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17 September 2021

ALTRINCHAM'S BLANK AFTERNOONS

This Saturday's game at Yeovil has been postponed because of Covid and, after a scheduled blank Saturday in August, that makes two blank afternoons for Alty supporters already this season.

However, they still have some way to go to match last season when they suffered the loss of eight 3pm kick-offs, as follows...

  1. Sat.17.10.20 home match v Bromley, postponed owing to Covid-19 at Altrincham
  2. Sat.5.12.20 home match v King's Lynn Town, postponed owing to waterlogged pitch
  3. Sat. 16.1.21 away FA Trophy game at Havant & Waterlooville from which Alty had to withdraw because of Covid
  4. Sat.30.1.21 home to Macclesfield Town not played as Silkmen expelled from league
  5. Sat.6.2.21 away at Torquay United, postponed as Torquay in the FA Trophy
  6. Sat.6.3.21 home to Dover Athletic, not played as Dover had furloughed players
  7. Fri.2.4.21 home to Yeovil Town, postponed due to death of Yeovil captain
  8. Sat.8.5.21 home to Eastleigh, postponed owing to waterlogged pitch

SATURDAY'S FIXTURES

Saturday 18th September

ALTY AWAY IN FA YOUTH CUP

Altrincham FC reports that the clubs "U18s enter the FA Youth Cup this season at the Second Round Qualifying stage and will travel to Chester FC during week commencing September 27th.

The teams know each other very well and met as recently as last week in the first game of this season's North West Youth Alliance campaign, when a late goal from Louis Morrison saw the Robins home by the odd goal in three.

Manager, Paul Fay, said 'Chester aren’t to be underestimated despite the league result from the youth team in our opening league game last week. We are a hybrid squad with part-time and full-time players so we are still trying to manage getting the full squad together for sessions'"

Altrincham FC also has an audio interview with Paul Fay.

VOTE FOR TONY AND JOEL!

Press and Media Officer, John Edwards writes on the Altrincham FC website that "Nominations for the player of the season categories at the 2021 Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards have been announced...

Two Altrincham players are among the nominees.

Tony Thompson (left) is in the running for National League Player of the Season, after his consistently stunning form between the posts, while Joel Senior (right) is a contender in the Rising Star category after emerging as one of the best full-backs in the league...

We want Tony and Joel to get their just desserts and have their sterling efforts duly rewarded with some richly-deserved silverware, and you can help make it happen by registering your vote below.

The Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2021 will take place on Monday, 22nd November 2021 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford... Voting closes at 5.00 pm on Friday, 15th October 2021".

The voting form is here.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Australian site FTBL reports that "Harry Kewell's disastrous start as Barnet FC manager has continued with the club falling to their fourth defeat of the season as pressure mounts.

The Bees went down to Chesterfield 4-2 on Tuesday and have yet to win any of their six games. They sit second bottom of the National League table... Barnet FC have the worst defence in the league, conceding 17 goals in just six fixtures.

Kewell, who took over the London outfit in June, was remaining positive after the loss... Hhe told reporters, 'We are getting there, we are finding our feet, but again we have got to stop some little individual errors.'

While the Socceroo great was staying upbreat, criticism of him is increasing. Barnet were smashed 5-0 by Notts County in the opening game of the season and were beaten 2-0 by Dagenham & Redbridge, and 4-3 by Grimsby Town.

Many Bees fans are not happy with the Australian, with one tweeting 'Bye bye, Harry Kewell is not working out, time to leave'...

Kewell has been sacked from his position at his last two clubs in Oldham Athletic and Notts County. Barnet FC were only saved from relegation during the 2020-2021 season because the National League was cut short because of the Covid-19 pandemic".

Meanwhile, Wrexham, "suffered defeat for the first time under Phil Parkinson, as three well-taken goals, including one from ex-Red Dragon [and ex-Alty loanee] Luke Waterfall, earned The Mariners all three points.

Parkinson made two changes from the side which beat Woking on Saturday: Max Cleworth returned to the back three in place of Harry Lennon, and Jordan Davies failed to recover from the injury he picked up on Saturday and was replaced by Devonte Redmond. On the bench, Shaun Brisley was included in a first team squad for the first time, with Cameron Green returning to the 16.

The match got off to an even start... In the 23rd minute Wrexham took the lead. A massive tackle on the half way line by Aaron Hayden allowed Luke Young to send Jake Hyde though on goal and he lashed the ball past James McKeown...

However, Grimsby soon struck back with a pair of quality strikes which turned the game on its head. First, a terrific pass by Hunt opened Wrexham's defence up, the threatening Erico Sousa drove an excellent cross in from the right and Ryan Taylor finished emphatically.

The home side took the lead when a drilled corner from the right was met by the head of Waterfall, who planted the ball firmly inside the far post...

Wrexham, for their part, showed little threat up front apart from a period around the middle of the half, their best of the match... Wrexham had to contemplate their first defeat of the season after failing to trouble Grimsby's defence often enough".

And in the Leader Live m,anager "Phil Parkinson bemoaned his side's lack of quality in both penalty areas after seeing Wrexham suffer a first defeat of the National League season... against high-flying Grimsby Town...

Parkinson felt the Reds did not have that cutting edge in the final third and he was disappointed with the defending for the first two goals as Grimsby took advantage of poor marking in the box.

'We got off to a great start,' said Parkinson... 'And we scored a terrific goal. The two goals we conceded, the first one we got done by a give and go, and the second one was a free header in the middle of our box which is disappointing to say the least.

'Games are won and lost in both boxes; the ball went in their box and it came out, they had two free headers from a wide free-kick and a free header which ultimately decided the game.

'The third goal, obviously we are chasing the game and that happens, you get done on the break sometimes when you throw caution to the wind. But the second goal in particular was disappointing for us because we were right in the game. It was nip and tuck, there wasn't a lot in it and two decent teams on show but you have got to head the ball out of the box when it comes in at any level of football and that is what cost us'...

A crowd of nearly 6,700, with more than 500 travelling supporters [were] in attendance at Blundell Park...

Said Parkinson... 'We knew it was going to be a vibrant atmosphere and the way you can quieten the crowd is by scoring a goal like we did but then we gave the whole place a huge lift with the two goals we conceded'".

From the other side, the Grimsby Telegraph states that "Grimsby Town may have enjoyed a great start to the National League season but manager Paul Hurst insists 'We haven’t done anything yet'.

The Mariners are unbeaten after five games, and have chalked up good results against fancied sides such as Stockport, Torquay and Wrexham...

'We are still in the very early stages of the season,' Hurst told Grimsby Live... 'There is a nice feel around the place, but we are fully aware how quickly things can change, whether that’s for an individual, the team, the club, the manager; whatever it may be, we have to stay very grounded...

'As soon as you get ahead of yourself, that’s when there’s usually something around the corner that brings you back down to earth'...

Hurst admits facing Eastleigh is a different sort of a challenge... 'We one hundred per cent mean this as no disrespect to Eastleigh but they haven’t got the history, hype or expectation that our opponents on Tuesday night had for example. There will be a different dynamic in the stadium too as they won’t bring as many fans as Wrexham...

'This is probably another test... We have to have the right mentality going into it... I’ve seen their last couple of games and I’ve seen a change of system, which throws question marks up in terms of how they will line-up'...

Hurst said 'We should be all good [i.e. fit]. The players all want to be part of it at the minute and everyone wants to be involved. Sean Scannell trained today... It’s what he needs to get up to speed. It’s pleasing to get him back involved.'

On Ryan Taylor and his wait for news of his baby, which is due, Hurst added 'He is still waiting'".

King's Lynn were short and to the point in announcing that the cluba has "terminated the contract of Alex Brown by mutual consent.

Joining the Linnets from Buxton in March 2020 he made 17 appearances for the club".

In the Derbyshire Times, "James Rowe says Chesterfield is a ‘great place to be at the moment’ with the Spireites having made their best start to a season for eight years.

Unbeaten Town are currently second in the National League table after four wins and two draws. Having thrown away a two-goal lead against Barnet, Rowe praised the home faithful for sticking with the the team and helping them to recover and win 4-2 ...

'It was a great night and I am really proud to manage this football club,' he told the DT... 'I think there is a smell in the air, you can feel it, it is a great place to be at the moment and I am delighted. I think the big difference from this season’s team to last is that we have got one-v-one dribblers so when teams are blocking it off deep we can go past players and that is a way of breaking a line not just forward runs and clever play,' he explained.

'I think [ex-Alty man] Jeff King and Calvin Miller cause major problems with their dribbling ability and that means it creates space in the middle'...

The Blues were scheduled to travel to Woking this Saturday but the match was postponed due to Covid in the opposition camp. Yeovil were available after their fixture against Altrincham was called off for the same reason and so it is a trip to Huish Park for Rowe’s men this weekend..

The Spireites will assess Laurence Maguire (ankle) and Curtis Weston (sickness bug) ahead of travelling to Somerset...

Rowe added, 'They are in good form, they have not played tonight [Tuesday] so they have got a rest but that does not bother me though because I know the fitness of the group'".

In the Maidenhead Advertiser "Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire once again called into question the standard of officiating in the National League after two of his players were sent off in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Stockport County.

United hadn't started the game well and were already trailing to John Rooney's well-taken finish, but their hopes of taking a point, or possibly three, from the match were hamstrung from the moment Remy Clerima was dismissed in the 23rd minute.

Clerima claims he was provoked by Will Collar into retaliating, with the County player having punched him and stamped on his foot as they jostled for position in the area, but in kicking out at his opponent he effectively handed the visitors all three points. United had struggled to create chances in the opening 20 minutes and they barely laid a glove on County in the remaining 65 minutes, failing to have an attempt on target in the match, while United's keeper James Holden was regularly pressed into action.

That is, until the 76th minute when he was sent off for a clash with Alex Reid. He came rushing out of his area and jumped to volley it clear but in doing so he caught the head, or upper body of Alex Reid and the referee had little hesitation in going to his pocket and pulling out a second red card for the Magpies. Reid had already nodded the visitors into a two-goal lead from a 63rd minute corner.

With midfielder Ryan Upward stepping in between the sticks you feared another capitulation, reminiscent of United's first half showing against Torquay United, however, they held firm, and the makeshift keeper wasn't really tested.

United now face one of their trickiest games of the season on paper, away at Notts County on Saturday...

'I wasn’t happy with his overall performance to be fair,' Devonshire said of the referee's performance. 'We’ve got bookings left, right and central and, even at the end there, Sammy (Barratt) has been smashed and nothing is given. I’ve said for ages about the referees in this league. It ain’t just him, but that was just appalling...

'We lacked quality going forward tonight, but I’ve looked at them, with their so-called budget, and both keepers, James and Uppy, haven’t had a lot to do. It’s not as if they were pummelled, making save after save. But as soon as you’re down to nine men you’ve got no chance'...

Devonshire and his management team didn't look to have the balance of the side quite right, even before Clerima's dismissal. They were second best in the early exchanges... They also looked toothless in attack, with Emile Acquah, Josh Kelly and Nathan Blissett failing to register an attempt on Ben Hinchcliffe’s goal....

The referee deemed the keeper's follow through as reckless...'So we could lose him for three games', said Devonshire".


16 September 2021

JACKSON FACES THREE-MATCH BAN

Altrincham FC confirm that the club has "had an appeal against Brad Jackson's red card at Wealdstone turned down by the FA's Regulatory Committee.

Alty bosses challenged the decision to show summer signing Jackson (left) a straight red at The Vale on Saturday after feeling it was the sort of challenge that is routinely punished with a yellow card.

They viewed the foul near the halfway in that light at the time, and video footage subsequently reinforced the opinion that it belonged in the reckless category, for which a caution is appropriate rather than the ultimate sanction of dismissal.

Film of the incident showed the former Chester wing-back did not raise his studs to endanger his opponent or make forceful contact with the Wealdstone player in such a way, and the club argued that it did not constitute serious foul play.

However, after considering Alty's appeal, the panel decided against overruling the referee's interpretation, and, as a consequence, Brad will miss the next three games, at home to Notts County a week on Saturday, away to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, October 2nd and home to Grimsby Town on Tuesday, October 5th".

Footnote: With injury affecting a host of defenders (Densmore, White, Hampson, Digie, Fitzpatrick), midfielder Jackson had been filling in at right-back for Altrincham.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Southend Echo reports that "Southend United manager Phil Brown was again left ruing ‘a fundamental flaw’ in his side’s character following a shocking 3-2 defeat against Aldershot Town.

Shots ended a run of five successive defeats to record their first win of the season at Roots Hall,,,

'That basic fundamental flaw in our character whenever anyone lays a glove on us, we’ve got to get rid of,' said Brown. 'When the first goal went in and we took the lead I thought confidence levels would be raised and people would start expressing themselves. But we conceded a goal and again we go the other way in terms of motivation and the spirit that we showed'...

It was Aldershot who got on top after the break and soon took the lead after poor defensive play from the Shrimpers.

'The second goal goes in down the side of Josh Coulson and it’s an unforgiveable goal,' said the Blues' boss. 'But am I going to stand here and slag the players off? No'...

'“The bottom line is that you’re looking at a group of players who have let the supporters down, myself included,' said Brown. 'I’m not going to blame the players, it includes me too. I changed the system and put players in the right positions and coming into the game I was confident we would create chances...

'The supporters have every right to be saying what they’re saying and doing what they’re doing, 100 per cent,' said Brown... 'The fans got... frustrated in the second-half. The reason for that frustration is the two or three years that we’ve had...

'I’m firmly responsible for tonight’s performance. It has to change and it has to change drastically... We’ve got that target on our backs and we’ve got to accept we’re a big club in a small division supposedly...We have to have the character to stand up to that... The character of the team was found to be wanting to be brutally honest.

'We’ve got to go back to basics and go back to what made us as spirited team at the end of last season... If that means bringing players in and getting rid of players then I’ve got to try and find that as well'".

Tales of another troubled former EFL manager come from Devon Live, which reports that "Torquay United manager Gary Johnson said some of his players are 'not up to this level' after Torquay United lost 2-1 at Solihull Moors and that some players will be moving on.

The Gulls last their fourth game of six this National League season and the manager was forthright in his comments after the match saying he has to 'build again' to put things right.

Klaidi Lolos came off the bench to score a late consolation goal in the game and the Gulls should have had a penalty at the end to give them the opportunity to make it 2-2 but the referee booked Connor Lemonheigh-Evans for a dive instead...

Johnson wasn't holding back when he said 'As a manager I have to, A, take the responsibility, and B, we have got to turn the personnel around a little bit as quickly as we can. Because at the moment some of them are not proving quite up to this level. And I apologise for that because I am the one that recruits these people and we didn't have a lot of time to recruit people.

'There are a few out there that are not quite up to this level unfortunately and we have got to quickly turn that around. When you have had six games and you have had four defeats in those six games, of course you have to hold your hands up and say actually 'how long do we go?'

'Now I don't know how quickly we can turn it around, but I just know that at the moment teams are looking better than us and I can't keep making excuses for them... I am not down and out, at the same time I want to be honest, so that when they see things happening, they'll know that I have told them it's going to happen'".

And Devon Live adds that "Torquay United manager Gary Johnson quite rightly says the club cannot afford to pay 20 grand a month to a single player to win the National League...

Owner Clarke Osborne has reportedly spent millions on the club since taking control and appointing the manager while they were floundering in the National League South division.

Johnson was appointed three years ago last Monday, and things have been on-the-up since. But... key players like Kyle Cameron, Ben Whitfield and Aaron Nemane have left and it has been difficult to replace such quality...

After the comical takeover of Wrexham by Hollywood filmstars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, and the ridiculous spending of the owners of Stockport County, money is now speaking louder than coaching in this division....

Johnson said... 'We can't go out and buy somebody for two or three hundred grand like some teams are. We can't afford to pay five-six grand a week like some are doing. So we have obviously still got to keep the club in business to have a chance to turn it around, if you like.

'So we have got to look and keep looking and move some people on, which is not always easy because they are under contract, but some of them will find it difficult to find a group of games in our team.'"

"Following FC Halifax Town’s 2-2 draw at Boreham Wood, Manager Pete Wild spoke...

'It was a game of two halves,' Wild said. 'We looked tired, of course we travelled down this afternoon, and it was a long journey, so we looked a bit leggy. It took a bit of time to get going and our first goal was against the run of play. They came back at us, and they finished the half really strongly, we looked like we were holding on a little bit. I had to rally the troops at half time and get them going a little bit.

'We started the second half better and got on the front foot more. We had more of a purpose and the subs came on to [try to] win us the game.'

Forward Billy Waters netted the equaliser with just over ten minutes left on the clock. After that, Town looked like the only team that would win it and were unfortunate not to get a winner.

'It’s another set-piece,' Wild told Shaymen TV. 'That’s the second goal this week scored off a second phase set-piece. For Billy, everything he hits seems to be going in at the minute. Even with his left foot he scores tonight. We could have maybe won it, but I’ll certainly take a point. It was a really engaging game and a good one for the fans'.

Wild was on the side-lines today after his suspension from the Yeovil Game. The gaffer will also have to sit out the Stockport County match on Saturday...

'It’s been a great week... These are the games that you really want to be involved in. With Stockport at home, it’ll be a bumper crowd. We’ve got nothing to fear, we’ve just got to express ourselves. There’s no pressure on us, it’s all on them'".

And the Halifax Courier quotes Wild as saying, 'I want them to go and take the game to Stockport on Saturday and leave nothing unturned, really give them a good test'...

Only Solihull’s Joe Sbarra and Chesterfield’s Kabongo Tshimanga have scored more goals in the National League this season than Town’s Billy Waters, who netted his fifth of the season at Boreham Wood.

'We scored off a set-piece on Saturday; I wanted us to be better off set-pieces and we scored off a set-piece again on Tuesday,' Wild said. 'Everything Billy hits goes in at the moment, even a left-footer on Tuesday!... People will say number nine’s should be big, six-foot-four, aggressive etc, but Bill proves you can be quick and jinky, and he offers something different that maybe other teams in the league don’t have...

'Unfortunately the two full-backs have been injured and the other two lads have got their chance probably quicker than I thought they would, so it’s now making sure we blood our young ones who come in'.

The average age of the Halifax back four at Boreham Wood was 22.5, while the average age of the Halifax team that finished the game was 23.9.

'We’re very tired after that,' Wild said after the Boreham Wood game, 'and there’s a few knocks but hopefully nothing serious because we haven’t got any more players!'...

Wild confirmed... that defender Jay Benn could be out for between four to six months with a hamstring injury. The Town boss said midfielder Luke Summerfield is another ten days away from a return to fitness after his knee injury, but said defenders Jack Senior and Jesse Debrah could be in contention for the visit of Stockport...

Wild said 'I think the first ten points in a season are the hardest to get and we’ve got ten now after six games, so we can hopefully go and push on now as quickly as we can... The exciting stuff now comes on analysing the game and making sure we’re ready.'”

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, "Paul Hurst has revealed Grimsby Town have been knocked back in their attempts to sign a new striker.

The Mariners' boss has been on the lookout for a new frontman for some time, and looked to be edging nearer a new arrival as he held talks with two potential options.

Both players though have now been ruled out... Town though have been faring well without a new face leading the line, having continued their unbeaten start to the season with a superb win over Wrexham on Tuesday, with Ryan Taylor among those on the scoresheet.

With Lenell John-Lewis out injured at the moment though, Hurst is still keen to get some more competition in... Hurst said, 'I’d be kind of comfortable in one respect if they (Taylor and John-Lewis) were both fit. If they were both fit, I’ve got no issues at the minute. But I’ve said all along I would like a third one, in an ideal world one that might be slightly different, but I can promise you there’s not many out there at all'...

Taylor will likely get the nod again on Saturday as the Mariners look to continue their unbeaten start, with Eastleigh making the long journey north to Blundell Park".

The Derbyshire Times tells us that "Barnet manager Harry Kewell was disappointed with the ‘individual errors’ they made in the defeat to Chesterfield...

The visitors found themselves two goals down after just eight minutes and it could have been worse if the hosts had taken their chances.

Two deflected strikes before half-time got the Bees level but the Spireites took a grip of the game after the break and eventually won 4-2.

'We did not start bright, we let two silly goals in, one from a set-piece and another penalty,' Kewell said. 'But we showed great character to come back into the game and I felt from that moment on we kind of dominated the first-half. We were looking exciting, we were passing, moving, creating spaces and opportunities and I think we got a fair enough opportunity to get back in at 2-2 so I was pleased at half-time'...

The defeat leaves the Bees second bottom of the National League table with no wins from their first six matches...

'I can’t complain about my players, they worked hard tonight', he added. 'We are getting there, we are finding our feet, but again we have got to stop some little individual errors.'”

From the KIlburn Times comes news that "Wealdstone suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to unbeaten Notts County in their latest National League fixture.

The Stones went ahead after 31 minutes as Josh Umerah bundled home from close range after Jerome Okimo's initial effort had caused panic in the Magpies' defence.

However, County turned it around with two goals in the final five minutes of the first half to go into the interval ahead.

Callum Roberts levelled after 41 minutes when he turned in Kairo Mitchell's left-wing cross before Kyle Wotton started and finished the move on the stroke of half-time to put County into the lead.

Kyle Cameron then extended that advantage after 57 minutes, heading home a Matt Palmer corner, before Wealdstone pulled one back when Alex Dyer evaded a couple of Magpies tackles before playing in Umerah for his second".

The Maidenhead Advertiser informs us that "Maidenhead United lost for a third league match in a row after going down 2-0 at home to Stockport County in a match which also saw their French defender Remy Clerima and on loan keeper James Holden sent off.

County deservedly left York Road with all three points, after goals in either half for John Rooney and Alex Reid, but that only partially tells the story on an evening when everything that could have gone wrong for the Magpies did.

Stockport didn’t look like they needed a helping hand in the early stages, having taken the lead through Rooney’s clinical strike in the 17th minute, but they got one anyway with some questionable decisions from the evening’s officials...

Momentum then swung massively in the visitors’ favour, just when it seemed United were getting themselves back into the contest... The Magpies were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position but, as the players jostled for position on the goalline, Collar went down clutching his leg and County’s players surrounded the referee demanding Clerima be shown the red card.

Clerima clearly felt he was provoked by Collar but did appear to kick out petulantly and this momentary loss of composure left his teammates chasing the game with only 10 men.

After that Maidenhead barely laid a glove on Stockport. They looked toothless in attack and threatened only sporadically from set pieces...

The Magpies lacked energy in the second half and made little impression on the County backline, who were content to keep possession and frustrate their hosts... Their second goal did arrive in the 63rd minute and it was simplicity itself. A corner was whipped in from the right and Reid got the jump on Holden, nodding the ball into the empty net...

Any slim hopes the Magpies had of getting back into the game then completely evaporated when Holden was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Reid as he ran out of his box to clear the ball. He made contact with the ball, but also with Reid’s shoulder and the referee swiftly pulled out the red without consulting his linesmen. Second half substitute Ryan Upward donned the keeper’s gloves for the final 12 minutes, but he didn’t really have a shot to save".


15 September 2021

MIDWEEK GAMES

There were forty goals in the nine matches played on Tuesday night with big spending Wrexham, as well as Torquay United and Southend United the most notable losers

Despite not playing, Altrincham remain thirteenth in the National League table.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

YEOVIL REFUNDS FOR ALTY SUPPORTERS

Yeovil Town announce that they "will host Chesterfield at Huish Park this Saturday at 3pm after the previously arranged fixture with Altrincham has been postponed due to COVID issues in the Altrincham camp.

This means that the Yeovil Town’s trip to Chesterfield, which was originally to be played on the 2nd October has been pushed back to a later date and will now be played on the 26th February.

Tickets purchased for the fixture against Altrincham remain valid for Saturday’s game. Altrincham supporters who wish to request a refund should contact the Yeovil Town ticket office via e-mail."

CONNOR UPBEAT

Altrincham FC report that "Connor Kirby has undergone surgery on the leg break he suffered at Wealdstone on Saturday and is hopeful that he is now 'on the mend'.

Altrincham's on-loan midfielder had the operation at a London hospital yesterday afternoon, with the early indications being that the surgeons are happy with the alignment of his bones after they reset the tibia and the fibia, both having been broken in the incident...

Special mention should also be made of the exemplary way sports scientist and therapist Ryan Murray and strength and conditioning coach Ryan Spencer did their best to comfort the 23 year old and help him cope with what must have been a traumatic as well as lengthy wait for an ambulance to arrive".

Meanwhile, opponents Wealdstone "plans to stage a fund-raiser for him at the home match with Aldershot this coming weekend. It is a wonderful gesture that was warmly received by Alty co-chairman Bill Waterson, who said 'We thank Wealdstone for their generosity, and for the professionalism and concern they showed us on Saturday.

'They are old friends from the early days of the National League, and that friendship deepened and renewed at the weekend and subsequently with this fantastically heartwarming show of support for Connor. It is greatly appreciated, and we will look to do some fundraising for Connor ourselves at some point in the near future.'"

ALTY JOIN FAIR GAME INITIATIVE

Altrincham FC have "signed up to Fair Game, a new coalition of value-driven football clubs working together to improve governance of football in England and Wales.

The National League club join 26 other clubs across Non-League and the English Football League (EFL) that have revealed their vision this week. Fair Game is working with a team of over 40 world-renowned experts to find long-term solutions to issues around the game, including protecting the heritage of clubs, a fairer distribution of TV revenues and tackling discrimination...

Lawrence Looney (right), Co-chairman of Altrincham FC said 'Football is at a key point in terms of decisive action to ensure its long-term, sustainable future. Fair Game’s principles fit our club values perfectly and provide us with a real opportunity to influence change in a number of areas in a positive way.'"

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Southend United "suffered a second consecutive defeat tonight, as Aldershot Town ran away 3-2 victors. 5,004 fans were in attendance, the vast majority of which jumped for joy in the 17th minute as Rhys Murphy put Phil Brown’s side ahead in freak circumstances.

However, the evening was to prove more fruitful for the visiting side; they levelled the game before half-time and hit a second-half double as they enjoyed their first victory of the 2021/22 campaign.

Jason Demetriou claimed a late consolation goal, but it was too little too late for the Shrimpers on the night...

The hosts opened the scoring, in bizarre circumstances. Mitch Walker went to clear the ball from a goal kick, he was halted by Murphy who was lurking by the Shots ‘keeper, [the] Blues’ captain nabbed the ball from Walker and walked it into an empty net. Despite Danny Searle’s side’s protests, the goal was given with Walker receiving a yellow card for his protests.

The Shrimpers looked comfortable in the game, until the 37th minute when they were pegged back by the visitors.... Alfy Whittingham... drilled a cross into the box, met only by the foot of Demetriou who turned the ball into his own net...

Six minutes after the break, the visitors took the lead. Coulson was beaten for pace by Corie Andrews, who whipped a ball in for Mo Bettamer... to calmly slot into the net... The fate of the game was sealed in the 88th minute, as the Shots scored their third of the evening... sending the 124 away fans into jubilation.

The home side did, however, score a consolation goal, as Demetriou’s dangerous cross crashed off the left post and into the net.

The Roots Hall faithful made their discontent known when Adrian Quelch blew the full-time whistle, as the Blues were beaten for the second time in four days".

Devon Live reported before Tuesday's defeat that "Torquay United go to Solihull Moors today with fitness concerns after three players left the field with injuries during the disappointing 3-1 home defeat by Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Goalscorer Armani Little, striker Dan Holman, and left back Dean Moxey were all taken off with knocks or pulls in the third home defeat of the season, while Chiori Johnson soldiered on despite being hurt himself too.

Add to that the absence of Jake Andrews so far this season and Tom Lapslie's knee injury that kept him out on Saturday, and Gary Johnson may have serious selection problems...

Striker Olaf Koszela is in good goalscoring form on loan at Tiverton Town, while young midfielder Scott Piper has been loaned out to Willand Rovers, and defender Louie Slough joined Bideford on loan last week. So numbers certainly are tight.

Johnson is yet to dip into the loan market himself... Johnson was hoping to bring Sam Sherring back from Bournemouth for another year but the defender ended up going to League One side Accrington Stanley.

'Last year, every now and again, we brought someone in when we needed them,' said Johnson... 'A couple of them didn't quite work out'...

While Torquay have lost all three of their home games, their away form hasn't been so bad with a 1-1 draw at Notts County and a 4-3 win at Maidenhead United. Solihull's start is not much better than Torquay's, though; they have only won one of their four games".

According to the Crawley Observer "Crawley Town defender Harry Ransom has joined Dover Athletic on loan until January 3, 2022.

The 21-year-old spent the majority of the 2020-21 campaign with the Whites before joining the Reds in the summer. Ransom was sent out on loan to Dover by former club Millwall in October of last year...

Ransom is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Reds after suffering an unfortunate period on the sidelines during pre-season".

In the Grimsby Telegraph we learn that "Grimsby Town have hidden weapon up their sleeve as Harry Clifton eyes up more goals. Paul Hurst has been able to use the academy graduate's versatility to his advantage since returning to Grimsby Town

Harry Clifton has been Mr Versatile for Grimsby Town over the past few seasons, filling in for whichever position he was called upon. The academy graduate has often been deployed on either wing in defensive or attacking duties... The Wales U21 international has carried out his duties with aplomb...

Torquay proved to be a prime example of that, with Clifton named as a left winger when it looked for all the world as though he might be playing as part of a midfield three with Alex Hunt and Giles Coke.

The plan worked perfectly for the Mariners, and Clifton even got himself on the scoresheet... Of course, by trade the 23-year-old is a central midfielder...

Hurst told Grimsby Live... 'The players so far have shown that, they can be very adaptable. With the squad of players we’ve assembled, I could probably put six, seven or eight formations out, and we could be okay at them. It’s just for me to try and find absolutely what the best one is...

'I think it’s quite good going into games with the opposition not quite sure what you’re going to do, and I think the same goes for Harry'...

Clifton said 'I’m just happy to be in the team, and it depends on the opposition we play or the style of play we want... I’ve spoken to the gaffer and the staff, and I think they want to use my energy to actually get into the box, and that’s 100 per cent what I want to do,' Clifton said...

Hurst added '“He scores goals in training... It’s hard to understand why on the training pitch he can finish but not in games, so I would hope he could get more goals'">

In the Leader Live we learn that "Wrexham AFC centre-back Ben Tozer is ready to roll up his sleeves again.

Wrexham were made to work hard for their weekend win... The Reds beat Woking 1-0 at a packed Racecourse on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start... Jordan Davies gave Wrexham a deserved lead at the break but the Reds struggled in the second half as Woking came more into the contest and found themselves down to 10 men when substitute David Jones was sent off 15 minutes from time...

'Hopefully moving forwards we learn to see out games a bit better...

'Grimsby is always a really tough place to go, quite a hostile place, so you have got to roll your sleeves up and dig in,' said Tozer...

Wrexham have picked up two wins and three draws in their first five games... 'We have done well to stay unbeaten,' said Tozer... 'We have just got to get on a bit of a winning train and see where it takes you'.

Davies is doubtful after picking up a calf injury while Jones, who came on for the midfielder, will serve a one-match ban following his dismissal...

'There's about five, six, seven, eight lads missing out every game,' said Tozer. 'There's opportunities for lads when people get injured and sent off'">

Aldershot Town faced Southend on Tuesday. First-Team Manager Danny Searle said, 'I think we need to reward what’s actually been some very good performances recently with some points.

'In fact, I’m not even worried if the performance is good, we just need to get some points on the board and give these lads some breathing space, because to be honest with you, the efforts especially in the last two games, I think the efforts have been superb from the lads and some of the little bits of bad luck that have kind of gone against us a little bit, we’ve got to take that on the chin and move forward...

'We’ve played five games, four of the five against those in the top six and no one’s battered us... We’ve lost five games in a row and it doesn’t look good...

'The performances are getting there and I genuinely think as I’ve maintained, we’re not far away and it might sound like I’m coming out with a bit of an attitude with it. But I am, I’m coming out with a bit of a fighting attitude, because some of these boys are getting stick they don’t deserve'".


14 September 2021

ALTY POSTPONEMENTS

The Covid-enforced postponements of Altrincham's next two games, at home to King's Lynn Town and away at Yeovil Town, mean that as things stand the next fixture will be the home game against Notts County on Saturday, 25 September.

This double postponement is similar to the early stages of last season when Altrincham's third and fourth fixtures of the season, at home to Solihull Moors and Bromley, had to be postponed with Covid having struck The Robins. This season it is games five and six which have had to be called off.

And tonight's postponement is also a mirror image of last season's home fixture against King's Lynn Town which, already having been postponed once through a waterlogged pitch at Moss Lane, had to be called off for a second time when King's Lynn Town had Covid issues.

This season Altrincham have already played one game fewer than thirteen of their competitiors in the National League, thanks to having a blank Saturday on 28 August as the demise of Macclesfield Town means that the division has an uneven number of clubs and therefore one club has to sit out each round of fixtures.

One possible silver lining from this fixture disruption is that the newly laid pitch at the J. Davidson Stadium will have only hosted one National League match by 25 September which, presumably, will help it to bed down the better in the short term.

"ALL OUR BAD LUCK AT ONCE" SAYS MANAGER

In an audio interview with Radio Robins commentator Laurence Howarth, Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson said that in the defeat at Wealdstone last Saturday "It felt like all your bad luck had come at once there".

During the match Altrincham lost their senior defender, Tom Hannigan (right), to sickness after 20 minutes; had midfielder Connor Kirby suffer a double fracture of the leg; had defender Brad Jackson red-carded and then lost to a debatable penalty in the eleventh added minute of the game.

THROUGH THE YEARS

The wait for an Alty game on 14 September will now continue after the potsponement of tonight's fixture with King's Lynn Town.

Howard Watts and the late Mike Garnett's Through the Years data remind us that Alty last played on this date in 2019 when they travelled to Aggborough in the National League North and lost 2-0 to Kidderminster Harriers.

Left: Ashley Hemmings in action at Kidderminster.

Alty went into the game in fourteenth position, whereas the Harriers had taken just one point all season at home in five matches. But Alty had not won a league match at Aggborough since 1994 despite fourteen subsequent attempts.

After this defeat it would now be at least 26 years and 16 attempts before Altrincham record a first win in the league at Aggborough since 1994 after a lamentable performance.

Kidderminster started the game as a club in some turmoil. One point gleaned by the Harriers from five previous home matches this season and an inability to pay some of their staff their earnings suggested that Altrincham might record their first away win of the campaign against a dispirited outfit. But the afternoon showed that it was the Harriers who had the spirit and organization to run out comfortable winners.

ALTRINCHAM: 1. Tony THOMPSON, 2. Andy WHITE, 3. Connor HAMPSON, 4. James JONES, 5. Tom HANNIGAN, 6. Jake MOULT, 7. John JOHNSTON, 8. Sean WILLIAMS, 9. Jordan HULME, 10. Josh HANCOCK, 11. Ashley HEMMINGS. Subs: 12. Max HARROP, 14. Tom PEERS, 15. Shaun DENSMORE, 16. Toby MULLARKEY, 20. Joel TORRANCE.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Grimsby Telegraph "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst has urged his side to stand up to another physical test on Tuesday night, although he has insisted his side can’t yet make a statement of intent against Wrexham.

The Mariners take on the favourites for the title at Blundell Park in arguably their biggest game of the season so far... They’ve already made a good impression, having taken four points off last season’s second and third-placed sides on their way to an unbeaten start, with 10 points from four games thus far...

'I still think it’s early to be honest,' Hurst told Grimsby Live. 'I’m delighted with the points tally we’ve got from the four games, and the draw at Stockport I think was a good result for us, but then they lost on the opening day at home and the other day, so maybe it doesn’t look quite as good a point.

'I still think it was, and I’m still pretty certain [they] will come through what some might call a sticky period, I’m not sure it is that, but they’ll want to be getting the wins on the board...

'Torquay, we don’t know yet just because of what they did last season if they’re going to be as good as they were; time will tell... I did feel like we were the better team... [They put]a lot of balls in the box and I think we got our head on quite a lot... Although there is more football played in the league now than when I was here previously, there are still certain teams where that’s what you’re going to come up against; direct play and big, physical teams.

'Tomorrow night, we’ve got an element of that certainly with the long throws and some good threats for them that we’re going to have to try and deal with if we want to be successful.'

The Mariners have no further injury concerns following their weekend win over Torquay, with Shaun Pearson coming back into contention after missing the trip to Devon due to the birth of his third child.

Sean Scannell... is expected to be back with the squad later this week, while Joel Grant is set to find out more about his injury as he heads to St George’s Park this week"

. Also from the Grimsby Telegraph, we learn that "Wrexham’s marquee signing Paul Mullin is back just in time to face Grimsby Town...

The former Cambridge striker made his return from injury on Saturday, and ... he’s already begun to make an impact, with two goals in his first three outings before adding an assist at the weekend...

'I think if you’ve been following us through pre-season and this season, you’ll have seen that Paul Mullin can produce moments like that and he can create chances for other players,' Dragons' boss Phil Parkinson said...

But there is a major doubt over goalscorer Davies after he was forced off at the weekend. Wrexham will definitely be without veteran midfielder David Jones, who lasted just 20 minutes after replacing Davies as he was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession...

Parkinson added... 'We had a practice game on Thursday between the first team and the others available and it was extremely competitive, so we’ve got plenty of good options'".

We learn from the Eastern Daily Press that "Joe Gascoigne has signed his first professional contract at King’s Lynn Town and the Linnets hope it is a sign of things to come.

The 19 year-old has come through Lynn’s academy at The Walks and director of football Robbie Back said... 'I’m delighted to see a local lad from the town in the first team squad'...

Gascoigne, who made his debut against Chesterfield earlier this season, hopes he can kick on from here".

Kent Online reports that "Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler wants to... strengthen his squad ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Eastleigh.

Whites could be without five first-teamers for the clash at Hessenthaler's former club. Travis Gregory (ankle) will be assessed at training on Monday evening but TJ Bramble is rated 50/50 after coming off against Chesterfield last weekend and Ryan Hanson took another blow to his knee.

Will Moses broke a metatarsal in training last Thursday while player-coach Reda Johnson is short of fitness after being rushed in for the season opener at Maidenhead...

Said the Dover boss, 'We've got four matches in 11 days. I had a conversation with the chairman and we're trying to do something to bring a centre-half in. We've only got two fit centre-halves at the moment and with Ryan Hanson who can also slot in there struggling we could be caught short.

'It's not over-training for sure, it can go against us that we're not training enough and then compete with sides who train every day. We're going to pick up injuries but what else can we do? We just need a bit of luck.'"

Hessenthaler is hoping his team can build on their excellent display against Chesterfield...

'At Altrincham the performance was good and we carried that on, it shows that we are clicking as a team now... We've got an honest bunch and they worked their socks off, that's the first thing we need to do. We had all of that but we're also a decent team and can play as well'...

Eastleigh are yet to register a win this term under boss Ben Strevens.. Said Hessenthaler 'Richard Hill took me to the club having worked with him at Gillingham and he's back there now as director of football. It will be nice to see him and what a proper guy their manager is. He was my assistant and is a very grounded lad... He still calls me gaffer now but he is a manager in his own right and I'm pleased for him.

'They are like us in the respect that they lost about 10 players at the end of last season and have signed 10 new ones. They've got off to a slow start but once they get going I'm sure they will go a run'".

The Halifax Courier considers that "FC Halifax Town face their toughest test of the season so far when they visit high-flying Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.

The hosts have the meanest defence in the National League, having conceded just twice and keeping four clean sheets in their first five games. They are unbeaten this season, winning four of their five matches...

Town manager Pete Wild said... 'We know what you’re getting there... Luke (Garrad, manager) will have his side technically, tactically and physically ready to rock and roll and we need to be ready for that challenge... He’s signed well, the players he’s brought in over the summer, which he always does.

'We know what’s coming but we go there full of confidence.'

Town look set to be without defender Jay Benn, who limped off against Southend on Saturday, adding to the absence of fellow defender Jack Senior... Midfielder Luke Summerfield will miss the game with a knee injury, with Kieran Green expected to keep his place... Centre-back Jesse Debrah could be a doubt after he jarred his knee towards the end of Saturday’s game".

The Maidenhead Advertiser claims that "Maidenhead United will look to bounce back after two straight league defeats when they host Stockport County...

It’s been a rollercoaster start to the season for the Magpies who kicked off with victories over Halifax Town and Dover Athletic but have since slipped to consecutive losses against Weymouth (3-1) and Torquay United (4-3)...

Having flown as high as third after the victory over Dover, the Magpies are now 11th with six points from four matches... United drew twice against Stockport last season, playing out a goalless draw at York Road in February before drawing 2-2 in April’s away fixture...

The Magpies didn’t have a league fixture scheduled for the weekend but warmed up for this week’s game against Stockport with a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Wycombe Wanderers development side on Thursday. United won the match 3-2 ".


13 September 2021

COVID PROMPTS ALTY POSTPONEMENTS

Altrincham FC has announced that the club's "next two Vanarama National League fixtures have been postponed after a member of the Robins' first-team squad returned a positive test for Covid-19.

Alty were due to face King's Lynn Town at The J.Davidson Stadium tomorrow night before heading to the West Country to take on Yeovil Town on Saturday.

But both games have now been called off on the instructions of the league after it emerged an Alty player has tested positive for Covid.

With a number of players having to self-isolate for 10 days as a consequence of the positive test, the decision was taken to postpone the King's Lynn and Yeovil games and rearrange them at a later date".

And Bromley "regret to inform supporters that tomorrow night’s (Tuesday 14th September 2021) trip to Woking has been postponed.

The league have made the decision following a Covid-19 incident amongst the hosts". Woking's following game at home to Chesterfield on Saturday is likewise postponed.

CONNOR KIRBY

Altrincham FC has provided an update on the injury on Saturday to loanee midfielder Connor Kirby.

A loanee from Harrogate Town, Connor Kirby (right) joined Altrincham in April 2021 and he had made five starts and two substitute appearances by the end of that season, adding energy to the midfield.

His performances induced Phil Parkinson to bring him back to Altrincham for the start of the 2021-22 season. Again, this was on a loan basis from Harrogate Town, an arrangement scheduled to run until early January 2022

Connor was 23 last Friday and comes from Barnsley. After signing in 2015 for Sheffield Wednesday, he made two appearances for The Owls in the Championship as well as two in the league cup.

2019-20 saw him make 39 appearances on loan at Macclesfield Town before joining Harrogate Town in League Two for 2020-21 season, a club for which he made 22 appearances, 16 in League Two, before his move to Altrincham.

He made his Alty debut on 24 April 2021 in the home defeat by Barnet and scored his only goal of that season at home to Yeovil Town. He added a second goal this season in the match at Torquay on the opening day of Altrincham's season. So, to date, he has made nine starts for Altrincham plus two more from the bench and scored twice.

Hopefully he will make a full recovery and return to make further appearances for the club, where he will be much missed in the coming weeks.

KING'S LYNN CURSE

On Tuesday, King's Lynn Town are set to visit the J. Davidson Stadium. The Linnets' previously planned visits to Moss Lane have all been jinxed, so far.

Their first scheduled visit was to have been on Saturday, 22 February 2020 for a National League North game but the match got moved, firstly to 31 March 2020 and then it was brought forward to the preceding Tuesday, 24 March 2020. However, Covid then intervened and the League was aborted with the Linnets never making it to Altrincham that season.

Nevertheless, both clubs were promoted to the National League for 2020-21 and they were scheduled to meet at the J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday 5 December 2020, albeit behind closed doors. Unfortunately, the Moss Lane pitch was waterlogged that day and the fixture had to be rearranged for Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Then Covid infections hit the Norfolk club and that date also went by the board.

The game was finally played on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, a 7pm kick-off, which Alty won 3-0. But the fixture had to be played behind closed doors.

So, despite six dates being set for the two previous scheduled meetings of the clubs at Altrincham, no paying supporter of either club has ever witnessed the sides competing on the J. Davidson Stadium's pitch.

And after this piece was published, sadly, Covid affected the Altrincham squad and the game on Tuesday night has had to be postponed, as noted above.

HEAVY DEFEAT FOR RESERVES

Altrincham FC Reserves crashed 1-4 at home to league leaders AFC Knowsley on Saturday.

Alty now lie fifteenth in the eighteen-strong Cheshire League. They have won just one of their eight games so far in the league.

ALTY OLD BOYS

Striker Fisayo Adarabioyo, who spent most of last season at Altrincham having joined in mid-October, but made only 8(+1) appearances, has joined Ashton United in NPL. He scored twice for Altrincham but one of those goals was expunged as it was against Dover Athletic who failed to complete the season.

Winger Dylan Mottley-Henry [right], who played for Alty in 2016 as a loanee from Bradford City and went on to play in the EFL, has joined National League North Bradford (Park Avenue).

He played for Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Harrogate Town and Chesterfield as well as The Bantams. Latterly he had been in Northern Ireland with Larne.

Joe Mwasile scored for Nantwich Town who lost to Radcliffe on Saturday, whilst Cameron Terry was the Dabbers' keeper. Ryan Brooke scored for Runcorn Linnets and former Youth and reserve player Ashley Woods played for Northwich 1874. They lost to Neil Young's Marine.

In National North, Craig Mahon played for Curzon Ashton.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Southend Echo advises that "Southend United manager Phil Brown refused to blame Steve Arnold's absence on Blues' 3-1 defeat at Halifax Town.

Arnold was replaced between the sticks by Harry Seaden after dislocating a finger in training earlier this week...

'It happened on Wednesday but something like that you have to deal with as a manager,' said Brown. 'We signed Collin (Andeng-Ndi) in time for him to be on the bench and Harry Seaden deserves a chance where his career is concerned.

'Do I blame him for any of the goals? Probably not. Would I blame him for not having the character or experience of Steve Arnold? Absolutely but that’s life. That’s not any reason why we lost the game. The reason was the character of the team and that needs to strengthen now.

'That’s not gym work either, it’s about what’s under the shirt.'"

And the Shrimpers suffered another blow as the Southend Echo also reportsa that "On-loan Southend United winger Matt Dennis was forced to drop out of the squad for Saturday's defeat at Halifax Town after suffering a hamstring injury in the warm up.

Dennis, who is with Blues from Norwich, had been due to be on the bench at the Shay. But Blues boss Phil Brown was forced into making a late change with Hamzad Kargbo being selected among the substitutes.

'Matty Dennis tweaked his hamsting in the warm up,' said Brown. 'He’s only a boy and he doesn’t understand what football’s all about. I’m not blaming him for anything today but he tweaked his hamstring. He had been complaining all week about not being 100 per cent but he went out there because he wants to. We’ve got issues with young, old and indifferent.

'But the main issue is what’s underneath the shirt and we’ve got to improve that before we can improve anything'".

Weymouth "battled from a goal down to snatch a point against Notts County at the Bob Lucas Stadium. Brian Stock named 2 changes ahead of his 50th game in charge of the Terras with Josh McQuoid and Taofiq Olomowewe making way for Tom Bearwish and Andy Robinson...

Notts County were really pressuring the Terras goal, coming close from a set-piece in the 24th minute... Spurred on by the crowd, the Terras were attacking more, looking at building towards a goal...

Weymouth had started the second hand [half] the way they finished the first, pressing for another chance at goal...

Notts County were given a free kick in the 60th minute when Ben Morgan had brought down Ruben Rodrigues outside the box. Roberts stepped up to take the set-piece and curled it into the top left corner of the goal, with Fitzsimons rooted to his spot.

The visitors could not keep hold of the lead for long, it taking only 9 minutes for the Terras to find an equaliser. Mussa was dictating the play in the midfield and picked out Andy Robinson just outside the box. The midfielder was urged to shoot by the fans and obliged, with the ball going beyond the gloves of Slocombe, despite an attempted save.

The Terras had their tails up and were searching for another soon after... In the final seconds of the game, Weymouth fell like they should have been awarded a penalty".

In the Daily Echo we read that "Barnet and Eastleigh are still seeking their first win of the Vanarama National League season after drawing 1-1 at The Hive.

Mason Bloomfield broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, giving the hosts the lead when he finished well to round off good work by David Sesay.

Eastleigh came close to an equaliser when Sam Sargeant did well to save from Ben House.

The visitors pressed in the second half and it was no surprise when they made their breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining through House.

The striker picked up the ball on the edge of the home penalty box and beat on-loan Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sargeant with a low shot.

There was no further scoring, meaning both teams are still seeking their first win of the season".

At Stockport County, "It proved an afternoon for them to forget as they slumped to a three-goal defeat against Yeovil Town.

To make matters worse, they had Ash Palmer dismissed early in the second half, following which the visitors scored twice to add to their first-half opener.

County took to the field showing two changes from the starting line-up at Boreham Wood a week earlier, with captain Liam Hogan and Alex Reid returning in place of Will Collar and the injured Jordan Keane. Both new arrivals, namely Kenan Dünnwald-Turan, on a month’s loan from Scunthorpe, and Zeki Fryers – were named among the substitutes...

The first half was at its midway-point before the contest’s first attempt of note was unleashed, and Ben Hinchliffe turned Charlie Wakefield’s shot from the right around the near post.

But just a few minutes later, Wakefield had gone one better, courtesy of a low drive that ricocheted off the left post and into the Cheadle End net to give the ‘Glovers’ the lead, and see County’s defence breached for the first time in five hours...

While Scott Quigley remained frustratingly unavailable due to injury, his Yeovil namesake Joe was making his presence felt up front...

Fryers took his County bow in the back three immediately upon the resumption, and the Hatters proceeded to earn three corners within the first four minutes... But within another four minutes, County had gone two-down and been reduced to 10 men. Palmer was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Tom Knowles in the box, referee Jackson pointed to the spot, and Joe Quigley sent Hinchliffe the wrong way from 12 yards...

With four minutes remaining, Yeovil substitute Adi Yussuf took advantage... and calmly slotted past Hinchliffe for his team’s third."

Unofficial site, The Fishyreports that "Grimsby chalked up another impressive victory at Torquay, coming from behind for the second successive week to chalk up a win against one of the pre-season favourites. Goals from Efete, Cokes and Clifton once again saw Town scoring from across the whole squad...

Towler and Clifton replaced Pearson and Bapaga respectively, with Town playing 4-4-1-1, John McAtee and Ryan Taylor being the two attackers.

Despite a strong start by Town, Torquay took the lead following a foul by Coke from which Little took the set-piece and his shot went in with the help of a slight deflection...

Town levelled midway through the first half with a solitary goal from Efete who was allowed to run into the box and blast past the 'keeper to make it all square... Coke soon went one better when he put Town in front, flicking the ball in from a Hunt free-kick..

The second half turned into a stop-start affair... Town finally found daylight in injury time when Clifton was played through and slotted past Halstead to send the 450+ away contingent into ecstasy.

Grimsby's impressive start to the season is compounded by the fact that they have faced so many of the fancied sides already, and they face another on Tuesday when Wrexham come to Blundell Park".

The Derbyshire Times confirms that "The Spireites extended their unbeaten start to the season to five matches despite being held to a goalless draw by lowly Dover Athletic.

Chesterfield had the better chances in the game to win it but overall they did not hit their usual high standards and had to settle for a point in Kent on Saturday.

Also, it is important to remember that they did not lose here. They were far from their best but still managed to get something from the game. Last season’s play-off finalists Torquay United and well-fancied title contenders Stockport County have both won one of their first five, while Chesterfield are yet to lose and have only conceded in one game. It’s not all bad.

The performance against Bromley was Chesterfield’s best of the season and this one was their worst... Dover were the better side in the first-half but they failed to create a clear-cut chance.

The hosts were aggressive, athletic, dynamic and quick but for all their efforts they were restricted to shots from distance and corners. You wondered whether the part-timers might run out of steam but to their credit they never did...

Town lacked control in the midfield area and they did not string many passes together. Too many players were below-par apart from the excellent Gavin Gunning...

The most disappointing part of the afternoon was that Dover worked harder than Chesterfield in the first 45 minutes...

Boss James Rowe said 'We need to learn our lesson that we need to respect the opponent from the start'">

From the other side, Kent Online states that "Dover made the first dent into their 12-point deduction after holding big-spending Chesterfield at Crabble..

Dover started brightly and went close after 10 minutes... The visitors created little in the opening half-hour...

Whites introduced Ricky Miller late on in a bid to find a winner".


12 September 2021

HEAVY DEFEAT FOR RESERVES

Altrincham FC Reserves crashed 1-4 at home to league leaders AFC Knowsley on Saturday.

Alty now lie fifteenth in the eighteen-strong Chehsire League. They have won just one of their eight games so far in the league.

WEALDSTONE 1-0 ALTRINCHAM

Player illness, a broken leg, a red card and a controversial penalty all conspired against Altrincham in this game.

With the game still goalless, thirteen minutes of added time were announced. Eight minutes into added time Brad Jackson was red carded for a foul to worsen Alty's afternoon. Moments later the referee gave a penalty for hands against Kosylo. Elito converted the penalty to hand victory to the hosts (101 mins).

Match report here.

WEALDSTONE'S FRENZY

Wealdstone report that "Late drama at The Vale saw Wealdstone edge Altrincham in a highly eventful encounter to secure their first win of the season.

A stoppage time penalty from Medy Elito sent Stones’ fans into a frenzy as they grabbed all three points in a thrilling finale.

The opening exchanges were balanced between the Stones and Robins...

The pick of the Robins’ chances came in the 23rd minute when they caught out the Stones’ defence with a quick free kick, but Marcus Dinanga could only direct his shot into the side netting.

As the first half progressed, Wealdstone began to galvanise further goal scoring opportunities...

Altrincham return[ed] from the interval brightly as Dinanga skipped past Cook to go through on goal, but Wickens was quick off of his line to thwart the forward’s effort.

In the 57th minute, Connor Kirby suffered a serious leg injury which required significant medical assistance on the pitch...

Despite late chances for both teams in regulation time, the match looked to be heading towards a goalless draw before the 4th official signalled that there would be 13 additional minutes...

Then in the 99th minute the visitors were reduced to 10-men. Stones broke from an Altrincham corner with some good work from debutant Jackson to play in Fasanmade, however he was scythed down by Altrincham's Bradley Jackson, giving the referee an easy decision to make.

However, four minutes later, Wealdstone duly snatched all three points at the death as Elito stepped up after being foul[ed] to coolly slot home from the penalty spot for his first goal for the Stones".

NEXT OPPONENTS: KING'S LYNN TOWN

The Eastern Daily Press reports that "King’s Lynn Town suffered their third consecutive defeat in a classic game of two halves at The Walks.

Lynn were irresistible at times in the opening half, full of quality, inventiveness and swagger,

But within two minutes of the restart they were behind and a second goal, two minutes from time ended the Linnets’ hopes - although Junior Morias’s injury-time goal made for a frantic final few minutes.

It was harsh on Lynn, who again pushed one of the National League’s top sides to the brink without being able to push them over.

It took Dagenham half an hour to emerge from their shell, although initially only for a quick look...

The problem with being in the ascendancy is you can go to sleep, and Lynn did that within a couple of minutes of the restart, when half-time sub Myles Weston crossed from the left, George Saunders nodded the ball back across the area and Josh Walker tapped it home...

The tables had been turned in a big way and Lynn were in need of the battling spirit of a week earlier when they came from behind to draw at Eastleigh...

Dagenham then completed the job two minutes from the end of normal time when they ripped open Lynn’s right flank open and Weston made it 2-0.

Morias’s efforts were rewarded when he fired home in time added on, but it was too little, too late.

King’s Lynn Town: Jones, Barrows, Fernandez, Bowry (Sundire 80), Bird, Denton, Coleman, McGavin (Clunan 74), Rowley, Walker (Linton 67), Morias. Subs not used: Callan-McFadden, Jones. ".

ALTY OLD BOYS

Yusifu Ceesay scored on his Alfreton debut, whilst Scott Leather netted for Chorley.

Alistair Smith was a starter for Sutton United as their win lifted them off the bottom of League Two.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Nottingham Post, "Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall felt his side should have been awarded a crucial penalty after the Magpies were held at Weymouth.

Ruben Rodrigues appeared to be hauled down in the box with the score at 1-1 in the final minutes but referee Scott Simpson turned down the appeals...

Notts had been pegged back by Andy Robinson's equaliser after Callum Roberts had opened the scoring with a terrific free-kick.

Burchnall... said... 'It's looks a very clear penalty. Ruben has gone past the man so he has no reason to go down...

'We created lots of chances and on the balance of the play we've done more than enough to win the game. But it's disappointing we haven't scored more.'"

Another unhappy manager is the subject of a report in the Southend Echo as Southend United manager Phil Brown was left questioning the character of his side following a 3-1 defeat at Halifax Town.

The Shrimpers have now failed to win in their last four outings. And Brown feels his players are lacking in fighting spirit.

'For six games at the end of last season people were laying gloves on us but we stood up to it,' said Brown. 'We haven’t got that strength of character that stands up to that glove being put on us. They’re letting down the support, they’re letting down themselves, their families, me and the chairman, everyone connected with the club.

'It cannot go on and it has to stop now...

'The way to stop it is change of personnel and by bringing in horrible players who can do the things I’m asking them to do,' said the Blues' boss. 'This is nothing to do with systems or fancy football. It’s about character and having heart...

'I don’t like saying it about individuals and I won’t say who to you guys but there are one or two in there that I need to get rid of,' said Brown. 'I’ve said it to them too... We came here with a game plan and within five minutes it should have been 1-0 to us,' said Brown.

'The striker we brought in missed a chance at the back post.

“If we go a goal up it might be a different game... I went to over to one of the biggest fans in the stand and I said to him I was embarrassed,' said Brown."

Meanwhile at Wrexham "Jordan Davies’s first half goal gave Wrexham their first home league win of the campaign in front of the highest crowd in the National League this season.

Parkinson’s side got themselves ahead five minutes before the break as Jordan Davies’s cushioned header nestled into the bottom corner after some great hold up play and vision by Paul Mullin.

Despite being a goal to the good Wrexham had to finish the game strong as Dave Jones received his marching orders for a second bookable offence in a matter of moments 15 minutes from time...

Mullin posed problems all afternoon for the Woking defence...

Today’s victory sees us go 8th in the league".

SATURDAY RESULTS

Saturday 11th September
11 September 2021

BEFORE THE GAME: WEALDSTONE v ALTRINCHAM

Altrincham face their third away game in their opening four fixtures today, as they travel to North London to face Wealdstone.

As usual Radio Robins will be covering the match.

Unless injuries dictate, it would be surprising if the side is changed much, if at all, after its 3-2 win over Dover Athletic last time out. The squad for that match comprised:

With the news of Ritchie Sutton's move to Alfreton Town on loan, Alty continue to have cover for current centre-back incumbents, Tom Hannigan and Toby Mullarkey, in the shape of Jake Moult and new signing Joe Bunney as well as the currently injured Kennedy Digie.

ALTY CENTRE-HALVES ON LOAN

The Robins' oldest and youngest defenders will both be away from Moss Lane on loan for the immediate future as press and media officer John Edwards reports on the Altrincham FC website that "Ritchie Sutton has joined Alfreton Town on a month's loan in a move that will give him the chance to play Vanarama National League North football and maintain his fitness levels...

Right: Ritchie Sutton captained Alty in their opening pre-season game at West Didsbury & Chorlton.

With Ritchie short of game time, after just one Alty appearance as substitute this season, and Alfreton needing someone of his experience and know-how to steady the ship after a difficult start to the campaign, Reds boss Heath will be hoping the 35-year old's organisational skills and defensive resilience will have the desired effect on a squad that includes former Alty midfielder Conor Branson, who can also play at the back...

In other news, promising young Alty defender Will Hall has made such a favourable impression at Ramsbottom that his loan spell at the promotion-chasing Northern Premier League Division One West side has been extended for a further month".

Footnote: 35 year-old Ritchie made 15(+2) appearances last season in the National League, completing the ninety minutes on just eleven occasions. He made one further outing in the FA Cup.

This campaign he has played just sixteen minutes, at Torquay on the opening day of the campaign. With Toby Mullarkey and Tom Hannigan established as the first-choice pairing at the heart of the Alty defence, Ritchie is in need of regular action.

Teenage centre-back Will Hall has yet to appear for the first team, though he was twice named in National League match squads last season.

PRINGLE'S PROWESS

In the Sale & Altrincham Messenger press and media officer John Edwards tells us that "Phil Parkinson backed summer signing Ben Pringle to become 'a big player' for Altrincham after his second-half introduction turned an eventful first home game of the season in the Robins’ favour...

Right: Ben Pringle.

Alty were trailing 2-1... when Parkinson turned to his bench and sent on Pringle and another recent acquisition A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

With Pringle pulling the strings in midfield and Leitch-Smith poaching an equaliser soon after going on, the scene was set for a late bout of Alty pressure that led to an 86th-minute penalty winner by Ryan Colclough.

'I think 1,800 Alty fans had value for money there,’ said Alty boss Parkinson... 'It’s no mean feat to come back from 2-1 down in this league, and I thought we were brave with the substitutions we made and the way we changed the whole face of the team and dynamic of how we play.

'Ben has got bags of quality and should be one of the first names on the team sheet. I think he has had his eyes opened a bit in terms of what is needed off the ball at this level, but, on it, there’s no doubting his ability. He is going to be a big player for us. He did exactly what I wanted him to do, in terms of controlling the play.

'The penalty at the end was a real Ryan Colclough moment and I’ve given him some praise in the changing room. There was so much pressure, and the keeper went the right way, but Ryan nailed it. We expect a lot from him, and it really is all down to how much he wants it, because he can be as good as he wants to be. He’s got so much going for him.'”

ALTY OLD BOYS

Former Altrincham centre-back James Jones was sent off on Friday night as his Barrow side lost 2-3 to Colchester United. Jones was booked twice in two minutes (88 and 90") to trigger his dismissal.

As reported here yesterday, former Alty winger Yusifu Ceesay has joined Alfreton Town.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Nottingham Post reports that manager "Ian Burchnall feels Notts County are reaping the benefits of having a tight-knit squad as he opened up on the "great" spirit at Meadow Lane. The Magpies have put together a 21-man cast this season which is much leaner than the 27 players he had to pick from when he arrived as head coach back in March.

Burchnall said he understood why the squad was inflated with loan signings when he was appointed given the hectic schedule the Magpies endured last season.

Notts are yet to utilise the loan market to bolster the squad and that will only happen if there are injuries or the team suffers a drop in form. And Burchnall says...'Everybody feels like the competition's there, and the squad is fairly well balanced. I think when I came in last season, there were 27 players. We had five or six loan players and it was a big squad...

'It was also quite difficult to manage when so many players are not involved and then it can be counterproductive. Having a slightly smaller squad has everybody feeling hungry and feeling involved creates a better atmosphere.'"

Having a tight-knit group has certainly reaped dividends on the pitch for Notts who remain unbeaten in their opening four games".

Meanwhile the Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Grimsby Town facing unique selection problem ahead of Torquay United clash....

Paul Hurst could have to deal with the most unique of problems on Saturday, with two of his players doubts for Torquay, but not through injury.

Shaun Pearson and Ryan Taylor could both potentially miss the Mariners' long trip to Devon this weekend, although both are unlikely to know whether they can play until the last minute. Both the defender and the striker are expecting the births of their children very soon, with both of their partners overdue...

Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside... 'With all the preparation you do and all the planning, it could all be thrown out of the window!'

Thankfully, Hurst has been able to add another defender to his squad this week, with Ryley Towler arriving just in time from Bristol City, and he may well get called upon straightaway. A slightly bigger headache might arise though if he’s left without Taylor, who scored his first goal for the club against Barnet last weekend.

With Lenell John-Lewis out injured, and of course attempts to bring Omar Bogle back not working out, Hurst may need another plan up his sleeve this weekend".

And, regarding Grimsby's opponents, Devon Live informs us that "With expectations tempered by two defeats in the first four games, Torquay fans at last saw 'Gary Johnson's game' in their 4-3 win at Maidenhead United on Saturday; that quick passing and fluid game that he loves his sides to play but there were hearts-in-mouths for the last quarter after the home side fought back to 4-3.

However, a win is a win and it will have done the squad the world of good ahead of the game against Grimsby...

'We have had a good look at them and they are a good football team,' said Johnson... 'From what I hear I don't think he [Hurst] quite knows his best team so he is still learning about that particular team that he has brought in. It is always difficult when you have got relegated to know who to keep, who to move out, who to move in but they have been a League side now for a little while and we have got to treat them with respect'...

Grimsby were beaten 2-1 at Chesterfield on the first day of the season but have since picked up seven points from a draw at Stockport County and home wins against Weymouth and Barnet for fifth place...

Johnson believes the Maidenhead win could be a catalyst for change...

Right-sided midfielder Chiori Johnson will come back into the reckoning following his one-match suspension... and there are no obvious injury concerns, apart from Jake Andrews's absence for all of the season so far. Johnson is unlikely to make any changes, though, with Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Armani Little both having their best games of the season on the right and left wings.

At Grimsby, Hurst does have a few injury concerns, and this week did something Johnson is yet to do; dip his toe in the loan market. Ryley Towler joined on loan from Bristol Rovers on Wednesday and with David Longe-King set to be out for at least three weeks, the 19 year-old could make his debut in the Mariners' defence.

Hurst said... 'He can play left-back as well, and he started his football as a midfielder and worked his way back, so you can see he’s comfortable on the ball'".

Aldershot Town "continue their season... against Solihull Moors this Saturday...

First-Team Manager Danny Searle had to say [the following]...

'We’ve had what I would say probably three and a half performances that justify more than what we’ve got. The message has been this week those have to be turned into points... The confidence is there within the group because there’s a belief that we are better than what our points total shows us, but until you actually stick them on the board, you’re always going to have an element of doubt...

'It’s not about me. It’s about the boys as we’ve got a young squad... I don’t think anyone can work any harder than they are... We’ve started to score goals now, we’re creative, we created just as many chances as Notts County did and although they had a lot more of the ball on Saturday, I’d say we created the better chances...

'Now they need to put points at the end of it...

'We have to back our young players because I would rather give a young Aldershot home-grown player the opportunity to go and prove himself and earn a career. Go and get a loan player from somewhere that’s going to be a squad player, I don’t see the point. I’d rather bring in a loan player that when they come in, they go straight into the team...

'We’ve only got a small squad to a certain degree but within reason, we nearly have a full quota to pick from... At this moment, I see enough in the players we’ve got to do well and win games...

'We’re trying to shift the mindset from looking at it as tough opposition but more what an exciting challenge and let’s upset a few people.. In most of those games, we are going to be the underdogs, but what we’ve proven in the past is when you put us in that position, we can come out fighting and the bottom line for our lads is that fight has got to result in some points'".


10 September 2021

TWO ALTY FACES JOIN ALFRETON

National League North club Alfreton Town have today (Friday) signed two players with strong Altrincham connections. First to be announced was the loan signing of centre back Ritchie Sutton [right].

Alfreton Town firstly announced "the signing of vastly experienced defender Ritchie Sutton on a 1 month loan from National League side Altrincham FC subject to FA approval.

The 35 year-old defender has garnered a wealth of experience during his career. He began at Crewe but did not make an appearance for them before being loaned out to Leek Town and Stafford Rangers. After further spells in non league with Northwich Victoria and Halifax Town he moved into the Football League with Port Vale. He then went on to enjoy success with Mansfield Town... and helping Tranmere Rovers triumph in the National League play off final over Boreham Wood in 2018.

More recently he joined the Robins after a stint at Morecambe FC. He has made 1 substitute appearance for Altrincham this season and goes straight into the squad for the visit of AFC Telford United to the Impact Arena tomorrow as Billy Heath hopes he can bring some defensive solidity to the Reds backline."

And then Alfreton Town added confirmation of "the permanent signing of 26 year-old ex-Altrincham midfielder Yusifu Ceesay (left) subject to FA approval.

The Spanish born midfielder who can also be used as a pacey winger joins the Reds after being released by the Robins at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season...

Across his three spells at Moss Lane he scored 6 goals in 56 appearances including a brace as Altrincham romped to a 7-0 victory at the Impact Arena on a day to forget for the Reds in April 2019".

WE'VE MET BEFORE: WEALDSTONE

Altrincham travel to Wealdstone on Saturday but this time the match will not be behind closed doors, as it was in November 2020 when the hosts won 1-0. Alty gained revenge with a 2-0 home win in the reverse fixture.

Both clubs regained their top-flight status in non-League in 2020; in Wealdstone's case it was for the first time in 32 years but, having guided them to promotion, in February 2021 the club surprisingly sacked manager Dean Brennan, with his former assistant Stuart Maynard taking over to lead them to a 19th placed finish.

Before their 2020 return to the top-flight, Wealdstone had enjoyed two spells at that level. Like Altrincham, they were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1979 but, after just two seasons, they were relegated in 1981, only to regain their status a year later in 1982.

This second spell in the Conference lasted for six years and in the 1984-85 they won the then-named Gola League, albeit with the fewest wins and most defeats of any champions up to that date. So, like Altrincham they are a club who have won the top level of non-League but have been denied promotion to the Football League.

Previous Altrincham league matches against Wealdstone have resulted as follows:

AN ALTY LOANEE AT TRAFFORD

Altrincham FC reports on 18 year-old Sean Higgins, who joined Altrincham "after leaving Oldham Athletic, and is now starring on loan for Trafford in the Pitching In Northern Premier League-West Division.

Sean has played in each of Trafford's last three games, which have yielded seven points and Danny Caldecott's side is currently unbeaten and sits in a play-off position having taken 12 points from its opening six league encounters.

On Tuesday night, The North took on league leaders, Workington, and the 18 year-old full-back was up against the highly-rated winger Rowan Roache, who was at Alty last season and has been a big part in the Cumbrians achieving a 100% record". Trafford drew 2-2 in front of 489 spectators.

Brian Flynn's audio interview with Sean is to be found through the above link.

As well as Higgins, former Alty players Astley Mulholland and Darius Palma were in the starting eleven at Shawe View for Trafford.

AWAY TRAVEL

Altrincham FC is running supporters' transport to the next away games, at Wealdstone and Yeovil.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Lynn News King's Lynn Town's "Director of football Robbie Back says King's Lynn Town's latest arrival isn't costing the club a penny as they prepare to welcome the BT Sport cameras to The Walks on Saturday.

The Linnets have brought in attacking midfielder Zain Walker on a month's youth loan from League Two Bristol Rovers. The 19 year-old midfielder has made 11 league appearances (four starts) for Rovers...

Born in Wandsworth, Walker started his career with Fulham, joining Rovers' Academy at the age of 16. 'I think this lad we've got in is a real player and he arrives here very highly-rated,' said Back. 'There's no loan fee involved, that's been covered, so it's not costing the club a penny which is great.'

Walker... is an attacking player who likes to take defenders on, typically on the left-wing coming in on his right foot, but can play either side or centrally.

Lynn are still hoping to add another striker to their squad with Swiss frontman Gold Omotayo out with ankle ligament damage and likely to be sidelined for several weeks...

'I know we've got Junior (Morias) back but now we've lost Gold,' admitted Back. 'We'd love to bring another striker in but it all comes down to money and we can't keep expecting the chairman to splash out. We might have Cameron King back in a couple of weeks too, so if that's the case it will be like signing another player'...

Back said 'It would be fantastic to see a big crowd on Saturday with it being the first live TV game in front of fans since we played Oldham 15 years ago'".

The Leader Live reports on "the build up to Saturday's fixture against Woking... This week, the Wrexrent stand throws open its turnstiles to welcome fans back into its newly-refurbished arms...

Last Saturday's performance showed a grit and determination that I think we all, as fans, like to see in our teams...

As this team starts to really gel, I think we are very quickly going to become everybody's least favourite opposition in the league. The 10 new signings we made this off-season required a great deal of work behind the scenes...

The addition of Kevin Mulholland as Head Physio spoke of the desire to give the club the best possible support in the medical department and plans are now being laid to improve other areas of the off-field operations. Supporters can look forward to a number of further appointments as the club looks to improve or supplement its recruitment, analysis and sports science departments".

The Huddersfield Examiner reports that Sheffield United "have returned to the National League to sign 19 year-old defender Joe Starbuck

The 19-year-old has joined from Grimsby Town and will go straight into Paul Heckingbottom's under-23 squad. The Mariners' youth team captain progressed through the academy system at Blundell Park and signed his first professional contract last year.

He made his Town debut in the Football League Trophy in September 2019, before going on to make a total of nine appearances in all competitions...

Starbuck is not the only talented youngster to be signed by the Blades from the National League. Two years ago Ndiaye, also 19 at the time, arrived after catching the eye at Boreham Wood and went straight into the academy set-up, before making his first team debut last season.

The division has grown in standard in recent years and is now regarded as being as good as League Two".

Chesterfield "joined 23 other teams at a prestigious launch in London calling for a new direction for our national game.

Chesterfield are one of the founding members of Fair Game, a group of value-driven clubs, supported by 40 world-renowned experts and backed by politicians of all colours.

The government is currently developing policies on how to change the national game as part of Tracey Crouch’s football governance review. Fair Game aim is to help develop the long-term realistic solutions needed.

The details of that vision are outlined in Fair Game’s 48-page manifesto... It details solutions to various problems within football, including the owners' and directors' test, financial sustainability, protecting the heritage of clubs, a fairer distribution of TV revenues, opposing the European Super League, and tackling discrimination...

Spireites' chairman Mike Goodwin said 'We fully support Fair Game’s values as sustainability, integrity and community are at the heart of what we are about as a football club owned by a Community Trust'".

Southend remind us that manager "Phil Brown heads back to his former club this weekend. Brown spent three years as a player with Halifax Town from 1985 to 1988...

'I’m going back to where it all started,' said Brown. 'Everybody thinks Hartlepool is the place it all started; yes it’s where I made my debut and played 200 odd games, but my first move south, as it were, was to Halifax Town so I’ve got really fond memories of the place. They say once a Shayman, always a Shayman, and that is true...

'The ex-players' association have invited me to the boardroom after the game so it’s nice to know that I’m still regarded in those circumstances, but bottom line is I’m going there simply with one thing in my mind which is to win the game. If we win the game it could kickstart our season'...

Brown added [of Halifax] 'They’ve got a decent squad, the coach is a very innovative coach, he changes system on a regular basis. He’ll throw a back three, a back five or a back four at you and change during the course of a game so we’ve got to be ready for it and prepared...

'We’ve won one of the four [games played]. Is that a good return? Well, I’ve got to say it, I thought we deserved to win against Stockport and I thought we deserved more against Wrexham'...

Brown will have to take a late check on Nathan Ralph for this weekend, who came off having suffered a concussion last time out".

A report from Kent Online tells us that"Nicky Southall says Dover Athletic need 16 or 17 wins to survive in the National League

Assistant manager Nicky Southall saw enough from Dover’s players during their defeat at Altrincham to prove they are up for their survival challenge... They have lost their first three National League fixtures after losing 3-2 on Saturday.

But Southall said... 'You are looking at the league table and we are 13 points from survival with the bottom three going down. We have a figure in our mind of how many games we need to win, probably 16 games over a 44-game season, with a few draws, or an extra win in there, to stay up. We are not really looking at the points table, we are just looking for 16 or 17 wins. If we can get that, I think we will be okay.'

Whites were well in the game against Altrincham despite, ultimately, losing once again.. Whites were without defenders Will Moses (knee), Jake Goodman (concussion) and player-coach Reda Johnson (calf).

Southall admitted 'We are down to the bare bones. We knew it would be like this. We are under no illusions that it is going to be tough this season. But looking at the way the boys played on Saturday, it looks like they are right up for this challenge'.. Southall, 49, says he is hoping to see more of the same from AFC Wimbledon loanee Aaron Cosgrave... 'He is only young and has just come out of non-league from Lewes (where he played last season). There is more to come from him. He reminds me of a young Stefan Payne. Me and the gaffer had Stefan at Gillingham, and he went to Dover and did really well. Aaron is very similar to him in terms of physique, power and pace'...

'There are some real green shoots coming from our players. If we can just get that first win or first point on the board, I think you might see the team develop and blossom even more'" concluded Southall.


9 September 2021

NEW STRIKER FOR ALTY'S OPPONENTS: WEALDSTONE

Altrincham's next opponents, this Saturday, have strengthened their attacking options as the Kilburn Times reports that "Wealdstone have completed the signing of striker Ira Jackson Junior following his release from National League rivals Grimsby Town.

The striker had his first taste of league football with the Mariners last season, scoring three times in 15 games. The forward will wear the number 16 shirt for the Stones this term.

Prior to his league debut the striker spent a lot of time in the Kent non-league football scene, playing in the National League for Dover Athletic aged 19 back in 2016.

He has also played for Faversham Town, Ashford United, Ramsgate, Canterbury City, Lordswood, Whitstable Town, Worthing, Margate, Leatherhead, Sittingbourne and Folkestone Invicta, where his 24 goals in 36 games in the 2019/20 Isthmian Premier League season earned him his big EFL move.

Ira Jackson will go straight into Stuart Maynard's squad to face Altrincham this weekend subject to FA and National League approval.

The addition of Jackson will provide more competition up front, especially with Danny Parish joining Billericay Town on loan recently".

THROUGH THE YEARS

On Saturday, 11 September, Altrincham travel to Wealdstone, which will be their fourth successive away game on that date over the years. Howard Watts and the late Mike Garnett's Through the Years data confirm that the last time Alty played on 11 September was back in 2010. Back on that date Altrincham travelled to Gateshead, where they lost 2-0 at the International Stadium in a Blue Square Bet Premier match. At kick off Altrincham were bottom of the league.

Prior to that the previous game on 11 September was away at Southport in the Conference North in 2004 when Alty suffered a 2-1 defeat. But Altrincham had arrived with the best defence in the division and had been beaten only once that campaign, which was to end in promotion.

Above: Action at Southport before the worst of the weather.

Altrincham saved their best play for after the interval after going two goals adrift inside 24 minutes. Employing Stephen Rose on the left of midfield, they fell behind to a well-taken Fearns goal after the referee had allowed play to continue where others might have penalised the combative Lynch for foot-up against Hussin as he won possession (16 mins).

A close-range bullet header from the unmarked Fearns doubled the lead as Alty failed to deal with a cross from the right (24 mins). As the wet and windy conditions descended into monsoon-like periods of torrential rain Alty had the better of the second half and deservedly got a goal back when Kilbane glanced a cross from the right by Potts into the top corner of his own net (72 mins).

The nearest Alty came to an equaliser was when Maddox's shot from a Band knock-down was blocked by he keeper, two minutes into added time. But the real heroes today were those Altrincham supporters who were forced to stand in the wind-swept heavy rain to cheer their team on, which they did impressively.

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

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Arguments continue about the future of Woking's Kingfield Stadium. According to Get Surrey, "Land around Woking Football Club targeted by a developer for more than 1,000 homes is more appropriate for 93, a planning inspector has said.

The national planning inspector approved a modification suggesting it is reasonable to build fewer than 100 homes on the Kingfield site, rather than the proposed 1,048 flats put forward by developer Goldev. An action group which fought the plans, called South Woking Action Group (SWAG), have welcomed the recommended cut.

Wayne Gold, director of the developer Goldev Woking Limited, said he will submit a comment on the allocation this week... The inspector has been reviewing a Woking Borough Council document that allocates land in the borough for a range of uses, from houses to retail and employment.

In the original version, Woking Football Club was the only site allocated for housing for which the borough council gave no indication of numbers... South Woking Action Group (SWAG) are hoping this amendment will thwart a planning application for 1,048 flats, which was refused permission but is being appealed".

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that "Grimsby Town fans are daring to dream of a return for Omar Bogle once again amid reports he could be heading to the National League.

The former Mariner finds himself out of favour at Doncaster Rovers, having rejected the chance to move to League Two during the summer transfer window. Bradford City were understood to have targeted the forward.. And with Doncaster adding free agent Joe Dodoo to their ranks over the weekend, Bogle finds himself falling further down the pecking order at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Reports are now suggesting that the striker will be offered on loan to a non-league club, and plenty of Town fans are hoping it will be the Mariners...

Doncaster boss Wellens told the Doncaster Free Press 'I just don’t get why players, when you tell them they’re free to move on, and they want to stay at the club. I’ve been in that position at this club. Darren Ferguson pulled me into his office and said you’re 36-37 now and we don’t want you.

'I couldn’t wait to get out of the door. It wasn’t a slight on the club, I just wanted to play. I understand the big boys at Premier League clubs who are on £100,000 a week and no one else is going to give them that. I get that'...

Wellens added 'He’s been at this club for quite a period of time and the goal return hasn’t been great. I’ve watched him over three or four games now. He’s not had any chances, the runs that we want him to make aren’t there. He’ll just come in and train and we’ll see how it goes'".

Menahwile the Grimsby Telegraph confirms "the signing of Bristol City midfielder Ryley Towler on loan...

The Mariners are of course able to continue signing players, with the National League not restricted by a transfer window, and Paul Hurst has made the most of it with his 15th signing of the summer.

Towler joins Town on a loan deal until January... A left-footed midfielder who can also provide cover at left-back or centre-back... The 19 year-old has previously spent time out on loan with Frome Town and Taunton Town",

Southend's Echo News reveals that "Southend United manager Phil Brown insists he has been given the green light to add to his Shrimpers squad if required.

The Blues' boss has made 10 signings already this season. But Brown has now been told by chairman Ron Martin that 'If someone comes out the woodwork who we want then, by all means, he will support me. It was music to my ears and I think that’s come from a direct result of what he’s witnessed so far. We’re not top of the league or anything that like but he’s seen a turn in mentality, certainly where the supporters are concerned because they’ve been unbelievable so far...

'But I’ll wait for the moment and hopefully there will be someone out there who can improve us.'”

King’s Lynn Town "have completed the loan signing of Bristol Rovers Zain Walker who is joining us for a month.

Zain is an attacking player who likes to take defenders on, typically on the left-wing coming in on his right foot, but can play either side or centrally.

Zain made his Bristol Rovers first-team debut at just 16... in 2018".

In the Leader Live, we read that "Phil Parkinson would like more points on the board but the Wrexham boss is not unhappy with his side's unbeaten start to the season.

Three of the first four games have been away from home... Wrexham return to The Racecourse on Saturday with Woking the visitors...

'The three away games have been tough ones and we have come through them all unbeaten,' said Parkinson... 'It is not a bad start'...

Wrexham have been behind in three matches but managed to get a result each time...

Parkinson was delighted with the character and battling qualities shown by his side at Southend. 'After going two-nil down you have got to be pleased with a point,' said Parkinson".


8 September 2021

NEXT OPPONENTS: WEALDSTONE

Altrincham's next match, on Saturday 11 September, is away at Wealdstone; from there the Kilburn Times reports that Wealdstone manager Stuart Maynard revealed his squad were ‘disappointed’ to only pick up one point against current leaders Dagenham & Redbridge... as they drew 2-2 at Victoria Road on Saturday.

The Stones twice led through Josh Umerah and Dennon Lewis but the goals were cancelled out by Daggers Paul McCallum and George Saunders.

'Dagenham away was a really good point for us, but a little disappointing, and the group was disappointed after to come away without all three points,' Maynard said.

'It’s not so much that we deserved three points, it was that we led twice, and quite late on so that makes you disappointed even though a point overall was a fair result as it was an even game. It was also a good advert for the National League as it was a very high standard game.

Dagenham manager Daryl McMahon was full of praise for the way the Stones play football and Maynard reiterated... 'We’ve got our philosophy, we’ll stick with it and keep working on it, it’s a process and ours will take longer than other clubs because of the contact time that we have with them...

'We’re happy with where we’re sitting at the minute'... The boss also feels although they’ve only managed two points from the opening four fixtures... 'I believe we probably deserve more from the defeats than we actually got...

'Chesterfield away.... we controlled that game for large periods, without really creating too many opportunities. The performance levels in all of the games have been really high'".

YOUTHS KICK-OFF WITH A WIN

The North-West Youth Alliance Premier League only kicked off its 2021-22 season on Sunday (5th September) and Altrincham FC youth team manager Paul Fay reports on a win away to Chester FC.

"The team started the game well with a lot of possession and Ryan Morton looking very dangerous on the ball.

With Chester growing into the game and getting into some dangerous positions Alty scored on the counter through Angus Bailey.

Alty led 1-0 at the break.

The seconnd half started with Chester enjoying a lot of possession and they were a threat in the final third. Alty... withstood the pressure from the opponents.

With legs beginning to tire, changes were made with Tom Jones and Ben Lawson replacing goalscorer, Angus Bailey and Louis Morrison. With the fresh legs coming on to the pitch on a warm sunny day, it gave the team more energy...

McGeady came on for Jayden Matthews and Aiden Kelly for Ryan Morton pushing Lucas Aldcroft further up the pitch and finally Dylan Giblin replaced Danny Watson after a dangerous knock to the head...

Chester equalised when a long throw was flicked on the home side converted the second ball and this sapped the energy from the young Robins in the Sunday afternoon heat.

To their credit they dug-in and started getting better in possession with Louis Morrison coming back on replacing Aldcroft for the last five mins Alty started to look more dangerous with Ben Lawson, Joel Trevor and Harlan Rogers-Morris getting into good positions... Altrincham won a corner with a great ball in from Harlan Rogers-Morris and Louis Morrison popped up with winner, just minutes after being reintroduced to the game!...

Eight of the squad are involved with the Academy and six of the squad have came through from the Juniors including 15 year-old Lucas Aldcroft.

SQUAD:- 1 Ryan Forde, 2 Ewan McGeady, 3 Aiden Kelly, 4 Danny Watson, 5 Louis Morrison, 6 Ben Lawson, 7 Lucas Aldcroft, 8 Harlan Rogers-Morris, 9 Angus Bailey, 10 Michael Vale, 11 Tom Jones. Subs: 12 Ryan Morton, 13 Joel Trevor, 14 Jayden Matthews, 15 Liam Evans, 16 Dylan Giblin".

REVIEWING THE FIRST MATCH

Following Altrincham's first home match of the season, co-chairman Bill Waterson has reviewed the afternoon.

He told the Altrincham FC website that it was "absolutely fantastic to see so many of you back at The J. Davidson Stadium... There were so many positives from the day, so much that was good; a stunning debut for the new pitch, an exciting game culminating with an Alty win and a bumper crowd of 1,871.

That remarkable attendance was our largest for an opening home fixture since the inaugural Northern Premier League season in 1968, when 3,123 turned up to see us beat Bangor City.

Above: Alty celebrated their second-half equaliser against Dover, with delighted spectators much in evidence.

And a simple subtraction of 1,871 minus 65 in the away end tells us there were over 1800 home fans in the ground, the most for many years, even eclipsing the Stockport game a couple of years ago.

In addition, it’s the first time we’ve won two out of our first three National League games since 2008 and only the second time since 1994, when we finished fourth..

On Saturday morning, we sold our 400th season ticket, far surpassing last year's record of 329. And we sold over 600 e-tickets, which meant that over 1,000 of you had paid for and secured your entry to the ground in advance.

Heartfelt thanks to all who did so, and we hope more will follow suit, if able to, as this is a hugely important trend for the football club and one that will let us handle bigger and bigger crowds in the future...

But there were some important lessons for us to learn, too. Not everything went to plan...

First of all, we are going to make certain we prioritise entry to the ground for season ticket holders and ensure they do not need to queue along with those waiting to pay, and we will have implemented this change in time for the King’s Lynn game.

We were hampered on Saturday by some technical difficulties, and by having fewer turnstile operators than the number of fans would require. I am pleased to say we did manage to have all spectators in the ground by just after five past three, but we recognise we need to do better.

So, from now on, we will have dedicated turnstiles for e-ticket access... We will have more turnstile operators in place... We ask again for your support in moving more towards the online model...

We will be taking steps to increase speed of service in the bar, and we expect to take delivery of card payment terminals this week to be used across all of our outlets from the King’s Lynn game onwards.

We are awaiting delivery of a new toilet block for the away end, delayed by the shortage of materials prevalent across the industry, and this will allow us to install portaloos on the Pop Side/Golf Road, near the Fan Zone, with a longer-term solution being progressed in parallel...

You stood by us through the COVID suspension, and then through a season with no fans. We are looking to repay you with brilliance on the field, matched by facilities off it that will make you want to keep coming back to The J.Davidson Stadium".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

The Derbyshire Times informs us that "The National League season is well underway but clubs are still adding to their squads....

According to the Halifax Courier "Town manager Pete Wild wants his side to up the tempo when they host Southend...

Halifax slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Yeovil last weekend, producing a timid display in a poor game...

'We’re really looking forward to it, we’ve reviewed things we need to be better at from the Yeovil game'... Wild said. 'We’re excited about the Southend game, I think it’s our toughest test so far... We need to play with a better tempo, with and without the ball'...

Wild gave little away when asked whether he was tempted to make changes after the Yeovil match... 'I’ve got a lot of personal learnings from last Saturday, on and off the field, and I need to make sure I get it right on Saturday'...

'We’ve had friends at other clubs who’ve played against them [Southend] and told us they’re strong, physical, direct, quick forwards, Dalby and Murphy are a handful,' Wild said... 'What we’re trying to do this year is concentrate on ourselves more, and I’ve got to learn from some of the mistakes I made last Saturday'...

Wild said, 'Southend at home, then you go to Boreham Wood, who are flying, on Tuesday night, then Stockport at home. What a great week for everybody, the players, the fans, the staff... These are the weeks you get involved in footy for'...

'Dom (Tear) is back out running and hopefully will be cleared by the end of the week to be training next week. Jack Senior’s still really sore on his shoulder, he’s still icing that so he’s still got a good couple of weeks.

'One good bit of news is that Matt Stenson is running at full pace now, which is great to see'... Wild says he hopes Stenson could be available for selection by the end of November...

Midfielder Luke Summerfield is expected to feature on Saturday, despite carrying a knock... Striker Gerry McDonagh has made just one substitute appearance since joining Town, but Wild says the club will be patient with him.

'Like we said when we brought him in, Gerry’s a project,' Wild said... 'It’ll probably take six to eight weeks to get him to exactly where we want him to be'...

Wild was sent-off near the end of the Yeovil game, and is anticipating a touchline ban as a result".

The Derbyshire Times reports that "The Spireites travel to rock-bottom Dover Athletic on Saturday and opposition manager Andy Hessenthaler says Chesterfield are ‘a million miles away’ from where the Whites are as a club right now...

The Kent club went part-time in the summer and now only train twice a week. To make matters worse, Dover have a number of players out injured...

Hessenthaler said 'Chesterfield are a million miles away from us as a club. It’s ridiculous this league. It’s not a level playing field any more, financially. We can’t compete with that. It’s totally changed to what it was four years ago.'

Despite three defeats on the spin... They hope to have centre-back Jake Goodman (concussion) back but Will Moses (knee), Marshall Wratten (ankle), Reda Johnson (calf) and Ryan Hanson (knee) remain out.

'When you only train once or twice a week and you are playing against teams who train every day... their fitness levels are going to be better than ours,' Hessenthaler explained.

'The problem we are getting is players are picking up injuries because they aren’t fit enough yet. Because we lacked a pre-season in terms of time on the training ground and that means they are playing catch-up and we aren’t training every day which doesn’t help'...

'That is what we are dealing with but we knew that and unfortunately we have got to deal with it... But if I thought it was a challenge which was pointless then we would be giving up and we are not going to be giving up'".


7 September 2021

DOVER MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Alty TV has highlights of last Saturday's game against Dover Athletic.

As Sean Williams (far left) just about gets into the image, we see Ben Pringle, Brad Jackson and Connor Kirby warming up before the game against Dover whilst, in the foreground, spectator Curtis Miller (red top) exchanges pleasantries with new signings Dean Furman and Joe Bunney.

NEXT HOME GAME

Altrincham's next home game is on Tuesday, 14 September when King's Lynn own make the long trek to the J. Davidson Stadium. Tickets are now available via the Altrincham FC website.

NEXT OPPONENTS: WEALDSTONE

Altrincham travel to North London on Saturday to face Wealdstone who, last weekend, had an excellent 2-2 draw with league leaders Dagenham & Redbrisge.

Wealdstone rpeort that they "earned an impressive point on the road against table toppers Dagenham & Redbridge...

An early goal from Josh Umerah was cancelled out before half time by Paul McCallum for the home side, while substitutes Dennon Lewis and George Saunders each scored for their respective sides in the second half to share the spoils.

Manager Stuart Maynard made two changes to the side that secured their first point of the season on Monday against Southend United, with Dan Wishart and Craig Fasanmade starting for the Stones.

The Stones had the perfect start to the match in the 8th minute of play when Umerah latched onto a poor defensive header and coolly slotted home past Elliot Justham to send the visitors into an early lead, and notch his second goal of the season.

Wealdstone enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the early stages... As the half progressed, the Daggers began to pose more of an attacking threat...

However, ten minutes before the interval, Dagenham duly equalised through McCallum... but the Stones responded excellently with some resolute defending to ensure they went into half time on level terms.

The second half saw the Stones push to seize the initiative from the outset... In the 74th minute, newly introduced Lewis... fired past Justham into the far corner to send the Stones into the lead.

However, six minutes later, the Daggers pegged the visitors back again... The points were shared. Wealdstone return to action next Saturday 11th September, when they entertain Altrincham...

WEALDSTONE: Wickens, Cook, Cawley (Tavares 84), Okimo (c), Eleftheriou, Charles, Dyer, Cooper, Wishart (Lewis 73), Fasanmade (Browne 73), Umerah. Subs not used: Buse, Elito.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

In the Maidenhead Advertiser, "Maidenhead United captain Alan Massey said his team need to have ‘a good long look at themselves’ after they conceded four goals in 45 minutes against Torquay United on Saturday.

Armani Little (two), Asa Hall, and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans were all on target for the Gulls while the Magpies struggled to get a grip on the match beyond the opening 10 minutes at York Road.

They did improve after the interval, in both attack and defence...

'I think the second half papers over the first really,' said Massey. 'It was nowhere near good enough. I think everyone that was involved in the first half needs to have a good long look at themselves because that is nowhere near what we should be doing this season.

'We didn’t start the game too badly but then we folded. To go 4-0 down at half-time is unacceptable... to be losing like that at the break. The boys showed some character in the second half to get back into it but there are a lot of things that need to be worked on'... added Massey...

On his individual performance Massey said 'You always enjoy scoring but maybe not in that situation. My main job is to defend, and to concede four isn’t good enough from me or anyone else. That’s where I need to be looking rather than the goal I’ve scored'."

According to the Derbyshire Times, "James Rowe said the behaviour of one of Bromley’s backroom staff at Saturday’s match was ‘disrespectful.’

The Ravens scored a 96th minute equaliser to make it 2-2 which sparked wild celebrations on the touchline...

'I think they are disrespectful in what they say, they should not be saying the things they do,' Rowe said. 'You have got to stand up to it... You have got to protect yourself and you have got to protect the club when things are said that are wrong and go over your non-negotiables...

'The person who said those things has got to have a long look in the mirror at themselves because we don’t want that in the game... You have got to maintain that respect.'

When asked if he could reveal what was said, he added 'No, I am not going to go into that because I don’t wash my dirty linen in public... I have said my bit as well on it to him so hopefully he will learn from it.'"

We learn from Hampshire Live that "Portsmouth defender Haji Mnoga made his debut in the National League on Saturday afternoon against Chesterfield [for Bromley].

Signed on loan by the fifth-tier side until January on deadline day (August 31), Bromley boss Andy Woodman opted to start the 19-year-old defender who played for 75 minutes of the 2-2 draw against the Spireites... Mnoga, who made ten first-team appearances last season, signed a new three-year deal prior to leaving on loan, highlighting that Pompey are keen on helping him develop... with Mnoga playing last season primarily as a wing-back or a right-back...

Bromley boss Woodman was pleased by the teenager’s first outing and is hopeful of seeing him improve in the future... 'We threw him right in at the deep end and he will only get better. He is a bit disappointed in there, which amazes me, because he is an 18 year-old boy chucked in against a proper player who I tried to put off by having a bit of banter with him.

'But I thought Haji did a real, honest job. I can't ask any more from that... I thought he was excellent'".

According to the Leader Live, "Paul Mullin's injury is not serious and Phil Parkinson is hoping the striker will be available for Saturday's home game against Woking.

Summer signing Mullin, who has scored twice since arriving at The Racecourse from Cambridge United, missed the 2-2 draw with Southend United at the weekend due to a knee problem...

'Paul's fine,' said Parkinson, who saw Mullin's replacement Dior Angus score the equaliser. 'It kind of disrupted us a little bit. We trained Thursday and he had problem with his knee. We sent him for a scan Thursday night and it came back with nothing really on it. He...probably could have played'..

Parkinson was pleased to see Angus mark his first start of the campaign with a goal... 'He hasn't played a lot of football,' added the Reds' boss. 'At the start he was a bit caught in the traps but he got better as the game went on@".

"Brian Stock described Weymouth’s pulsating 4-3 win at Solihull Moors as a 'huge win' for the Terras" reports the Dorset Echo. Stock’s men went 4-1 up after 47 minutes as they took Solihull apart in the transitional phases of the game...

Solihull made a number of tactical changes to change the game... Weymouth eventually held on to secure back-to-back wins.

'It’s a huge win,' Stock told Echosport... 'We had to do a lot of homework on Solihull to try and get our tactics right. The goals we scored was exactly what we worked on in the training field. The lads that have played and haven’t played have all bought into the process'....

Weymouth... immediately imposed themselves on Solihull. 'It was again something we worked on, to exploit their back three,' Stock said. 'We attracted them in and Josh (Leslie-Smith) on the overlap had joy... When you look at all four goals, we’ve been very clinical.

'The gulf between us and Solihull and what they have in terms of resources, they’re a full-time side, fitness does become an issue... It was inevitable they put on some pressure and they threw everything at us. We stood strong and it speaks volumes for this group of players. Last year we would have probably caved in'...

He said 'We worked on counter-attacking. They’re quite a good side in terms of possession but I felt with the pace we have in the team, and players we have in wide areas, that we could hurt them... I felt they’re wide open on transition, so it’s pleasing when things are transferred from the training field into a game@".

ITV tells us that "It was an away day to savour for Torquay United fans at the weekend after watching their team win, and getting free pizza from the manager.

The Gulls survived a second-half comeback to beat Maidenhead 4-3 in the National League and register their first win of the season.

And the result was made even better for the travelling fans when boss Gary Johnson was filmed handing out free pizza.

Footage posted on social media showed the manager getting off the team bus with pizza boxes to give to fans...

'Top bloke all round,' one fan wrote. 'Love this, this is why I’m Torquay,' another posted.


6 September 2021

AFTER THE GAME

Alty TV has Brian Flynn's video interview with Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson after the victory over Dover.

ALTY DUOS

Altrincham's A-Jay Leitch Smith and Daniel Mooney were both scorers for the club against Dover Athletic on Saturday and they are pictured, (above, left), during the game. A-Jay is in the foreground.

Meanwhile the J. Davidson Stadium got its first glimpses of the club's two latest recruits, Joe Bunney and Dean Furman (above, right), who were unused substitutes in Saturday's match. Dean is the player in the foreground.

RESERVES' CUP WIN

Altrincham FC Reserves won 1-0 away at Nantwich Town on Saturday.

This was a Cheshire Conty FA Amateur Cup 1st Round match.

ALTY MONTHLY DRAW WINNERS

Altrincham FC has announced that the winners in its latest Monthly Draw, for August 2021, were as follows:-

Congratulations to all the winners!

ALTY OLD BOYS

Trafford FC moved into second place in the NPL1W on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Widnes, with Darius Palma and Astley Mulholland amongst the starting eleven.

Macclesfield FC have announced "the signing of commanding 27 year-old defender Luis Morrison (right), on an initial two-year contract".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

Southend United boss "Phil Brown was pleased with the spirit shown by his Southend side but was unable to hide his disappointment after Blues let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with Wrexham at Roots Hall.

Sam Dalby’s header midway through the first half put Southend in front at the break before Rhys Murphy scored his first competitive goal in Blues colours shortly after the restart to put Southend in the driving seat.

But Wrexham scored almost immediately after Murphy’s strike to reduce the arrears through Jamie Reckord with Dior Angus equalising from close range to ensure the spoils were shared.

'It was a battle and I’ve got to say I love games like that,' said Brown... 'You get two teams who are genuinely going after each other, and to get 2-0 up and to just get a point of the game is a disappointment for us. We always knew they were a threat all the way through the game and I though the key moment in the game was when Nathan Ralph came off. He got a little bit of blindness in the corner of his eye so defending was going to be a bit of a hazard.

'It certainly weakened our defence and it lost the balance in our team'.

The Blues' boss though was more than delighted to see both his front men get on the scoresheet, with Sam Dalby scoring his first goal on home soil while Rhys Murphy opened his Southend account... Brown said... 'If Sam scores one goal a game like the way he did he’ll be a find. It was a fantastic goal. At the end of the day [Dalby and Murphy] are selfish, they’re individuals...

'I think they’re both different in terms of the way they play which is something I like. One’s a big hold-up player that’s got quite a talented left foot; one’s a jack-in-the-box that comes alive in between lines and in the penalty box...

'The way we passed the ball in the first-half was a joy to watch. It was a pleasure watching Jack Bridge exposing them down the left side and all in all it was a good, solid team performance but to come away with a point when we were 2-0 up is disappointing to me. It was a great advert for the league'".

In the Derbyshire Times, "Chesterfield manager James Rowe said they can’t let conceding a late equaliser against Bromley ruin their good start to the season.

Leading 2-1, the Spireites conceded deep into six minutes of added time when Michael Cheek scored his second goal of the game to end the Blues’ 100% start to the campaign.

Cheek gave the Ravens the lead in the first-half against the run of play from the penalty spot but George Carline struck an instant equaliser.

Manny Oyeleke deservedly put the Blues in front with less than 20 minutes remaining before Cheek pinched his second".

According to the Halifax Courier, "Town boss Pete Wild thought neither side did enough to deserve the win in Halifax's 1-0 defeat at Yeovil.

'We probably paid them too much respect first-half, and should have had more of a go. But it should be a 0-0, we should be coming away from here saying "We've both got to be better in-front of goal". Naz (Niall Maher) is clearing the ball and he falls over his leg; how's that a pen?

'These decisions seem to happen week-in, week-out and nothing gets done about it'.

Wild added, 'I think there was no impetus first-half, everybody was worried about where they needed to play, and how they needed to play within the 3-4-3, so we addressed that at half-time, tried to give them a bit more comfort and let them express themselves better... I don't think there was enough chances for either side to deserve to win... We didn't test the keeper enough, we looked tired, and we've got to be better than that'.

Defender Jack Senior... 'will be out for about three weeks with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, sustained last week,' Wild said.

Tyrell Warren came in for Senior at left wing back for his full debut. 'I thought he did alright. He'll only get better, he's a top player,' said Wild.

The Town boss missed the final whistle having been sent-off late in the match.

'My frustrations boiled over, I shouldn't be getting sent-off and I apologise for that,' he said. 'My yellow, apparently, is for getting the ball back in play, which is ridiculous. And then my red, the fourth official's looked at me, smiled, and given the ball the other way, so I just said "You've done that on purpose". Highly frustrating, but until the issue of refereeing's addressed in this league nothing's ever going to change.

'I possibly got it tactically wrong first-half, I thought they were going to be more of a physical threat than they were,' Wild said. 'We reverted back to a 4-3-3 second-half, tried to go after them, and I thought we dominated the second-half'".

Meanwhile, on an afternoon of teams making comebacks, at King's Lynn Town report that "The Linnets twice came from behind to take a share of the points in a six-goal thriller at Eastleigh.

Ian Culverhouse made two changes to the team that lost against Chesterfield with Joe Rowley and Malachi Linton replacing Michael Clunan and Michael Gyasi who both dropped to the bench.

Lynn got off to the worst possible start, after less than a minute, when Pierce Bird, playing against his old club, received the ball from Paul Jones around 25 yards from goal. Under pressure from Ryan Hill the Lynn centre back lobbed Jones when passing back, the ball ending up in the back of the next.

After eight minutes Lynn were two down. Harry Pritchard picking the ball up from just outside the Lynn penalty area and sen[t] a curling effort past Jones.

Lynn suffered a blow on 21 minutes when Gold Omotayo was forced off with a knee injury which could keep him out for several weeks, the striker being replaced by Michael Clunan with Rowley pushed up in support of Linton.

Lynn did create chances before half time... [and] made a change at half time with Brett McGavin replacing Bird and changing shape to a 4-4-2. The change worked quickly as they pulled a goal back on 49 minutes when Clunan’s low effort took a deflection and found the back of the net

Lynn pulled level on 68 minutes, Rowley’s cross was cleared only finding Coleman who smashed home the lose ball for his second goal of the season...

Eastleigh took the lead again on 78 minutes when Ben House headed home... There was still time for a Lynn equaliser. Munashe Sundire was fouled on the edge of the area with McGavin firing home the free kick in the top left hand corner to the delight of the travelling Lynn fans...

The Linnets unbeaten away form continues picking up a win and draw from their 2 away games ahead of next weekend’s home game against Dagenham & Redbridge. Lynn will be boosted by the return of Junior Morias from suspension but its likely they will be without Omotayo".



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