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Tuesday, 26 October 2021
SOLIHULL MOORS (Home) 7.45pm
Vanarama National League match



25 October, 2021


After his side's 2-1 defeat at Eastleigh, Alty manager Phil Parkinson conceded, "We were beaten by the better team and, sometimes, you have to take your medicine", reports the NL Paper.

"Eastleigh played their game really well but we turned the ball over far too much and put pressure on ourselves.

"We had our chances but they took theirs and deserved to win", he concluded.

The Spitfires had sixteen shots, nine on target, whilst Alty managed seven, of which four were on target.

Speaking to press and media officer Brian Flynn, after the game, Parkinson added that he was "Really disappointed we couldn't come away with a draw". The interview can be viewed on Alty TV.


Altrincham host Solihull Moors on Tuesday for a National League fixture, which will be televised by BT Sport.

On Saturday the Moors went above Altrincham thanks to a 1-0 win over FC Halifax Town. They are now seventh in the National League whilst Alty are ninth.

After the game, Solihull Moors reported that the "Moors produced a tremendous defensive display once again as they went on to end FC Halifax Town‘s impressive unbeaten streak in a tight affair at Damson Park.

Callum Maycock‘s first goal for the Moors secured the three points for Neal Ardley‘s side who move into the play-off places with the victory.

Manager Ardley made one change to his starting line-up from the previous league game; a 0-1 win against King‘s Lynn Town.

Tyrone Williams came into the team f0r Adam Rooney, who was amongst the substitutes...

Moors hadn't lost in their last four, while Halifax were on a nine-game unbeaten streak in all competitions...

The first half was clear evidence of why the two sides have been so hard to get a victory against lately. Neither side managed to create a clear-cut chance in the first 45 minutes, but both had some good moments and fought hard...

The Moors' defence has been fantastic lately and hasn't conceded in the last four games. The solid defensive form continued in the first half as they Shaymen weren't able to test Ryan Boot in goal...

Neither goalkeeper had much to do before the half-time whistle, and it was goalless...

Moors made a dream start to the second half... In the 52nd minute, Halifax went high up the pitch with their team and lost the ball; Moors recovered the ball and countered quickly. James Ball played a terrific pass up the right flank for Andrew Dallas, who ran after it.

The forward did everything right as he found Maycock in the centre. He finished the chance excellently and gave the home side a lead...

Halifax grew back into the game and pressed for an equaliser" but it ended 1-0.

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Williams, Howe, Gudger, Cranston, Barnett, Maycock, Maynard, Sbarra (Donawa 90), Ball (Storer 84), Dallas (Newton 68). Unused subs: Rooney, Osborne.


The authorities have confirmed that Altrincham's First Round FA Cup match at Gateshead will take place on Saturday, 6 November, with a 3pm kick-off.

The Heed's league fixture on Saturday, against Brackley Town, was postponed owing to Covid at the Northamptonshire club.


After the disappointment of bowing out of the FA Youth Cup at the end of September, it has been a great month for the team in October.

On Sunday they beat 4-0 AFC Fylde Youth at the Manchester Health Academy. That followed two other wins in high-scoring league fixtures.

Last Sunday (17 October) they edged a seven-goal match away to Curzon Ashton with their goals being scored by Hussain (2) Morton and Rodgers-Morris.

Their line-up in Tameside comprised Lucas Aldcroft, Archie Benton, Amaar Hussain, Aidan Kelly, Jayden Matthew, Louis Morrison, Ryan Morton, Harlan Rodgers-Morris, Joel Trevor, Michael Vale and Nathan Wall. The substitues were Angus Bailey, Joe Holt and Ben Lawson.

A fortnight earlier on 3 October , in another away league match in Tameside, they trounced Hyde United 8-0.

Amaar Hussain again scored a brace, as did Louis Morrison and Watson. The other goals came from Ryan Morton and Jayden Matthew.

The Altrincham squad was goalkeeper Ryan Forde and outfield players James Cook, Liam Evans, Amaar Hussain, Aidan Kelly, Ewan McGeady, Louis Morrison, Ryan Morton, Harlan Rodgers-Morris, Nathan Wall and Danny Watson. The substitutes were Angus Bailey, Dylan Giblin, Ben Lawson, Jayden Matthew and Joel Trevor.


Former Alty forward Craig Mahon is currently acting manager of Curzon Ashton following the surprise dismissal of Steve Cunningham last week.

Altrincham's Will Hall played again on Saturday for Ramsbottom United as they ended a run of seven games without a win by beating Newcastle Town 4-0.

There is no doubt which Alty man played in front of the biggest crowd on Saturday and it was none of those on the pitch at Eastleigh. It was James Berry-McNally who came on as substitute for Macclesfield FC in front of 3,221 spectators as the renascent Silkmen beat Padiham 3-0. And it was Berry who netted the third goal in a 3-0 win, with the game into added time.

Three former Altrincham strikers who were also in action on Saturday failed to score; they were Joe Piggott, who played for AFC Fylde, Sefton Gonzales for Clitheroe, and Josh Amis for Warrington Town.

But a defensive "old boy" Joe Bunney was on the mark, as he netted for his Warrington Rylands side when they drew with Glossop North End.


Tuesday 26 October


The Newham Recorder tells us that "Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon [was] ‘very pleased’ as his side sealed a 3-0 victory over local rivals Southend United.

A brace from Sam Ling and a goal from Mohammed Sagaf helped Daggers get back to winning ways at Victoria Road and push them back up to fifth in the National League table.

'I thought we were excellent from start to finish, we controlled the game for the majority of it, we had a spell after the third goal where I thought Southend had a bit of the play for 10-15 minutes, but we stayed strong and limited them,' McMahon said...

'We were well on top and it was about remaining on top for the whole game. I thought the players performance in terms of professionalism was excellent.

'Callum Reynolds was outstanding for us in the middle of the back three, I think that was probably his best performance...

The former Ebbsfleet manager also praised both sets of fans... 'I thought it was an excellent game and a good advert for the division.'”

In front of nearly 7,500 spectators, Stockport County "in the wake of their FA and Cheshire Senior Cup successes, resumed National League action in Nottingham, but saw their five-match winning run in all competitions come to an end...

The hosts struck twice within 14 second-half minutes to win the contest of the two ‘Countys’, despite a penalty converted in the dying stages by substitute Ben Whitfield to halve the deficit.

The Hatters showed three changes from the FA Cup starting line-up against Stamford a week earlier. Liam Hogan, Scott Quigley and John Rooney were recalled, replacing, respectively, the injured Zeki Fryers, who was ruled out through injury, Arjan Raikhy and Whitfield. Newly-arrived Hatter Antoni Sarcevic, whose transfer from Bolton had been announced the previous day, was named among the substitutes alongside Whitfield...

Sarcevic took his County bow a little earlier than he might have expected, entering the fray five minutes ahead of the break, following an injury to Madden...

Notts... went on the attack upon the resumption... Within nine minutes of the re-start the Magpies were ahead, with Wootton atoning for his two earlier missed chances by firing home after being fed by Vincent...

The Magpies had their tail feathers up and, within another eight minutes, they had a second goal after another through-ball from Rodrigues found Vincent who, on his league debut, finished with composed aplomb...

A foul by Rawlinson on Sarcevic, deep into added time, earned the Hatters a penalty, which Whitfield converted for a late consolation".

24 October, 2021


After a bright start, Altrincham were ultimately second best in Hampshire.

Altrincham took a sixth minute lead when Jake Moult hooked the ball into the roof of the net following a Kosylo corner...

Match report here


Eastleigh Jake Moult gave the visitors the lead from a corner inside the first five minutes.

Ben Strevens’s side fought back with substitute Danny Hollands drawing his side level before Whelan’s wonder goal claimed all three points for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh made one change from the side that knocked out Folkstone Invicta of the FA Cup on Tuesday night with Harry Pritchard replacing Josh Hare.

After a succession of early corners, Jake Moult fired the visitors into the lead on four minutes.

It was almost two for Altrincham moments later when Thomas Peers's dangerous ball across the face of goal ran just past the boot of Matthew Kosylo...

The Spitfires thought they had drawn level when Jake Hesketh’s effort from the edge of the box crashed off the underside of the crossbar, but the officials deemed it to have not crossed the line.

Eastleigh’s dominance continued as did their hunt for a goal before half time with Whelan, Ben House and Barnett all going close to finding the net.

An injury to Tom Broadbent on 36 minutes forced Strevens into making an early change, with club captain Danny Hollands coming on in his place.

The change saw Strevens’ side switch from a back five to a back four...

Eastleigh had seven corners during the first half which gave Whelan plenty of practise... He was rewarded six minutes into the second half when his corner from the right found the head of Hollands, who crashed the Spitfires back on level terms...

Whelan put Eastleigh ahead on the hour mark with a spectacular free kick from 25 yards out...

Altrincham sprang back into action in the final 10 minutes of the game, twice going close to finding an equaliser."


Altrincham host Solihull Moors on Tuesday for a National League fixture, which will be televised by BT Sport.

On Saturday the Moors went above Altrincham thanks to a win over FC Halifax Town.

The Halifax Courier reports that "Callum Maycock's goal condemned FC Halifax Town to their first defeat in ten games as they lost 1-0 at Solihull Moors.

There was little to choose between the sides. Town were comfortable for most of the game, yes they lacked a cutting edge when it mattered, but there was plenty to admire about the visitors' display... The result could have been different.

Jack Vale made his first start for Town after his match-winning cameo on Tuesday, starting on the right of Halifax's front four, with Jamie Allen on the left...

Andrew Dallas, a summer transfer target for Pete Wild, had a couple of early half-chances for the hosts, while Matty Warburton had a couple of sighters from outside the box, and there was one from Kian Spence...

Solihull were being nullified effectively by The Shaymen, unable to get their dangermen into the game and on the ball...

On the odd occasion Town did knock it longer, it was trying to play in Waters down the sides of Solihull's less pacey centre-backs, a tactic which almost worked as the hosts' defenders dealt uncomfortably with the probing passes...

The first-half never caught fire though: one shot on target was testament to that...

When the goal came there had been little sign of it, but following a sedate start to the second-half, Maycock was left in acres of space in the box to convert a low cross from the right by Dallas...

But the fact they had yet to have a shot on target was more of a concern at 1-0 down that it had been at 0-0, especially by the 60th minute mark which meant it had been seven hours since Solihull last conceded...

The Shaymen's first effort on goal, was comfortably saved by Ryan Boot after 64 minutes... It was a compliment to The Shaymen that Solihull keeper Boot was booked for time-wasting as the hosts tried to run down the clock...

Solihull: Boot, Williams, Howe, Gudger, Cranston, Maycock, Maynard, Sbarra (Donawa 90), Ball (Storer 84), Barnett, Dallas (Newton 68). Subs not used: Rooney, Obsorne."


Alistair Smith scored for Sutton United in the last minute to make it 2-2 at Rochdale but they lost to an added-time goal.

Ashley Hemmings put Kidderminster Harriers two-up before Dylan Mottley-Henry scored a consolation for Bradford (Park Avenue) who lost 5-1.



On Saturday, Altrincham FC Reserves lost 4-2 away to Winstanley Warriors FC in a Cheshire League Premier Division fixture.


Tuesday 26 October


Southend United report that "Kevin Maher’s first game in charge of Blues ended in defeat as a three-goal, six-minute blitz from Dagenham & Redbridge earned them a 3-0 win at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

After a goalless first-half, Mo Sagaf opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after getting on the end of a low ball into the box by Dagenham’s captain, Angelo Balanta.

Four minutes later, Sam Ling powered a header home from close range before Ling completed the onslaught by nodding in another two minutes later to wrap up the points.

It was far from the start that club legend Kevin Maher would have wanted after taking over the managerial hot seat in midweek, but he’ll have learnt a lot about the task that faces him as Blues boss following today’s defeat to the Daggers.

Maher’s first task as manager was to make three changes from the side that beat Chertsey Town in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend with John White, Shaun Hobson and Abu Ogogo coming in for Nathan Ralph, Harry Phillips and Will Atkinson...

Kevin Maher’s charges, who were backed by just shy of 1,400 travelling Southend fans, went close...

[3-0 down], Southend were shellshocked as Dagenham continued to send wave after wave of attack towards the Blues goal, going close to adding a fourth... as the Daggers ran out comfortable winners".

In the Derbyshire Times we learn that "‘Proud’ James Rowe said Chesterfield are building some ‘momentum’ at the Technique Stadium after beating in-form Boreham Wood to climb above them into second in the National League.

Danny Rowe opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 20 minutes after Boreham goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore brought down his former teammate Kabongo Tshimanga.

Tshimanga then doubled the lead just before half-time with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

Ex-Spireite Will Evans, who was sent off late on for a second yellow card, halved the deficit in the second-half when his long-range effort slipped through Scott Loach’s fingers.

Victory means the Blues remain unbeaten on home soil so far.

'It was a really good performance against a team who had only lost one game and we are building some momentum at home now,' Rowe said. 'It is three wins on the bounce and a great reaction from the disappointing performance against Woking...

'I love driving in my car into the stadium here with that expectation on my shoulders, that is what I thrive on, hopefully I have recruited players of the same ilk and I think you can see that.

'We have got a squad that can play physically, can play technically and open up the pitch and we can counter and run so we can play in different ways...

'We tried to open the passes and lay it into the strikers and both goals came from that'".

According to the Grimsby Telegraph,"Paul Hurst has admitted there is room for improvement despite Grimsby Town's 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town. A first-half penalty from Lenell John-Lewis and a late strike from John McAtee was [sic] the difference, in what was a hard-fought encounter at Blundell Park.

With Town perhaps not at their fluent best, Hurst conceded he was a little disappointed by their display, though pleased to record another win...

'We got the victory but we weren't as fluent as I would have liked,' Hurst said.

'We had some moments in the game and spells but not as much as I'd have liked. We had to defend a lot of longer balls at times and that perhaps broke the flow of the game...

'Overall, I don't think James McKeown had real saves to make. A little disappointed but that's probably harsh when we've kept the run going and added another clean sheet which we probably deserved.'"

23 October, 2021


Altrincham travel to Eastleigh today for a National League

The Spitfires made a meal of winning their FA Cup tie last week. Trailing 0-3 at home to Folkestone Invicta last Saturday, they secured a 3-3 draw before squeezing past the Kent club 3-2 after letting at 2-0 lead slip in the midweek replay. With their opponents reduced to ten men after 54 minutes, Eastleigh nevertheless needed a 115th minute winner in extra time.

Their last league game was a 2-1 away win at Wealdstone, where the Eastleigh side comprised...


Altrincham supporters will be saddened to hear of the premature death of their fellow Alty fan, Anthony Wright, at the age of just 41.

As well as regular attendnace at games, Anthony's involvement with the club included his acting as Membership Secretary of TASC, The Altrincham Supporters' Club, and his turning out for the Supporters in their annual football matches against the Altrincham FC Staff.

Our condolences are extended to this family and friends.

Altrincham FC has announced that "Anthony's funeral will take place on Thursday 4th November and his hearse will stop at 2pm outside The J.Davidson Stadium for those Alty fans who knew Anthony to pay their respects".


So far in October, Altrincham FC Reserves have played twice but, unfortunately, have lost both fixtures.

On Saturday 9 October, they lost a high-scoring Cheshire FA Amateur Cup second round match 5-3 away to Cheadle Heath Nomads Reserves.

The Altrincham line-up comprised goalkeeper Ryan Forde and outfield players, Mackenzie Alan Cookson, Lewis Billingsley, Millen Brown, Niall Butchart, Sam Corbishley, Rhys Cosquer, Fenton Green, Joe Haggerty, Raheem Mercurius and Logan Taylor.

The substitutes were Dionicio Bohe, Matthew Sumner and Lewis Waller, whilst the scorers were Cookson, Taylor and Sumner.

The following week, on 16 October, Alty Reserves lost in another eventful game, this time of five goals. Away at neighbours Broadheath Central on Salisbury Road, the hosts won 3-2.

This was a Cheshire League Premier Division match in which Alty started with Lewis Billingsley, Niall Butchart, Sam Corbishley, Rhys Cosquer, Bryan Hamo, Raheem Mercurius, Matthew Sumner, Troy Taylor, Lewis Waller, who scored both goals for Alty, and Tyrese Ndienguila.

On the bench were Scott Johnston, Ali Khral and Logan Taylor.


Stockport County "announce the signing of Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic on a free transfer, with the midfielder signing a contract until 2024.

Antoni captained Bolton to promotion from League Two last season in his first year at the University of Bolton Stadium, scoring eight times in 35 appearances from midfield.

It was his second successive promotion from League Two, having finished in 3rd place with Plymouth Argyle in 2019-20, and the fourth time in his career he has earned promotion from the fourth tier.

The 29 year-old began his career at Woodley Sports, where he played alongside County captain Liam Hogan, before going on to have spells at Crewe, Chester and Fleetwood Town...

After a brief spell at Shrewsbury Town Antoni moved down south to Plymouth Argyle, where he soon became a fan favourite...

Antoni moved back up north to join recently relegated Bolton Wanderers, where he was immediately named as the club’s new Captain... He quickly became a key part of the Bolton midfield as Ian Evatt’s side recovered from a slow start to the campaign... to clinch promotion...

He has made a further 14 appearances in League One so far this season, scoring three times, but now makes the move to Edgeley Park...

Director of Football Simon Wilson said... 'This shows our supporters again that everyone at the football club is relentless in our ambition to together take this club forward, and will not stop.'”

The Southend Echo claims that "Stan Collymore has thrown doubt on his future at Southend United.

The former Shrimpers striker had been hoping to be appointed the club’s head of football operations.

But Collymore has now updated the situation and revealed the club and himself are ‘a distance apart.’

Collymore said 'From day one in this process, CEO and coaching team procured on the back of my input, it's been important for me to have clarity in any role I have as clarity is what makes any job work.

'So a "Head of Football Operations" title plus a clear remit to have roles and responsibilities nailed down to the letter benefits Southend United in what they can be guaranteed to get and me knowing what my roles are. The club and I are a distance apart on roles and responsibilities and are a distance apart on renumeration for those roles...

'I want to protect the club at all costs... We'll revisit the situation early next week to see if we can agree a deal,' said the 50-year-old...

'If we can't, we can't, that's just life and certainly nothing to be sad or negative about, a new excellent CEO and three excellent coaches at the club I hope would be added to the 1992/3 survival as proof that I'm always here to help.'”

The Dorset Echo confirms that "Weymouth legend Jason Matthews has returned to the Terras, replacing departed goalkeeping coach Robbie Yates.

Former Weymouth boss Mark Molesley has tempted Yates to National League counterparts Aldershot Town on a full-time basis... after more than four years away from the club when he fulfilled a player/manager role.

And the triangle continues as Molesley, who led Weymouth to back-to-back promotions in 2019 and 2020, was Matthews's successor in 2017...

The Terras said, 'Robbie was a pivotal part of the club's return to the National League and will be missed... The club have acted swiftly to recruit Terras legend Jason Matthews with immediate effect.

'Jason returns to the club following spells at Bath City, Chippenham Town and more recently Bracknell'".

The Nottingham Post reports that "Notts County assistant coach Michael Doyle, now 40 years of age, is coming from the gym and arrives around ten minutes later than scheduled, but all is forgiven.

The Irishman stepped away from the pitch late last season as he took up a coaching role at the club in May...

'The lads are doing great and developing along great, so as I say, I'm happy enough doing what I'm doing, and the lads are doing great.

'Matty Palmer has probably been our best player this year, so that puts me out the window. Then you've got Ed Francis developing behind him, so the lads are going along just nicely, I think. So nothing really there for me to be putting my neck in or anything, you know.'

When pushed further on whether he will only play if absolutely required, he insists 'That was always the understanding, that I'm there if needed'...

Notts just put a stop to their three-game losing run by beating Yeovil Town 2-0, a result they followed up with a 4-0 win over Tamworth in an FA Cup replay".

We learn from the Grimsby Telegraph that "Grimsby Town's team selection against Yeovil Town will be impacted by a spread of COVID-19 within the camp, Paul Hurst has confirmed.

The Mariners boss admitted that several positive tests could lead to some absentees this weekend but the match will go ahead at Blundell Park. Hurst did not name the players affected.

Town are looking for a fourth successive National League victory to continue at the top of the division...

'We have got some COVID in the camp, unfortunately,' Hurst told Grimsby Live... 'I think there is an inevitability about it, looking at the wider picture... We have done everything we can to make sure it doesn't spread. It's a different example from what we encountered at the start of the season...

'It's not an excuse or anything tomorrow, whatever happens... We're still looking forward to the game and playing in front of another good crowd. The difficulty is that we have had an illness around which isn't COVID.

'Not every illness is COVID, that's a difficulty at this time of year. The most important thing is that the people who have it are looked after'".

Devon Live reminds us that "New loan signings Harry Perritt and Sinclair Armstrong are likely to play their part as Torquay United try to put Wednesday’s painful FA Cup defeat to one side...

Torquay are on a bad run at the moment and they were very poor at Havant & Waterlooville where they lost their fourth qualifying round replay 4-2, following two away defeats in the league...

[On Saturday] they will be taking on King’s Lynn Town in front of an eager and excited ‘Community Day’ boosted crowd...

Gary Johnson said, 'It’s an important game, none of them are mugs in our league, we know that, so it’s going to take a big effort and a big turnaround from only two days ago to make sure we get a result.'

It is a good job that Johnson brought in 20 year-old central defender Perritt from Accrington Stanley and 18 year-old striker Armstrong from Queens Park Rangers last week, because the squad is thin on the ground at the moment, especially with Dan Martin now banned for three games after his antics at Havant.

The fitness of Ali Omar was being assessed this morning... His replacement, Martin, received a straight red card for a reckless challenge...

Johnson said...'It is good that we have got the new lads and we are looking forward to getting them involved at some stage...

The defeat at Havant on Wednesday was the low point of the season so far. There were mistakes all over the park and despite being 2-1 up at half time, they really only played well for the last five minutes, before pressing the self-destruct button in the second half. It was embarrassing.

'It was very quiet on the coach home, they were all very disappointed,' said Johnson. 'We had to mention a few things to them. We were disappointed with them because there was some stupid stuff going on that cost us the game'...

If Omar is fit, he might only make the bench anyway - with Perritt a possible starter alongside Joe Lewis, in either a back three with Ben Wynter or Dean Moxey, or back four. The fans are calling for Armstrong to be thrust straight in, with Klaidi Lolos or Dan Holman the other choices up front. As for the midfield, pick three or four from Armani Little, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Jake Andrews, Chiori Johnson, Keelan O’Connell and Gabby Rogers".

In the Derbyshire Times, "manager James Rowe has issued a rallying cry for Chesterfield fans to bring the noise for Saturday’s top of the table clash against Boreham Wood.

The two teams have lost just once each this season...

Given the Spireites’ injury list, the fourth-placed hosts face a tough task against the visitors who occupy second spot.

'It is going to take an almighty effort tomorrow considering our situation, including in the stands, we need to pull together,' Rowe said...

'When you come into top of the table clashes in any competition, both boxes matter, it comes down to the smallest details in games like this,' he explained...

'We are looking forward to putting on a showcase tomorrow, we want to play in our way, it is going to be the biggest test so far in terms of the opponent breaking up our rhythm'...

He added, 'The clean sheets they (Boreham) have got is impressive, they have got a similar foundation to us, that is why both boxes will count tomorrow.

'They will have many numbers behind the ball so it is going to take different ways to overcome that so we need to be strong and make sure we are strong in both 18-yard boxes.'”

According to Hammy End, "Fulham defender Conor McAvoy has signed for Wealdstone on an initial one-month loan deal.

The Scottish under-19 international, who has been with Fulham since the age of eight... has become a regular in the under 23 starting line-up over the past couple of seasons. McAvoy, who has made eight appearances and scored three times at under 23 level so this season, will go straight into Wealdstone’s squad for their meeting with Weymouth tomorrow.

He joins Fulham goalkeeper George Wickens on loan at the Stones."

22 October, 2021


Altrincham travel to Eastleigh on Saturday for a National League fixture.

The sides last met, behind closed doors, on 10 October 2020 when the score was 1-1.

Altrincham started well and took an eleventh minute lead through Yusifu Ceesay, who netted from about eight yards after a Williams corner had come back out to him.

Williams was then put out of the game by Payne's reckless challenge, through the back of the Alty midfielder (37 mins). The offender only saw yellow, for a red-card offence, which left Williams being helped off the pitch with what looked like a right-ankle injury.

Eastleigh may have gone into the game as league leaders but this game did not say much for the overall standard of the National League at that point in the season.

The Spitfires got level in added time when a corner pinged around the Altrincham penalty area before coming to Miley to score from right of centre, about ten yards out. So half-time was reached at 1-1.

In the second half Alty matched their opponents but neither side created very much, though Jake Moult did have to clear one effort off the line. Alty also lost Andy White to injury in the second half.

Overall Altrincham were certainly deserving of their draw.

Alty's squad comprised 1. Tony THOMPSON, 24. Joel SENIOR, 2. Andy WHITE, 25. Toby MULLARKEY, 4. Ritchie SUTTON, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 15. Matty KOSYLO, 8. Sean WILLIAMS, 23. Tom PEERS, 10. Josh HANCOCK, 11. Yusifu CEESAY. Subs: 7. Dan MOONEY, 30. Simon RICHMAN, 3. Connor HAMPSON, 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 17. Curtis MILLER.

Hopefully Toby Mullarkey will be available after his concussion lay-off but Tony Thompson will remain sidelined so Matt Gould should start in goal. Senior, Sutton, Moult, Kosylo and Hancock, with Mullarkey, were the six starters at Eastleigh last season who also started Alty's most recent game this season.


According to Cheshire Live, "Anthony Johnson is reluctant to say he’s happy with any performance in a defeat, but there were positives for the Chester FC management from Tuesday’s Cheshire Senior Cup game at home to Stockport County.

Substitute Millenic Alli’s 59th-minute goal gave a strong Stockport side a 1-0 first-round win, Chester coming closest to scoring when Jack Redshaw’s first-half penalty hit the post after Jude Oyibo had been fouled.

Joint-managers Johnson and Bernard Morley... [deployed] a 3-5-2 with Oyibo and Darren Stephenson as wing-backs."

The Halifax Courier reports that "James Dean... drowned in a stream in a 'tragic accident' after entering woodland in a 'paranoid state' after being reported missing, an inquest heard.

Ex-Halifax Town [and Alty loanee] striker James Dean, 35, was reported missing by his family on May 6 and tragically found three days later face-down in the water in a secluded woodland.

He had been struggling with his mental health for several months and would at times use cocaine to 'suppress his demons', the inquest heard...

Detective Inspector Tracey McMurdo, of Lancashire Police, said that there was no evidence to suggest he had taken his own life.... The family had said when he had taken cocaine he would use water to cool himself down...

Consultant radiologist Dr Simon Beardmore took a CT scan of James, which showed evidence of death by drowning. A toxicology report showed evidence of cocaine use 'very close to death' which could have affected James' heart and brain functions, the inquest heard.

Coroner Richard Taylor said he believed that James' death was a 'tragic accident' and returned a conclusion of accidental death."


From the , we learn that "Torquay United's supporters were 'let down' by their side after their 4-2 FA Cup defeat at Havant and Waterlooville according to manager Gary Johnson.

Ex-Torquay player Joe Oastler gave Havant an eighth-minute lead, but Chiori Johnson and Klaidi Lolos struck just before half time for the Gulls.

Scott Rendell and Tommy Wright scored in the final 10 minutes for Havant.

'The travelling fans were let down definitely today, in quality and in passion,' Johnson told BBC Radio Devon. 'For five minutes we gave it a go, but we were well short'...

Torquay missed out on making the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in four years".

The Bournemouth Echo confirms that Bournemouth "youngster Ryan Glover has joined Aldershot Town on loan.

The midfielder was part of Scott Parker's squad during pre-season and was regularly part of the matchday squad during the early weeks of this campaign.

Having been an unused substitute on three occasions, Glover made his senior competitive Cherries debut when he came off the bench during the second half against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup in August...

With senior players now fit again and new signings arriving in his position, Glover has not featured since and has now moved to the National League to gain more match minutes...

Glover... previously spent time out on loan at Weymouth and Hemel Hempstead.

The Grimsby Telegraph states that "The Mariners have both right-backs available for Saturday's National League clash, leaving Paul Hurst with a difficult decision to make

Paul Hurst's biggest decision this weekend could well lie at right-back as Grimsby Town look to continue their 100% start to the season at Blundell Park.

The Mariners will be backed by over 6,700 supporters at home to Yeovil Town, where the National League leaders will seek a fourth successive league victory...

Who should start at right-back? Ryan Sears has occupied that position for the last four matches, with Michee Efete suspended for three of those.

The summer acquisition had been a star performer for Town in the opening weeks of the season but a moment of ill-discipline saw the defender red-carded against Bromley...

Efete will be in contention to return this weekend after three weeks out of action... It seems unlikely that Efete's misdemeanour will be held against him after serving his three-match ban and that leaves Hurst with a real selection dilemma ahead of the weekend.

Sears hadn't had a look-in prior to Efete's suspension but has performed admirably since, with the defence keeping three clean sheets in his four matches. ,P. Despite two goals and an assist, Crookes is likely to return to the team at left-back and that could also play into Efete's favour, should Hurst look to balance the skillset of his two full-backs...

It would be harsh for Sears to be ousted, given his performances in recent weeks."

21 October, 2021


Altrincham travel to Eastleigh on Saturday for a National League fixture.

On Tuesday, Eastleigh were taken to extra time by lower league opponents, Folkestone Invicta, who had led the Spitfires 3-0 at one point in Saturday's original tie in Hampshire.

"A late winner in extra time from Ben House booked Eastleigh into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after a 3-2 victory away to Folkestone.

The Spitfires took a first half lead thanks to Tom Whelan with the hosts also going a man down just after half time...

Tom Whelan gave the visitors the lead at 24 minutes, kicking home from a dangerous cross by Vincent Harper...

Josh Vincent was given his marching orders, much to the dismay of there Folkestone faithful, after being shown a second yellow card for challenge on House.

At 58 minutes, Hesketh doubled the Spitfires lead with an exceptional piece of play, turning his defender and slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

Yusuff pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute after tapping in from a yard out following a dangerous break from the Invicta attack.

Scott Heard levelled the scores after hitting home a volley from a fantastic ball from midfield with just 12 minutes remaining...

With penalties looming, House struck home from close range to give the Spitfires’ the win".

The Daily Echo adds that "Eastleigh boss Ben Strevens saw his side need extra-time to progress past Isthmian League Premier Division Folkestone Invicta 3-2 in the FA Cup but insisted 'The main thing is we’ve got through'...

Strevens’s side earned their place in the first-round proper when Ben House netted the winner after 115 minutes.

Strevens told the club website, 'It’s just the magic of the FA Cup and the main thing is we are in the first round now. We have made proper hard work of it.

'At 3.45pm on Saturday, [losing 0-3] I was probably the worst manager going. The players were probably the team that would get embarrassed the most in the FA Cup by getting a giant-killing. Somehow on Saturday they turned it around to get the draw, and somehow we managed to get through on Tuesday in a game which we made hard work of.

'At the moment it just seems like every mistake we are making or every opportunity just seems to be going in the back of our net'".


Making his debut, on loan, from Crewe Alexandra, former Alty loanee Owen Dale scored for Blackpool as they beat Reading in the Championship.


Wednesday 20 October, 4th Qualifying Round Replay.


The Southend Echo reports that "Southend United’s chief executive Tom Lawrence believes Blues’ new coaching team will bring a high performing culture back to the club.

The Shrimpers have announced Kevin Maher as head coach with Darren Currie assistant head coach and Mark Bentley first team coach.

And Lawrence revealed... 'I thought it was important that we followed a structured approach to identify candidates that fell within our defined success criteria...

'Amongst other things, the coaching team needed to be technically excellent, pro licence holders, have a good work ethic and knowledge of The National League. An affiliation with Southend United was a nice to have, but not a prerequisite.

'The coaching team we have appointed meet the success criteria and will help us achieve our objectives. They will, together, help create a high performing culture, something that has been absent for several years...

'Of the exceptional candidates we interviewed to lead the coaching team, Kevin stood out,' said Lawrence.

'His plan for the future is aligned with the club’s vision and his passion to help us get back to the EFL shone through'".

According to Sport Bible, Yeovil Town "played Weymouth in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie, with the game going all the way to penalties after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes of action

Yeovil won 2-1 in a shoot-out that featured no less than FOUR missed penalties from their opponents but substitute Knowles was responsible for the very worst spot-kick for the Glovers.

Knowles stepped up for what looked set to be the winning penalty and got it all wrong. He sliced his effort so horrendously wide that it hit a pitchside steward, knocking his hat off.

The security guard wasn't in any pain though, instead celebrating with his fists clenched like Sir Alex Ferguson when Manchester United scored back in the day.

Footage of the penalty has been posted on social media, garnering over 300,000 views on Twitter.

Luckily his blushes were spared ever so slightly as the next penalty from Weymouth was leathered over the bar by striker Brandon Goodship, giving Yeovil the win and sending them into the next round".

FC Halifax report that "The Shaymen booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup First Round after beating Pontefract Collieries...

After a 0-0 draw last Saturday, Town were 1-0 winners on Tuesday evening in the replay.

Winger Jamie Allen... said 'We knew tonight would be tough because Pontefract were going to come at us, and they did that – fair play to them. But, the main thing is that we’re in the First Round, and we know what Maidenhead are going to come here and do'...

'You’d expect us to be a lot fitter because we’re training full time,' Allen started by saying. 'In the first game at their place, Ponte were cramping up after 30 minutes; we expected that to happen today. But, it didn’t, so hats off to them because they carried on going for 90 minutes, and they put us under a a bit of pressure. But, we got the job done; it’s another clean sheet; and we’re in the next round'..

'The Gaffer said to me today, that he wanted to start me for my pace,' Allen stated.'.. 'But it was my first start, so it was difficult because I’m not match fit yet... I need to fight for my place, and when I get it, I need to keep it.'”

20 October, 2021


Following tonight's replay at the International Stadium, Altrincham now know that they will travel to Gateshead in Round One of the FA Cup over the weekend of 6 November.

Tuesday's replay between Gateshead and Marske United ended 3-2 to The Heed.


Wednesday 20 October, 4th Qualifying Round Replay.

Tuesday 19 October, 4th Qualifying Round Replays.


As reported here earlier, one of Altrincham's pre-season hosts, Curzon Ashton, have surprisingly sacked their manager. And now the Derbyshire Times elaborates, stating that "Curzon Ashton say manager Steve Cunningham had been ‘in talks’ with another club in the build-up to the FA Cup clash against Chesterfield.

The Nash sacked Cunningham on Monday after the Spireites beat them 4-0 at the Tameside Stadium on Saturday... Cunningham had guided them to sixth in the National League North...

The club has now issued a statement...

'Unfortunately, over the weekend, the board became aware that Steve and his assistant Damien Crossley had been in talks with another club about their managerial position, without the knowledge of the club, together with a serious breach of club discipline and at a time when we would have expected that the focus would have been on the upcoming FA Cup tie against Chesterfield FC. This was confirmed to us in subsequent discussions with Steve.

'As a board, we felt that this action undermined the trust that had been in place between the club and manager. Sadly, we felt that we were left with little choice other than to find a new manager to take us forward'".


The Southend Echo reports that "Stan Collymore has outlined the change of structure being introduced at Southend United.

Former Blues midfielder Kevin Maher remains favourite to replace Phil Brown in charge at Roots Hall.

But Collymore, who was part of a four man panel to pick the new boss, has revealed the new man will be given the title of head coach...

'It would be easy to solely focus on a manager/head coach and be dragged into "Messiah" syndrome,' said Collymore. 'The club favours the head coach model; works with the players, motivates, leads and organises them'...

'There were several excellent candidates in this regard but the panel, four very different men as discussed, were unanimous on one candidate’s quite stunning in-depth analysis of the club, playing staff and what he'd do to change outcomes from day one...

'We haven't solely been interviewing head coaches however. Assistant head coach, head of recruitment, head of football operations, first team coach and scouting are also positions that would create a football department.

'It addresses quickly the lack of recruitment success in recent years, a non existent scouting network, giving the head coach the required quality team'...

But Collymore knows it will be a tough challenge. 'It is a complete restructuring of a football club,' said Collymore. 'And as such it comes with risk, turbulence and great challenges...

'The messiah employed as the benign dictator to oversee every part of the club is dead...

'I spoke to the players before, at half time and after the game,' said the former England international. 'I told them that I felt the way some of them had been treated was appalling...

'I promised them this would change and that their working environment would improve immediately, they would be listened to, helped and improved as footballers and human beings. A promise...

'But please, please throw the last Southend United messiah in the bin and close it. We are now a modern, progressive, adult football club that will work transparently in a system to make sure we take steps forward together, not two forward and five back'".

Meanwhile the Echo confirms that "Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the Queen has agreed Southend will be granted city status following the killing of MP Sir David Amess...

Blues Chairman Ron Martin called it a ‘fitting tribute’".

So Southend will become the only club in the National League explicitly named after a city. Notts County come closest to the same distinction being named after the county in which their home city is located.

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, "Paul Hurst was pleased with Lenell John-Lewis's performance against Bromsgrove Sporting but admitted the striker could 'have taken the match ball home'.

The 32 year-old made his first start of the season in the FA Cup this weekend, netting from the spot in a resounding 5-0 victory.

John-Lewis has divided opinion amongst supporters after his wasteful finishing in front of goal, whilst others were impressed by his strong hold-up play...

It was the first 90-minute game John-Lewis has played this term...

'He'll be disappointed that he hasn't scored more than the one goal that he got,' Hurst told Grimsby Live...'Hhe wasn't going to get bullied at the top end of the pitch and he gave us a platform to play from.

'He did some good things, just the finishes he will be disappointed in some ways. It's the first time he has started for a while so we have to take the positives from it'".

Aldershot Town "announce that defender Corey Jordan has signed for the club!

Jordan, who is a defender by trade, will be looking to build on his previous playing experience at this level, having spent time playing within all three professional levels in the Vanarama National League.

The young defender joins having spent time with South side Eastbourne Borough (on loan), fellow National League side Weymouth FC (on loan) and most recently National League North side Gloucester City before deciding to move on to join us here at Aldershot Town.

The 22 year-old joins the Shots having previously graduated through Championship side AFC Bournemouth’s academy...

Jordan joins Aldershot Town to add competition for places within the back-line".

19 October 2021


Altrincham played Curzon Ashton in pre-season but now the Derbyshire Times reports that "Southend United immediately got rid of Phil Brown after the Spireites put four past them at Roots Hall.

And now Curzon Ashton have ushered boss Steve Cunningham out of the door after Town knocked them out of the FA Cup on Saturday...

But Nash fans are shocked at the dismissal of Cunningham given they are punching above their weight in fifth in the National League North.

After Saturday’s match Cunningham revealed that an admin error had forced former Spireite Jack McKay to miss out on playing against Chesterfield.

In a statement on Monday afternoon Curzon said 'Curzon Ashton FC have relieved Steve Cunningham from his duties as manager. The club sincerely thank him for his hard work and efforts over the past 18 months.'"


The Southend Echo reports that "Kevin Maher is favourite to be Southend United's next manager... following Phil Brown’s dismissal 10 days ago.

And it is former Blues midfielder Maher who now appears to be in line to take charge, with betting now being suspended on him getting the job. Maher spent 10 seasons with the Shrimpers as a player, making 455 appearances before leaving in 2008.

The 44-year-old skippered Blues to two successive promotions... The midfielder went on to play for Gillingham and Oldham Athletic before returning to Roots Hall as the club’s under-23 coach in 2015.

Maher stayed with the Shrimpers until 2019 when he joined Bristol Rovers... and he remains assistant manager at the League Two side."

We learn from the Maidenhead Advertiser that "Alan Devonshire said Maidenhead United’s game against Hastings United was less about bringing a halt to their substandard run of form, but an opportunity to give the supporters, who have been on the side’s back, reassurance and confidence.

For weeks, Devonshire has been keenly feeling the pressure from the media and the Magpies’ faithful to get the team back to winning ways having not tasted victory in all competitions since August 28...

'I’m pleased we’ve won for the fans today,' said Devonshire.

'We’re 10 games in and people have been quite critical, they've been on our backs. I’ve been finding it difficult to hear really; it’s a hard league we’re in.

'The boys are part-time, and these things can happen. We know we haven’t been right, and we haven’t got to be told. Right now, we need everyone behind us, and pulling in the right direction...

'It ain’t about what I’ve done today, it’s about the players,' he added... 'In a few games lately, we have let ourselves down...

'I love this club and I just want us to do as well as we can.'"


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A reduced service applies during Tuesday but normal service should be resumed this evening. In the meantime, apologies for the inconvenience caused.

18 October 2021


On Tuesday night Alty left-back Connor Hampson was named in a matchday squad for the first time in six months, as a potential substitute at Yeovil Town. He had been sidelined by a hernia injury and, at best, might have expected to spend a few minutes on the pitch in the Alty back four.

But he ended up spending more than eighty minutes on the pitch, including added time, as the team's goalkeeper!

He told Alty TV that taking over from injured keeper Tony Thompson was "Horrendous! Never again! No,obviously if I was needed again, I would but I wouldn't say it was pleasant...

"You've got everything in front of you... So, I wouldn't say it was pleasant...

"You're on the ball, there's only you between a potential attacker and the net...

'The gaffer asked a few people on the bench if they fancied it. I don't think anybody did. I was doing a warm-up. I came back and he said "Do you fancy it?" I said,"I'll go in if you want me to". That was it. I got the pink shirt on, and the gloves on, kitted up and out I went...

'Moulty (Jake Moult) threw me a bottle at the start of the second half and I dropped it! That was quite funny.'"

Hampson went on to make several good saves and was beaten just once as Alty emerged with a 1-1 draw.


Southport have released highlights of last Saturday's FA Cup tie at Haig Avenue.


Sunday's draw for the First Round of the FA Cup dealt Altrincham a ninth successive away tie, at either Marske or Gateshead.

The previous eight away ties have been:

  1. 2018-19: 4Q Round, Stockport County 0-2 L
  2. 2019-20 2Q Round, Chester FC 1-1 D
  3. 2019-20 3Q Round, Halesowen Town 2-0 W
  4. 2019-20 4Q Round, Southport 3-1 W
  5. 2019-20 Round 1, York City 1-0 W
  6. 2019-20 Round 2, Portsmouth 1-2 L
  7. 2020-21 4Q Round, AFC Fylde 1-2 L
  8. 2021-22 4Q Round, Southport 3-2 W
  9. 2021-22 Round 1, Marske United or Gateshead


Alty travel to Hampshire on Saturday to face Eastleigh. From there The Daily Echo tells us that "Eastleigh will head to fellow National League side Boreham Wood in the first round proper of the FA Cup if they can overcome Folkestone Invicta.

Spitfires looked set for a shock exit from the famous cup competition against a Folkestone side who sit two divisions below them in the non-league pyramid.

However, trailing 3-0, Ben Strevens's men stormed back to draw 3-3 with Ryan Hill and Tyrone Barnett on target before Christian Maghoma rescued the tie deep into stoppage time...

Victory over Folkestone would book a trip to Boreham Wood".


According to the Nottingham Post, "Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall claims his side didn't do enough to win their FA Cup qualifying tie against Tamworth at the Lamb...

He said, 'Not the result we wanted, obviously. We don’t want a replay but, where we’re at, it wouldn’t hurt to have another game and get back on the pitch to work on a few things... We have to step out and perform better on Tuesday.

'I thought we controlled the game, to be honest. We created some good chances in the first half, hit the bar, but in these FA Cup games away from home you really need to put one of those away.

'They (Tamworth) worked unbelievably hard, defended very resolutely, so credit to Tamworth, but we gave them little bits of momentum, free-kicks and needless things that got their back up... We missed some big, big chances, which is disappointing.

'It's very easy to show no repost [respect?] to the opposition but they’ve got 11 players working very hard and this is the FA Cup, you see Premier League teams struggling against League 2 teams and it doesn’t always make sense.

'We didn’t do enough to the win the game so we’ll go again on Tuesday'".

In the Daily Post, we learn that "Wrexham could consider themselves fortunate to gain a replay in Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round at the Marine Travel Arena and it took a 94th-minute equaliser to spare their blushes.

Phil Parkinson's side struggled to a 1-1 draw at their 8th tier hosts and were grateful to Jordan Davies for a 94th-minute free kick which crept in off the post...

The Dragons struggled throughout most of the game and Marine will feel aggrieved that they weren't able to hold on...

Marine started the better of the two sides and the first half saw Wrexham enjoy a fair amount of possession without ever really threatening and the Merseysiders looked to hit Wrexham on the counter-attack which brought them some joy without ever really testing Rob Lainton, who was unfortunately injured after a collision and was replaced by Kristian Dibble.

Half time was greeted with a smattering of boos from the away end with Dragons fans unhappy with the way their team played. The second half continued in much the same vein until Marine took the lead in the 78th minute with a headed goal from the impressive Owen Watkinson...

That seemed to spark Wrexham into action and the remainder of the game saw the Red Dragons camped in the Marine half but just as the clock was ticking down into the final minute Wrexham won a free-kick and Jordan Davies struck a delightful shot in off the near post to save Wrexham from what would have been an extremely disappointing exit from the FA Cup.

With the Racecourse pitch still not ready for action, the Tuesday night replay will take place at Nantwich Town's Weaver Stadium".

We read in the Dorset Echo that "Police officers, dogs and mounted units were deployed to Weymouth FC’s away FA Cup qualifying match against Yeovil Town following reports of disorder.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the incidents involved a small number of people both prior to and after the 1-1 draw...

Fixtures between Weymouth and Yeovil are considered a derby and so can lead to increased tensions when the sides meet.

The match on Saturday ended 1-1 following a last gasp strike from Terras Tom Bearwish in the fourth minute of injury time, meaning the teams will now play a replay".

Bottom of the National League, Dover Athletic report that "Ricky Miller’s first goal since his summer return to Dover ensured the club lived to fight another day in the FA Cup after earning a replay at Yate Town on Tuesday.

Miller came off the bench for the second half and scored the equaliser for Andy Hessenthaler’s side in the 61st minute after Olly Mehew had given The Southern League Premier Division South side an eighth-minute lead.

Whites finished the Fourth Qualifying Round tie with 10 men after player-coach Reda Johnson was sent off just 18 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute...

It was Yate who opened the scoring, and with their first attack, when the unmarked Mehew tapped home captain Dave Sims-Burgess’ cross...

Miller got his side back on level terms when he scored from close range following good work by the impressive Cosgrave.

Johnson saw red not long after following an earlier yellow card.

The team from Gloucestershire looked to take advantage of their extra man and almost won it in stoppage time when Sam Kamara’s shot from outside the box whistled just wide of Adam Parkes’ post.

Earlier, Millwall loanee Junior Tiensia came back into the side after missing the past four games through injury in place of injured midfielder Koby Arthur."

17 October 2021


Altrincham's FA Cup opponents in Round One during the first weekend of November will be decided on Tuesday night when Gateshead host Marske United in a replay of their Fourth Qualifying Round tie, which ended goalless at Marske on Saturday.

The town of Marske is located on the coast near Redcar and Middlesbrough, whilst Gateshead play at the International Stadium, a venue frequented in recent years by the Robins. The Heed remain in the National League North this season.

Altrincham have never faced Marske United before.

Founded in 1956 the club moved up from the Cleveland League to the Teesside League which they won twice. On the second occasion, this earned them a place in the Wearside League. They won that league in 1996 and the following year joined Division Two of the Northern League. They immediately won promotion to Division One but were relegated in 2004.

They regained Division One status in 2010 and were Northern League champions in 2011-12, but the club declined promotion to the national system. But when they won the Northern League again, in 2018, they accepted promotion to Division One East of the Northern Premier League, the same level as Trafford who compete in the West Division.

As for their opponents on Tuesday night, Alty have twice met clubs from Gateshead in the FA Cup. In 1974-75 season they hosted phoenix club Gateshead United in Round Two and won 3-0 in front of 3,200 at Moss Lane.

And in 2010-11 in the Fourth Qualifying Round they hosted the current Gateshead club but lost 0-2 in front of just 797 spectators.


Altrincham went into the First Round draw, in which EFL One and Two clubs participate, hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive away draw in the competition.

However, the last out of the bag, they were assigned a match at Marske or Gateshead in the North East.

Emirates FA Cup First Round. Matches to be played on the weekend of 6 November...

  1. Bradford City v Exeter City
  2. Sunderland v Mansfield Town
  3. Dorking/Hayes & Yeading v Sutton United
  4. Sheffield Wednesday v Plymouth Argyle
  5. Dagenham & Redbridge v Salford City
  6. Carlisle United v Horsham
  7. Dover Athletic or Yate Town v Yeovil Town
  8. Scunthorpe U v Doncaster Rovers
  9. Rotherham United v Bromley
  10. Portsmouth v Harrow Borough
  11. Gillingham v Cheltenham Town
  12. Morecambe v Newport County
  13. Banbury United v Barrow
  14. Fleetwood Town v Burton Albion
  15. AFC Sudbury v Colchester United
  16. Northampton Town v Cambridge United
  17. St Albans City v Forest Green Rovers
  18. Boston U or Stratford T v Shrewsbury Town
  19. FC Halifax T v Maidenhead United
  20. Chesterfield v Southend United
  21. Rochdale v Tamorth or Notts County
  22. Kidderminster Harriers v Grimsby Town
  23. Wigan Athletic v Solihull Moors
  24. Boreham Wood v Eastleigh
  25. York City v Buxton
  26. Ipswich Town v Oldham Athletic
  27. AFC Wimbledon v Guiseley
  28. Harrogate Town v Wrexham
  29. Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers
  30. King's Lynn Town v Walsall
  31. Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town
  32. Bolton Wanderers v Stockport County
  33. Charlton Athletic v Torquay or Havant & Waterlooville
  34. Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
  35. Crawley Town v Tranmere Rovers
  36. Leyton Orient v Ebbsfeet United
  37. MK Dons v Stevenage
  38. Lincoln City v Bowers & Pitsea
  39. Port Vale v Accrington Stanley
  40. Gateshead v ALTRINCHAM


Altrincham will go into the First Round draw, in which EFL One and Two clubs participate. Their number in the draw is 61. This time, the draw takes place as part of a half-hour programme on ITV 1 on Sunday, from 1.05pm


After a largely scrappy first half-hour dominated by repeated long throws from Southport's Tharme, the hosts took a 35th minute lead when Carver headed home a Watson cross from the left (35 mins)...

Right: Tom Peers was on the mark in the FA Cup once again on Saturday.

But Alty responded to secure a place in the Round One draw. It was their fourth game to end 3-2 or 2-3 this season.

Match report here.



The Leader Live reports that "Jordan Davies scored a last gasp equaliser as Wrexham drew 1-1 against Northern Premier League Division One West side Marine...

The Mariners, who play three levels below Phil Parkinson's men, were the better side throughout the contest and good value for their 78th minute lead.

It was a hugely disappointing performance by the Reds who conceded yet another goal from a set-piece when Marine netted.

But Davies scored with a superb free-kick deep into added time to snatch a draw and a replay on Tuesday at Nantwich Town because The Racecourse pitch is being relaid.

Parkinson named a full-strength side, making one change from the team that started the last game against Chesterfield 11 days earlier with Liam McAlinden taking over from Devonte Redmond in the Reds' midfield...

Danny Shaw's header was kept out by Rob Lainton and Niall Cummins went in late on the Reds' goalkeeper who was flat out.

But referee Garreth Rhodes only showed Cummins a yellow card and although Lainton managed to walk off and didn't require the stretcher brought on by medical staff, there was no way he could continue because of the head injury.

Christian Dibble came on for Lainton...

Wrexham had been second best but the visitors almost took the lead as Jake Hyde's goalbound header from Jordan Davies' corner was cleared off the line by a defender...

There needed to be a big improvement after the break... but Marine took a 78th minute lead from [a] corner. Doyle delivered the set-piece and Owen Watkinson found the back of the net with a glancing header...

But Wrexham equalised deep into injury time through Davies's fantastic strike to set up a replay".

The BBC adds that "Wrexham goalkeeper Rob Lainton was knocked out and suffered a broken nose...

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson felt Cummins should have been sent off by referee Gareth Rhodes. 'The lad's just booted him straight in the face,' Parkinson said... 'I haven't seen the challenge [again] yet but with my own eyes, I wasn't happy with the lad going for the ball'...

Lainton was not taken to hospital, but is doubtful for Tuesday's replay against Marine.

'There's a protocol we have now got to follow because he was knocked clean out,' Parkinson added... Lainton was knocked out during Wrexham's draw at Bromley in November 2020, when both sides left the pitch while he received extensive treatment.

In the Derbyshire Times we learn that "Joe Rowley has suffered a suspected broken leg in his last game for King’s Lynn Town after being recalled from his loan spell yesterday by Chesterfield.

The midfielder was stretchered off ten minutes into the second-half during the Linnets’ FA Cup tie against Peterborough Sports.

'He is in hospital with a suspected broken leg at the moment,' Rowe said after Chesterfield’s 4-0 win against Curzon Ashton...

'I have been monitoring his performances, he was looking fitter and stronger and was ready to come back'".

The Halifax Courier reports that FC Halfax Town boss "Pete Wild thought it was a fair result after his side drew 0-0 at Pontefract Collieries...

'Yeah, I think on the balance of play,' Wild said when asked if he thought it had been a fair result. 'Both teams had their chances, the pitch is a leveller but that's no excuse, we should take our chances and unfortunately we haven't done today, and their keeper's made some great saves.

'But they've had their chances through the game, I can't pay them enough respect in how they've done things, how they've been accommodating and the spectacle they've put on today...

'I thought we had a lot of the ball but they sat in a low block and we had to try and break them down. We did three or four times but we didn't put the ball in the back of the net...

Wild added 'I thought two or three of them (Town players) weren't as good as they have been. But they can't be brilliant every week, but the pressure's on now.. and some will crumble under the pressure and some will go "Right, well I'm not giving up my shirt".

'And I now have a couple of decisions to make for Tuesday, which is great.'

Town improved after the introduction of substitutes Jamie Allen, Elliot Newby and Martin Woods as second-half substitutes...

'(We brought on) a bit more direct (players), players who run at them and (they) hurt them more when they came on. Putting Jamie down the middle gave us more of a physical presence, whereas Billy's (Waters) more of a sneaky one'...

Wild and assistant boss Chris Millington both had words with the officials when walking off the pitch at half-time, questioning the decisions to disallow goals from Billy Waters for offside...

'That's what you get when you get officials from lower leagues don't you?' said Wild."

16 October 2021


Saturday 16 October


Altrincham face Southport at Haig Avenue on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.

With goalkeeper Tony Thompson ruled out for several weeks and Toby Mullarkey (right) necessarily sidelined by the concussion protocols, the visitors must make at least two changes.

Both goalkeeper Matt Gould and centre-back Ritchie Sutton have returned from their respective loans at Nantwich Town and Alfreton Town and both seem likely to start.

It will be Gould's first involvement of the season, whilst Sutton has played just sixteen minutes for Alty this season.

It is expected that new midfielder Danny Whitehead, loaned from Port Vale, will also be involved at some stage but winger Ryan Colclough would seem to be unlikely to be involved after missing recent games with illness.

It would not be surprising to see manager Phil Parkinson rest some of his regulars and give run-outs to fringe players and those returning to injury who may now be match fit. However, as of last Tuesday there was still a significant defensive injury list, including Kennedy Digie, David Fitzpatrick and Andy White. At Southport, Shaun Densmore, Connor Hampson and striker Tom Peers, a regularly used substitute who has yet to start a game this season, would appear to be amongst the most likely candidates to step in.


It has been a couple of years since Alty met Southport, but whilst their fans will be well aware of Southport manager Liam Watson, his assistant is a relatively new face to the Sandgrounders' supporters, too, as he was only appointed in the past week. He is Terry McPhillips, who the club states "has been helping out since the departure of Jon McCarthy [and] has now been made permanent" assistant manager.

The club adds that "After his playing career ended Terry started as an became Academy Director at Crewe Alexandra, in 1992 and spent 14 years as a youth coach at the club before joining the Academy Staff of Blackburn Rovers. He set up the Merseyside-based TMS (Technique/Movement/Skill) football school in 1996. He later managed the Blackburn Rovers Youth team that reached the 2012 FA Youth Cup Final, and was appointed caretaker assistant manager to Gary Bowyer. He was re-appointed assistant manager from June 2013 to 2015.

In 2016, he followed Gary Bowyer to Blackpool as a chief scout and assistant manager. He was appointed caretaker manager of Blackpool in August 2018 and after Gary Bowyer left the club in September 2018, he was made permanent manager. Terry resigned as Blackpool manager in July 2019".

Southport's line-up.last time out, was: 1. Cameron Mason, 2. Charlie Oliver, 3. Jack Doyle, 5. Adam Anson, 6. Doug Tharme, 9. Jordan Archer, 11. Marcus Carver, 14. Chris Doyle, 15. Josh Hmami, 16. Dylan Vassallo, 18. Jack Bainbridge Subs: 7. Connor Woods, 12 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, 17. Niall Watson, 13. Tony McMillan, 8. Charlie Munro

The most familiar of Southport's current players to Alty supporters will include their two goalkeepers. Cover keeper is Tony McMillan (right) who played, just once in 2013-14, for Altrincham after joining on 21 March 2013. He arrived at Moss Lane only two days after playing in goal for Southport, for whom he had been first-choice keeper through the 2012-13 season. He had been sent off in his final match for the Sandgrounders, thus delaying his first involvement with the Altrincham squad till his one-match suspension, for handball outside the box, had been served.

At the time, Tony lived in Sale. He has faced Alty for several clubs including Warrington Town, Runcorn and Stalybridge Celtic as well as Southport.

First-choice keeper nowadays at Southport is Cam Mason who spent many years at Curzon Ashton. Striker Jordan Archer has also faced Alty before and he is in his second spell at Haig Avenue, having signed from Boston United.

He has also played for EFL clubs Bury, Port Vale as well as Maidenhead United, Chester FC and Stockport County.

Another familiar face is forward Marcus Carver, who spent four seasons with Chorley, having started out at Accrington Stanley.

Less familiar, but one to watch, is young Niall Watson, son of manager Liam.


Altrincham FC press and media officer, Brian Flynn, has an Alty TV interview with midfielder Danny Whitehead, the new loan signing from Port Vale.

The Stoke Sentinel adds that "Port Vale midfielder Danny Whitehead has joined Altrincham on a month’s loan.

The 27 year-old was transfer-listed at the end of last season and, although the transfer window has closed for the Football League, players are still allowed to move to the National League.

Whitehead joined Vale on a free from Salford in August 2020 and has made 20 appearances, but only nine league starts".


Yeovil Town have some four minutes of video highlights from Tuesday night's draw with Altrincham.


The Through the Years files created by Howard Watts and Mike Garnett remind us of the games played by Alty on the same date as this Saturday's visit to Southport, 16 October.


Unsurprisingly, the Derbyshire Times reports that "Chesterfield manager James Rowe has 'no interest' in leaving Spireites after... rivals Southend United made a formal approach to speak to him.

The Spireites rejected the request from the Shrimpers, who are looking for a new boss after sacking Phil Brown... Rowe, who is under contract until summer 2024, said 'I will put it to bed, I have got no interest in going anywhere else. My future is definitely here and I want to achieve here. I am loving my time here as a manager. I have got a great working relationship with the board. I have signed the contract that I have for the length of time for a reason.

'I am fully committed to seeing that out and fully committed to wanting to achieve here at the club. I am blessed to be the manager of this football club and I am settled in the area'...

Rowe said they are in the ‘progress stage’ now and the next step is to ‘achieve’. 'The only way you can achieve here for the level we are at and where we should be as a club is a medal around your neck and that is what we are all striving for and we are not scared or put off by not achieving that milestone,' he said.

'When we came in the first objective was to inspire everybody and I think we have done that. The attendances reflect that. Everybody is back in terms of loving their club again and following the team home and away. Now we are trying to transform into that number one spot which is why this league is so difficult and promotion is so difficult.

'I find it fascinating that six of the top eight in League Two have been in the National League in the last four years. That shows you that this is a very difficult league to get out of but once you do there is nothing to fear.'"

Less happy news in the Derbyshire Times is that "Chesterfield have been dealt a double injury blow with midfielders Curtis Weston and Saidou Khan ruled out for around six or seven weeks.

Both of them had to come off in the win against Southend United last Saturday. The pair join Haydn Hollis, George Carline, Jack Clarke, Tom Denton and Akwasi Asante in the treatment room as the injuries mount up for 'Town'.

Manager James Rowe said 'We have just got Curtis’ scan back and it is not good news. He will be out for a lengthy period of time, six-seven weeks, so that is disappointing. And it is the same for Saidou as well, exactly the same timeframe, so two more injuries... They are not muscle injuries, they are from challenges.

'It is a poor challenge on Curtis, I have watched it back, it is probably a disgraceful tackle really from the lad from Southend. It was completely unnecessary, from the side and high and it was not even given as a foul so it is baffling really...

'We can’t keep picking up these injuries... We are not in a position to add at the moment. I need to give the players a chance who have been on the periphery of it a little bit. We can’t lose anybody else for the long-term.'

However, there is some better news on Fraser Kerr who hobbled off against Southend. Rowe said... 'He is okay and he is in for selection tomorrow... Other than Jack Clarke, where I take a little bit of responsibility for that one because where he is in his development, we were working on his power and that is the only muscle injury that we have had,' he told the DT.

'We have been stacking him up a little bit in the gym, doing some power work, some intense sprint work etc in pre-season and also at the start of the season. We lost him obviously to that muscle injury which I was disappointed about and which is unusual for our medical department, we are normally bang on... Other than that I think we have been very unfortunate with the injuries that we have picked up...

'Out of the 11 games we have had six very, very good performances, probably three good ones and then two poor ones but, in the main, we have performed very well this season'”.

According to the Eastern Daily Press "New King’s Lynn Town signing Josh Barrett says his former boss Joey Barton was 'spot on' in his frank assessment of the midfielder’s future.

Barrett, 23, parted company with Barton’s Bristol Rovers last month and this week signed a two-year deal with Lynn.

'He’s clearly got the talent for that, it’s just can he knuckle down and show the discipline and desire needed to play in the league,' said Barton on Barrett’s exit. 'It saves the club a bit of money and it allows Josh [Barrett] to get on with his career because he’s a talented boy no doubt about that, but he’s got a lot of work to do to salvage his career as a professional footballer.'

Painful words, perhaps, but Barrett, who signed for Rovers in January 2020 from Reading,- believes his controversial former boss is right. 'Obviously me getting to know him he is not what everyone thinks he is,' said Barrett. 'He is a good guy and I think I was able to talk to him personally, because he knew what was going on with me, the other things that were going on, so he was brilliant with me...

'Obviously I was struggling with my injuries... But he is spot on. I can’t disagree with that... just getting back to it and being able to play as much as possible and forget about all the injuries'...

Barrett made five Championship appearances for Reading in 2019-20 before his nightmare spell at Rovers".

15 October 2021


Altrincham FC has announced the signing on a month's loan of Port Vale midfielder Danny Whitehead. The Robins have a gap in that area of the pitch following the serious injury to Harrogate Town loanee Connor Kirby earlier this season and with potential replacement Sean Williams out on loan at Warrington Town.

Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes that "The 27-year old, a versatile, energetic central midfielder, has joined the Robins in time for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Southport and has been given the all-clear to play in the competition, if selected.

He arrives at The J.Davidson Stadium... eager to revitalise a career that began in spectacular style at Stockport County a decade ago. Such was his impact in his first two seasons at Edgeley Park... that West Ham signed him for an undisclosed fee in June 2013... He made just one appearance for the Hammers... before leaving Upton Park for spells with Accrington Stanley, Macclesfield Town and Wigan Athletic.

On rejoining Macclesfield, he helped them reach the 2017 FA Trophy final... and then proved one of the driving forces behind their promotion to the Football League...

On signing him for Salford City in May 2018, when they were still in the National League, the Ammies' manager at the time, Graham Alexander, said...'It was his overall play that made him one of the best players at this level.'

In August last year, he signed a two-year deal with Port Vale to be reunited with his former Macclesfield boss John Askey... but opportunities... have proved harder to come by under current Vale manager Darrell Clarke, leading the Stretford-born midfielder to pursue the option of a loan move".

Footnote: Whitehead came through Stockport's youth system as a strike partner of former Alty forward Josh Amis. His appearances against Alty include scoring a goal in County's 4-3 win at Moss Lane in the Cheshire Senior Cup, in 2011. Danny will become the 22nd player named in an Altrincham matchday squad and the eighth debutant this season.


Altrincham's loss of goalkeeper Tony Thompson and centre-back Toby Mullarkey within seven minutes of each other in the first half at Yeovil on Tuesday night meant that two of the only three players to have played every minute of the current season, had lost that record, leaving full-back Joel Senior as the only man left standing with that unblemished history of completing every match from the kick-off to final whistle.

Left: Tony Thompson (right), pictured with Steven Drench, who recently returned to Altrincham as goalkeeping coach.

Before Tuesday night at Yeovil, six players had actually started every game, Thompson, Mullarkey, Senior, Hannigan, Mooney and Moult, but the latter three had each been substituted in one or more of the previous games.

In addition to the broken leg for midfielder Connor Kirby suffered recently at Wealdstone, the injuries to Thompson and Mullarkey underline that Altrincham have had a desperate time with defenders' injuries in recent months.

Right: Joel Senior.

In fact, no fewer than TEN defenders or goalkeepers have now been hit by injuries which either were incurred last season but have continued into the current campaign or have picked up injuries in pre-season or the 2021-22 campaign itself.

Underlining the disruption this season to the defence, apart from Thompson and Mullarkey, the other eight players named below have made a collective total of just six starts and five appearances from the bench between them this season. And even more striking is the fact that those eight players have just two instances of completing ninety minutes between them, (Bunney and Densmore once apiece).

  1. Toby Mullarkey, centre-back, was concussed at Yeovil, 12 October 2021 so out for ten days. Appearances this season 10.
  2. Tony Thompson, goalkeeper, suffered a calf injury at Yeovil 12, October 2021. Likely to be out for several weeks. Appearances this season 10.
  3. Joe Bunney, left-back, was subbed after he was injured against King's Lynn Town in September and, without playing since, he left the club to join Warrington Rylands. Appearances this season 3(+1).
  4. David Fitzpatrick, left-back, has only twice started games this season and each time has had to go off injured in the first-half. He apparently remains sidelined. Appearances this season 2(+1).
  5. Kennedy Digie , centre-back, picked up an injury in pre-season which required an operation in September and so he is yet to be named in a squad. Appearances this season 0.
  6. Ritchie Sutton , centre-back, was apparently injured in early season and sent out to Alfreton Town to get fit and is now returning from there. Appearances this season 0(+1).
  7. Matt Gould, goalkeeper, was injured at West Didbsury & Chorlton in pre-season and was subsequently loaned to Nantwich Town to regain match fitness. He is now being recalled from The Dabbers. Appearances this season 0.
  8. Connor Hampson, left-back, missed the last nine matches of 2020-21 before reportedly undergoing a hernia operation which meant that he missed the opening eight games of 2021-22. He was named on the bench in game nine but did not get on the pitch till re-emerging as the replacement keeper in game ten this Tuesday. Appearances this season 0(+1).
  9. Shaun Densmore, right-back, fractured his arm last season and then, in July 2021, it was announced that he had "picked up an injury that will sideline him for the opening weeks of the Robins’ Vanarama National League campaign" in 2021-22. He has now recovered and played recently. Appearances this season 1(+1).
  10. Andy White, full-back. On 24 March 2021 it was announced that he was to miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season with an ankle injury. He has since remained sidelined for the entire 2021-22 campaign so far. Appearances this season 0.


Altrincham travel to Southport on Saturday to play an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie.

Southport confirm that "high flying Vanarama National side Altrincham come to town... on the back of a long trip to Somerset for what sounded like a lively encounter with former ‘Port goalkeeper Tony Thompson taken off injured early in the first half and outfield player Connor Hampson taking over between the sticks. The game ended 1-1 with Hampson making a series of fine saves...

Southport have defied the odds twice already this season with excellent replay wins against Chorley and Spennymoor and will need to be on top form once again to beat the in form Robins.

We played each other in the FA Cup in 2019-20 with Altrincham coming out on top in a 3-1 win. Earlier the same season Southport had recorded a 2-1 win. That was before Altrincham hit form and went on to win promotion in the same season.

Apart from Thompson other Southport connections include Neil Sorvel, Brad Jackson, Andy White, Steven Drench and David Fitzpatrick".

Of the last twelve encounters at Haig Avenue, Southport have won seven and drawn three but Alty's only two victories both occurred in their last three clashes with the Sandgrounders.

As for matchday arrangements, Southport add that "Matchday Programmes must be ordered here before 8pm Friday to guarantee a printed copy.

A cash turnstile will be in operation at each end of the ground but we strongly recommend buying a ticket in advance to avoid the queues here. Tickets can also be bought from the Club Shop ahead of the game by card or cash but it does get busy so again, please buy in advance when possible".


The Through the Years files created by Howard Watts and Mike Garnett remind us of the games played by Alty on the same date as this Saturday's visit to Southport, 16 Octber..

Right: Alty's debutant keeper Dave Cummins leaves the field ahead of Gary Talbot and Chris Adams.

It is eleven years since Altrincham played a game on today's date and back in 2010 it was Fleetwood Town who were the visitors to Moss Lane for a Blue Square Bet Premier match which Alty won 1-0. We reviewed that match last years so we go further back now to the next most recent match on 16 October, and that was in 2004.

On that date in 2004, as in 2021, Altrincham were playing an FA Cup tie. In 2004 it was a Third Qualifying Round Match at home to Hucknall Town. And another parallel to 2021 is that in 2004, as now, Alty were having goalkeeper problems, with Stuart Coburn out of action and Richard Acton cup-tied. In fact, Altrincham were fielding their fourth different goalkeeper in their last four games (Stuart Coburn, Ian Senior, Richard Acton, Dave Cummins).

The new incumbent between the uprights, Dave Cummins, had been signed on the eve of the match on non-contract forms from Trafford FC. He had been Trafford's first choice last season before suffering a 60-day suspension which ruled him out till after the start of the season. He had therefore not played for Trafford's first team that season.

Hucknall included former Alty captain Chris Timons in their starting line-up.

The match ended in a 3-3 draw as Altrincham failed to capitalise on an early two-goal lead and then, after getting ahead again 3-2, conceded a late equaliser. And Alty were to lose the replay at Hucknall and exit the competition.

In the original tie, Marcus Hallows fired Alty ahead from close range after 11 minutes and, a minute later, Colin Little headed home a second. After Hallows had struck the upright, Danny Bacon pulled one back for the visitors as he and Talbot went for the ball from a pass by Ricketts (28 mins). Town levelled after 32 minutes when stand-in Alty keeper Cummins did well to beat out a Todd effort only for Bacon to score from the rebound.

After 39 minutes Colin Little got a foot to the ball ahead of the Hucknall keeper from a ball into the box by Aspinall to make it 3-2 (39 mins). Alty seemed to be holding on for victory until, two minutes after right-back Aspinall had limped off, the ball was rolled across the goalmouth from the left and, despite a defensive scramble and Rose's effort to clear, it trickled into the net for the equaliser which the tannoy credited as a Rose own goal (83 mins).

ALTRINCHAM: 1. Dave CUMMINS, 2. Stephen ASPINALL, 3. Stephen ROSE, 4. Mark MADDOX, 5. Gary TALBOT, 6. Peter BAND (capt.), 7. Colin POTTS, 8. Eddie HUSSIN, 9. Marcus HALLOWS, 10. Colin LITTLE, 11. Chris ADAMS. Subs: 12. Peter WRIGHT, 14. GARY SCOTT, 15. Rod THORNLEY, 16. Stuart WRIGHT, 17. Kieran LUGSDEN.


The Leader Live reports that "The returfing of The Racecourse Ground pitch is well underway... Work on the playing surface started on Sunday, with the original pitch ripped up.

Now the new turf has now arrived and is being laid. The club said 'The decision to re-turf was taken following concerns after our first few home games, that work in the summer has not delivered a playing surface to the standard we believe is required...

'To allow the new turf the maximum amount of time to become established, any potential replay in our FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Marine will instead take place at Nantwich Town'".

The Southend Echo tells us that "Spencer Prior feels the vacant managerial role at Southend United is still an attractive job. But the former Shrimpers defender feels Phil Brown’s replacement must be thick skinned....

'It needs to be someone who has the ability to come in and change the mindset of the players and protect them,' said Prior. 'I didn’t feel like that happened with Phil and I didn’t feel like he protected the players... [The owner] Ron’s talked before about someone who eats, sleeps and breathes Southend United but that’s rubbish in my eyes. That should be a given...

'Ron, historically, didn’t have a reputation for changing managers but that’s there now. But by what he says on the Zoom call there’s a good budget so I do think it’s still an attractive job. It needs somebody with incredibly thick skin that cannot get distracted by the stuff going on off the pitch...

'The only way the fans can change it is by literally staying away from the club,' said Prior... 'If you fear going to the game and you’re a supporter then think about what the players are going through too. They will be playing with fear and that’s not because of the fans’ reaction... It’s the most toxic thing that you can have, 100 per cent'...

'I came into Manchester City just after their downward spiral,' said Prior. 'The legacy of that was that we changed at the ground, got on a mini bus and went to a school to warm up there because the atmosphere at the ground was so hostile to the players that they created something where the team wouldn’t warm up on the pitch as they created negative emotions before the game'".

A correspondent published in the Southend Echo tells us that "October 25 ... is the date when the planning application for the new stadium at Fossetts will be determined by councillors...

Green belt issues could be problematic. I do appeal to councillors to keep their cool at all times. The best outcome is for planning consent to be given and then the Blues can confidently march on to the Championship where a big club like Southend truly belongs.

Alternatively, refusal will mean that a proud club, founded back in 1906, will face oblivion which will bring misery to so many fans here in Essex and scattered across the world... If the final vote goes in our favour then a Roots Hall Roar would be appropriate to express our gratitude to those who have worked so hard on this planning application over the last four years".

We learn from the Halifax Courier. that "A winning mentality, a professional attitude and being tactically aware; these are the three core values behind FC Halifax Town’s strong start to the season.

Town have won seven of their first 11 games and sit third in the National League. Other factors like recruitment and tactics have also played a huge part in Town’s exciting start, but their core values are the driving force.

'The wider group came up with a number of things and..' says assistant manager Chris Millington... 'The senior players narrowed it down to those three core things... We measure everything we do against those three core objectives and values... Then we go below that, and once you scratch the surface, we go into more detail around what that actually looks like within our play... Are we approaching those things and successfully living up to the three core values and objectives we want to measure ourselves against?...

'The thing that pleases me most is I think the lads are getting what they deserve out of games more often that not,' he said... 'I think we’re maybe a little bit ahead of where I’d have predicted in terms of our style of play, but I’m not necessarily surprised... The lads who were retained and decided to stay, we felt we’d done a good body of work coaching them and we could start to develop that, refine it a bit, and it would help the new players coming in because there was already an understanding within the group of what we want to do...

'I think... having a core of players who have been with us since last season, some of them were with us the season before, and they understand the way we work, our methods and the information we’re getting across.

'So in a club where there’s a bit of stability and a bit of time to plan slightly longer-term, we’re starting to see the benefits of having that... I think people will be able to look at us and see that we look to break lines, we look to break forward, we look to play a possession-based game.

'Out of possession we’ve got a good intensity on the turnover, on the transition we press aggressively, and when we need to we can get into a good compact shape and be difficult to break down'...

Millington says another pleasing feature of the season so far has been the impact of the squad’s younger players, like Jay Benn and Kian Spence."

14 October 2021


There cannot be many, if any, cases at any level of football of a team utilising a left-back, who had been out of action for six months, as a substitute who was required to play in goal for more than eighty minutes (including added time).

Right: Connor Hampson (left) with the man he replaced, goalkeeper Tony Thompson, pictured in pre-season 2019. Shaun Densmore is the other Alty player.

But, on Tuesday night, after a 218 mile midweek trip to get to Somerset, Connor Hampson, a primary school teacher who plays part-time for Altrincham, did just that and he went onto make several noteworthy saves as the full-time Glovers failed to beat him more than once in a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

His feat was all the more remarkable as, just seven minutes after Hampson had put on the goalkeeping gloves, Alty also lost their ever-present centre-back Toby Mullarkey meaning that midfielder Jake Moult had to move into the back line. Nevertheless the makeshift defensive unit, led by their captain, Moult, and the experienced Tom Hannigan kept their opponents out, aided by full-backs Brad Jackson and Joel Senior.

29 year-old Connor has now made 109(+17) appearances and scored six times for Altrincham since joining, initially on a month's loan, from Stockport County on 2 November 2017. He had been at Edgeley Park since February 2017, when he had joined from Curzon Ashton. Connor had previously been at the Tameside Stadium since 2011.

At the start of 2019-20 he acted as captain in the injury absence of Jake Moult. Injury limited Connor's appearances for the latter period of 2020-21 and, until this last week, he had been unavailable in 2021-22, following a hernia operation.


Brian Flynn's post-match interview with Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson, at Yeovil on Tuesday, is on the official site of Altrincham FC.


Following the injury to Tony Thompson, Altrincham FC's twitter service has confirmed that the club has "recalled Matt Gould (right) from his successful loan spell with Nantwich Town.

He will be available for selection against Southport on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup".

Nantwich Town "confirm that Matty Gould has been recalled by Altrincham following an Injury to their goalkeeper Tony Thompson.

Gould joined the Dabbers at the back end of the last month and his excellent performances have helped the Dabbers enjoy a four-match unbeaten run. Matty has played five games for Dave Cooke’s men in which he has only conceded two goals and kept three clean sheets.

Despite only being at the club for a short space of time. Matty has made a huge impact and he has been pivotal in our upturn of form. We are very sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best at Alty and maybe we will see him back at the Optimum Pay Stadium one day.

Nantwich Town would also like to wish Tony Thompson a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained in the Robins’ 1-1 draw against Yeovil last night".

Manager Phil Parkinson has confirmed that Ritchie Sutton will also return from his loan spell at Alfreton Town, in time to play on Saturday at Southport.


Like Maidenhead United and Yeovil Town, Alty's last two league opponents, this Saturday's hosts in the FA Cup, Southport, are on a poor run of league form. But their poor record is deceptive.

In the National League North they are yet to win after seven games. But this conceals the fact that they are unbeaten at Haig Avenue in five matches across the FA Cup and the National League North. They have secured draws at home in the league against Gloucester City, Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers, their only home league matches this season.

Their other four league matches, all away from home, have ended in defeat, at Spennymoor, AFC Fylde, Brackley and York, all of whom constitute strong opposition.

In the FA Cup it is a different story as their only wins this season have come in FA Cup replays, at Haig Avenue, against Chorley and Spennymoor Town

So, despite their place at the bottom of National League North, Altrincham can expect a tough game when they arrive at Haig Avenue on Saturday.


The Daily Mail reports that" "Southend United have formally requested permission to speak to Chesterfield boss James Rowe over the managerial vacancy at Roots Hall.

The National League strugglers, who dropped out of the Football League for the first time in 101 years in May, sacked Phil Brown and his assistant Craig Fagan on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat to Chesterfield left them fourth from bottom.

Rowe has transformed the Derbyshire club’s fortunes since arriving from Gloucester City 11 months ago. He left Gloucester undefeated at the top of the National League North, and then took Chesterfield out of the relegation zone and into the play-offs last season.

Southend hope Rowe can do a similar job for them, having struggled in the fifth tier, and made a formal approach to Chesterfield on Tuesday night asking permission to hold talks with the 38 year-old.

Rowe has earned a reputation as a manager who can get results playing good football, and has a win ratio of 35 wins in 57 games in the last calendar year.

Although he would be working with a bigger budget at Southend, it’s understood that the terms of the deal would still have to be right for him to swap a team bidding for promotion for one at the other end of the table".

Meanwhile Yorkshire Live claims that at Southend "Darren Currie is the current favourite with the bookmakers. The nephew of Sheffield United legend, Tony, spent last season in charge of the under-23s while Paul Heckingbottom stepped up to look after first team affairs following Chris Wilder's departure. He is evens for the job, according to BetVictor.

Joint second favourite at 4/1 is former Sheffield Wednesday star Graham Coughlan, who was joint coach at Shirecliffe last season with Currie".

In the Leader Live, we learn that "Phil Parkinson is leaving no stone unturned as Wrexham aim to avoid an FA Cup shock at the hands of Marine on Saturday.

The... Northern Premier League Division One North West outfit [are] managed by former Chester manager Neil Young...

Reds' boss Parkinson himself and assistant Steve Parkin ran the rule over their opponents in last night's home game with Kidsgrove Athletic...

Said Parkinson 'Me and Steve were going to see them play on Tuesday, I have been to the ground before in pre-season so we know what to expect. We have had them watched the last couple of games as well so we know what they are all about but it will be good for me and Steve to go and have a look at them and get to know all the players, and prepare for this game as professionally as we always do...

'A lot of people will be looking at it with our profile and Marine's pedigree in the FA Cup,' said Parkinson..;. 'If we can get through, then the attention won't be quite as big afterwards because everybody is always looking for that cup shock'...

If the game ends in a draw, the replay next Tuesday will be held at Nantwich Town. The pitch at The Racecourse is being relaid".

Devon Live reports that "Gary Johnson says his players have 'reacted well' after the Torquay United manager cancelled the team’s Sunday off following the second 2-0 defeat on the trot at Bromley on Saturday... Torquay were second best...

The defeat came just days after the same result at Boreham Wood, which was a massive disappointment...

Johnson wasn’t happy after the game at Bromley, of course, and said he would be telling his players to report for duty the following day.

'The players have reacted well, as you would expect them to with the work that we have given them', said the manager. 'Call it what you like; punishment, motivation, to some it will have been fun and to some it will have been horrendous. It is just getting that bond back between them, there is a lot of team stuff going on, it has been like an SAS recruitment week'...

The manager said 'I like the FA Cup. I don’t think every team in the cup respects it'...

Johnson says he and his coaching team have been looking for players to add to the squad, but have come up against a few obstacles, with the kind of players they are targeting not necessarily the kind of players that want to move to Devon and play in the National League themselves...

Johnson said 'We are still trying hard... We haven’t brought anybody in but we are definitely looking at it, for sure... We don’t know whether we haven’t got it right, though it doesn’t look like that at the minute, but it did go well for a couple of our games and you have got to be careful, you have got to work with the ones you have got as well because however many people you bring in, the ones you have got are still going to be part of the squad.

'You have got to make sure that you are still trying to get the best out of those that are there. And eventually some people will realise they are not getting a game and need to move on.'”

We learn from the Lynn News that "Michael Gash has given an emotional interview ahead of his return to The Walks on Saturday. The frontman will face King's Lynn Town for the first time since leaving for pastures new with Peterborough Sports in the summer.

Saturday's clash also sees defender Ryan Fryatt, who played 350 games in a blue and gold shirt, back on his old stamping ground.

Gash was with Lynn for four years, helping the club to back-to-back promotions... The 35-year-old left Lynn at the end of last season after being unable to commit himself to full-time football in the National League...

'When I go back it might be a nice reception for me, but there's only one thing on my mind and that's to win for Peterborough Sports... I can't see myself going mad or celebrating against a club that I have so much love and respect for, especially the fans there', he said...

'I still talk to Mike (Clunan) and he does my books for me as well'".

Less happily, the Lynn News adds that "A former King's Lynn Town footballer has admitted drug supply offences.

Rory McAuley, who left the Walks outfit last month, will be sentenced at a later date following a hearing at Norwich Crown Court... McAuley, 31... pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine during April and May of this year... He also admitted counts of possessing 496 grams of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of criminal property".

According to the Grimsby Telegraph "Paul Hurst has been pleased with Grimsby Town's continuity in recent matches but has reiterated his insistence on keeping his starting XI fresh.

The Mariners have named largely the same side since losing to Bromley, which has resulted in a three-match winning run. In that time, Town have started to see partnerships flourish, with Luke Waterfall and Ryley Towler excelling as a pair at centre-back.

Likewise, Alex Hunt and Ben Fox have impressed as a central midfield duo, whilst John McAtee and Ryan Taylor continue to dovetail nicely in attack...

Hurst, though, has insisted he has confidence for any player to step into the XI... 'I've obviously got Giles Coke, who is a very good player, he adds competition... Harry (Clifton) has found himself playing a little bit wider too but he can go into that central midfield or if we change formation and play three in there...

'The lads that have played the majority of games should be full of confidence.'"

From Devon Live comes news that "Manager Andy Hessenthaler admits Dover Athletic's home FA Cup tie against Yate Town is a huge match for several reasons.

Hessenthaler hopes a win against the Southern League Premier Division South outfit, which would be their first this season, can help kick-start their campaign.

So the £9,375 in prize money up for grabs this Saturday would be a welcome boost, as would a spot in the first round which could result in a draw against a Football League team that could provide a further boost to the club’s coffer...

Hessenthaler also hopes some of his injured players will be back... 'Harry Ransom is looking at seven to 10 days out but he can’t play in the FA Cup anyway because they (parent club Crawley) wouldn’t give us permission,' the Whites boss revealed...

'Seth Twumasi, fingers crossed, it's just bruising to the knee and hopefully he will be back for Saturday. Koby Arthur played against Barnet but he had to come off, so that’s a bit of a worry... Henry Woods is doubtful for Saturday with an abductor problem and Ryan Hanson started running last Saturday.

'It was good to see Travis Gregory back, although he was forced to play at right-back, and Marshall Wratten did all right when he came on. He has only had two days’ training... We would like to think that we will have a few more options this weekend'...

Hessenthaler thinks his squad are giving their all... 'We just need to score first and that might settle us down. We have only scored two at home but we have got to keep going'">

13 October 2021


Alty secured a great point amidst adversity in Somerset, losing their goalkeeper and a centre-half by the midway point of the first half and having to use an outfield player, who had not played at all for 18 games, in goal for 74 minutes plus added time...

Match report here


Following their 1-1 draw with Altrincham, Yeovil Town reported that "Joe Quigley’s second half strike was not enough for Yeovil Town as they drew to Altrincham at Huish Park.

After a goalless first half which saw Altrincham goalkeeper Anthony Thompson replaced by outfielder Connor Hampson [right], the Glovers struck ahead through Quigley just before the hour mark as he turned the ball beyond the makeshift goalkeeper.

Less than ten minutes later, the visitors levelled through former Glover A Jay Leitch-Smith. Adding salt into the wounds, the Glovers would have two goals not given after the ball seemingly crossed the line after dangerous corners.

After a lack of attacking threat against Notts County, Darren Sarll looked to add some attacking impetus against the Robins. Grant Smith began in goal, whilst forward-thinking full-back Jordan Barnett started at the left side of defence. Max Hunt partnered Josh Staunton in the centre back roles whilst Dan Moss started at right-back.

Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington started once again in central midfield, whilst there was an increase in attacking numbers, with Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Quigley and Ben Seymour all starting, looking to break the Glovers’ goal drought...

In the opening stages, Knowles’s throw-ins caused havoc for the Alty defence...

Altrincham were forced into a change between the sticks as Thompson was replaced by left-back Hampson as the visitors had no goalkeeper on the bench.

Looking to take advantage, Town flooded the box on set-plays...

Testing the makeshift goalkeeper would’ve been on the agenda at the break, with the Glovers capitalising in the 57th minute through Quigley. Gorman sent a stinging free-kick on target which Hampson spilled, only for Quigley to turn the ball home.

However, just seven minutes later Yeovil Town were dealt a sucker-punch as Leitch-Smith capitalised on a lapse in concentration to poke the ball beyond Smith...

With five minutes to go, Staunton thought he’d headed Town ahead, as the ball seemingly dropped over the line once... but the referee was unmoved".


Global 247 informs us that "On the pitch, Yeovil Town’s fans suffered another poor performance served up by manager Darren Sarll.

Stand-in goalkeeper Connor Hampson was Altrincham’s hero as he made several fine saves in the 1-1 draw at Yeovil...

Yeovil broke the deadlock just before the hour when Quigley finished after Hampson spilt a free-kick.

But the visitors were level with 25 minutes remaining as Mooney’s low ball presented Leitch-Smith with a simple finish.

Hampson was the hero again as he made another fine save at a corner as the visitors held on for a point...

The cash strapped club received a financial windfall and were able to repay an £800k debt to Sport England, who had previously bailed out the club in the way of financial loan.

A fixed and floating charge was removed at Companies' House as Sport England were repaid £800,000. 'Charge number 0711 3379 0004 was removed after repayment by YEOVIL TOWN HOLDINGS LIMITED'.

Yeovil Town is set to be taken over this week, and the financial payment is a clear demonstration that finance is coming into the cash-strapped football outfit with a take over pending".


At Altrincham FC, press and media officer Brian Flynn reports that at Altrincham "The development squad travelled to AFC Blackpool on Sunday afternoon and came away with a 5-1 win.

The goals coming from Owen German, Louie Williams, Charlie Mitchell, Yusuf Adeniyi and 15 year old George Raftery.

Yusef Adeniyi... was on the mark in both U17s games against AFC Blackpool & Clitheroe FC. Yusef came on as a seconnd half substitute in that first team pre-season game in July which finished Ashton United 0 Altrincham 2.

Squad: 1. Noah Tyson, 2. Charlie Mitchell, 3. Nate Donachie, 4. Tom Jones, 5. Owen German, 6. Ciaran Kelly, 7. Sam Chambers, 8. Charlie Beehan, 9. Louie Williams, 10. Mike Comber, 11. Yusef Adeniyi. Subs: 12. Edward Igeze ,13. Adam Lynch 14. James Kelly, 15. Sam Murphy, 16.George Raftery

This follows on from a 4-2 victory over Clitheroe FC at Manchester Health Academy with the goalscorers being Yusuf Adeniyi. Adam Lynch and James Kelly (2).

Squad: 1. Sonny Wright, 2. Charlie Mitchell, 3. Nate Donachie, 4. Tom Jones, 5. Owen German, 6. Ciaran Kelly, 7. Edward Capper, 8. Charlie Beehan, 9. Louie Williams, 10. Mike Comber, 11. Yusef Adeniyi. Subs: 12. Kieran Baguley, 13. Adam Lynch, 14. James Kelly, 15. Sam Murphy, 16. George Raftery.


Tuesday, 5 October 2021


The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Grimsby Town owner Jason Stockwood has revealed that an announcement over the location of the club's new training facilities is just 'months away'...

He told BBC Radio Humberside, 'We have engaged with the local council and we're discussing with local sites. We're probably a couple of months away from assessing the options. Not all the cards are ours so we are taking direction from the council on the most appropriate locations...

'We're committed that it will be in the town centre. It won't be an out-of-town location, we want it to be a community asset that the whole town can be proud of and utilise... The timescale is years rather than months (to actually move)... These things always take longer than you think. But the decisions will be sooner than that.'

Equally, Town are looking at investment into Blundell Park, starting with the Osmond Stand of the ground. With supporters consistently reaching a 6,000 gate at DN35, the owners are interested in a strategy to extend the capacity... He explained, 'At the moment, we have a little bit of capacity that we're not selling. We have to look at the orientation of the ground overall and the allocation of seats.

'I said at the beginning of our tenure, it was pointless looking at altering the stadium or new stadiums without filling the ground. If we continue in this vein, it will be hard not to look at those things'".

Also from the Grimsby Telegraph we learn that "Will Bapaga... the on-loan Coventry City winger has impressed in recent weeks after an initial slow start to life at Blundell Park...

Bapaga netted in last week's wins over Altrincham and Dover Athletic before a red card ruled him out of the trip to Woking at the weekend...

'I have settled in amazingly, everyone has been good with me and it’s going well,' he told Coventry's official site. 'The gaffer is a calm guy, and he is a good coach to play under and the team has a good team spirit, and everything is going good so far.

'It took me a couple of games to get used to the league as it is physical, and the ball is always in the air, and I have been kicked around a lot but in every league, you have to adjust. Everything is going to plan right now; I’m scoring and I’m playing now and we are doing very good in the league.

'It was one of the best moments I have felt so far' (scoring against Altrincham)...

Bapaga's decision to leave Coventry on loan in search for men's football was not an easy one. The young, skilful winger was hit by COVID-19 in his early weeks at the club, whilst the physical adjustment was an initial shock to the system, he admitted...

'I had to work very hard to get into the lineup as I wanted to give my all but when [after having Covid] you physically can’t do it, it’s hard.”

At a less happy club, the Southend Echo reports thta "Southend United chairman Ron Martin hopes to have chosen the Shrimpers’ next manager by the end of next week...

'We’ve got a list and we’re already talking to them,' Martin told talkSPORT. 'I guess by the end of next week we will have chosen somebody... [ex-manager] Phil Brown and I got on very well for five years,' said Martin. 'When I brought him back I thought he would be motivated and he seemed to be but I’m not sure he needs it as much anymore.'

Martin will be joined by chief executive Tom Lawrence, director Gary Lockett and ex-Shrimpers striker Stan Collymore in picking the next manager...

Said Martin, 'I’ve got the managers wrong and I really hope we’ll get it right this time. We’ll be making the decision more by committee this time rather than me alone. I haven’t stopped funding the club throughout but I’ve obviously chosen the wrong managers and something has gone wrong'...

Martin insists he will not be leaving any time soon. 'I’ll continue to support the club but there will come a time when I will elegantly leave and sell it to people who will support the club too,' said Martin. 'I just don’t want to walk out and leave it and it will fail... When it’s on a sustainable footing then I’ll find a new owner...

'I would confess I may have taken my eye off the ball at some stages and lockdown didn’t help but I reflect on it,' said Martin. 'I used to micro-manage the club and I haven’t been doing that. But I’ve got a CEO in now who is very, very good.'"

Nevertheless, the Southend Echo adds that in a statement "'The Shrimpers Trust continues to hold Ron Martin responsible for the slow painful decline of OUR football club... We will not forget the position that Ron has put the football club in until we have a sustainable, stable club which operates at a standard we deserve.

“Could this change happen under Ron Martin? Possibly, but unlikely without a radical change of governance.'

The Trust helped to promote an online poll which saw 95 per cent of the 1,811 votes saying they had no confidence in Martin’s running of the club...

And the Trust also wants fans to play their part by creating the best possible atmosphere at Roots Hall. 'On the call with Stan Collymore, he also called for a ceasefire on the protests,' said the statement. 'Conversely, we understand the passion in our fan base and the need to protest to make feelings known... The atmosphere around Roots Hall is toxic and the Trust now urges our fans to create the best possible matchday environment for the new management to prosper and deliver improved performance.

'This is not letting Ron Martin off the hook; this is giving Southend United the best possible chances to survive this season. Do we really want to be part of the problem?'"

In similar vein, from the other side, the Southend Echo we learn that "chairman Ron Martin has called on supporters to stop protesting against his running of the club...

He said 'I understand their frustration, disappointment and anger. But protesting against me, right now we need a moratorium and a period of peace to allow new management to come in and we need to win some football games. I’ll think we’ll do it. I’ll continue to support the football club financially but just bear with us and let’s work as a club.

'Let’s stay as a club and work together, not against each other... 'I understand the fans protests and they have a right to do that,' said Martin. 'Maybe it’s lockdown, there’s a lot of anger and tension right now... I don’t think it helps the players on the pitch when there are protests...

'For all the people that are making a lot of noise in the stadium, I get an equal number of people saying the opposite,” said Martin. "Don’t let us down, keep at it, don’t listen to those idiots". I’m not saying they’re idiots and they’ve got a right to protest but it won’t change anything. What we need is positivity around the place and we haven’t had that for a long time...

'The club is not sustainable and it has never been at Roots Hall,' said Martin. 'It can’t compete. We have very advanced plans for its relocation and the plans will be considered this month by the council. We have the funding in place and I want to deliver its future. I know I can deliver its future infrastructure.

'I can’t guarantee its future on the pitch but I can provide the infrastructure for it to succeed. We’re tangibly close and I will do that, I’m not a quitter...

'I own the ground its on and there needs to be a future built for the club so it can succeed without me. I can deliver that... If I stepped out today then they wouldn’t be able to meet the obligations within weeks. Not everyone wants me to go and If I walked away it would probably go bust.'”

According to the Maidenhead Advertiser, "Alan Devonshire and Ryan Peters will be looking to lift the morale of the players this week after their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Altrincham on Saturday stretched the club’s winless run in the league to eight matches.

The Magpies had been looking to build on their goalless draw at Yeovil Town in mid-week but instead produced one of their poorer displays of the campaign...

Assistant boss Peters insists the club has the right manager and characters in the dressing room to turn things around and says ‘It’s just a matter of time’ before they get back to winning ways.

However, he also admitted the players confidence had taken a hit following a run of six defeats in eight matches and, but for the display of goalkeeper Rhys Lovett on Saturday the margin of victory for Altrincham would have been much greater.

United started the season with a couple of impressive victories...

'Although we were tough to beat in the first half, we never really looked like scoring,' Peters admitted in a post match interview with BBC Berkshire. 'When we came in at half-time, we asked them to be a little bit more aggressive in their press and to try and get a little bit further up the field but, in the end, the opposite happened, and they (Altrincham) grew into the game a lot more. Rhys has had to pull off a few saves, so they deserved their 2-0 win.

'There are always things you can learn, but you only want your goalkeeper to be man-of-the-match if you come away with a victory. That just shows we've allowed the opposition too many attempts on our goal and essentially, that's the reason we lost...

'Players are coming in and out and until we find the right formula'...

Much of the squad... were at the club last season but they do seem to be missing the guile in midfield of James Comley and the goalscoring prowess of Josh Coley and Danilo Orsi-Dadomo...

Said Peters... 'The gaffer is always looking out for players who can improve and bolster the side. Some of our players are just a little bit low on confidence, their ability isn’t shining through at the moment but when it does, we’ll win more games than we lose.

'The gaffer will identify some players who he'll want to have a conversation with. He'll pull them aside and let them know they're doing fine, and it will come. While there are some others that just need training, repetition of the same thing over and over again'".

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