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18 May 2022

ISAAC MARRIOTT SIGNS

Altrincham FC press and media officer, John Edwards, announces that "Isaac Marriott has given Phil Parkinson’s rebuilding plans a major boost by signing a new contract at The J.Davidson Stadium...

Alty boss Parkinson is lining up one or two new arrivals to ensure the Robins hit the ground running next season.

But he is just as keen to secure the futures of existing players who have contributed to the transformation in the club’s fortunes in recent times and are eager to be involved in the start of a new era at Moss Lane.

Marriott {left} falls into that category after quickly establishing himself as a key member of a squad that claimed some notable scalps on their way to a 14th place finish...

The combative midfield dynamo has been a fixture at the heart of the Alty engine room for the past four months, and Phil hailed his continuing presence...

‘He’s my very own Yorkshire Express,’ said the Alty manager. ‘He has unbelievable energy, potential and passion for the game.

‘He also has a willingness to learn and progress his game to take him to the next level in his development. He’s a real find, a gem of a player, and he’ll have a career in the Football League if he keeps on track.’

An Academy graduate at his home club Huddersfield Town, the 22-year old was on Alty’s radar for over 12 months before Phil made his move and snapped him up from Bradford (Park Avenue) in the run-up to Christmas...

When he arrived at The J.Davidson Stadium five months ago, he described himself as ‘a really energetic player who gets around the pitch and isn’t shy about getting a tackle in.’"

ALTY END OF SEASON AWARDS

Altrincham FC's end of season awards event has been recorded by Alty TV.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

At Torquay United "Gary Johnson has announced the Club’s released list...

'Players that have not been offered a contract are Klaidi Lolos, Louie Slough, Scott Piper, Chiori Johnson, Joe Felix, Dan Holman, Marcin Brzozowski and Jake Andrews'... said Johnson.

The Gaffer also went on to confirm that thirteen players from last season’s squad have been offered new deals for the forthcoming campaign.

'Ali Omar, Dean Moxey, Asa Hall, Dan Martin, Tom Lapslie, Olaf Koszela, Alex Moyse, Danny Wright, Ben Wynter, Shaun MacDonald, Joe Lewis, Armani Little and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans have all been made offers of a new contract. Mark Halstead, Gabby Rogers and Keelan O’Connell are still in contract....

'The work begins immediately on bringing in new recruits, and already I’m excited about the possibility of securing some quality players that we have identified.'"

Hampshire's Daily Echo reports that "Eastleigh have announced the departure of 11 first-team players following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

Just six recognised seniors are confirmed as remaining in Lee Bradbury’s Spitfires squad, with four academy graduates also making up the numbers.

Three players in Brennan Camp, Ronan Silva and Brett Pitman returned to their parent sides...

Retained by the club for the following season are goalkeepers Joe McDonnell and Ross Flitney, defenders Michael Kelly and Vincent Harper, and forwards Jake Hesketh and Danny Whitehall.

The four academy graduates retained are Tom Bragg, Brendan Willson, Seung-woo Yang and Lyle Simpson.

Ryan Hill remains in contract negotiations with the club... and a deal is likely to be struck.

Young goalkeeper Charlie Philpott also remains in contract talks with the Spitfires.

Andrew Boyce, Alex Wynter, Tom Broadbent, Jack Torniainen, captain Danny Hollands, Cav Miley, Sam Smart, Harry Pritchard, Dan Bradshaw, Tyrone Barnett and Dan Smith all depart the club...

A number of the players leaving had been long-term servants under former manager Ben Strevens, who departed Eastleigh earlier this season.

Bradbury will now look to take his squad in a different direction".


17 May 2022

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

As previously reported seven Altrincham players made their last appearance for the club yesterday, not counting Jake Cooper who will presumably return to his parent club Rotherham United after Sunday's game.

The seven were Tony Thompson, Andy White, Connor Hampson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult and, pictured below, Shaun Densmore and Josh Hancock.

ALTY BEER FESTIVAL

Altrincham FC announced yesterday that "Beginning tomorrow the 17th of May and continuing through the weekend come down to The J.Davidson Stadium to enjoy 20 local cask ale beers from local breweries, Stubborn Mule, Lymm Brewery, Dunham Massey, and Marston’s Brewery.

There is no entrance fee and tokens will be available to buy on arrival to purchase drinks.

All week we'll have events to entertain in and around the Stadium".

NATIONAL LEAGUE REGIONAL PLAY-OFFS

National North Semi-Finals

National South Semi-Finals


16 May 2022

ALTRINCHAM 0-1 YEOVIL TOWN

Above: Andy White and Jake Moult take a well-earned drink during an injury stoppage against Yeovil on Sunday, in their last match for Altrincham.

Match report here.

GLOVERS' VIEW

After their win at Moss Lane, Yeovil Town reported that "Josh Staunton led a threadbare Yeovil Town side to a final day victory, beating Altrincham 1-0 at Moss Lane.

Tony Thompson makes a save in the second half. The Alty keeper, like Tom Hannigan and Connor Hampson (also pictured), were making their last appearances for Altrincham against Yeovil.

The only goal of the game came through Tom Knowles, who netted with a quarter of an hour gone.

Altrincham did look for a route back into the game, pushing until the final whistle, but a dogged defensive display was enough to sign off with a victory.

Staunton inherited a stretched squad for his one-game interim spell at the Club. This meant Max Evans began in goal, making his league debut, with Jordan Barnett, Jack Robinson, Morgan Williams and Mark Little starting in defence.

Lawson D’Ath and Alex Bradley anchored the midfield whilst Sonny Blu Lo-Everton began in a creative role behind the forwards. It was then a front three of Charlie Wakefield, Knowles and Reuben Reid that started.

The opening stages saw the hosts enjoy the vast majority of the ball, knocking the ball about nicely but hardly testing Evans on his National League debut... At the other end, Yeovil began to grow in confidence, especially when Watford loanee Lo-Everton began to get control on the ball.

With a quarter of an hour gone, Yeovil found a way in front. Lo-Everton, who had been the Glovers’ bright spark, sent Knowles through on the right flank, he cut back inside and powered the ball beyond Tony Thompson in the Altrincham net.

Staunton was managing an already stretched squad, but his task became a little harder when Wakefield picked up an injury and was unable to continue...

Altrincham continued to put pressure on the Yeovil goal, with Evans forced into his first real save on 56 minutes... As the half grew on, it was played in Alty’s favour far more... In the final ten minutes, Evans was made to earn his first clean sheet, making a number of solid saves...

Ultimately, Yeovil Town managed the game excellently to claim three points for the final time this campaign, and in turn made Josh Staunton the youngest ever manager to win a National League game".

MORE THAN 110,000 WATCHED ALTY

Altrincham FC's average home gate in the National League in the 2021/22 season was 2,119. >P> It should not be forgotten either that for at least two home games the attendance was limited by Trafford Council's health and safety concerns. Moreover Covid concerns will also have deterred a significant number of potential spectators from attending.

This is the highest average home attendance in league matches since Altrincham became inaugural members of the first national division of non-League football, in 1979.

The previous highest average gate for national-level matches at Moss Lane was 1,946 in that inaugural season of 1979/80 in the Alliance and the lowest for Alty in the top flight was 751 in season 1993/94.

Alty's lowest gate average in any division sincee 1979 was 584 in 1983/84

The lowest attendances at away matches were at the three relegated clubs; 465 at Dover, 905 at King's Lynn Town and 932 at Weymouth. The 19 other away fixtures all atracted at least four-figure attendances.

In all more than 111,000 spectators watched Altrincham over the 44-match campaign, meaning that, home and away, an average of 2,531 spectators watched National League matches involving Altrincham in 2021-22.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Stockport Couty announce that "After the Club secured the National League title this afternoon, and with it promotion back to the Football League after an 11 year absence, we are delighted to announce plans for an open-top bus parade to take place tomorrow afternoon to celebrate what has been an unforgettable season.

The event will give fans and players alike the opportunity to celebrate together the Club’s historic promotion, with the trophy to be paraded through the streets of Stockport before returning to Edgeley Park.

The players and management team will first attend a private civic ceremony at Stockport Town Hall, to commemorate their incredible success this year, before all boarding our open-top bus which is set to start its route at 4.30pm.

The bus will then make its way down Greek Street and onto Mercian Way before turning onto Hardcastle Road and back to our beloved Edgeley Park for around 4.50pm, and we welcome all fans to line the streets to celebrate our promotion heroes".

The Leader Live reports that "Phil Parkinson wants Wrexham to "finish the season in style" after having to settle for runners-up spot.

The Reds went into yesterday's final National League game at Dagenham and Redbridge needing to win and hope that Stockport lost... However, below-par Wrexham's title dream came to an end as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Victoria Road while Stockport triumphed 2-0...

Wrexham now face Bromley in Sunday's FA Trophy final at Wembley before playing host to Grimsby Town or Notts County the weekend after in the play-off semi-final...

'It was a tough day for us,' said Parkinson. 'We weren't at our best and Dagenham played really well. I think Stockport's second goal kind of knocked the wind out of our sails a bit in the second half...

'Today wasn't our day but we have got some really big games coming up now... Of course we wanted the top spot but the next best thing was second and that is what we have achieved.'"

From the Halifax Courier we learn that "The Shaymen will now be at home to Chesterfield on Tuesday, May 24 after finishing fourth in the National League, while the result saw County seal the title.

'We tried to match them up 3-5-2 to try and contain them,' Wild said.'Credit where credit's due, they score a lot of goals from wide areas.... They were both bad times to concede goals... With 20 minutes to go... we weren't in the game, which is disappointing'...

Town finish the season with the best defensive record in the fifth tier, and host a Chesterfield team who sealed their play-off place with a 0-0 draw at home to Woking...

Wild said, 'The players will have three days off to go and switch off. I think that's important, it's been a long season, we're all tired'...

Wild says he is hoping to be able to take the squad away for a couple of days before the play-off game".

According to the Grimsby Telegraph "Paul Hurst admitted mass changes to the Grimsby Town team impacted their performance as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 at Eastleigh.

Hurst made nine changes to his team in a bid to rest key players for the National League play-offs. The Mariners travel to Notts County on Monday, May 23... After dominating the first half and leading 2-0 at the break, a bonkers second 45 saw Eastleigh pull level at 2-2 on 56 minutes. Grimsby Town took the lead twice more but were pegged back each time with the final goal for the hosts coming in stoppage time.

'I guess it was one for the neutral!' Hurst told the media... 'Certainly, defensively, as a team, not just the defenders, we were too easy to get at. It became a basketball match. There was an element of it being understandable with the changes and the subs but we want to do better. It's not easy for some when you make nine changes...

'Now we focus on Notts County a week tomorrow.'

[Centre-back] Jamie Bramwell and [goalkeepr] Ollie Battersby were handed their first league starts for Grimsby Town. Both were comfortable in the opening 45 minutes but found things a little trickier after the break... 'We conceded four goals, it wasn't 100% their fault but they were part of a backline that conceded four goals...

'I don't want to be too harsh on them, it was nice to give them an opportunity but there is a long way to go for some of those boys.'"


15 May 2022

ALTRINCHAM 0-1 YEOVIL TOWN

There was no fairytale ending for the seven Altrincham stalwarts who played their final game for the club this afternoon as the Robins move to full-time training for next season.

The game was decided as early as the 16th minute when Alty lost possession some 35 yards out and, from right of goal, Knowles scored with a low shot. Altrincham dominated possession, especially in the second half, and had numerous shots at goal but the vast majority were way off target.

Nevertheless Alty finished fourteenth in the National League, a commendable position for a part-time side.

Match report here.

Above: Alty take to the field against Yeovil Town. Five of Altrincham's starting line-up were players who are leaving, whilst the other two departing players joined the game during the second half.

ALTRINCHAM (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts and white socks) 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Shaun DENSMORE, 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 6. Jake MOULT (c), 7. Daniel MOONEY, 9. Marcus DINANGA, 11. Ryan COLCLOUGH, 14. Jake COOPER, 17. Ben PRINGLE, 20. Andy WHITE, 32. Isaac MARRIOTT. Subs: 21. Matthew GOULD, 3. Connor HAMPSON, 8. Elliot OSBORNE, 10. Josh HANCOCK, 23. Harry PERRITT

YEOVIL TOWN (All green): 12. Max Evans, 2. Mark Little, 3. Jordan Barnett, 9. Reuben Reid, 11. Tom Knowles, 13. Morgan Williams, 14. Alex Bradley, 15. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, 19. Charlie Wakefield, 21. Jack Robinson, 24. Lawson D’Ath, Subs: 1. Grant Smith, 23. Adi Yussuf, 32, Josh Staunton, 35. Oliver Haste.

SUNDAY'S LEAGUE FIXTURES

Stockport County clinched the National League title and romotion to the EFL.

Solihull Moors, FC Halifax Town, Notts County and Grimsby Town will contest the playoffs.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

END OF A SEASON, END OF AN ERA

Altrincham FC press and media officer John Edwards, writes that "Altrincham will be looking to end their season, and their status as a part-time club, in style as they welcome Yeovil Town...

Following a 3-0 loss to play-off contenders Notts County at Meadow Lane, a patched-up Robins side responded in impressive fashion on Tuesday evening, claiming a point against FA Trophy finalists Bromley...

Andy Woodman’s side looked as though they would hold on to three points... However, Dan Mooney had other ideas, turning his man on the edge of the penalty area in the 86th minute before firing a left-footed shot low across the ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

Now, it's on to... a season finale that will mark the end of not only the Robins' part-time status but seven illustrious Alty careers.

Skippers past and present Shaun Densmore and Jake Moult bow out after clocking up the best part of 1,000 Alty appearances between them, while Tom Hannigan, Tony Thompson, Josh Hancock, Connor Hampson and Andy White are all just as deserving of a rousing send-off after playing their part in a spectacular revival under Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel.

A new Alty era is almost upon us, the dawn of full-time professional football. A brave new age, indeed but, before it can happen, the curtain has to be brought down on the old era, one the aforementioned septet contributed to with such distinction".

BEFORE THE GAME v YEOVIL TOWN

Today's game will be an unusual affair in that Alty manager Phil Parkinson has indicated that he will be giving preferen ce in his team selection to the seven players aho have been identified as leaving the club this summer.

The seven are presumably all leaving as they did not wish to go to full-time football because of their non-football occupations.

The seven in question are goalkeeper and deputy captain Tony Thompson, defenders ex-captain Shaun Densmore, Connor Hampson, Andy White and Tom Hannigan, midfielder and current captain Jake Moult, and forward Josh Hancock.

A win for Alty will guarantee a thirteenth place finish for Altrincham and, should Southend United lose their game, Alty would finish twelfth.

Meanwhile, Luton Town add that "Josh Neufville has today been recalled from his loan at Yeovil Town to travel north as part of the Hatters' squad for Monday's play-off semi-final second leg at Huddersfield.

The homegrown attacker has enjoyed an impressive second spell with the Glovers after battling back from the broken ankle that curtailed his first stint at Huish Park last season.

Neufville, 21, has made six starts and five substitute appearances for the Somerset club during this latest loan, scoring once in the win over table-toppers Stockport County last month".

NEXT SEASON'S OPPONENTS

Whilst Altrincham are guaranteed their place in the National League next season, there are still two places in that division to be determined. Next season will see a return to 24 clubs in the National League, having had only 23 teams this season following the demise of Macclesfield and the absence of promotions last season.

This season, Dover Athletic, Weymouth and King's Lynn have been relegated whilst the two clubs to be promoted to the EFL have yet to be determined. But it is already known that Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United have both been relegated from the EFL and will make their debuts in the National League in 2022/23 season.

As for the clubs being promoted from the regional divisions, the champions for this season are Gateshead in the North and Maidstone United in the South but the second promoted club from each division is yet to be decided by the play-offs. See below for the state of those play-off competitions so far.

ALTY OLD BOYS AND LOANEES

In our neighbours Trafford FC's end of season awards two Altrincham players, one past one present, scooped the top prizes.

Winner of the Players' Player of the Year was 19 year-old Altrincham reserve defender Sean Higgins, who was dual registered with the Shawe View club. Sean also took home the Young Player of the Year award.

Sean was assigned first-team squad number 33 at Altrincham during 2021-22 season and, although he was twice named in a National League matchday squad, he was an unused substitute on each occasion, away at Woking and Boreham Wood.

Meanwhile, manager Danny Caldecott's choice of Player of the Year was former Alty striker Astley Mulholland (pictured, right, in his Alty days), who also lifted the Trafford Supporters' Club Player of the Year award.


14 May 2022

ALTY'S OPPONENTS TO ARRIVE WITHOUT MANAGER

With The Glovers due at the J. Davidson Stadium on Sunday, news came on Friday from Yeovil Town announced "the departure of Charlie Lee as our interim manager with immediate effect.

Charlie departs following the appointment of a new manager and his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Charlie for his efforts and commitment during his spell as both assistant manager and interim manager.

The new manager will be announced next week with a press conference to follow.

Josh Staunton will take charge of Sunday’s final National League fixture against Altrincham, assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and lead sport scientist Scott Wickens".

Gloverscast comments that "The departure ends Lee’s second spell at the club which began in February when he came in as assistant to then-boss Darren Sarll, following the departure of club legend Terry Skiverton.

When Sarll exited to join Woking at the end of March, Lee stepped in to the hot seat supported initially by Staunton and then Brown who joined at the end of last month.

Charlie’s final match was Tuesday night’s Somerset Premier Cup final win over Bath City and has a National League record of W1, D5, L2 in his eight matches in charge".

NEXT MATCH: YEOVIL TOWN

Sports Mole preview Sunday's clash between Altrincham and Yeovil Town amf foresees a 2-1 win for The Robins.

"A strong finish to the campaign has seen Altrincham climb to within a point of Sunday's opponents, after recovering from a mid-season slump either side of the new year... Phil Parkinson's side have lost just three times in their last 14 outings, all of which have arrived away from home at promotion-chasing sides.

Therefore, Sunday's hosts head into the final game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in front of their own supporters, six of which have ended in victory.

Right: Captain Jake Moult is likely to figure against Yeovil Town.

So despite Altrincham being winless across their last three fixtures, there is plenty of momentum still to be utilised within the home camp at Moss Lane on the final day...

Meanwhile, just one win from their final eight games, and just five in total since the turn of the year, has resulted in Yeovil's season petering out very disappointingly...

A rare bright spark was at least enjoyed last time out against Boreham Wood at Huish Park however, with... a second-half comeback to draw 2-2... Max Hunt is almost certain to miss the final day after suffering a setback in his recovery from a lengthy absence caused by an ankle injury.

With only two players said to be under contract for next season ahead of a summer upheaval, many players could be playing their last game for the club at Altrincham...

The visitors are not only struggling on the field, but this week's change in temporary manager off the pitch is unlikely to help matters either, so we are predicting for Altrincham to...come away with all three points".

Footnote: Contrary to Sports Mole's predicted Altrincham line up, which they believe will exclude those players leaving the club in the summer, the opposite is likely to be the case; most if not all of the departed are likely to face Yeovil Town given manager Phil Parkinson's comments to that effect in the past few days.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "On loan Grimsby Town forward Mani Dieseruvwe has been released by Tranmere Rovers upon the expiration of his contract. Dieseruvwe will not be offered fresh terms at Prenton Park after Rovers missed out on a League Two play-off place by just two points, leaving the door open for Grimsby to sign him on a permanent deal this summer should they wish.

The 27 year-old joined Town on loan in February as Paul Hurst moved quickly to bring another striker in their push for a place in the top seven. Dieseruvwe has started just two matches since his arrival at the Mariners but has scored two important goals in that timeframe, including a crucial 90th minute [one] against Woking on just his second appearance for the club.

But while his time at Tranmere has now officially come to an end, Dieseruvwe still has to plenty to play for this season... The Mariners have already booked their place in the National League play-off places... Town currently sit sixth in the table and but for a four-goal swing on the final day with Chesterfield, that is where they will finish...

That sets up a heavyweight play-off quarter final clash with Notts County, who look very well set to cement fifth place. While it is unclear what Town will decide to do with Dieseruvwe this summer, his experience of National League promotion via the play-offs with Salford City could be huge in the coming weeks".

In the Derbyshire Times, "Paul Cook questions whether Chesterfield's out of contract players are doing enough to earn themselves new deals.

According to Cook, the Blues have got 16 players whose contracts currently expire in the summer.

It is believed the 16 are: Scott Loach, Melvin Minter, Dylan Wharton, Luke Croll, Fraser Kerr, Haydn Hollis, George Carline, Alex Whittle, Curtis Weston, Jim Kellermann, Jak McCourt, Liam Mandeville, Joe Rowley, Tom Denton, Nathan Tyson and Stefan Payne.

'You would think they would be playing for their future but, unfortunately for us, sometimes it looks like they aren’t playing for their future,' Cook said. 'Town head into this Sunday’s home fixture against Woking knowing a win or a draw will be enough to secure a play-off spot... after three successive defeats...

Cook added...'We have got to stay with it now. We go into this game on Sunday with a chance to be in the play-offs. We can then go into a knock-out sequence of events which can see you promoted... At the minute the story is not going very well for us at all but it can change a lot by Sunday and going into next week...

'We need to give the supporters something back to feed off because at the minute what we are giving them is nowhere near enough.'"

According to West London Sport, "Josh Umerah’s goals have been crucial for Wealdstone. Wealdstone are braced for interest from EFL and other National League clubs in their key players this summer but are hopeful of keeping this year’s squad intact.

The Stones have enjoyed a successful season in the National League, comfortably securing a third straight season in the fifth tier of English football while operating as one of the only part-time teams in the division.

It has earned manager Stuart Maynard a new contract.

One of those expected to attract interest is striker Josh Umerah, who has scored 16 goals in the National League this season.

Umerah is under contract with Wealdstone for next season but his goalscoring exploits have caught the attention of other clubs.

Talks between the club and the players have already started and are due to continue next week".


13 May 2022

ALTY MAKE A POINT

Altrincham have already amassed 55 points from 43 league games, which is eight more points than were acquired during last season's 42-game campaign.

On a points per game (PPG) basis the current tally of 55 points is better than the 56 points achieved in 2014-15 from 46 matches.

In 2008-09 Altrincham also garnered 56 points but, again, that was a 46 match campaign so is not as good as this season based on PPG.

So you have to go back to 1995-96 when 58 points were earned in a 42-fixture season to find a better PPG than has been achieved this season. That year Alty finished twelfth which is also possible this season if Southend lose and Altrincham win on Sunday.

Alty have already won 15 times this season. 16 were achieved in 2014-15 but that was from four additional fixtures in the season. again you have got to back to 1995-96 to find a better return; 15 wins from a 42-game campaign.

ALTY'S PLAYER OF THE SEASON VOTING

Altrincham FC has announced details of how to vote to decide the club's Player of the Season. Votes may also be cast for a Young Player of the Season and Goal of the Season.

NEXT OPPONENTS: YEOVIL TOWN

On Sunday, Yeovil Town visit Altrincham to complete the National League season at the J. Davidson Stadium.

From Devon Live we learn that "For Yeovil Town supporters, there is Sunday’s trip to Altrincham before the curtain officially falls on their National League campaign. But there is one match that... supporters will not want to miss kicking off at 2pm on Saturday.

After being cancelled back in 2020, due to the outbreak of Covid, former players of both the Glovers and the Grecians [Exeter City] will run out at Yeovil’s Huish Park in a charity match to celebrate the life of former striker Adam Stansfield and raise funds for the charity that was set up in his name.

Right: Adam Stansfield and Alty's Karl Munroe get a lecture from Craig Pawson, now a Premiership referee, when Alty faced Exeter in 2007 at Moss Lane. Image courtesy of Gavin Rathbone.

‘Stanno’ made his name at Yeovil after joining the club from non-league Elmore... His hard working approach and knack of scoring crucial goals soon endeared him to the Huish Park faithful where he earnt a place in club folklore by scoring the second goal in Yeovil’s 2002 FA Trophy success against Stevenage.

A broken leg stalled his progress with Yeovil and when he returned to action, the club had been promoted to the Football League. It is largely that class of 2002/03 that will form one of the two teams on show this weekend.

The other is a South West XI made up largely of players Stanno played with during the final years of his career at Exeter City, where he was at before his tragic bowel cancer diagnosis and subsequent passing in August 2010. The match has being organised by Stansfield’s former Yeovil team-mate, Kevin Gall, and former Yeovil employee, Abby Carter.

'It was the ten-year anniversary of the death of Stanno and that was the initial reason we decided to organise the game'... Gall said... 'Secondly, with the mess that the club is in right now the way things have been going, I hoped this game would have been a bit of a springboard to try and get across the togetherness that we had as a group of players and the whole community, really. We were all very much in it together, the whole town, so I wanted to bring some of that back to the club because I think it has lost it.

'I still speak to Darren Way, Skivo (Terry Skiverton) and a lot of the boys that were there and they understand a lot of the frustrations of the fans and the way that it went from the time they were in the Championship, but these things often happen when you are a little club like Yeovil and get to a certain level on a tiny budget.

'Sadly, the club have been on a downward spiral ever since then and I think that togetherness has been lost. Darren Sarll really tried and did a good job with the group that he had and the budget he had and with what happened to Lee Collins, it was really trying circumstances and it will be nice to see Darren back on Saturday'".

WHO'S COMING UP?

The semi-finals in the National League Norh and South promotion play offs were decided by Thursday's completion of the eliminator games.

National North Eliminators

National North Semi-Finals

National South Eliminators

National South Semi-Finals

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The play-off schedule for the National League has been confirmed, as follows:

The Halifax Courier remkn ds us that "Harvey Gilmour only started two league games in the first three months of 2022, but now appears to have a starting place nailed down for Town's play-off campaign.

The attacking midfielder's first season at The Shay has had its ups and downs, from being a regular starter over the first three months to losing his place in the side due to injury and competition from loanee Elliot Newby and then Jamie Allen.

But Gilmour is in form and playing with confidence as The Shaymen prepare for their tilt at the play-offs...

'I wasn't in the squad,' Gilmour said, 'but the manager told me to keep being patient and thankfully he gave me my chance'...

Gilmour rates his season as a six out of ten.

'I honestly didn't think I'd play this amount of games, especially not really playing last year, I think I played two games last year,' he said. 'So to play 35 plus this year, I'd have snatched your hand off for that. Personally, I've got assists but not goals so that's the biggest thing for me'...

'I've got quite lucky because Jamie Allen was flying before he got injured, so there was a spare spot'...

Town slipped from third to fourth with that draw against Aldershot, and now need Solihull to drop points against Boreham Wood and to then better their result at Stockport if they are to regain third place...

'It's not a big deal. The gaffer went over it this week and told us not to be negative,' he said... 'I think the big-hitters like Wrexham and Stockport, we're more than comfortable in giving them a game'...

Gilmour says the Town squad have "'massive belief' that they can go all the way in the promotion race...

'We've worked all season for this... 'With people's budgets, we know we're not the top end team in this league but the lads and the staff have been fantastic all season, so to go up and get promoted would be the icing on the cake', he said."

Grimsby Town report that "To allow the player to seal a move elsewhere, Grimsby Town Football Club can confirm that midfielder Danny Rose will leave the club at the end of his current contract.

Rose signed for the Mariners in August 2020 on a two-year contract, making 26 appearances in all competitions. Since October 2021, Rose has been out on loan at Darlington in the Vanarama National League North, where the Quakers ended the season in 13th position...

Further information on players’ contracts will be released on the conclusion of our Playoff campaign".

West London Sport relays to us that "Wealdstone have confirmed that manager Stuart Maynard and his assistant Matthew Saunders have penned new two-year deals with the club lasting until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Maynard comfortably guided the club to National League safety this summer despite being one of the only part-time teams in the division.

He originally joined the club as assistant manager to Dean Brennan in May 2019 but was appointed manager in March last year following his departure, with Saunders then taking on the role as assistant manager having previously been a first-team coach.

Chairman Rory Fitzgerald said 'We are delighted to keep Stuart and Matt here.

'They both get the club and have a huge part to play in our future. There was strong interest in them both from other clubs after what they have achieved on the pitch this season, but they are committed to what we want to achieve at Wealdstone.'

'We’re delighted to have signed new deals and to commit our future to the club,' Maynard said... 'You could feel the togetherness coming through at the end of season presentation last weekend. We’re doing all the right things off the pitch at the club and we’re doing well on the pitch'".


12 May 2022

REBUILDING THE ALTY SQUAD

With the apparent departures of seven players, following the move to full-time operations, Altrincham face a major recruitment programme this summer as the following assessment of the current Altrincham squad suggests

Of the players issued a squad number this season who are still at the club, there are the following categories:

Players assumed to have been under contract in 2021-22 season who have not been announced as leaving

  1. Ryan COLCLOUGH - no. 11
  2. Matty KOSYLO - 15
  3. A-Jay LEITCH-SMITH - 27 (4 starts, 13 from bench)
  4. Isaac MARRIOTT - 32
  5. Daniel MOONEY- 7
  6. Toby MULLARKEY - 25
  7. Elliot OSBORNE - 8
  8. Ben PRINGLE - 17 (13 starts; 22 from the bench)
  9. Steven DRENCH - 30 (main role is as coach)

Of the above group, at 25 years of age, Toby Mullarkey is the senior professional in that he has the longest continuous service for the club, having joined in May 2019.

Right: Ben Pringle (foreground) and Kennedy Digie

Players presumed to have been under contract in 2021-22 but who spent lengthy spells of 2021-22 season away from Altrincham, on loan

  1. Kennedy DIGIE - 18 - on loan at Farsley Celtic
  2. Marcus DINANGA - 9 - on loan at Dartford
  3. Matthew GOULD - 23 - on loan at Nantwich Town
  4. Will HALL - 22 - on loan at Ashton United
  5. Brad JACKSON - 16 - on loan at Buxton
  6. Curtis MILLER - 12 - on loan at Trafford
  7. Jamie MORGAN - 19 - on loan at Nantwich Town
  8. Ritchie SUTTON - 4 - on loan at Alfreton Town

Players believed to have been signed on short-term contracts in 2022

  1. Kyle FERGUSON - 24
  2. Kole HALL - 26

Players announced by the club as leaving

  1. Shaun DENSMORE - 2
  2. Connor HAMPSON - 3
  3. Josh HANCOCK - 10
  4. Tom HANNIGAN - 5
  5. Jake MOULT - 6
  6. Anthony THOMPSON - 1
  7. Andy WHITE - 20

The combined number of appearances of the above seven players is some 1,770 games.

Right: A-Jay Leitch-Smith (foreground) and Dan Mooney.

Academy/Reserve Players

  1. Niall BUTCHART - 36 - no appearances
  2. Sean HIGGINS - 33 - no appearances
  3. Kwame OSIGWE - 34 - no appearances
  4. Ryan MORTON - 37 - one sub appearances

Loanees who presumably will return to parent club

  1. Hayden CAMPBELL - 34 - on loan from Salford City
  2. Jake COOPER - 14 - on loan from Rotherham United
  3. Jordan HULME - 29 - on loan from AFC Fylde
  4. Edward JONES - 28 - on loan from Stoke City
  5. Harry PERRITT - 23 - on loan from Accrington Stanley

AFTER THE BROMLEY v ALTY GAME

Altrincham F C has Laurence Howarth's post-match interview with Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson.

News of his managerial counterpart and his views on the game come from London News, which reports that "Andy Woodman is remaining tight lipped over his future after the Bromley manager was linked with the vacant AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town jobs.

The Sun claimed both clubs want the former Crystal Palace goalkeeper, who rejected overtures from Gillingham earlier this season...

'I’m going to go to both of them,' Woodman joked when asked by the South London Press... 'I’m happy here and we had all the drama of the Gillingham stuff before which showed my loyalty to the people here'.

'There’s always going to be a little bit of noise around me with my background being around these Premier League clubs'...

The Ravens drew 1-1 against Altrincham on Tuesday night at Hayes Lane and have one more league game remaining before they head to Wembley to face Wrexham in the FA Trophy final on May 22.

Woodman added 'We’ve just got to be careful and make sure we get the right minutes into people and then hopefully Monday we have a full group of players to select from, that’s the real key to me. No one wants to get injured now, you can see it a mile off, no ones making a tackle, I can’t blame them in that respect. But we’ve just got to get through Sunday and then hopefully we can start properly preparing for the game that seems to have been around us for ages.

'It’s a little bit disappointing of course [not to win tonight], it wouldn’t be natural if I wasn’t disappointed but there’s a bigger picture at the moment as you can see.

'Getting players back on the pitch, getting minutes into people and we showed a little bit more energy tonight and we looked like we were on the same page, as a group of players'"

NEXT OPPONENTS: YEOVIL TOWN

Altrincham entertain Yeovil Town on Sunday as the regular National League season reaches its conclusion. The match pits 13th placed Yeovil against 14th placed Altrincham, with the Glovers one point ahead and having a better goal difference of just two goals. So a 1-0 win for Alty would suffice for the sides to swap places as Altrincham have by far the higher number of goals scored.

Gloverscast reports on Yeovil's Somerset Premier Cup victory this week in which the club fielded a strong side including many first-teamers.

"We won a trophy!! Firstly, congratulations to Charlie Lee and his team. As the professional side, they had to get the job done against Jerry Gill’s Bath City. Morgan Williams early goal showed the gulf between the two sides early on, but as the first half wore on, Bath City certainly showed they were no pushovers. Lee’s side had work to do in that first half, with Tom Smith getting a lot of the ball...

The early second half goal from Knowles really put the game beyond doubt, as the Glovers eventually clinched their 25th Somerset Premier Cup in comfort.

It was a shame to not see some of youngsters last night. Our younger players have had a lot of minutes in the SPC and have played a huge part in getting us to the final. I understand the desire to treat it as a first team game and make sure of the trophy, but it would have been nice to have seen Toby Stephens, Ollie Haste (who has signed professional terms), Max Evans get their chance...

It wasn’t the best night for Reuben Reid. The halcyon days of March and Reid’s signs of ‘what could be’ in green and white seem to have long gone. At points in March he was unplayable but last night was one of those frustrating evenings which can give the impression of lack of effort and lack of quality. He didn’t win many (if any) headers, he was out of sync with his teammates, passes were misplaced and nothing seemed to work for the striker...

I expected Morgan Williams to start because he’s a machine, and he proved it again. His signing last summer was met with cautious optimism, which quickly faded when it was revealed he was suffering with an injury and having to wear a special boot. What a season he’s had, however. Another 90 minutes last night, a goal, a solid defensive performance and a trophy to boot. After the season he’s had, it’s actually a bit of relief to know we’ll have him next season".

And as mentioned above, confirmation comes from Gloverscast that "Yeovil Town youth prospect Ollie Haste has signed a professional contract with the club ahead of next season.

Interim manager Charlie Lee said after the Somerset Premier Cup win that Haste has signed on pro terms having seen the English college youth player impress in the competition

'I think the Somerset Cup has been a massive success for the club this year; we’ve had youngsters play, boys from the college scheme play, do well and then we has Hastey sign a contract, it’s just been brilliant'...

Haste has spent time on loan with Barnstaple Town this season and has been an unused sub for the Yeovil first team on a couple of occasions".

Less happily, Gloverscast tells us that "Yeovil Town player Jordan Barnett has been charged by the Football Association with regards to betting on football matches... Barnett is alleged to have place '138 bets' on football matches from December 2018 to 10th January 2022...

There is... nothing to suggest it involves any matches including Yeovil. Barnett signed for the Glovers in Summer 2021 from Notts County".

WEDNESDAY SCORE

Stockport are now three points ahead but Wrexham have better one-goal better goal difference and have scored more goals. So County need at least a point at home to FC Halifax Town on Sunday to secure the title, whereas Wrexham need to win at Dagenham and for Stockport to lose in order to clinch the title.

Before Wednesday's game, the Leader Live reported that "Gray Johnson knows Wrexham supporters will become Torquay United fans tonight.

Johnson takes his Gulls to Stockport County in a game that will go a long way towards who will win the National League title this season.

Torquay were denied a return to the Football League this time last year when Hartlepool United, then managed by current County boss Dave Challinor, beat them on penalties in the Play-off Final at Bristol City's Ashton Gate.

'We respect both teams and both Wrexham and Stockport have got the tools to win the title,' said experienced boss Johnson... 'And I won't be putting a youth team out'".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Derbyshire Times alerts us to the fact that "Woking manager Darren Sarll has ripped into his team ahead of the visit to Chesterfield, slamming their last performance as ‘boring’ and ‘rubbish.’

Sarll left Yeovil Town to take over at the Cards in March. They have lost their last two games, both at home to relegated King’s Lynn Town and then lowly Eastleigh.

Sarll plans on a big summer recruitment drive to take... them from their current 15th position to challenging higher up the division.

'This team has stayed out of the relegation zone this season because it has got some talented football players. What it hasn’t got is resilience, robustness and a character that you are going to need if you are going to bridge the gap,'he said after the 2-1 loss to Eastleigh.

'That is not something you teach, it is either in you or not, and that has to be the main thought process ahead of the recruitment for next year. The important thing is we do change it because I was bored all game, I thought it was rubbish, from start to finish, rubbish.

'Some of those players are at the end of their term, there will be new ones.'

Chesterfield will secure a play-off place on Sunday if they avoid defeat against Sarll’s men on the final day of the season.

Sarll claimed there will be 1,000 players who are free agents in the summer so there will be ‘plenty’ to choose from.

He added 'We have got some very good footballers, no doubt about that, but we have not got great men, characters, warriors, hardened experienced pros, that live their life a certain way. In my opinion, this team is happer being one-nil down because it almost frees up the outcome, they already know we have got nothing to lose now. The best teams are the ones who start at nil-nil and who are happy being in control of the game. That is a huge statement... but the great thing in my position is that I get a chance to change it.'”

The Grimsby Telegraph says that "Grimsby Town's promotion dream is still alive after the Mariners secured their position in the National League play-offs.

Paul Hurst's side got over the line against Boreham Wood with a 1-0 victory at Blundell Park. The margin of victory could have been greater but it's job done for the team... with a game to spare. It's a situation that not many would have forecast at the end of January.

A run of 40 points from their last 19 National League matches, automatic promotion form, saw them claw back the points difference after a tricky winter period. It sets up a juicy-looking tie against Notts County, bar a three-point and massive goal swing on the final day...

Grimsby Town's talisman [Jon McAtee] was back in the starting XI after three matches out with a shoulder injury sustained at King's Lynn Town. He had the bit between his teeth and was the quality player in attack.

At times, it looked all too easy for the Mariners' number 10... He opened the scoring with a clinical finish... and was denied three more times by the offside flag and goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore.

McAtee has been a sore miss for the Mariners whenever he's been out of the side. He glues them together and so it was no surprise to see him scoop up four end-of-season awards...

At 1-0, Scott Boden found a clear sight of goal but Crocombe was on hand to save with his legs. After conceding five goals in their last two matches, with several of those being quite avoidable, the Mariners' goalkeeper saved his team in what could have been a match-defining moment...

A point at Eastleigh will guarantee them a sixth-place finish."


11 May 2022

SEVEN ALTY PLAYERS TO LEAVE

Through the medium of a graphic on Facebook and a "Forever Robins" heading, Altrincham FC has indicated that seven of their players are apparently departing in the wake of the Club going full time. The full text reads "Thank you for your contribution to the club and tremendous part you played. You'll forever be Robins". The assumption is that those featured have opted to remain part-time, though this is not stated.

The posting concludes, "NPL Winners 17/18, NLN Play-Off Winners 19/20, NL Heroes 20/21 and 21/22". In fact, some of the players concerned also achieved an earlier promotion to the National League in 2014.

So who is departing?


The following stats include, in some cases, up to two matches which were subsequently voided.

BROMLEY 1-1 ALTRINCHAM

After a bright start by the much depleted Alty side, they fell behind after 17 minutes when Cooper's attempted clearing header fell for Bloomfield whose shot seemed to deceive goalkeeper Gould and found the back of the net (17 mins).Alty almost levelled immediately but Hall's diving header narrowly cleared the bar.

Alty showed some decent approach play but lacked a punch in the forward areas and they trailed 1-0 at the break.

Altrincham enjoyed plenty of possession in the second half but without threatening to score until Mooney (right) scored a deserved leveller in the 87th minute.

Altrincham had again fielded a very depleted side having been without their three leading scorers, Ryan Colclough, Matty Kosylo and Josh Hancock, as well as another forward in Jordan Hulme, when they faced Notts County last time out. All four were missing again here.

For this game Gould, Densmore, Hannigan and Moult came in to start as Thompson, Ferguson, Mullarkey and Perritt dropped out though both Ferguson and Perritt were named on the bench

Match report here.

RAVENS' REVIEW

After the match, Bromley reported that "In Bromley’s final home game of the season, they welcomed Altrincham to Hayes Lane, in which neither side came out on top in a 1-1 draw.

The Ravens started the game on top, piling on the pressure straight from the kick-off.

This pressure paid dividends after just a quarter of an hour gone, Mason Bloomfield fires a lovely strike into the bottom corner to put Bromley a goal to the good, and to score his first goal for the club.

Altrincham had a great chance to equalise straight from the restart after the goal, however they could not make the most of a napping Bromley back-line...

Despite being on top for most of the first period, Bromley went into the break only one goal to the good.

The second period did not start like the first, with both sides keeping the ball in the midfield and not making any sign of creating a chance... Bromley carried on the pressure in the second half, with Liam Trotter and James Alabi picking up half-chances...

The Ravens were on top for all of the second half, until with just five minutes left of regular time, Dan Mooney fired a shot past Ellery Balcombe in the Bromley goal to equalise... Both sides couldn’t find a winner after both defences shut up shop and it finished a point each".

TUESDAY SCORES

Grimsby confirmed their place in the play-offs.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

ALTY SEASON TICKET OFFER

Regarding 2022-23 season's tickets, Altrincham FC reminds us that "The gap caused by Macclesfield Town's demise will have been filled by the start of the new campaign, there will be one extra National League home fixture in 2022/23, meaning anyone on the early bird deal will be getting their football cheaper, pro rata, than this season.

So, buy your new season ticket before the deadline, and your outlay will be the same as before at £289, but you will, in effect, be getting an extra game thrown in for free!

It's an exceptional offer that bucks the current inflationary trend and it will remain open to all Alty fans until the end of the final game of the season, against Yeovil Town at The J.Davidson Stadium on Sunday, May 15th".

NEXT: ALTRINCHAM v YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town's visits to Altrincham often seem to come towards the end of a season and 202021-22 is no exception as, next Sunday, in both clubs' final fixture of the season, Altrincham face a Yeovil Town side without an established manager for next season.

One pivotal end of season game came in 2000 when Alty threw away two leads in a 2-2 draw when a win would ultimnately have kept the Robins in the Conference at the end of that season.

That match, on Saturday, 29 April, 2000 saw Gary Talbot put the hosts ahead at Moss Lane only for Yeovil to level. Dickie Landon then convcerted a 53rd minute penalty to restore the lead but Bent equalised 14 minutes later.

This season (2021-22) it is The Glovers who are the more troubled club, despite being comfortably in mid-table.

Yeovil were rocked, in late March 2022, when respected boss Darren Sarll decamped to Woking amidst uncertainty about the direction of the club with a potential ground sale in the offing.

Now Somerset Live has BBC Radio Somerset commentator Sheridan Robins's views "on the big decision facing the Glovers board as the National League season draws to a close".

Last time out, "Yeovil Town came from two goals down at Huish Park to secure a point for the first time in seven years, as Charlie Lee signed off his interim spell in the league at home.

Today [Tuesday], he oversees the Somerset Premier Cup final against Bath City, which he will be treating as a regular first team fixture, before heading to Altrincham... on Sunday.

Lee has been fearless in changing Yeovil’s personnel and shape and the visit of Boreham Wood for the 2-2 draw was no different. The Glovers switched to a back three with Morgan Williams and Jack Robinson operating as wing backs. It took some getting used to for the players, and while they started strongly on 11 minutes, the Wood were able to carve the Glovers open and take the lead.

Yeovil then got themselves a penalty which Dale Gorman missed, and it proved costly when Gorman was muscled off the ball which allowed Dennon Lewis to take advantage to put the visitors in a commanding position.

The second half was much more positive, and Lee stuck to his guns with the system he had worked on all week, and it paid off. In truth, they had enough chances to come back and win the game, but it was an own goal from a long throw and a Luke Wilkinson free kick which completed the second half turnaround.

It was Wilkinson’s first goal of the season, and after weeks of discussion about the quality of set pieces, Yeovil were able to finally take advantage of two. This is testament to the hard work Lee has been doing on the training pitch...

With just one league match left to play, there is still uncertainty as to whether Lee will be involved next season, as well as which players have extensions to be triggered, which players will be moving on to pastures new, and which will secure new contracts ahead of the next campaign under a new manager.

Lee should definitely be in the conversation after doing a very good job in tough circumstances, but more than that Yeovil Town fans are craving clarity after a season of uncertainty...

After a third season in the National League almost over, with only one of them resulting in Yeovil pushing for promotion, fans need something to get behind in a notoriously tough division.

Despite the disappointment of sitting in mid-table, the players have created a great rapport with the fans after a season of behind closed doors football, and Lee has ensured his interim spell has given supporters something to cheer about, despite there being little to play for when he took over.

The Altrincham match is one which brings fan favourite loanee Josh Neufville full circle with regards to his return to Yeovil from Luton.

In the closing stages of last season, Neufville broke his ankle at Moss Lane, sparking a 10-month recovery. The 21-year-old bounced back remarkably, and Yeovil Town have benefitted once again from his pace and creativity".

FINAL FIXTURES

The final games of the regular National League season are being held on Sunday, 15 May at 3pm.

Matters that have already been decided are that Dover Athletic, Weymouth and King's Lynn Town will be relegated at the end of the campaign.

At the other end, only Stockport County or Wrexham can win automatic promotion, whilst Solihull Moors, FC Halifax Town, Notts County and Grimsby Town have all earned a place in the promotion play-offs. The final place rests between Chesterfield and Dagenham and Dagenham

THROUGH THE YEARS: 15 May

Altrincham complete their season on Sunday 15 May when Yeovil Town visit the J. Davidson Stadium. From the Through the Years data of Howard Watts and the late Mike Garnett we confirm that the club has have not played many games on as late a date in the season as 15 May but there have been several notable matches in the club's history on that date. One such fixture was the FA Trophy Final at Wembley against Enfield in 1973. It was to prove the only one of Alty's three Wembley Finals to result in defeat, in this case by the only goal of the match.

On a happier note, on 15 May 2005, Altrincham beat Eastbourne Borough at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke in what proved to be the only ever play-off between te winners of the National League North and South. Alty won 2-1 to regain their top-flight status in non-League football.

There had been an earlier knockout on 15 May which took place in 1973 when Alty lost the second leg of the much lamented NW Floodlit League Cup, 1-2 at Buxton.

As recently as last season Altrincham made the long journey to face Wweymouth in a match played behind closed doors. The Terras won that fixture 2-1, with Ryan Colclough being the Altrincham scorer. A

ALTY WOMEN'S TRIALS

Altrincham FC Women will be operating three teams next season (First, Reserves and Development) and are holding trials at Manor Farm on May 17th and 19th.

Details of the trials can be found on the team's Twitter and Instagram accounts and interested parties can also get in touch by e-mail.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

At King's Lynn Town "The club need your help. We need as many signatures as possible to fully support our Planning Application submitted to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for Change of Use to allow non-football related entertainment events to be held on the club premises up to four times in one year.

It is very important that the club continues to remain economically viable, is able to expand in order to offer more opportunities for both football and other activities to take place. This will enable the club to continue to form an important part of the local community.

We implore you to visit the club on the morning of Thursday 13 May between 9:15 and midday to sign the petition.

If you are unable to sign the form at the ground on Thursday, please print of the form below, sign it, and ask all your family, friends and work colleagues to sign it. Then deliver the signed form in to the club no later than Wednesday 18 May.

The club thank you for your efforts and we believe that these extra events will be a huge benefit for both the club, businesses in the town and the town itself".

Above: King's Lynn Town's stadium at The Walks.

But not everyone is happy wit the proposal as the Lynn News reports that a "West Norfolk councillor has denied opposing proposals to hold concerts at the home of King's Lynn Town Football Club.

Christine Hudson spoke out today following online comments accusing her of being 'out of toucho with residents...

In a series of Twitter posts, Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve accused Mrs Hudson of "trying to stop the club in its tracks".

He continued 'Christine Hudson, by calling in the application, has cost the club thousands of pounds on extra legal fees that we cannot afford, her actions speak volumes as to how out of touch she is with the local people of King’s Lynn'...

But, asked whether she was objecting to the proposal herself, she swiftly replied "No". She added 'I am the only person that has given Mr Cleeve good information and told him what he needs to do. I'm willing to give him any help he wants if he asks me'...

So far, only four members of the public have made comments to the council about the application, which was submitted back in March. Of those, one was objecting, with another supporting. The other submissions did not formally state a position, but did call for assurances on how the events would be managed..

Documents published on the borough council's planning website show officials have warned they currently have 'insufficient information' to properly assess the application".

The Derbyshire Times confirms that "Manny Oyeleke has ‘adjusted’ his training schedule in a bid to avoid injury. The midfielder has had a stop-start season due to a calf problem.

The 29-year-old was forced to miss nine matches between February and the end of March...

Oyeleke said, 'I have had a niggling calf injury that has been reoccurring. It was a nerve issue. I have had to address that with loads of rest, adjusting my training schedule and doing a few different exercises to try and alleviate that'.

The former Port Vale man says he is a ‘nervous wreck’ when watching from the stands because he wants to be out on the pitc... It has been a very up and down season in terms of continuity, whether that be injuries and the change of manager, that is always going to be difficult for any team,' he added...

'I don’t know how many other teams in this league could have coped with the injuries we have had... Of course we can be disappointed with where we were to where we are now but we can still be proud of how we have stuck together'.

Chesterfield fans are owed big performance after being let down against Torquay United

According to the Southend Echo "More than 500 new homes will be built at Southend United’s Roots Hall after planning officers gave plans the final seal of approval but work will not be able to begin until the new stadium is built.

In October, Southend Council’s development control committee gave the go-ahead for the scheme to demolish Roots Hall, off Victoria Avenue, to make way for the homes, subject to delegated approval.

Planners have now rubber stamped the proposals, and it is hoped this will kickstart construction of the new Blues Stadium at Fossetts Farm, in Eastern Avenue.

Work on the 502 homes at Roots Hall, including the demolition of the stadium, will not start until the new Blues Stadium is built, with developers and the club still unable to provide a timeline for the development.

A host of stringent environmental stipulations have been included in approval of the Roots Hall homes...

Carole Mulroney, councillor responsible for environment, culture, tourism and planning, said... 'With big complexes like this, car use is also a big issue'...

Developers of the nine blocks of homes must ensure 'residential dwellings' in each building must comply to the limit of internal water consumption of 105 litres per person per day'.

They must also sign an agreement with a car club operator for a ten-year period and provide two car club vehicles which allow users to book cars when they need them...

The new homes will be up to eight storeys high but several two storey terraced houses will also be included".


10 May 2022

ALTRINCHAM FANS' DAY

Altrincham FC has announced that it will be "Fan Appreciation Day" for Sunday's match at home to Yeovil Town.

The Club says, "Be sure to arrive early - doors open at 13:30... as we celebrate you our Fans! Everyone who has a ticket will be entered into numerous raffles at halftime for special prizes. In addition, we'll have a live DJ prematch, a face-painter for the kids (and adults), and be celebrating our post-season awards with the team directly after the match.

Every home fan in attendance will be entered to win one of 10 fabulous raffle prizes!

Prizes include

NEXT OPPONENTS: BROMLEY

Bromley go into Tuesday's clash with Altrincham with eleven more points than the visitors. Three of those points (or six if you look at the result that way) came from the Ravens' 1-0 win at Moss Lane on 11 December, a match which had limited capacity at the J. Davidson Stadium due to Trafford Council's Health and Safety rulings. The gate of 1,405 was the lowest of the National League season at Alty, barring the visit of Woking in February.

Back in Decemer, it was a sodden Moss Lane, as the then third-placed Bromley hit the post through Cheek after just three minutes before Alty settled. With Moult already booked, Senior joined him in the book for a foul and, from Coulson's resulting freekick, Sowumni got the better of Moult and headed the ball into the net to give Bromley a 31st minute lead.

However, in the second half Altrincham had the majority of the ball and the attacking play and went close on several occasions but could not score.

It was the first time in fifteen league games that Altrincham had failed to find the net and defeat extended their run at that time to just one win in ten National League fixtures.

Altrincham made two changes as Mooney and Whitehead missed out in favour of Porter and Hancock and their line up was 1. Tony Thompson, 3 Connor Hampson, 5 Tom Hannigan, 6 Jake Moult (c), 8 Adam Porter, 10 Josh Hancock, 11 Ryan Colclough, 15 Matty Kosylo, 24 Joel Senior, 25 Toby Mullarkey, 27 A-Jay Leitch-Smith. Subs: 7 Dan Mooney, 9 Marcus Dinanga, 17 Ben Pringle, 18 Kennedy Digie, 23 Tom Peers.

Given Phil Parkinson's declared intention in the final fixtures to favour fringe players, as well as those likely to leave as a consequence of the club's move to full-time it is likely to be a very unfamiliar line-up tonight. It would not be surprising either if some of those departing would be reluctant to endure a 458-mile round trip on a Tuesday night for this game.

Bromley report that "It proved to be another busy weekend for Bromley FC, that’s for sure!

Hayes Lane played host to our Community Trust Family Fun Day as we welcomed Dover Athletic to Hayes Lane... Despite going in front on two occasions, Andy Woodman’s side were forced to share the points at Hayes Lane, drawing 2-2.

However, our Family Fun Day was a success as Owner and Chairman Robin Stanto

n-Gleaves made an appearance, a swell as First Team stars Omar Sowunmi and Louis Dennis...

Saturday also saw our U16’s Youth Academy progress to the National League Final after winning 5-1... The final will be played at Macclesfield this Saturday".

NOTTS COUNTY MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Notts County have produced video highlights of their win over Altrincham last time out.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Altrincham complete their season next Sunday when Yeovil Town visit the J. Davidson Stadium (3pm).

Yeovil's unofficial Gloverscast reports on "this Tuesday’s Somerset Premier Cup final and thinks it should be taken seriously.

The final is... at Huish Park...

The Somerset Premier Cup was probably not the silverware Yeovil Town set out to get this season... But here we are, sat in mid table mediocrity and looking at a final few games that are nothing more than dead rubbers.

With the exception of that Somerset Premier Cup final. It might only be the county Cup, but, surprisingly, we haven’t won it since 2005.

This past week, we heard ambitions of making Huish Park and Yeovil the number one sporting venue in the county and, as the only professional football club in Somerset, we should probably be winning the County Cup more than once every generation.

For some players, it might be the best chance they get to put on a show for those handing out contracts for next season.

It has [been] the only source of first team football for young keeper Max Evans, Toby Stephens and a number of the Under-18s who will want to try and bridge the gap to mens’ football in the coming years.

And what of [opponents] Bath City, managed by former Glover Jerry Gill. They’re the second biggest side in the competition and 16th in the National League South probably wasn’t what they were hoping for. They’ll take this game seriously and will fancy something of an upset against their old rivals from the league above.

The team selections throughout have been very respectful and as strong as reasonably could be, but as legs begin to tire and motivation begins to wane, I hope Charlie Lee can get his players up for one more go at winning something".

Meanwhile, from North Wales, the Daily Post tells us that "The Dragons ensured that the title race will go down to the final day after beating rivals Stockport County 3-0.

Phil Parkinson was delighted with his side's 'well-deserved' victory over Stockport County... The Dragons were exceptional as they brushed aside their title rivals 3-0 to ensure that the title race will go right down to the wire. The Hatters have two games remaining, against Torquay United and Halifax Town, whilst Wrexham face Dagenham & Redbridge...

The Reds' boss insists there is still plenty of work to be done as his side continue to compete on two fronts, with a Wembley [FA Trophy] final to look forward to and the club's priority, promotion to the Football League.

Parkinson said, 'We didn't have a great start, it wasn't an effort thing... a couple of our decisions weren't quite right in that period. I'm just so pleased that we came through that; we always say reset, reset within a game, reset when you've made a mistake, take a deep breath and go again...

It was a well-deserved victory. It bodes well for us in big games in the future'...

Parkinson said, 'The last thing Wrexham fans wanted to see was Stockport County celebrating on our pitch. We couldn't let that happen today - we've achieved that but still work to do.'"

And the Leader adds that "The attendance record for a National League match at Wrexham AFC's Racecourse ground has been broken once again.

On Easter Monday, a crowd of 10,022 spectators piled into the world's oldest international football ground to witness the Reds beat Altrincham 4-0...

Now, the record has been broken once more as a crowd of 10,118 was at the Racecourse to watch Wrexham's stunning 3-0 win over National League title rivals Stockport County on Sunday (May 8).




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