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25 October 2014


You can follow the Barwell v Altrincham FA Cup 4QR 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, will be broadcasting full live coverage of Saturday's game at Barwell. The match commentary sponsor is Altrincham F.C. Community Sports Ltd, which is the umbrella organisation that manages the Club's community activities. The main project for 2014 is the new Community Sports Hall which is currently nearing completion. You can find out all about that at the Community Sports Hall website.

The commentators are Ian Wilkinson and Laurence Howarth, with John Edwards as match summariser. Coverage starts at 2.50pm with the game kicking off at 3pm. You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at

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


Saturday, 25 October
  • Through the Years by Howard Watts
  • Aldershot Town v Torquay United
  • Alfreton Town v Lincoln City
  • 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 1-1 Wrexham (played Friday night)
  • 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


For the winners on Saturday, Barwell or Altrincham, the number to look out for in the First Round draw will be 57. The BBC annopunces that " The FA Cup returns to the BBC on Monday night when the draw for the first round takes place at the National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton. Mark Chapman hosts the draw from 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, BBC 5 live and online, in front of a live audience of 300... The ties will take place on the weekend of 8 and 9 November... Draws for subsequent rounds will be held at different venues around the country.

FA Cup first-round weekend will be given special treatment across television, radio and online, with a selected match being screened live on BBC Two on Friday, 7 November".


The Football Conference reports that "Aldershot Town have signed Colchester United striker Dan Holman on a loan deal until November 22nd. The 24-year-old, who joined the U’s from Braintree Town in the summer, has just completed another month-long loan with Wrexham, for whom he made four substitute appearances.

Holman has made five appearances for Colchester this season, having been the Iron’s top scorer with 13 goals in the Conference in 2013/14. The Northampton-born striker played for local sides ON Chenecks, Long Buckby and Moulton Magpies as a youth team player, before joining Cogenhoe United and, in 2009, returning to Long Buckby... He moved to Conference North side Histon in 2012, where 29 goals again made him the club’s leading scorer.

This record inspired Braintree to pay an undisclosed fee for Holman, who scored a total of 25 goals in seventy-seven appearances at Cressing Road. 'We were looking to get Dan is before he went to Wrexham,' revealed Shots' manager Andy Scott. 'He’s got a proven goalscoring record at this level. He works extremely hard and is desperate to play football. He wanted this opportunity. He knows there’s no divine right to play but if he does well he will play games... I think that this will give everyone a lift, and show the rest of the squad that we’re making efforts to improve all the time. We have to work hard to make sure that things turn around. You sometimes have to make tough decisions but, as a manager, I am prepared to do that'.

'I’m just looking to impress the gaffer and play some games,' explained Holman... 'This is a big club'".

Further south, "Torquay United have extended the youth loan agreement with AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield by a further two weeks. The deal now runs to November 5th, the day before he turns 21 when he would no longer be eligible for a youth loan, but the two clubs have agreed to discuss a further extension beyond this point".

According to NL Pitchero "Dover Athletic have signed former Hartlepool United midfielder or forward Greg Rutherford. Rutherford was born in North Shields. He started his career in the youth team of Hartlepool United... He signed a short-term deal in the summer of 2012 which was later extended in early January 2013... and totalled nine appearances for the senior side before being released at the end of last season. He trialled with Dover`s league rivals Bristol Rovers in pre-season after re-locating south".

24 October 2014


On Thursday evening, manager Lee Sinnot confirmed that for Saturday's FA Cup game at Barwell, Altrincham would again be without the suspended Adam Griffin and that, otherwise, Ryan Crowther was the only doubt, provided there were no unforeseen after effects from training.

Meanwhile, Barwell tell us that manager "Jimmy Ginnelly speaks out on Saturday’s FA Cup encounter with Altrincham. 'Just a few words about our fantastic FA Cup Fourth qualifying round tie against one of the non-league’s absolute giants, Altrincham FC. This club has been involved in some amazing giant killing ties over the years and I’m chuffed to bits that they’re visiting our little Kirkby Road ground. I just hope we give a good account of ourselves and give them at least a bit of a game.

Everyone at Barwell is amazed we’ve reached this far but we’re here now and may as well give it our best shot.

On Lee Sinnott’s Alty, they’ve got a 'man mountain' at the back in Tom Marshall, a left-wing wizard in Nicky Clee, who’s got a left foot to die for, his shots and crosses are something we really need to stop, and then up front the goal machine Damian Reeves (Mr Goals!). He always seems to score so again we need to try and keep him quiet. Hey, that’s just three players so as you all at Barwell know they’ve got eight other Conference players coming at our little team, so it’s going to be very interesting for all. One thing’s for sure we know we’re in for a very tough afternoon.

I believe this is the furthest we’ve ever been in the FA Cup. I was assistant to Paul O’Brien four years ago in the Fourth Qualifying Round, when we were beaten at Droylsden, and we got spanked that day, albeit it was away and this time we’re at home, so I’m looking to be the man that takes this little village club into the First Round Proper. I couldn’t have been handed any harder a task, I don’t think but one thing’s for sure, we’ll enjoy the day whatever happens.

I’d like to thank the groundsmen, Terry Fisher, Geoff Hines and Nick Gilks for their efforts in giving us a lovely pitch to play on. I’m expecting Alty to bring their 200 + supporters so I’m sure they’ll take over our little ground. I hope they enjoy their day but hope they don’t enjoy the journey home, (ha, ha – only kidding).

Guy, Ricks and I will be doing our best to make sure we’ve given the lads as much info as possible and have them ready for our biggest game of the season. I’m sure the game and result will look after itself. Once again thanks for your support and hopefully we’ve all got something to have a nice pint of beer in our little clubhouse. All the best, Jimmy Ginnelly”.

Of interest to Alty and Barwell, and reproduced as "tweeted", the Football Conference says "The draw for the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup will be LIVE on Monday on BBC2 TV at 7pm". and "FAC 1st Round Proper to be played Friday - Sunday 7th - 9th November to cater for 3 LIVE TV matches screened this season by BBC and BTSPORT".


Altrincham FC chairman Grahame Rowley writes that "Following incidents at the Macclesfield Town game on Tuesday 30th September the Club were asked for their views by the FA with regards to the fan who ran onto the pitch and the throwing of a smoke canister onto the pitch - with possible sanctions/fines to follow.

I am happy to say that, following our representations to the FA, they considered that we took appropriate action on the night and adequate planning had taken place beforehand to avoid such incidents and, therefore, we were not sanctioned. We have also made assurances that the Football Club will do their utmost to ensure that repeat incidences do not take place.

Although spectators may think that running on the pitch during a game or throwing smoke canisters during goal celebrations is entertaining, they can have significant repercussions for the Football Club. Those responsible for these acts should take note of the possible effects on their Football Club".


Details of the Fun Week organised by Altrincham FC for next week are on the Community Coaching page.


Colin Peake of the Football Conference writes "You will no doubt recall the efforts being made in early September to promote Non-League Day, through the 'Thumbs Up' campaign, orchestrated by our sponsor Vanarama in conjunction with the organisers of this annual event". Mr Peake has issued the following press release:

"Thumbs up for Non League Day’s success as Vanarama donates thousands to Prostate Cancer UK.

Commercial vehicle leasing business Vanarama (, sponsor of the Vanarama Conference, together with Prostate Cancer UK are thanking football fans for their support, after raising thousands of pounds for the charity on Non League Day 2014. Vanarama linked with former Southampton FC and England legend Matt Le Tissier to champion the day, and pledged to make a donation to the charity on behalf of every fan attending a Vanarama Conference fixture on Non-League Day.

After a hugely successful broadcast and social media campaign, a total of 38,675 fans attended Vanarama Conference fixtures, resulting in £7735 being donated to the charity – certainly one in the back of the net for Non-League Day and Prostate Cancer UK!

Non League Day started in 2010. Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, it provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

To raise the profile of the day Vanarama launched a five day broadcast and social media campaign, #thumbsup4nld. Football celebrities and grass roots fans alike were asked to tweet a picture of themselves putting their ‘thumbs up’ for Non-League Day and encouraging others to get down to their local club to watch the match.

'We are delighted with the success of Non-League Day 2014,' explains Vanarama’s Managing Director, Andy Alderson. 'As well as raising vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK, we were overwhelmed with the way the fans engaged with the thumbs up campaign. More than 4,600 unique hashtag tweets and in excess of 30 million timeline deliveries were made for, #thumbsup4nld. Importantly, behind the stats the real warmth, humour and depth of feeling for the Vanarama Conference, evident in the tweets, was heart-warming.

Encouraging growth in grass roots football is vital to our nation’s game. We were just shy of the all time attendance record for Non-League Day. This is our first year of sponsorship of the Conference, so from a standing start we’re really proud of that. Raising thousands for charity to boot makes it even more worthwhile.'

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising, Prostate Cancer UK, said, 'Using football as a way of talking to men about a disease that kills one man every hour has proved incredibly powerful. Reaching out through the grassroots game has helped us spread our net further through clubs and supporters. We’re so grateful to the fantastic backing from Vanarama, over a hugely successful weekend. By so generously doubling their donation they are helping us in our quest to save men’s lives.'

The photograph (right) shows left, Steve Mark (Brand Director) of Vanarama presenting the cheque to Mark Bishop of Prostate Cancer UK".


The Halesowen News tells us that "Furious Kidderminster Harriers supporters are threatening to boycott games and withdraw sponsorship after the club allowed a UKIP advert to be put up in the ground. The club has come under fire after hiring out a hoarding, at the ‘Town End’ of Aggborough stadium, to the right-wing political party for its campaign purposes.

Long-time fan Karl Davies immediately cancelled his player sponsorship of Harriers’ winger Ahmed Obeng and stepped down from his role as Press officer for the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters’ Trust (KHIST)... Mr Davies told The Shuttle, 'I’m gobsmacked that it has come to this. The club has brought politics into football and, for me, this is an appalling decision. Football should be apolitical. The club has told me they stand by their decision and if they want to accept UKIP’s money, then fine. But I think this is the wrong decision. I will continue to go to games but I am not prepared to support the club commercially so have cancelled my sponsorship of Ahmed Obeng. This is not a decision I have taken lightly and I have nothing against the player. I will contact him to explain my decision.

I have also stepped down from my role with KHIST so I don’t compromise their work with my views on this'.

Councillor Sewell added, 'I find the club’s decision astonishing and very short-sighted. It is unheard of for a football club to accept political advertising at their ground. The club argues that it is no different to MP Mark Garnier having a regular advert in the programme but that is not the same as he is providing contact details for constituents to get in touch with their elected MP'...

But Councillor Michael Wrench, leader of Wyre Forest UKIP, said, 'This is a business transaction in which we are simply supporting the local community we have been democratically elected to serve... They are saying football should be apolitical but they are the ones trying to make a political point because we are the new kid on the block and the landscape is changing. Other parties already advertise at the club, through player sponsorship and in the programme so how is this different?...

In a response to complainants, the club said, 'The offer is open to all. UKIP contacted the club, not vice versa, and a deal was agreed. We are completely impartial and treat all the same'"

According to NL Pitchero, "Alfreton Town have taken goalkeeper James Severn on a month's loan from Scunthorpe United. United signed Severn following his release from Derby County in June 2012. The 22-year-old had a spell on trial at Glanford Park towards the end of the 2011/12 season and impressed the coaching staff during his time at the club.

He rose through the ranks at Derby but made just one appearance for the club and had loan spells with Tamworth and Eastwood Town... He spent time out on loan at Tamworth for the second time in his career towards the end of 2012, making three appearances... Severn has recently penned a new one-year deal to extend his stay in North Lincolnshire. The Nottingham born shot stopper has represented England at under-17, under-19 and under-20 level so far in his career".

Meanwhile, "Jamie Day, player-manager of Welling United, has brought in three players to strengthen his squad ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup match at Maidstone United. Goalkeeper Lee Butcher has been signed on a non-contract basis. Former Spurs and Leyton Orient keeper Butcher needs no introduction to Wings fans as he won the player of the season award last season for his performances for the Wings before work commitments prevented him re-signing for this season until now.

Day has signed another keeper in Ben Buchel on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January 1st 2015. Buchel played club football in Liechtenstein before signing a six-month contract with the Cherries in August 2012. The move made him only the second player from Liechtenstein to make headway in English football... While with the Cherries he has enjoyed loan spells with Dorchester Town, Poole Town and Havant & Waterlooville. He is a Liechtenstein international with seven caps to his name to date.

They follow earlier recruit Michael Chambers, who has joined on a month`s loan from Crystal Palace. The 6` 5” centre-back joined the Eagles from Dulwich Hamlet."

Also from NL Pitchero we learn that "Having fended off an approach from rivals FC Halifax Town for forward Mike Phenix, AFC Telford United subsequently received an approach from Barnsley. The Board of Directors and manager Liam Watson were reluctant to let the player go but, as in all cases, the offer was put to the player and his wishes, to make the progression into the full-time game, were fully taken into account.

With this in mind the club reluctantly agreed to the 25-year-old`s transfer to Barnsley. A statement from the club reads, 'We have agreed a deal with cash up front and staged payments at various intervals thereafter which would make Mike the joint highest player sale in the club`s history. We have also negotiated a sell on clause and a pre-season friendly with Barnsley... The manager has again been given the full backing and encouragement of the club`s Board to bring in players as he sees fit in order to ensure we build upon the win at Woking.

We are absolutely focussed on ensuring the club remains in the Vanarama Conference and progresses as far as possible in every competition. We are working harder than ever to ensure that happens and urge as many fans as possible to positively get behind the club as we seek to re-energise ourselves on and off the pitch'".

ALso "Lincoln City have recalled goalkeeper Paul Farman from his loan spell with Boston United. The 24-year-old, who made four appearances for the Pilgrims, is heading back to Sincil Bank after Gary Simpson exercised his 24-hour recall option on the keeper".

The Lincolnshire Echo tells us that "Lincoln City are looking to the FA Cup for a financial lifeline after revealing they are projecting a possible loss of up to £150,000 this year. The Imps travel to Alfreton on Saturday for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash which could net them £12,500 in prize money... The funds will be vital, with club chairman Bob Dorrian insisting the cash on offer is their last hope to boost the club's coffers this season.

'We rely on three areas for increasing revenue; gates, investment and cup competitions', said Dorrian. 'There have been no fresh offers of investment and a disappointing run of results has seen our gate revenue drop below a sustainable level. It means that a run in the FA Cup is vital to keep the club operating on an even keel.'

Dorrian has undertaken a ruthless cost-cutting programme since the club was relegated from the Football League in 20... 'They would only equate to savings of £5,000 to £10,000... That is not going to make a big difference when we are making a loss of around £3,000 a week, which would make it around £150,000 for the year.... The biggest outgoing is the playing budget and we want to make as much money available to that as possible to the management team. We have already stretched that budget further than intended with the ambition of pulling together a squad which can get us into the play-off places...

It is clear that we need to start thinking outside of the box and look at other ways of raising cash, beyond seeking investors and sponsorship'".


There is a curious tale in the Manchester Evening News to the effect that "Bacup and Rossendale Borough FC will revert to its former name after a series of ghostly occurrences convinced staff that a phantom presence was protesting to the name change. Spooked football club bosses say they will be forced to change their name following objections from the spirit world.

Bacup and Rossendale Borough FC said a series of ghostly occurrences convinced staff that the club was being haunted by a phantom presence. Club bosses called in paranormal investigators... The club was known as Bacup Borough FC until 2013 when it took on its current title.

Club PA Debra O’Connor said Droylsden-based spiritualists Shadow Seekers tried to contact the spirits via some ghouline technology to ask whether discontent over a recent name change was the cause of the problem. She said, 'The investigators asked the spirit about the name change, to which the twin-pronged machine indicated that there were spirits not happy. Then all of a sudden, the machine flew off the physio bed and smashed on the floor'.

The club will now revert to its original name of Bacup Borough for the start of next season. Club manager Brent Peters said players and staff became convinced the spirits were protesting at the change - and said it was even hampering the players’ ability to score. He said, 'The demons have been out there since we took the name of Rossendale... freak instances have occurred which have ultimately cost us games. We have had instances where a light bulb has shot out of its socket and narrowly missed a player as he was sitting on the toilet, our phone ringing a number in Ramsbottom in the early hours that has nothing to do with the club and the alarm system sounding when the mains say otherwise.

The other week, one of the players went through on goal but as he was about to shoot he felt a weight holding back his kicking foot! Just last week, I had a text from a player to say he was fine for Saturday’s game late on Friday evening, only to be taken to A&E the following morning'".

23 October 2014


Joint Press and Media Officer John Edwards supplied articles to The Messenger and The Advertiser this week, based on quotes from an interview he conducted with manager Lee Sinnott at the conclusion of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Braintree. Here is the interview in full, with Lee reflecting on the Braintree game before turning his attention to this coming Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Barwell.

On Braintree, Lee said, '‘I thought the first half had little echoes of last Saturday against Woking, in the way that either team could maybe have laid claim to going in ahead but, overall, I was delighted with the players.

We played our football in pockets, maybe not as much as we would have liked, but you can’t fault them for effort, desire, commitment, all those big words you come out with.

We took a 1-0 lead with a very well executed goal, and then, without sitting back, because we are not a team who sit back and defend a lead, we defended well. What I mean is, we defended well when we had to, and that was pleasing.

(On the defensive shake-up to cover Adam Griffin’s suspension) I thought Scott Leather did really well at left-back, and Tom Marshall stepped in and did the job required in the middle, alongside Luca Havern. In fact, if you look across the back four, I don’t think we missed many headers all day. I was very pleased with them.

In midfield, Jake Moult (left) keeps putting in performances. I had a word with him beforehand, and you have to say he has come a long way since the opening game of the season at Aldershot, when he didn’t figure in the 16. That is what you want from your players in situations like that. You want a reaction. He has made it difficult to be left out, and that is what you are looking for when a player gets his chance.

He has the qualities needed to be an all-round midfield player, and over the last six or seven matches, he has added a good consistency to his game.

I still think we are a little bit leggy, and it will do us good to have a clear week, so we can prepare accordingly for the Cup tie. But, in saying that, to win 1-0 is always pleasing for a manager. Of course you want to win 6-0 every week but, in the real world, that doesn’t happen, so to carve out a 1-0 is pleasing.

Right: Lee Sinnott

We are a smallish squad and we need versatility from our players to adapt to whatever is put before them. Scott epitomises that. He has switched position to accommodate Tom at the back, and we’ve kept a clean sheet. I’ve got to be happy with that.

Hopefully, come next Saturday, the batteries will be topped up again after another clear week. We came under pressure near the end, but sometimes it’s human nature to protect what you’ve got, going into the last five or 10 minutes, so you are not as committed.

I thought Kyle Perry did really well, coming on and putting himself about on his own up front for the last 10 minutes. But, when you are not as committed, it is hard getting forward and supporting him, so I can understand how the pressure was on at the end. But we stood up to it really well.

I have had a word with James Lawrie about the role he is playing at the moment, because it comes with responsibilities. I just pointed out the options to him, if he is being looked on closely. Don’t forget, people do their scouting. They study reports and look closely at who they are up against each week, and it’s up to James to think his way round the problem, if he is singled out for close attention.

Do you drop off a bit? If one or two are sitting in front of the back four, where is your space to operate? He is having to start thinking about that. Do you go a bit deeper or look for room a bit further forward. We have discussed all that, because it is important he keeps contributing the way he has been.

(On the possible penalty in the second half, when Damian Reeves looked to be body-checked) I asked Reevesie about it when he came off, and he said it was inside the box, which may have contributed to the pushing and shoving that followed. I would have to have another look. My only question is, would the ref have given a free-kick if it had happened outside the box? Who knows, but if the answer is yes, then it had to be a penalty.

One thing I found mind-boggling was when their keeper went down injured, as Nicky Clee cut in from the left along the goalline. The ref was absolutely right to stop play, but what was all that about when he restarted it by dropping the ball and telling Jake to kick it out for their throw-in? We are in a dangerous position one minute and are then having to surrender possession the next. That infuriates me.

I just think referees are too protected. It’s like they are an endangered species. Maybe the fourth official should have a meeting with the managers after the game, and he can take our thoughts into the referee’s room. I fully appreciate it’s a hard job, but there are times when I’m just baffled by what I see.’

On the FA Cup tie at Barwell, Lee added:

‘I don’t know whether I would class it as a determination to put things right (after last season’s Cup defeat at Trafford), because we want to win every game, regardless of who we are up against and what the competition is. Throughout my time here, and throughout my career in management, I have treated every opponent with exactly the same respect, whether it be Barnet, Barwell or whoever. It doesn’t matter if they are three divisions below us, they get my full respect.

The players were reminded of that before they went out against Trafford. I have been in the game long enough to be on the good side and bad side of Cup killings. I have been around too long to walk into a tie and be blasé about it. It’s ridiculous to think that. If people think that could happen, they don’t know me. Barwell will be given our full respect. I don’t do 110 per cent or 150 per cent. You can only give 100 per cent, but, believe me, that’s the respect we will be giving our opponents on Saturday. It will be no different to any team I have come up against before.

They are clearly on a very good run in the FA Cup. The appeal of this competition is that someone always does that, so we know it is going to be a difficult game. We know we have got to be right, end of story, and we will prepare accordingly. A Cup run can be good for the club, the supporters, the finances, everything. We are fully aware of all that, so it goes without saying we will be ready for the challenge.

I don’t see it as a release from the league campaign. That would be disrespectful to Barwell, and I’m not going down that road. We have had them watched more than once since the draw was made, and we know they are going to be up for it. We have to cope with that.

In my mind, it could be Barnet or Barwell, it makes no difference to our approach. We have to make sure our desire to win is greater than theirs. That is paramount. On the injury front, Nicky Clee was taken off as a precaution, but there are no other new injury problems.'"


Arthur Gale, who played wartime football for Altrincham, is one of Terry Rowley's latest Alty Legends, while Andrew Limond is subject of another of Terry's profiles. Andrew Limond played for Alty in 1911 and emigrated to Canada, where he died in 1943.
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."

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