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1 November 2014

ALTRINCHAM v ALFRETON TOWN: MATCH COVERAGE

You can follow the Altrincham v Alfreton Town Vanarama Conference 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 against Alfreton Town at the J.Davidson Stadium. The match commentary sponsor is Michael Ripley Photography, specialist photographer in urban landscapes, portraiture & sports. Find out more about Michael and see his outstanding photography at his website. The commentators are Simon Ellis amd Ian Watmore with match summaries from Paul Salt.

Coverage starts at 2.50pm with the game kicking off at 3.00pm. You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at www.radiorobins.com . Simon Brotherton will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time & full time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC).

In advance of their visit to Altrincham, the Derbyshire Times tells us that "Alfreton Town return to Conference Premier football this Saturday with a trip to Altrincham. Reds manager Nicky Law will be looking for a big reaction from his squad following the 5-1 FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay crash at Lincoln City in midweek.

Law is expecting to have goalkeeper Cameron Dawson back for what promises to be another tough away game and there will be late fitness checks for some of the walking wounded after the Lincoln game. Alfreton are second from bottom and, with just one win from their last eight games in all competitions, urgently require a victory which could reinvigorate their season...

The Robins go into the game in 19th place, two places and two points above the relegation zone and a win for them would put some daylight between the Cheshire club and those below them. Altrincham have had mixed fortunes on home soil this season although 13 of their total of 18 points have been won at their Moss Lane home... The sides drew 1-1 at the Impact Arena earlier in the season, Alty having an 89th minute Kyle Perry equaliser to thank for their point after Alfreton had led through Joe Ironside’s 42nd minute goal back on Tuesday, September 9."

SATURDAY IN THE VANARAMA CONFERENCE

Howard Watts's Through the Years information for this Saturday, 1 November, is here

Saturday, 1 November 2014

  • AFC Telford Utd v Bristol Rovers
  • Aldershot Town v Gateshead FC
  • Altrincham v Alfreton Town
  • Braintree Town v Woking
  • Eastleigh v Chester FC
  • Forest Green Rovers v Lincoln City FC
  • Grimsby Town v Dartford
  • Kidderminster Harriers v Torquay United
  • Nuneaton Town v Macclesfield Town
  • Southport v Dover Athletic
  • Welling United v Barnet
  • Wrexham v FC Halifax Town

COACH TO BLYTH

TASC is running a supporters' coach to the FA Cup 1st Round tie at Blyth Spartans on Sunday, 9 November (k.o. 2pm). Details are here.

MANAGERS APPOINTED FOR COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

Altrincham FC "is delighted to announce the recruitment of two full time personnel to set up and run the Community Sports Hall (CSH), which opens for business in January 2015. Both were appointed after an open recruitment exercise, with interviews conducted by a panel drawn from the Community section, the CSH project team, and Club Board. This recruitment attracted an outstanding field, including some very good friends of Altrincham FC, and the Club is grateful to all who applied.

Stacey Rowley has been appointed as CSH General Manager and starts formally on 1 December 2014. Already a Club volunteer, Stacey has highly relevant marketing, management and administration experience from the sports, hotel, conference and logistics industries.

Judy Henson has been appointed as CSH Deputy Manager and a member of the community outreach team. She also starts formally on 1 December 2014. New to the Club, Judy has several years invaluable experience working in sports and leisure centres in North Yorkshire and Trafford, is a qualified football coach and runs her own blog on women’s football.

Stacey and Judy will share the load of providing CSH management cover across the week (up to 7 days/week, 13 hours per day), and it is expected there will be future opportunities for part-time staff to support them as the volume of CSH business builds".

VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

According to the Football Conference, "BT Sport will be screening LIVE a further fixture from the competition when the match between Bristol Rovers and Gateshead is brought forward from Saturday, 20th December by 24 hours to Friday 19th December.

Traditionally fixtures played on the last Saturday before Christmas always struggle to attract large attendances so, by moving it to the Friday evening, it is hoped this will enable more home supporters to attend and, importantly, allow more Heed fans to watch from afar as their seasoned manager Gary Mills takes on his younger counter-part Darrell Clarke in charge of the Gas.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm from the Memorial Stadium and confirmation of which BT Sport channel it will be screened on will be advised nearer the date".

Meanwhile, "Gateshead have confirmed that defender Nick Anderton has joined on a one-month loan deal from Preston North End. Anderton, 18, signed a professional contract with the Deepdale outfit in the summer after spending time on loan with Chorley last season... Manager Gary Mills... said, 'He will be bring a bit of solidity to the back-four... If the ball comes into the box, he's going to defend that ball. I'm sick of saying it; we've conceded too many sloppy goals. It has to stop. It needs to be addressed'".

Also, "Kidderminster Harriers have taken midfielder Matt Robinson on a month's loan from Luton Town. Robinson is a product of the Leicester City youth system and represented their under-18 side. He started training with Luton at the back end of the 2011/12 season and linked back up with the Hatters after being released by Leicester in the summer of 2012, signing a two-year contract... He made thirty-one appearances for the Town in last season`s title-winning campaign and scored twice."

Elsewhere, "AFC Telford United's midfielder Jordan Deacey has joined former club, Bradford Park Avenue, on a month`s loan. The 20-year-old has struggled to break into the team since arriving in the summer, but still has a big future at the New Buck's Head. Deacey, son of Avenue boss John, had been with Bradford since 2011 and caught the attention of both Scunthorpe United and Hartlepool United... However, he signed a one-year contract with Telford in July".

It is reported by NL Pitchero that "Andy Morrell, manager of Tamworth, has added 25-year-old striker Reece Styche to his squad on a month’s loan from Kidderminster Harriers. Styche joined the Harriers in the summer from Forest Green Rovers where his appearances were limited due to a long-term injury.

He went on loan to Wycombe Wanderers towards the end of last season... The former England `C` star began his career at Hednesford Town, progressing from the youth team".

On the South Coast, "Durrell Berry has joined Torquay United on a non-contract basis after impressing during a trial period this week. Berry, 22, came through the ranks at Notts County and then Aston Villa before joining Plymouth Argyle in 2011. But he has been a free agent since turning down a contract offer from the Pilgrims earlier this year".

Forest Green Rovers report on Alty's opponents next Tuesday, Lincoln City, "A 5-1 win on Tuesday night over league rivals Alfreton ensured Lincoln secured safe passage through to the first round proper of this year’s FA Cup... That victory means Saturday’s opponents are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions going into this weekend’s match up. They sit in 14th place having enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this term. Consistency, like many teams in the division this year, has again been a problem.

This is the Imp’s fourth consecutive season in non-league football’s top tier... Gary Simpson is in charge of the Imps. He is in his third management job following spells at Macclesfield and Gainsborough Trinity... He leads a Lincoln side that will likely line up with teenage goalkeeper Nick Townsend in goal on Saturday. He is currently on loan from Birmingham City... The Lincoln back line may include left back Sean Newton as well as former Huddersfield Town central defender Nat Brown. While in midfield the Imps look set to hand another berth to Irishman Alan Power. The one-time Rushden & Diamonds man currently fulfils the role of club captain at the club. Ben Tomlinson offers a threat in attack as does Jordan Burrows. The 22 year-old was playing in League One for Stevenage last season".

BLYTH'S FAIR PLAY AWARD

In the EvoStik League, "Blyth Spartans, Lancaster City and Spalding United can look forward to be honoured for their sportsmanship and fair play after being named as October’s EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Fair Play Award winners.

After topping the latest fair play tables in their respective divisions which were published on Thursday, the trio will be presented with inscribed certificates to record their achievement and a bottle of Polo Roger champagne to toast their success at upcoming fixtures by representatives of the EVO-STIK NPL.

To qualify for the monthly fair play accolades, run as part of the EVO-STIK NPL’s successful backing for the FA’s Respect campaign, clubs must play a minimum of four league games with one point awarded for a caution and three for a dismissal before a totting up of red and yellow cards divided by the number of NPL fixtures played. In the event of a tie, technical area points are used. If still tied, disciplinary records in external cup games are taken into account.

Tom Wade’s Spartans are flying the flag for the league in the FA Cup after reaching the FA Cup’s First and they’ll have boosted both their own and the league’s reputation with their attitude to fair play in October after collecting just three cautions in five outings to post a disciplinary average of 0.60 and climb to fourth in the overall to date table."


31 October 2014

PLAYER NEWS

Following training on Thursday, manager Lee Sinnott reported that, for Saturday's game at home to Alfreton Town, he will be without the same three players who missed last week's match at Barwell. They are Adam Griffin, who is suspended, Ryan Crowther (back problem) and Mike Williams who will be on loan at Stalybridge on Saturday, as he completes his loan period at The Bower Fold.

BLYTH PRICES

Blyth Spartans have confirmed that the "FA Cup First Round tie with Conference side Altrincham will now take place on Sunday 9th November. Kick off at Croft Park will be at 2pm and tickets are priced as follows:
  • Adults: £10.00 (£1.00 extra in ‘Port of Blyth’ Stand)
  • Concessions = £5.00 (£1.00 extra in ‘Port of Blyth’ Stand)"
  • FA CUP ON TV

    The BBC adds that "Warrington Town's FA Cup first-round tie against Exeter City is to be televised live on BBC Two. Dan Walker will host Match of the Day Live from Warrington's Cantilever Park on Friday, 7 November from 19:30 GMT. Non-league Warrington, who play in the eighth tier and are entirely semi-professional, have reached the first round for the first time ever.

    League Two Exeter City have lost in the first round of the FA Cup in each of the last four seasons. The tie will be the first to be broadcast live on BBC TV since 2008. Warrington Town are managed by Shaun Reid - brother of former Everton and England midfielder Peter Reid.

    Three-time FA Cup winner Phil Neville made the draw along with Derbyshire FA's Community Coach of the Year Tammy Snape before a 300-strong audience at the National Football Centre at St George's Park. As part of the BBC's weekend of first round coverage, Football Focus will come live from Weston-super-Mare AFC on the Saturday ahead of the Conference South side's home tie against League One Doncaster Rovers.

    Mark Chapman will introduce live coverage of the second round draw on BBC Two at 19:00 GMT on Monday from the National Football Museum in Manchester. Other programmes to look out for include Jason Mohammad presenting a new FA Cup edition of Final Score on BBC One between 13:55 and 16:20 GMT on Sunday, 9 November as eight first-round matches take place. Manish Bhasin will then wrap up all the weekend's action later the same day on BBC Two with a full FA Cup highlights programme between 18:30 and 20:00 GMT.

    BT Sport will also televise two first-round ties. The first from midday on Sunday, 9 November will be the Yorkshire derby between non-league FC Halifax and League One Bradford City. The second on Monday, 10 November at 20:00 GMT, sees Havant & Waterlooville of Conference South take on two-time FA Cup winners Preston North End, also of League One."

    Woking announce that their "FA Cup tie away to Wrexham has been moved to Sunday 9th November, with a 2pm kick off. The match will be shown live on S4C. S4C can be viewed on Sky channel 134 / Virgin channel 166."

    FA CUP ROUND ONE

    The revised Round One draw is as follows...

    Friday 7 November

    • Warrington T. v Exeter C. (7.55pm)

    Saturday 8 November @ 3pm unless stated

    • Barnet v Wycombe W.
    • Barnsley v Burton A.
    • Basingstoke v AFC Telford U.
    • Bury v Hemel Hempstead
    • Bromley v Dartford
    • Cambridge U. v Fleetwood T.
    • Cheltenham T. v Swindon T.
    • Crewe A. v Sheffield U.
    • Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport
    • Dover A. v Morecambe
    • Eastleigh v Lincoln C.
    • FC Halifax T. v Bradford C. (12 noon)
    • Gillingham v Bristol C.
    • Grimsby T. v Oxford U.
    • Hartlepool U. v East Thurrock
    • Luton T. v Newport C.
    • Mansfield T. v Concord Rangers
    • Northampton T. v Rochdale
    • Notts County v Accrington Stanley
    • Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient
    • Peterborough U. v Carlisle U.
    • Plymouth Argyle v AFC Fylde
    • Port Vale v MK Dons
    • Southend U. v Chester FC
    • Tranmere R. v Bristol R.
    • Walsall v Shrewsbury T.
    • Weston-s-Mare v Doncaster R.
    • Yeovil T. v Crawley T
    • York C. v AFC Wimbledon

    Sunday 9 November @ 2pm

    • Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
    • Braintree v Chesterfield
    • Coventry C. v Worcester C.
    • Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe U.
    • Gosport Borough v Colchester U.
    • Norton U. v Gateshead
    • Portsmouth v Aldershot T.
    • Stevenage v Maidstone U.
    • Wrexham v Woking

    Monday 10 November

    • Havant & Waterlooville v Preston NE (8pm)

    YOUTH NEWS

    In the NWYA Premier League, Altrincham FC Youth have risen to second after Abbey Hey were stripped of the three points they gained against Alty and the points were awarded to Altrincham as an "Away walkover". This was due to Abbey Hey fielding ineligible players.

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    The Football COnference says that "BT Sport have added another fixture to their list of live screenings from the Vanarama Conference. Top-of-the-table Barnet will welcome Torquay United to The Hive on Tuesday, 11th November with a kick off at 8pm... The match will be shown on BT Sport 1."

    The BBC says that "Gateshead have signed Preston North End full-back Nick Anderton on a one-month loan deal. The 18-year-old agreed his first professional contract at Deepdale in May, but is yet to make his debut for the League One promotion-chasers. He spent much of last season on loan at Chorley, helping them win promotion to the Conference North".

    Elsewhere, the BBC reports that "AFC Telford boss Liam Watson is hoping the Bucks' return to the FA Cup first round can help their poor league form.... Tuesday night's 3-0 fourth qualifying round replay win against Spennymoor set up a trip to Basingstoke Town on Saturday, 8 November. But Watson is concerned only with this Saturday's visit of Bristol Rovers, admitting, 'We should now go into the Rovers game with a lot of confidence'...

    Watson's side remain seven points adrift in the relegation places, having won just twice in 17 matches. But coming on top of their 3-1 away league win at Woking a fortnight ago, the two games with Spennymoor, both following the sale of top scorer Mike Phenix to Barnsley, mean that they are now unbeaten in three matches".

    In the South West, "Boss Chris Hargreaves says Torquay United do not currently have the budget to offer Durrell Berry a contract. The 22-year-old defender has been training with the Gulls... He was released by Plymouth Argyle in the summer...

    When asked if the Gulls had the budget for another player Hargreaves told BBC Sport, 'No, we'd have to do some sorting around to make that happen but there's an opportunity for him there to earn himself a contract. I've got to create that contract for him, but at the moment we're at the first phase, which is coming in and training with us'...

    Berry spent three years at Argyle after signing as a free agent in the summer of 2011 and played 107 games, scoring one goal. 'I think he's a good athlete, a good player, he's a winner and whatever's gone on there (at Argyle) is unfortunate for him as he's now without a club', added Hargreaves".

    Altrincham now have three games (all away, at Lincoln, Blyth and Telford) between 4 and 11 November and in the Lincolnshire Echo, we learn that at "Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson says a gruelling schedule of travelling 1,408 miles in 15 days will force him to make some surprising team selections. The Imps kick off their adventures on the road with a 330-mile round trip on Saturday to take on Forest Green Rovers.

    There is a brief respite the following Tuesday with a home game against Altrincham, but an unkind FA Cup draw has seen them landed with a first round tie in Hampshire to face Eastleigh. That fixture will be the start of an eye-watering eight days of travelling which will see them head to Gateshead the following Tuesday and then back down to Eastleigh for a league fixture the following weekend.

    And Simpson said the only way he can make sure his side are able to overcome such a tall order is to rotate his squad for the five fixtures. 'There might be a few surprises with the side that we pick on Saturday,' said Simpson. 'With a run of two games in a week and with a lot of travelling involved it can take it out of them. We have to manage that situation. One or two supporters might not be happy if their favourite players are not playing. There are some tough games coming up and there is no point in just keeping with the same ones all the time. If we did that we would just run them into the ground'.

    Dr Mark Smith, Principal Lecturer in School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln warns that repeated long journeys present challenges for sportsmen... 'When you undergo a tough match muscles can become disrupted due to the demands placed on them,' said Dr Smith. 'The body will begin a state of repair soon after and the first stage of this is an inflammatory response; this manifests itself often in an achy feeling we get. How well conditioned, or fit, one is, as well as adherence to sound post-activity strategies will dictate how quickly one can recover.

    Getting back on a bus after a game could be seen to hinder the administration of strategies. However, if viewed as an opportunity to embed recovery approaches into the journey [it?] can be of benefit. I know Lincoln City are not able to call upon Premier League facilities so, therefore, introducing different post-match massage techniques and stretching routines, combined with sound nutritional recovery, can ensure any impact a coach journey may have is reduced or even eliminated'.

    Simpson has already started to manage his squad and has rested players in recent weeks. Striker Delano Sam-Yorke was a notable absentee on Saturday for the FA Cup tie against Alfreton. He remained on the bench during the 1-1 draw and was not brought into action until the second half of Tuesday night’s subsequent replay. When he was brought out to replace Jordan Burrow he stormed out of the blocks to net two quick-fire goals and earn the Imps a 5-1 win.

    'It’s great Delano Sam-Yorke has scored a couple', said Simpson. 'He was out of sorts. He needed a breather. We saw this week in training that he was looking sharper and he’s come on and shown some great running'".


    30 October 2014

    BLYTH v ALTY NOW ON SUNDAY, 2PM

    The FA Cup First Round tie between Blyth Spartans and Altrincham will now take place on Sunday, 9 November at 2pm.

    This is because the FA "are pleased to announce confirmation of the following ties selected for live TV.

    FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014 – 7.55pm: Warrington Town v Exeter City – Live on BBC2

    SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 – 12.00pm: FC Halifax Town v Bradford City – Live on BT Sports

    MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2014 – 8.00pm: Havant & Waterlooville v Preston North End – Live on BT Sports

    The FA live broadcast fee is £67,500 per club.

    The FA can confirm the following ties have been selected by our broadcast partners for highlights/clips domestically and/or live overseas:-

    SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 – 3.00pm: Weston Super Mare v Doncaster Rovers and Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers. The FA fee for the above is £6,750 per club.

    SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 – 2.00pm. The ties that will feature in the BBC's FA Cup Final Score with Jason Mohammed on Sunday 9 November will be:

    • Gosport Borough v Colchester United
    • Braintree Town v Chesterfield
    • Portsmouth v Aldershot Town
    • Stevenage v Maidstone United
    • Coventry City v Worcester City
    • Blyth Spartans v ALTRINCHAM
    • Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe United
    • Norton United v Gateshead

    The FA fee for the above is £12,500 per club.

    LINCOLN MATCH ARRANGEMENTS

    TASC is running a supporters' coach to Lincoln City on Tuesday, 4 November. Details of times and fares are here.

    Meanwhile, Lincoln City have kindly sent details of the arrangements for visiting supporters to Sincil Bank Stadium. Away supporters will be housed in Stacey West Stand, which is located at the north end of the stadium.

    Prices are :

    • Adults £16 (Early Bird) or £18 (Match Day)
    • Concessionaries (60+ / disabled) £12 (Early Bird) or £13 (Match Day)
    • Junior (under 18) £6 (Early Bird) or £7 (Match Day)
    • Students (18-21 with valid photo ID) £6 (Early Bird) or £7 (Match Day)
    The Club says that "Early Bird prices will be in operation until 4.00pm on the last working day before the day of the game (12 noon for Internet purchases). If you have any queries regarding ticket information please contact Dawn Cussens, Ticket Office Manager, on 01522 563781 or email her.

    Car Park Access

    Access to the Stadium/Stacey West car park is via South Park Avenue. Sat Nav use postcode LN5 8EL.

    Match Day Programmes.

    These cost £3.00 each; orders may be taken by calling Dawn Cussens on 01522 563781 or email her. Payment will be required on collection".

    ALTY'S KARATE KING

    Brian Flynn reports that an Altrincham "Ladies' man competes in Freestyle Karate World Championships. John McManus (right) will be taking a break from his duties as Assistant Manager for Altrincham FC Ladies, when he heads off next week to compete in the Freestyle Karate World Championships in Portugal.

    John, who is a black belt 1st Dan in Freestyle Karate, has represented England three times against Italy, Portugal & Ireland and has also been to the US Open Championships where he was a medal winner.

    In the last 15 months, he has won numerous medals, including gold, in regional and national tournaments. John travels to Portugal as the WKC British and European title holder and everyone at Altrincham Football Club wishes him well in achieving further success on the Iberian peninsula".

    NEXT LEAGUE OPPONENTS: ALFRETON BOSS UNHAPPY

    News of our next league opponents comes from Alfreton Town, who say that their "manager Nicky Law was a bitterly disappointed man after seeing his side turn in an abject display in a 5-1 FA Cup fourth qualifying replay defeat at Lincoln City on Tuesday evening.

    Despite his squad being hit by injuries and having no recognised goalkeeper for the tie, Law was aggrieved at an unacceptable level of performance, particularly in a game where there was £12,500 prize money on offer and a place in the first round proper of the competiton for the victors.

    'If I am honest, we went to Lincoln with a problem of having no goalkeeper but, when you come away having been beaten 5-1 and not having the excuse that it was your goalkeeper's fault, there is something badly wrong', reflected Law. '

    'We didn’t turn up, didn’t fancy it, never got near anything. It was not just the lack of desire to want to win, there was no desire to go and get on the ball and pass it. Give Lincoln their due, they were the better team on the night, we have no complaints, but, without being disrespectful, we have made them look better than they are. We were totally inept and things have got to change.

    Anthony Howell did well in goal, he was probably our best player. He kicked well, came and punched a few and could do nothing about the goals. It was nothing he did, it was the ten in front of him. We spoke of the importance of not giving silly free kicks away. The one for the first goal was 20 yards out, the second goal was another free kick in a good area for them, the third goal was a penalty and for the fourth, we put a free kick into their box and ended up conceding from it. I can’t defend what’s not defendable and I cannot defend that performance.

    Don’t get me wrong, we are struggling but we have got to face up to facts that, at the minute, we are not good enough. Everyone can be better and everyone has got to man up. That tonight was not good enough and we can’t perform one game in four. We have got to do something about it, we will either sink or swim and I am certainly not going to sink.

    Supporters have come and paid good money to come and support us but seen the team go down 5-1, if you go down, go down with a fight. There wasn’t much of it tonight'...

    'I have not said much after the game tonight because it was the wrong time to say it. We will have a clear the air meeting on Thursday and people will have to know what is expected from them because at the minute we are not getting it', ended the Reds' boss."

    And things got no better for Alfreton Town with the news that "striker Karl Hawley has been suspended for three games following his sending off at Lincoln City on Tuesday night. He will miss the following games: v Altrincham... Bristol Rovers... Dover Athletic".

    OUR CUP OPPONENTS: BLYTH SPARTANS

    News from our FA Cup opponents, Blyth Spartans tells us that "Spartans’ home game against Ashton United which is scheduled for Tuesday 4th November has been postponed due to our FA Cup commitments. This decision came after an offer from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League to postpone the game to allow Tom Wade’s side to have a free week ahead of the FA Cup First Round tie against Altrincham.

    The club would like to express its gratitude to the league for their offer and this has been gratefully accepted. However, the club can confirm that should we draw at Farsley on Saturday the replay would take place on Tuesday night".

    In contrast, Altrincham travel to Lincoln City on Tuesday, 4 October.

    Blyth also report that "In one of the most hostile environments the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League has to offer, Spartans' manager Tom Wade was delighted to see his younger players 'grow up' as they took a point from FC United of Manchester. With several changes made from Saturday’s FA Cup win at Leek Town the Spartans' boss paid tribute to his side and described the spirit in the dressing room as 'fantastic'.

    'The team spirit is fantastic. Colin and myself didn’t say much at half time because we simply didn’t need to. We have asked young lads to grow up and the likes of Buddle, Wade and Hutchinson did that at half time by getting amongst the lads and pretty much taking the team talk for us. We had a young side out today, a very young side in fact, and they have stood up and been counted'.

    The point was the first Spartans have won against Karl Marginson’s side in six attempts... 'I thought we thoroughly deserved it to be honest. I was really impressed with the way the lads who came in performed. We showed a lot of bottle and we had fight and I have to say I thought [captain] Nathan Buddle was superb in the defence'.

    Another player who came in for praise from Wade was Joel Dixon, a player who is becoming a more than useful addition to the Spartans' squad. The former Tadcaster Albion and Frickley Athletic man... 'Joel Dixon is a bit of a find to be honest. He has come in and although he hasn’t been at the club long he has played in three different positions already. He played in the middle tonight and him and Matthew Wade worked hard to give our attacking players a chance to get time on the ball'".

    In addition, Blyth report that "After missing Saturday’s FA Cup win at Leek Town Spartans defender Nathan Buddle returned from suspension to play his part in his side taking their first ever point from FC United of Manchester. The former Hartlepool United man was a rock at the heart of the Spartans' back four...

    'They are well organised so normally we can’t break them down. Taking the positives from tonight we kept a good clean sheet and took a deserved point'... There were changes in the lineup after the heroics of Saturday with five changes made in total. [Captain, Nathan] Buddle felt that the point shows that Tom Wade and Colin Myers have a stronger squad than many think. He praised two of the replacements, Arran Wearmouth and Joel Dixon, and felt they had given the Spartans management team something to think about as they travel to Farsley for the FA Trophy clash on Saturday.

    'I think it shows we have a strong squad. We have made changes but we have done everything that was asked of us. There were lads who have waited for a chance to prove themselves like Arran Wearmouth and Joel Dixon and they were fantastic'... Buddle was handed the captain’s armband for the night in the absence of Robbie Dale and he described it as 'a real honour'... 'I’ve been waiting for it really. Seriously though it’s a real honour and with Robbie Dale not here and Danny Parker on the bench I was over the moon to have been given the armband'... and Tom Wade’s side made it one defeat in eleven games in all competitions...

    Six minutes before the break there was a long stoppage in play for a nasty looking injury to Rebels' striker Norton. A ball over the top saw Norton and Spartans' keeper Jeffries challenge for the ball. The Reds' striker came off worse and he was stretchered off and taken to hospital with referee Hodskinson deeming Jeffries challenge to be fair, a decision that incurred the wrath of the home fans. Sadly that wrath overspilled into some rather unsavoury and unnecessary chants aimed at the Spartans' number one...

    There was a half time change for Spartans as Neal Hooks replaced Turnbull in midfield...

    Spartans: Jeffries, Nicholson, Watson, Buddle, Hutchinson, Rivers, Dixon, Turnbull (Hooks 45), Quinn (Maguire 83), Wade, Wearmouth Subs: Perez, Bell, Parker".

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    NL Daily reports that "Chester FC striker Chris Iwelumo has announced his immediate retirement from football. The 36-year-old has enjoyed a professional career that has spanned nineteen years".

    According to NL Pitchero, "Grimsby Town have signed midfielder Harry Pell on an initial one-month loan deal from AFC Wimbledon. Mariners` boss Paul Hurst has been looking to bolster his squad after Scott Brown picked up an ankle ligament injury at Torquay United and Danny Parslow's return to his parent club York City.

    Pell had joined the Dons from Hereford United at the end of the January 2013 transfer window... A youth player with Charlton Athletic... he rose through the ranks... but failed to break into the first-team. After spending time on loan at Hastings United, Pell was released by the Addicks and joined Bristol Rovers in 2010, moving to Hereford a year later after a loan spell at Edgar Street.

    The tall midfielder was loaned to Cambridge United at the end of the 2012/13 season and made twenty-nine starts for the Dons last season".

    Arab Emirates' paper, The National reports...

    "Picture the scene. You are sitting in the cinema room at a well-appointed family home in Jumeirah [UAE], watching the television as West Ham United play Arsenal, when your mobile phone rings... Edgar Davids is calling... and he is calling because he has hand-picked you to join his staff for his first job as a football manager...

    Davids was ringing Omar to tell him he was on the verge of being named manager of the English club Barnet, at the time a League Two team, the fourth division in England, and he wanted him to be his first-team performance analyst and head of recruitment. Omar, 25, had an offer on the table to join the German side 1860 Munich, but he had formed such a bond with Davids while they were together at Crystal Palace that joining Barnet was an easy decision...

    [Omar had] pursued his passion for football by studying for three years to earn a Sports Science and Football degree at Liverpool John Moores University... From university, he joined the London side Crystal Palace, albeit with a little help from his father. 'Dubai Contract Company sponsored Crystal Palace and that’s how I got in,' Omar says... Omar joined the analysis department and began two seasons working with Davids and manager Dougie Freedman. He left in July 2012 but still speaks to Freedman...

    Manager of Barnet, Martin Allen [said], 'Omar has been absolutely fantastic. He’s got great knowledge, great energy and a great work ethic. He’s been a revelation and a fantastic asset. I have no doubt he’ll be working at a much higher level one day.' Even more impressive is that Omar’s dedication to carving out a career in English football is so strong that he offered to work unpaid for Barnet when the club slashed expenses after being relegated from the Football League...

    '[Allen] is very appreciative. There is not one day when he doesn’t say thank you for what I’ve tried to do'" said Omar. "He lives in Ennismore Gardens, near to Knightsbridge, where properties range from £1 million (Dh5.9m) to £12m, and manages rental and refurbished properties in the area with his brothers Hasan and Faisal. He is chauffeured to work and back in a silver Mercedes by a driver who wears a hat. No wonder Allen once described him as 'the richest scout in world football'...

    'There is always banter,' Omar says. 'They know exactly who I am, and how down to earth I am and how passionate I am about what I do'... In addition to his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, he has access to dossiers on more than 250,000 players... 'I was in the top 200 in the world at [the FIFA 15 video game] three years ago,' he says... 'I won an Xbox 360 when I was 17 in a Fifa competition at the Virgin store at the Mall of the Emirates'...

    He is only the second Emirati to work in English football, following Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City.. 'I hope, one day, I can take my country to the World Cup as manager,' he says... 'I know with time, with my personality, enthusiasm and knowledge, I’ll be successful and be a role model to other Emiratis.'

    Factfile: Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah... Football experience: 2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship. 2010-12: Crystal Palace, peformance analyst... 2010-present: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst and head of recruitment".

    FA CUP FIRST ROUND

    In Wednesday's FAC4QR replay, Shildon lost 1-2 at home to Norton United.
    29 October 2014

    HIGH-SCORING DRAW

    Phil Taylor's report on the exciting 4-4 draw between Altrincham FC Ladies and Vauxhall Motors Ladies is here.

    BLYTH AIM TO PROGRESS

    Right: Alty supporters display their flags at Croft Park during the FA Trophy game in January 2011.

    Our FA Cup opponents, Blyth Spartans report that "After seeing his side drawn at home for the first time in this season’s FA Cup Spartans manager Tom Wade issued a rallying call to the Green Army. Conference side Altrincham will make the trip to Croft Park on the weekend of Saturday 8th November [date yet to be confirmed] and Wade wants to make sure that the Cheshire outfit know that they aren’t preparing to face just eleven players, but will [face] a town thirsty for FA Cup success.

    'This isn’t just about the eleven lads in green and white who are on the pitch, or even the squad and the management. This cup tie gives us a chance to get the Green Army to Croft Park in their numbers and show Altrincham that they aren’t only having to beat the players. They have to get past a town and a noisy set of supporters who will help us give everything they have. This has been a good Cup run but we aren’t ready to finish it yet and, as a club, we have to work together as players, as a club and as supporters, to give our town the cup run they deserve'.

    A run of four consecutive away draws [compared with Alty's seventh successive away draw!] has finally been broken as Spartans came out of the bag alongside the Robins and Wade is delighted to finally return to Croft Park after a tough run. 'Obviously every non-league club in the draw wanted a Football League club and we were no different. However, if that doesn’t happen, they you want to get a home draw, which we have. It’s up to us but we know it won’t be easy. It’s two famous giantkillers battling it out and it should be a great game'.

    Altrincham currently sit in nineteenth place in the Conference table, just two point and two places above the relegation positions. However Wade pointed to a recent upturn in form as a sign that they won’t just rollover when they come to Northumberland. 'Any Conference side would have been a tough draw. Their position in the league doesn’t tell the full story and we aren’t being fooled by it. They’ve beaten Braintree, Halifax and Macclesfield recently and obviously we can see they beat Barwell in the last round. It’ll be tough but we will make it just as tough for them too'".

    Blyth Spartans "have produced an audio review of the whole day [at Leek Town in FAC4QR]. Produced in association with Leading Link you can listen to interviews with the likes of management duo Tom Wade and Colin Myers, Media Manager Phil Castiaux and support Anth Seghini and relive another memorable day in the FA Cup history of the club...

    Elsewhere, Blyth Spartans report that "Saturday’s dramatic win over Leek Town saw Spartans into the FA Cup First Round proper and it’s safe to say it hasn’t been an easy path...

    Here we look back at how Tom Wade’s side got through to the First Round proper, the 31st time the club has achieved this feat.

    • First Qualifying Round: Darlington 0-0 Blyth Spartans... Total Journey Distance: 98 miles...
    • First Qualifying Round replay: Blyth Spartans 3-0 Darlington
    • Second Qualifying Round: Skelmersdale United 1-4 Blyth Spartans... Total Journey Distance: 348 miles... In reality Spartans couldn’t have been handed a sterner test after beating the Quakers. Skelmersdale United were riding high at the top of the Evo-Stik NPL and had beaten Spartans in the league two weeks before the cup tie. A test was expected but it was one that was passed with flying colours as Spartans smashed the Lancashire outfit. Goals from Jarrett Rivers, Matthew Wade, Robbie Dale and Dan Maguire...
    • Third Qualifying Round: Mickleover Sports 1-2 Blyth Spartans... Total Journey Distance: 362 miles...
    • ,
    • Fourth Qualifying Round: Leek Town 3-4 Blyth Spartans... Total Journey Distance: 376 miles... with twelve minutes left striker Andrew Kinsey scored from the spot to cut Spartans lead to one. With six minutes of injury time signalled the striker had another penalty but sent it well over the bar to send the Green Army wild and Spartans into the First Round proper once again.

    Goalscorers:

    • 4- Robbie Dale
    • 3- Dan Maguire and Jarrett Rivers
    • 1- Neal Hooks, Matthew Wade and Stephen Turnbull
    • Miles travelled: 1,184 miles

    From the opposition side, the Stoke Sentinel reports that "Leek Town manager Lee Casswell admitted he was 'gutted' after his team lost 4-3 to Blyth Spartans ... but a last-minute penalty miss from Andy Kinsey means it's the north east side who go into Monday's draw.

    Leek had taken a 2-0 lead into half-time with goals from Matt Bell and Jordan Johnson... Casswell said he was disappointed to have conceded so early in the second half, 'I told the lads in the dressing room to keep it tight for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but we go and concede two in three minutes and that got their heads up. It was the start they needed and we didn't. I feel gutted really.'

    The manager however, did have words of comfort for Kinsey who missed the last-gasp spot-kick. 'He's sitting in the changing rooms devastated. All the lads are, but Blyth are a good side, I've said that all along'".

    FA CUP

    Winners in the FA CUp First Round ties will gain prize money of £18,000.

    The BBC NW Tonight programme includes a brief interview with chairman Grahame Rowley and a clip of Damian Reeves's goal in the FA Cup at Barwell last Saturday, some 20 minutes into the programme.

    Brian Flynn reports that the Radio Robins commentary from the Barwell game is here.

    SHIRT LOGO REPAIRS

    SKkits owner, Ian Senior, informs thos who have had problems with the logo coming off their replica shirts to come to The Manchester Glass Ltd Sponsors' Lounge at the J. Davidson Stadium between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 12th November for a replacement of the logo.

    FAC4QR REPLAYS

    Tuesday 28 October, Fourth Round Qualifying

    • AFC Telford United 3-0 Spennymoor Town
    • Lincoln City 5-1 Alfreton Town
    • Wrexham 5-2 Macclesfield Town
    • FC Halifax Town 5-0 Chorley
    • Southport v Tamworth aet, 1-1 after 90 mins, Southport won 4-2 on penalties
    • Dover Athletic 1-0 Eastbourne Borough
    • Braintree Town 5-3 Weymouth aet, 3-3 after 90 mins
    • Havant & Waterlooville 3-0 Canvey Island
    • Harrow Borough 1-4 Basingstoke Town aet, 1-1 after 90 mins
    • Hemel Hempstead Town 2-0 Nuneaton Town
    • Barnet 4-1 Chelmsford City

    Wednesday 29 October, Fourth Round Qualifying

    • Shildon v Norton United

    For revised draw see below...

    TRANSPORT TO LINCOLN

    Details of the times and fares for the TASC supporters' transport to Lincoln City on Tuesday, 4 November, are here. Bookings should be made by ringing the club during normal weekday office hours or in the bar on matchdays.

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    Alfreton Town report before Tuesday's FA Cup match. "Injury-hit Alfreton Town are down to the absolute bare bones for Tuesday evening’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at Lincoln City. The Reds will travel with just fourteen available players, three of whom are not fully fit as they are in various stages of returning from injury, but the biggest blow of all is that manager Nicky Law has no recognised goalkeeper and an outfield player will have to play in goal.

    Alfreton lost on-loan debutant keeper James Severn on Saturday with a ruptured thigh muscle which will keep the Scunthorpe United man out for around eight weeks. And with Sheffield Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson also carrying a slight thigh strain and being ineligible, anyway, as he was not fit for last Saturday’s game, the Reds had a Monday morning appeal to the FA to bring in an emergency goalkeeper turned down under the jurisdiction of FA Cup Rule 15, Provisions Concerning Players.

    Reds' manager Nicky Law said, '“We have just 11 fit players, one of whom is going to have to play in goal. We are not complaining, and we have already checked with the FA that we will not be fined for fielding a weakened side. It also comes at a cost, as we will also now have to pay for James Severn’s wages for a month. It is an extraordinary set of circumstances we find ourselves in. We sought dispensation from the Football Association first thing this morning but they have turned it down.

    Regardless of who we draw in the first round, we just need to come out of the replay with our pride and credibility intact. But, the pressure will be on Lincoln City to win the game and win it comfortably which every outsider will probably feel they should given the circumstances. I am not sure what’s worse, being me with just eleven fit players and no goalkeeper or being Lincoln manager Gary Simpson with the players, home advantage and the fear of not winning that game playing against a team with eleven fit players and no recognised goalkeeper. This is a game that Lincoln should not or could not lose really', ended Law.

    Goalkeeper Severn and right-back Bradley Wood, who picked up a knee injury which will keep him out for several weeks last Saturday, join an injury list which already includes former Imp, Dan Gray (groin), Andi Thanoj (broken ankle), Chris Smith (broken finger) as well as Cameron Dawson. Only players who were registered for the tie at 12 noon last Friday are eligible for the replay."

    The Football Conference says that "Promising young defender James Pearson has joined Wrexham on a month'`s loan deal from Leicester City. As well as captaining Leicester City’s under-21s on a number of occasions this term, the 21-year-old right-back made his full first-team debut in the Capital One Cup against Shrewsbury Town at King Power Stadium earlier this season.

    The move builds on a useful spell on loan with Carlisle United in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, during which Pearson made his League debut away at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. The all-action full back played a key role for the Development Squad last term".


    28 October 2014

    FA CUP ROUND ONE DRAW

    In the First Round of the FA Cup, to be played over the weekend of 7-10 November, Altrincham have been drawn to play Blyth Spartans away. In 2010-11 the sides were drawn together at Croft Park in the FA Trophy, a game which Spartans won 2-1.

    "Lee Sinnott spoke to joint press and media officer John Edwards moments after tonight’s FA Cup draw. Here are the Alty manager’s thoughts on what seemed an eternity before our number came out of the hat and on yet another away tie, this time against Blyth Spartans.

    ‘It was a long wait, and I was beginning to wonder whether our number was ever coming out. I caught a glimpse of it about 10 draws before our tie, but the hand went over it and picked another one out. It’s not so long ago that we played Blyth, so we know all about their ground and pitch and what they are all about. We know what kind of tie it is going to be, and there’s no doubt it is going to be a difficult one.

    We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we’ve got two very important league games before heading to Blyth, but, equally, we will make arrangements to have them watched in the meantime, to try and ensure we are thoroughly prepared for what lies in store.

    I’m under no illusions. It’s the first round proper of the FA Cup, so you can rest assured there will be a good few people inside the ground and they will have it rocking for their team. It’s not one we can’t win. Of course we can, but we have to approach it the right way and be ready for a testing tie.

    We know what comes with the Cup. You always get teams raising their standards, and it is essential we make sure we are one of those. Without going overboard, we will be fully aware of what we are walking into and will be giving Blyth 100 per cent respect.

    Cup ties are one-offs, and that is why everyone loves this competition so much. We will be fully prepared. We will make sure that when the tie arrives, we know exactly what we are walking into and what we need to do. We will instil our game plan on Blyth.

    I must say I do feel quite sorry for our supporters that we have been drawn away yet again. It’s a long time since we’ve been drawn at home - my first season at the club, in fact. That is a long time without a home draw, but I’m sure they will travel in numbers, as ever, and be in good voice, as they always are. We all appreciate that".

    Mike Garnett has provided Altrincham's full record against Blyth...

    • Home p.7 w.5 d.1 l.1 f.14 a.7
    • Away p.9 w.2 d.5 l.2 f.13 a.11
    • Overall p.16 w.7 d.6 l.3 f.27 a.18

    In knock-out competitions (FA Trophy)

    • Away p.2 w.0 d.0 l.2 f.1 a.4

    First meeting: 26.2.1983 A FAT3 0-2. Last meeting 18.2.2012 H BSBN 2-1

    COMMUNITY HALL PROGRESS - AND MEMORABILIA AUCTION

    In the above photos of the Community Sports Hall development, courtesy of Grahame Rowley, we see (left to right) the ceiling structure, the start of work on the terrace steps in front of the Hall and caterer Richie Bentley inside the new facilities. Click on each image for enlargement.

    Progress in the auction of an exciting range of sporting memorabilia to raise funds for the Community Sports Hall is reported, right, by Peter Foster. As shown in the poster, bids can be placed by e-mail... so get your bids in now!

    YOUTH TEAM REPORT

    Altrincham FC Youth lost on penalties in the NWYA Open Cup on Sunday at Daisy Hill. Altrincham were without Cole McGrath, Laurence Taylor, Sam Heathcote, James Campion, Joe Coffey, all of whome were injured. Also unavailable were Treyvon Simpson (at a christening) and Jake Foy who had another committment.

    Youth defender James Farrington has kindly provided a match report.

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    News of Altrincham's next two league opponents comes from NL Pitchero which tells us that "Nicky Law, manager of Alfreton Town, praised his side for turning things around during Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw at home to Lincoln City. The Reds trailed 1-0 at half-time to a 10th minute penalty but turned in a much better display in the second half to gain a replay on Tuesday evening.

    'I think we were disappointing [in] first half, we never got going', said Law. 'I think we, certainly not intentionally, ended up getting involved in a brawl. We always know with the size of them, and the size of us, that there was only going to be one winner of that. As I said at half-time, we haven't got got going, we haven't started. We haven't passed the ball, we haven't worked them. But we knew, if we could get the ball down and get to two or three passes, that we would dominate the game and I think we did that second half.

    It was a scrappy first half. Unfortunately, young Tom Davies, who I thought was magnificent, lost his footing for the penalty at the top end to be fair, and we come in 1-0 down. He is a young lad and you can't make those tackles in the box. You have just got to stand up and stay on your feet. So long as you learn from it, we all make mistakes, and so long as you learn from it... I am sure Tom will. He certainly did not let it affect him because I thought second half him and Luke Graham and the back four were magnificent.

    At the end, we were really down to eight men. Bradley Wood's hobbling about, he has potentially broke[n] his knee cap I think, maybe. Tom Shaw had come off, Paul Clayton was on his last legs, debutant keeper James Severn has pulled his thigh. Having said that, he has got injured on ten minutes and I don't think he has had a shot to save and it is credit to the players for that. We all know when you are down, you are down and things go against you and they are certainly going against us at the minute. We have just got to keep going and take it head on and come out the other side'".

    Barnet "confirm that Sam Hoskins’s loan deal from Yeovil Town will not be extended after the striker’s initial month-long deal with the club came to an end on Saturday. Sam arrived at The Hive on September 19th, and scored two goals during seven appearances for the Bees. He made an immediate impact by scoring with his first touch in a Barnet shirt after coming off the bench to hit the fifth in a 5-0 win over Altrincham...

    Martin Allen said, 'I’ve had a good chat with Sam. He has obviously picked up that little injury a couple of weeks back. He has scored some good goals for us and he has played his part in helping us during Charlie MacDonald’s injury. We needed a centre forward and he has had a fantastic attitude. He is a first-class professional but we are not going to be taking Sam for another month. He has done a good job while he has been here but I have decided to look now in another direction'",


    27 October 2014

    CHAIRMAN ON TV THIS EVENING

    Altrincham FC chairman Grahame Rowley was interviewed this lunchtime by BBC's NW Tonight programme. The interview, on the subject of the FA Cup, will be broadcast on NW Tonight on BBC1 between 6.30pm and 7pm this evening.

    FA CUP - ROUND ONE TV COVERAGE

    In advance of Monday's draw, the BBC announced that "Final preparations are under way for the FA Cup first-round draw at the National Football Centre at St George's Park which will be live on the BBC. The ties will take place across the weekend of 7-10 November.

    The FA Cup first round will receive special treatment across BBC TV, radio and online, with one match to be shown live on BBC Two on Friday, 7 November. Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville will make the draw in Burton along with Derbyshire FA's Community Coach of the Year Tammy Snape.

    This season, BBC Sport will take the FA Cup draws live on the road from different venues across the country throughout the season, including a few surprise locations. Forty ties will be drawn in this first round, as 48 clubs from League One and League Two join the non-league teams who have battled their way through qualifying.

    In a first for FA Cup coverage, the BBC will be giving extra prominence to the early rounds of the competition, placing lower league clubs in the spotlight.

    Audiences will be able to watch up to 16 live matches on BBC TV along with highlights and listen to all the action on BBC Radio 5 live. In addition, every FA Cup goal will be available online at bbc.co.uk/sport across every device.

    BBC Sport has a four-year FA Cup rights contract running until 2018 in partnership with BT Sport".

    The BBC Media Centre adds that "The FA Cup returns to BBC Television for the 2014/15 season, after a six-year absence, with 16 live matches and comprehensive highlights of every round of the competition. Exciting plans are in place, including access all areas coverage, interactive Final Score programmes, Football Focus roadshows and a new Monday night cup draw, which is also being taken around the country...

    In the first and second rounds there will be eight matches moved to a new Sunday slot at 2pm, as part of an interactive Final Score, with goals and key moments shown to the BBC One audience as they happen. Fans will be able to enjoy every twist and turn: if there’s a goal in any of the eight games, Final Score will show it; if there’s a penalty, the programme will go live to see it being taken; and if a match is reaching an exciting conclusion, the audience will be able to witness the exciting conclusion. Supporters will also be able to enjoy enhanced coverage and live video text commentary via the BBC Sport website.

    The extensive BBC digital offering will include a total of 16 games streamed live on the BBC Sport website, via the online Match Centre and there will be a special FA Cup Catch Up service providing downloadable highlights at every stage of the competition.

    The FA Cup has a longstanding relationship with BBC Radio and 5 Live will continue to provide all the news, goals and analysis from the start. There will be live commentary of selected first and second round matches on 5 live sports extra and 5 live will pick up fully from the third round onwards.

    In addition, local BBC regional radio will chart the route to the first round proper, as hundreds of amateur clubs aim to earn a match with a league team.

    As part of their FA Cup coverage, the BBC , along with BT Sport, will also turn the competition's key month of January in to ‘FA Cup month’, which will see both broadcasters give enhanced prominence to the tournament on their channels".

    FA CUP ROUND ONE

    Altrincham's number to look out for in the FA Cup 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 across the weekend of 7-10 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".

    In Sunday's FA Cup 4QR tie the result was Worcester City 2 Greenwich Borough 1.

    BARWELL 0 ALTRINCHAM 3

    Report here.

    Mike Ripley has images of the game here. Right, his image shows Jake Moult in action.

    ALTY SCORES

    Phil Taylor reports that Altrincham FC "Ladies drew 4-4 with Vauxhall on Sunday. Having twice fallen behind in the first half, we were level at the interval before taking a 4-2 lead in the second half. The concession of a third goal increased the pressure and the equaliser came in the second minute of stoppage time, which was frustrating and annoying in equal measure. Alty Goalscorers were Aimee Gibson (2) Charlotte Dudley and Emma Booth. There will be a report in the near future".

    In the Hallmark Security Cheshire Football League, League 2, on Saturday, the result was FC Woodford 1 Altrincham FC Reserves 0.The league table is here

    In the NWYA Open Cup Second Round, Altrincham Youth lost 4-3 in a penalty shoot out at Daisy Hill after the match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

    Next fixtures are:

    • First Team: Sat. 1 Nov. (Home) ALFRETON TOWN (Vanarama Conference) 3pm
    • Reserves' Team: Sat. 1 Nov. (Home) CHEADLE TOWN 3pm
    • Youth Team: Sun. 2 Nov. (Away) PRESCOT CABLES
    • Ladies' Team: Sun. 2 Nov. (Away) STOCKPORT COUNTY

    26 October 2014

    BARWELL 0-3 ALTRINCHAM

    Goals from Lawrie, in first-half added time, from Perry early in the second half and from Reeves earned Alty a place in the First Round as Barwell finished with nine men.

    Report here.

    FA CUP 4QR ATTENDANCES

    Right: Kyle Perry is congratulated on his goal.

    Saturday, 25 October

    • Through the Years by Howard Watts
    • Aldershot Town 2-0 Torquay United att. 1,690
    • Alfreton Town 1-1 Lincoln City 886
    • Barwell 0-3 Altrincham 523
    • Basingstoke Town 1-1 Harrow Borough 728
    • Canvey Island 0-0 Havant & Waterlooville 642
    • Chelmsford City 0-0 Barnet 1844
    • Chorley 0-0 FC Halifax Town
    • Dartford 3-1 Burgess Hill Town 929
    • Dorchester Town 1-7 Bristol Rovers 1909
    • East Thurrock United 7-1 Bath City
    • Eastbourne Borough 0-0 Dover Athletic 911
    • Evesham United 1-2 Bromley 811
    • Gateshead 4-0 Gainsborough Trinity 824
    • Gloucester City 1-4 Forest Green Rovers 2,067
    • Grimsby Town 3-0 Guiseley 1,761
    • Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 Eastleigh 1,489
    • King's Lynn Town 3-4 AFC Fylde 1,403
    • Leek Town 3-4 Blyth Spartans 1,047
    • Macclesfield Town 1-1 Wrexham (played Friday night)
    • Maidstone United 2-1 Welling United
    • Norton United 1-1 Shildon
    • Nuneaton Town 0-0 Hemel Hempstead Town
    • Spennymoor Town 2-2 AFC Telford Utd 863
    • St Albans City 0-1 Concord Rangers 953
    • Stockport County 2-4 Chester FC 4,612
    • Tamworth 1-1 Southport 814
    • Warrington Town 1-0 North Ferriby United 691
    • Weymouth 0-0 Braintree Town 989
    • Willand Rovers 1-3 Gosport Borough 892
    • Witham Town 1-2 Weston-Super-Mare
    • Woking 2-1 Boreham Wood 1,107
    • Worcester City 2-0 Greenwich Borough (Sunday)

    25 October 2014

    BARWELL v ALTRINCHAM: MATCH COVERAGE

    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 www.radiorobins.com

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

    FUN WEEK

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

    FIRST ROUND

    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".

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    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

    BEFORE THE GAME: BARWELL WELCOME ALTY

    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".

    STATEMENT ON MACC GAME

    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".

    THUMBS UP

    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 (www.Vanarama.co.uk), 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".

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    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'".

    NW NEWS

    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

    LEE'S VIEWS

    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.'"

    TWO MORE LEGENDS

    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

    ENJOY A SPORTSMAN'S DINNER

    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!

    WARRINGTON MATCH REPORT

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

    BARWELL v ALTY IN FA CUP

    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.

    YOUTH REPORT

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

    YANKEE

    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.

    TUESDAY GAME

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

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    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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