashion. The only disappointment for me is that I feel we could have taken nine points instead of the five we have taken from the last three games'"

    15 October 2014


    The Sale & Altrincham Messenger tells us that "Lee Sinnott took it on the chin after seeing Altrincham’s three-game unbeaten run ‘unravel’ in a second-half that included three Woking goals, two injuries and a sending-off at the J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.

    Alty were left reflecting on the questionable justice of a 3-0 scoreline after matching promotion contenders Woking for 45 minutes and hitting the bar with a dipping long-range volley from midfielder Jake Moult. Sinnott’s side finished with nine men, after injuries to Simon Richman and Ryan Crowther and a straight red card for left-back Adam Griffin, and the Alty boss summed up the second-half turnaround by saying, 'It was like a thread was picked, and the stitching slowly came away. We put a lot of effort in but it unravelled for us after a really good, evenly-fought first half.

    You could have flipped a coin in that first period, it was so close. They are a dangerous animal, very sharp and strong up front and could easily have scored. But, then again, so could we. And if we had, with that wonderful piece of control and instant volley from Jake, we would have been looking at another goal of the season contender, along with those earlier strikes by Adam Griffin and James Lawrie.

    You could say one or two key decisions went against us but I’m not going to question the referee. There were calls for a red card when Damian Reeves was fouled on the edge of the area, but a covering defender was ready to mop up, and I’ve no qualms about it being a yellow. Equally, you can argue that Griff hasn’t got a bad bone in his body and is honest as the day’s long. But if you career into someone, it’s judged on that, rather than what sort of character you are. Griff said he slipped on the wet surface, and that’s why it happened. It was just one of those things.’

    Sinnott hopes Richman will recover from a bang on his knee for Saturday’'s home game with Braintree (3pm), but Crowther is likely to be out with a suspected cracked rib."


    Manager George Heslop had eight of his 21-man squad unavailable for the match on Sunday at Barrow. Two players had transport difficulties and could not meet the players' minibus, whilst Marc Bellingham, Jake Foy and James Campion all have fractures of, respectively, the wrist, toe and hand. Out injured, as well, was Ben Gerrard, whilst Harry Cain was involved in the Cheshire Schools trial match and Aaron Goldman was likewise playing in the North of England Independent Schools team who were playing the South of England as a trial for the England Independent Schools squad.

    To make matters worse, late in this game, centre-back Sam Heathcote picked up an injury, which is likely to keep him out for several weeks.

    James Farrington, who played at left-back for the Alty team, has kindly provided a match report on the game which Alty won 3-0.


    Altrincham supporter James Cram completed the Chicago marathon at the weekend in a personal best of 4hrs 16mins. James has raised significant funds for the Community Sports Hall and you can make a donation on the Just Giving site.


    A number of ex-Alty faces were involved as Trafford suffered an unlucky 1-0 defeat at home to Buxton on Tuesday night. Buxton had Greg Young in central defence while Trafford fielded Andy Smart and had Lewis Chalmers as an unused sub.


    • Stourbridge 0 Shildon 2 - winners away at Norton United
    • Warrington Town 1 Colwyn Bay 0 - winners at home to NFU

    Meanwhile, Alty's opponents in the FAC4QR, Barwell, drew 2-2 at Belper Town in the EvoStik Premier Division.


    Barry Pikesley's latest article from the Robins' Review, entitled, "That's Entertainment", is here.


    The BBC tells us that "Wrexham winger Theo Bailey-Jones is likely to be out of action for up to four months after breaking a metatarsal. Jones sustained the foot injury in training on Friday and now joins goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann on the long term injury list. The 20-year-old has featured as a substitute in seven Conference games this season.

    'I'm disappointed for the lad,' Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin said. 'It's a bit of a set back and a knock back to him. Theo's one of those players that adds a little bit to us. But he's a great lad with a great approach to the game so he'll let that settle down and get right first then worry about the rest of the season thereafter'. Bailey-Jones signed a one-year contract extension in May having originally joined on a six-month deal in June 2013 following a trial at the Racecourse. The 20-year-old signed a further short term deal until the end of the season in January before spending a brief spell on loan at Colwyn Bay".

    Elsewhere, "Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law says their fourth season is the Conference has been their most difficult to date. While the Reds ended a four-game losing run by beating Torquay 4-2 on Saturday, they remain second from bottom...

    'This season, for us, has been our toughest one,' he told BBC Radio Derby. 'We did ever so well last season and, the better you do, the more people expect. When you keep doing it against the odds, as we have done, sometimes it is a difficult act to live up to'...

    Law admits the six-game ban with which he started the season, having been hit with an improper conduct charge for an incident last term, is one of a number of factors which has contributed to their troubled start to the season. The club, which struggles to attract home crowds of more than 700, was put up for sale in April.

    'We've come in this year, we've had financial cuts, and my ban hasn't helped', Law said. But Saturday's win against a Gulls side that is among the favourites for promotion has boosted confidence. 'We have not reached the heights of that performance so far this season; the finishing was of the highest order'," continued Law. 'The win shows that when we are at out best we can compete with the top teams. It's competing like that, week in and week out, that is the crucial and key thing'".

    The BBC also tells us that "Aldershot chairman Shahid Azeem has given his backing to boss Andy Scott. The Shots are five points above the Conference relegation zone, having won just two of their last 10 games. 'Andy has a proven track record and has been around the block. The answer is not always to get another manager in', Azeem told BBC Surrey... 'We just need confidence again and that's what Andy needs to deal with'.

    Scott was appointed Aldershot manager in February 2013 but was unable to save the club from relegation from League Two that year... The former Brentford and Rotherham boss signed a new three-year contract last year...

    Azeem said, 'Let's be blunt about it, we have not been scoring a lot of goals... We had a spell last year, where we had a number [of] games where it was a real bad period. We will come strong'".

    In the Western Daily Press we read that "Bristol Rovers are believed to be considering an appeal against the Football League's decision to let Wycombe Wanderers off with a warning following a recent investigation into third-party ownership rules. Rovers claimed a deal by Wycombe to use sell-on clause money to pay a debt to former owner Steve Hayes last season constituted a breach of rules and gave them a an unfair competitive advantage as a result.

    The Football League carried out an investigation into the matter over the four months that have elapsed since Rovers officially made their complaint after Wycombe avoided relegation at their expense, courtesy of goal difference, in May. Wycombe were found not guilty of a breach of third-party ownership rules, but the Football League 'reprimanded' the club, who had already admitted the charge, for failing to disclose the details of the payments made to Hayes.

    The payments to Hayes became apparent during a separate legal case, in which Wycombe were found guilty of agreeing to pay an agent through a future sell-on clause in the contract of midfielder Matt Phillips.

    When handing down the punishment earlier this month, the Football League said in a statement, 'It is our view that the financial transaction in question did not amount to third party investment or influence over players. Instead, it was a reorganisation of Wycombe's corporate structure that saw the club reduce its debt to its previous owner. Nonetheless, League regulations require such agreements to be disclosed and approved by The Football League Board before they are concluded. It is clear this did not happen, although it is equally clear the board would have approved this particular arrangement had it been given the opportunity to consider it'.

    Rovers, who were officially notified of the ruling by the Football League last week, are believed to be angered by the leniency of the punishment and have instructed their lawyers to investigate the legitimacy of launching a legal challenge to get the ruling overturned."

    14 October 2014


    Whilst Macclesfield Town have now been drawn at home for the seventh successive time in the FA Cup, Altrincham got a sixth successive away draw on Monday, as they were selected to travel to Barwell.

    ALtrincham have never met Barwell before. They were formed in 1992 by a merger of Barwell Athletic and Hinckley FC and compete in the EvoStik (Northern) Premier League, alongside our neighbours, Trafford FC. Ironically, had they not been in the FA Cup, Barwell would have been at Shawe View on FAC4QR day. They currently lie 16th in the table. Their geographical location in Leicestershire means that they enjoyed three seasons in the Southern League Premier before moving to the NPL this season. In the previous round of the FA Cup this season they defeated Curzon Ashton 2-1, having lost to the Tameside club 4-1 in the league just a week earlier.

    On the earlier game the Hinckley Times said "Although the Canaries [Barwell play in yellow and green] had plenty of possession, it was the home side who converted their attacks into goals and came out easy winners... and were given a lesson in finishing... Curzon doubled their lead after 14 minutes when a Scott Lower header back to Castle fell short and [ex-Alty striker, Ryan] Brooke had the simplest of jobs to steer the ball past the keeper...

    Team: Liam Castle, Scott Lower, Eddie Nisevic, Danny Jenno, Jamie Hood, Richard Lavery (Kieron Brehon 62), Alex Tomkinson, Callum Woodward (Nigel Julien 62), Sam Brooks (Brendan Murphy (62), Jon Stevenson, Ant Carney. Subs not used: Aiden Kirby, Guy Hadland. Goal: Castle (pen) 64 (assist Carney). Attendance: 276. Man of the Match: Eddie Nisevic."

    The Hinckley Times added, before last Saturday's Cup round, that "Jimmy Ginnelly has urged his Barwell side to make club history when they face Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup... Victory would be only the second time the Canaries have flown as high as the final qualifying round. But it will be a tough task following the 4-1 league defeat at Ashton last Saturday. 'I’m hoping that was a one-off performance from us', said Ginnelly. 'They were undoubtedly the best team we have played this season and to be fair to them they out-footballed us on Saturday. But we have learned a few things from that defeat. They will be full of confidence and I’m hoping they take us lightly. But it’s fair to say if we do beat them it will be an upset'.

    One plus for Ginnelly is a squad which is well steeped in cup tradition. Jon Stevenson went as far as the fifth round with Leicester City while Rich Lavery featured in the competition proper with the now defunct Hinckley United. 'A good cup run could really put the club on the map as it did for the likes of Stourbridge and Chasetown in recent years', [he added].

    And "Barwell pulled off an excellent 2-1 victory against a well organised Ilkeston side on Tuesday... A penalty from Liam Castle and a well placed header by Luke Barlone gave the Canaries a hard fought win... Barwell: Castle, Lower, Nisevic, Jenno, Hood, Lavery, Tomkinson, Woodward ( Brehon 83), Barlone (Stevenson 72), Murphy (Brooks 77), Carney. Subs not used: Julien, Hadland".


    As reported yesterday, Altrincham Reserves suffered a 5-0 defeat at league leaders, Wythenshawe Town, on Saturday. Here, courtesy of James Lobley, we see keeper Jamie Burrows in action. Jamie also keeps goal for the Alty Youth side. More of James's images from the game are here.


    Courtesy of Phil Taylor, we have a match report on Alty Ladies 3-2 comeback win against AFC Stockport Ladies last Sunday.


    The prize money for the winners of the FA Cup 4QR this season is £12,500. The matches will be played on the weekend of the 25th October. The Northern section of the draw is:
    • Barwell v ALTRINCHAM
    • Spennymoor T v AFC Telford Utd
    • Kings Lynn T v AFC Fylde
    • Grimsby T. v Guiseley
    • Norton U. v Shildon/Stourbridge
    • Colwyn Bay/Warrington T. v N. Ferriby U
    • Alfreton T. v Lincoln C.
    • Macclesfield T. v Wrexham
    • Chorley v FC Halifax Town
    • Leek T v Blyth S
    • Stockport C v Chester
    • Gateshead v Gainsborough T
    • Tamworth v Southport

    The southern section of the draw is:

    • Dorchester Town v Bristol Rovers
    • East Thurrock United v Bath City or Shortwood United
    • Staines Town or Gloucester City v Forest Green Rovers
    • Dartford v Burgess Hill Town
    • Maidstone United v Welling United
    • Willand Rovers v Maidenhead United or Gosport Borough
    • Witham Town v Weston-Super-Mare
    • Eastbourne Borough v Dover Athletic
    • Weymouth v Braintree Town
    • Leamington or Worcester City v Greenwich Borough
    • Canvey Island v Havant and Waterlooville
    • St Albans City v Concord Rangers
    • Basingstoke Town v Harrow Borough
    • Aldershot Town v Torquay United
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Eastleigh
    • Evesham United v Grays Athletic or Bromley
    • Whitehawk or Chelmsford City v Barnet
    • Nuneaton Town v Hemel Hempstead Town
    • Woking v Frome Town or Boreham Wood


    Wed. 15 October, Cheshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round: Stalybridge Celtic v Nantwich Town


    According to the Essex Chronicle, "Braintree Town will start their FA Cup campaign with a trip to Weymouth on October 25. In a repeat of last year’s fourth qualifying round fixture, the Iron will be looking to re-create the 2-1 victory... Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Southport on Saturday mean that the Iron have now not won in five games in the Conference Premier."

    Indeed "Braintree Town were made to pay for several wasted chances as they were beaten 2-0 by Southport at Cressing Road. The Iron were guilty of several missed opportunities, especially from striker Jordan Cox... Dan Sparkes made his return to the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury. However, Simeon Akinola was out of the squad with an ankle injury of his own, which he picked up in the 3-1 defeat to Gateshead...

    Braintree Town: Hamann, Peters, Habergham, Brindle, Massey, Mulley, Davis, Isaac, Sparkes (Marks 68’), Walker, Cox (Case 85’). Subs not used: Smith, Pentney"

    The Shropshire Star tells us that "AFC Telford United managing director Lee Carter has declared it’s time for a debate about the club’s ‘future direction’ in light of the team’s poor start to the season. The club, which was formed out of the ashes of Telford United in 2004, saw their first run in the Conference Premier end in relegation in 2013. And the current team, who lost 2-0 to Lincoln on Saturday, are eight points from safety at the foot of the table just 16 games into their second stint there.

    The part-time Bucks are one of very few fan-owned clubs operating in this country and they are running with one of the smallest playing budgets, in a league dominated by bigger full-time sides. And Carter took to Twitter on Saturday night to suggest it could be time for a change of ownership model to make the team more competitive at this level.

    He wrote, 'It’s time for a big heart 2 heart about our future. We’ve got a vision but perhaps need a different way of delivering it'. And he has since told the Shropshire Star, 'Ultimately, I feel that it is absolutely the right time now to revisit what we are about as a club. We made commitments to the fans 10 years ago to run it on a sustainable basis, fan involvement being at the heart of everything we do. But it also may be time, as part of that debate, to consider other options; not totally relinquishing fan ownership but saying "Are there other options, other models elsewhere we should be considering?"'

    He also added that changing the manager was unlikely to remedy the situation in the long term saying, '“I don’t think it is the old cynical football case of ‘let’s sack the manager. You can guarantee that a new guy might win a couple of games but, before too long, he will get into the same pattern'”.

    The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Paul Hurst hopes to utilise his relationship with Mark Robins after the former Manchester United striker was unveiled as Scunthorpe United boss. Robins has been confirmed as the Iron’s new manager today, replacing Russ Wilcox who was sacked last week.

    Grimsby Town’s boss is pleased to see his former Rotherham team-mate at the helm, but admits he was also sad to see Wilcox lose his job. 'I get on really well with Mark and I’m sure that once he’s settled in I will speak to him', remarked Hurst... 'Although I knew Mark previous to knowing Russ, I wouldn’t say that relationship would necessarily be any better in terms of getting players in. But it’s certainly an obvious link and Mark knows that if he did want to send anyone our way and it fitted, then the players will get looked after'".

    13 October 2014


    The draw for the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round (on weekend of 25 October) includes...

    • Barwell v ALTRINCHAM
    • Spennymoor T v AFC Telford Utd
    • Kings Lynn T v AFC Fylde
    • Grimsby T. v Guiseley
    • Norton U. v Shildon
    • Warrington T. v N. Ferriby U
    • Alfreton T. v Lincoln C.
    • Macclesfield T. v Wrexham
    • Chorley v FC Halifax Town
    • Leek T v Blyth S
    • Stockport C v Chester
    • Gateshead v Gainsborough T
    • Tamworth v Southport

    Barwell is near Hinckley in Leicestershire.

    Altrincham may have the best record of any existing non-League club interms of FA Cup giant-killing (16 League victims) but their recent record is lamentable. This has not been helped by receiving just two home draws in their inaugural round of the FA Cup over the past nine years. Indeed, they have failed to score in their last four home Cup ties; Chris Senior's goal against Millwall in 2007-08 was the last such success. Ironically, Alty's last home win in any round of the competition was against Lee Sinnott's former club, Farsley Celtic, in 2004-05 season.


    Other Altrincham FC scores this weekend were:
    • Altrincham Youth (u-18s) won 3-0 away at Barrow on Sunday.
    • Altrincham FC Ladies won 3-2. Phil Taylor reports that "The Ladies turned around a two goal deficit to register a 3-2 win versus AFC Stockport. Tracey Blanchard-Webb (2) and Elina Parker were the scorers. Report to follow in the next few days".
    • Altrincham Reserves lost 5-0 at league leaders Wythenshawe Town on Saturday.


    Gates on Saturday were:
    • Aldershot Town 2-2 Bristol Rovers (Att 3466)
    • Alfreton Town 4-2 Torquay United (736)
    • Altrincham 0-3 Woking (1218)
    • Barnet 3-3 Kidderminster Harriers (1689)
    • Braintree Town 0-2 Southport (810)
    • Dartford 1-1 Macclesfield Town (1063)
    • Dover Athletic 2-0 1-1 Gateshead (1009)
    • Lincoln City 2-0 AFC Telford United (2529)
    • Welling U 0-1 Grimsby Town (614)


    Alty's next opponents Braintree Town make their first ever visit to Altrincham next Saturday. Known as The Iron, the Essex club reports on their defeat at home by Southport last Saturday, saying "If a team doesn't take its chances and score goals then it simply won't win matches which, in reality, is now a clear wake-up call for Iron players after this disappointing defeat... They had more than enough goal scoring chances to have had the game and points wrapped up by the interval but some glaring misses proved fatal before just past the hour when the visitors scored, against the run of play, after which it was clear they would run out winners as the Iron capitulated.

    Unfortunately the main culprit for missing gilt-edged chances was young striker Jordan Cox who had a game he will probably want to forget... He wasn't the only culprit though because Walker missed a comparatively easy chance early in the first half, Chez Isaac fired over on the half hour when he should have scored and four minutes before the break the returning from injury Sparkes also drove the ball over the bar when clean through down the left and running into the area with only keeper David Raya Martin to beat.

    It was much the same sad scenario in the early part of the second half... The Iron certainly missed the pace and shooting too of the injured Simeon Akinola up front but there was some hope for the home fans in the 810 crowd when fit again striker Sean Marks emerged off the bench on 68 minutes replacing Sparkes...

    They fell behind when what appeared to be an innocuous attack from the visitors' Luke George sent a first time low shot goal ward that picked up an unfortunate ricochet on the way and the ball flew into the bottom corner of Nick Hamann's goal. As when conceding their first goal at Gateshead the previous week the Iron game plan then appeared to collapse with players lacking spirit and commitment for the final 20 minutes of the game as if going behind had again really knocked the wind out of their sails...

    In the end it was a deserved win for the visitors and the Iron can have no complaints really because it was all down to them not taking some of the chances they had created early on. Little wonder Iron fans are eagerly awaiting the return of long time injured striker Charlie Strutton in about two weeks to add some clinical finishing in their attack which is sadly missing at present. Braintree Town: Hamann; Peters, Habergham, Massey, Brundle; Mulley, Davis, Isaac, Sparkes (Marks 68); Cox (Case 86), Walker. Unused subs: Pentney, Smith.

    Iron manager Alan Devonshire said afterwards, 'Goals change games and we should have done so before half time with the chances we had and the game would have been over. I'm worried that as in the Gateshead game we dominated for so long but once we concede a goal we seem to collapse like a pack of cards and we have quickly to sort that one out', he continued... 'So no excuses from me, we lost and we now have a week to work at things and get us up to Altrincham next week and start winning'.

    He went on, 'I think with all the recent injuries we got away with it when doing well against the top three sides but it's now caught up with us although, hopefully, within the next two weeks we should get all the players back from injury. It's very difficult at this level running with such a small squad when you get injuries and we are on one of the smallest budgets in the league so I would say to the supporters moaning to me today to take a reality check and see where we have come from', he continued. 'We've come a long way in a short time and we'll continue the way we have done so far; - we've already 20 points on the board and our basic target remains 50 points for the season and I'm confident we will do it again'.

    Chairman Lee Harding agreed, 'After such a disappointing result, it is always easy to blame a lack of players or money. Yes, we have a small squad at the moment, but the Club gives Alan full delegated authority to bring in who he chooses - he alone decides who and how many players we have. As to the playing budget, it may not be the highest in the division, but it is certainly the biggest we have ever allowed a manager at this Club. We must never forget that it is all too easy for a club to spend money it does not have (as the supporters of both Hereford and Salisbury found out last season) but we in the board room remain convinced that it is competitive. It is certainly more than last season ... and the two seasons before'."


    Match report here.

    Highlights of the Altrincham v Woking match are now available from Alty TV right.

    Alty manager, Lee Sinnott, told the NL Paper, "The red card came at a really bad time for us as we had just conceded and then we found ourselves two down. It was 50-50 in the first half, where either side could have scored but, after the red card, we seemed to unravel and the combination of a flu bug in the camp, on top of a long midweek trip, meant we were never bouncy".

    Saturday's commentary from Radio Robins is here.

    After Saturday's match, Woking report that "A masterful second-half performance ensured Garry Hill’s Woking climbed four places in the league... Altrincham gave as good as they got for large periods of the opening period at Moss Lane, but the 18th-placed hosts were overwhelmed from there...

    Alty came into this match on the back of encouraging victories over Macclesfield and Halifax followed by a midweek draw at Grimsby, and were soon at their visitors...

    Lee Sinnott’s hosts looked sharp again after the break, Densmore running unopposed on goal until Clarke reacted, while Rendell was back to head to safety as Alty came once more... The opening goal followed, a 52nd minute close-quarters finish from 12-goal Rendell after great work by Goddard opened up the home defence. It then went from bad to worse for the hosts as a poor challenge on Lewis led to a straight red for Griffin...

    The Robins' problems were compounded by the departure of injured Simon Richman... But on 66 minutes Woking put the game to bed, a neat one-two between Morgan and Rendell leading to the former timing his finish perfectly, hesitating momentarily before lobbing Coburn.... Alty weren't finished yet, and Clarke had to clear from sub Tom Marshall[?!], while Payne struck over at the other end...

    A few home fans drifted away, and for the final minutes the Robins were down to nine after sub Ryan Crowther limped off. But there was still time for a clinical finish from Payne, exchanging passes with Sole on the right flank before firing home with aplomb".

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