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3 September 2015

ALTY v CHELTENHAM TOWN: SPECIAL OFFER

As it is an England international weekend, Altrincham FC will be admitting holders of valid Premier League and Championship clubs' season tickets, (on production of the season ticket) entry for £5 to Saturday's match between Altrincham and Cheltenham Town. To take advantage of this offer, please enter via turnstiles 5 & 6 (on Moss Lane).

On the pitch, Alty welcome Cheltenham Town to the J. Davidson Stadium for the first time since 1990-91 season.

Mike Garnett's record of games between the two clubs is below:

  • At Altrincham: P8-W5-D1-L2-F18-A6
  • Away: P8-W3D-L2-3-F10-A7
  • All: P16-W8-D3-L5-F28-A13

Howard Watts's Through the Years shows who Alty have previously played on 5th September.

LEE COMMENTS ON SOUTHPORT GAME

Alex Sarwar caught up with Alty manager Lee Sinnott who spoke about the game on Monday against Southport.

"The gaffer spoke about his disappointment regarding the twelfth-minute penalty decision and the game itself. 'It was a bitter pill to swallow because that’s the third away game in on the trot not where match changing calls have gone against us (Guiseley, Dover, Southport). The players are adamant the contact was outside the box and if that’s the case then it was another bad decision that’s not gone our way. The second goal I pulled my players up because we are detailed from corners for and against, we were light on the edge of the box and we got hit on the break.

That annoys me because of the way I like to set things up. We were chasing the game from then on. Unfortunately we were toothless in the final third all game and we paid the price'.

Sinnott also gave us an update on the injuries sustained before and during the Southport matches. Regarding Simon Richman Sinnott said, 'It’s difficult to say at this point, I’ll have a much better idea by the end of the week. Obviously it was very annoying with the injury to Simon occurring so early on in the game.'

There was hopefully better news on the horizon for Andy Parry. 'As soon as Andy said he had a bit of soreness in his calf area you just can’t take the risk with it. We’ll assess him again later in the week and hopefully he’ll be fit for Saturday'" he said.

The Manchester Evening News reports that "Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott was once again left to rue a contentious refereeing decision on Bank Holiday Monday, along with another injury. The Robins earned a morale-boosting win over Tranmere on Saturday but then lost 3-0 away to a Southport side which was bottom of the Vanarama National League.

Sandgrounders striker Mike Phenix appeared to go down outside the box but referee Martin Coy pointed to the penalty spot amid furious protests from the Altrincham players. Gary Jones duly converted the 12th-minute spot-kick and Sinnott could hardly hide his frustration...

More worrying for Alty was the addition of Simon Richman (right) to a steadily-mounting injury list. The midfielder was forced off with a hamstring problem after only three minutes. 'It’s annoying with the injury to Simon', Sinnott added. 'I’ll have to ask if he was feeling any problems in the warm-up because we should have known about it if he was. We’ll have to wait and see how he is but I shouldn’t have to lose a player after three minutes!'

There was better news regarding Luton Town loanee Andy Parry, who could only make the bench due to a slight calf issue, after playing a starring role in Alty’s 2-1 win over Tranmere. Sinnott expects the defender to be fit for the game against Cheltenham Town this coming Saturday".

ISAAC MALEY

Graham Houghton, Chairman of Altrincham FC Juniors writes, "It is with the deepest of regret and sadness that I make this announcement. On Saturday 22nd August 2015, Isaac Maley, a player for Altrincham Juniors tragically died following an asthmatic attack. Isaac was only ten years of age and had represented Altrincham (Tigers) since his team was formed two years ago. This has been a massive shock for his team mates, team managers and everyone connected with the Club who knew him. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time. We have lost one our little stars.

In memory of Isaac, there was a minute's silence at our Reserves and our Youth Team games over the weekend and black armbands were worn. A funeral service will be held at Bowdon Parish Church on Friday 4th September 2015 at 1.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend but the family have specifically asked people not to wear black".

Isaac's death was also commemorated in the minute's silence held before the first-team game against Tranmere. As announced at the game, that mark of respect was both for Isaac and the victims of the Shoreham air accident.

OLD BOY

The EvoStik League reports that "Colwyn Bay have announced the sale of club skipper Wes Baynes to Welsh Premier neighbours GAP Connah’s Quay... The club have negotiated a four-figure fee for Baynes, who was under contract. He has played thirty-four times for the Bay since coming initially on loan from Telford last season, and turned down an approach from Brackley Town in the summer. A statement released by the club said... 'The transfer fee reflects how highly rated Wes is'...

Baynes said it had been a very tough decision, 'I’ve loved my time at the Bay, but feel the time is right for a new challenge'".

VANARAMA NATIONAL NEWS

The NL Paper reports that "Striker Craig Reid has left Kidderminster Harriers after a tough 15-month spell at Aggborough. Reid, 29, signed a two-year deal with Kiddy in May 2014 after making his name with fruitful spells at Newport County, Stevenage and Aldershot Town.

However, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent yesterday after a disappointing time in which Reid scored just five times in 35 league appearances. The Coventry-born forward, thought to be one of Harriers’ highest paid players, had yet to score so far this campaign and has made three of his four appearances off the bench.

Kidderminster chairman Rod Brown said, 'I’d like to thank Craig for his professionalism while these discussions have been taking place. I think it’s obvious that we needed to do something that would enable him to go on and play his football elsewhere and continue his career, as well as taking care of the club’s interests, which I’m happy to say we have done'".

Closer to home, Macclesfield Town "confirm that Will Boyle has returned to his parent club Huddersfield Town. The defender, who joined the club in early August failed to make an appearance during his time with the Silkmen."

Meanwhile, Woking "confirm that scan results have revealed that Ismail Yakubu has ruptured his anterior cruciate, and will be out for 12 months. Ismail has been in outstanding form this season, and as you can imagine he is absolutely devastated to know that his season is over before it’s hardly begun. This is the third serious cruciate injury in less than a year that the club has suffered, Scott Rendell and Mike Cestor suffering the same unfortunate fate".

In the Gloucestershire Echo we learn that "Matching the performance levels of their Bank Holiday weekend double will ensure Cheltenham Town don't end up with egg on their face at Altrincham on Saturday, according to Daniel Parslow. The two sets of Robins are already placed at different ends of the National League table after contrasting starts to the season.

Parslow's first Robins goal in Monday's televised tie with Wrexham helped the side bounce back from going a goal behind to record a third consecutive victory. Hours before, Alty had suffered their fifth defeat in seven games as they were thumped by, Southport the team who had started the day bottom of the League, 3-0...

'There really are no mugs in this league as we've seen from some of the results elsewhere, so we will go up to Altrincham and give them the respect they deserve', he said. 'They beat Tranmere the other week and we are aware that it's going to be another tough game, and one where we will need to be at our best to get something'...

[On Monday,] "The Robins had to hold on with Parslow, central defensive partner Aaron Downes and goalkeeper Dillon Phillips forced into desperate action at times to keep the score down... And the cherry on the cake for the 29-year-old was a rare appearance on the scoresheet. The last time he ruffled the net was way back in August 2012...

'The celebration was a bit of a joke. The lads have given me a bit of stick about my nose. It's been broken a couple of times and they think it's a bit on the large side, so that was giving them some back'".

Elsewhere, "Lincoln City have signed former Gainsborough Trinity winger Terry Hawkridge from Scunthorpe United on loan until January. Hawkridge has been with Scunthorpe since the summer of 2013 when he joined from Trinity for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old, who was with Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers as a youth, had spent just a solitary season at Trinity having made his mark at Hucknall Town and Carlton Town... A virtual ever-present in 2013/14 as Scunthorpe finished runners-up in League Two, Hawkridge found first team opportunities limited at Glanford Park during the second half of last season and, as such, finished the campaign on loan at Mansfield Town. Nottingham-born Hawkridge will be with City until January 4th 2016."


2 September 2015

RICHIE SPONSORS CHESHIRE UNDER-21 COMPETITION

Altrincham FC is grateful to its official caterer, Richie Bentley of Richie Bentley Catering, who is sponsoring the Cheshire FA's under-21s' cup competition this season. The teams will compete for the Richie Bentley Catering League Challenge Cup, the Richie Bentley Catering League Premier Cup and there will be a showcase final for the Richie Bentley Catering Championship Trophy. This will be held at the J. Davidson Stadium, Altrincham in May 2016.

The competition was won by Malpas against Wythenshawe Town last season, with a good crowd in attendance, and all catering monies going to Altrincham Football Club.

THE VIEW FROM THE PORT SIDE

The Southport Visiter reports that "They say good things come to those who wait and at the seventh time of trying Southport were finally able to celebrate a victory on Monday... as Paul Carden’s side registered a convincing win to lift themselves off the foot of the table...

The last time Southport scored a penalty in a league match was October 2013, so when Jones opened the scoring with a calmly-struck spot-kick on 12 minutes, it was perhaps a sign that this would be the Sandgrounders’ day.Southport tend to enjoy playing against Altrincham at home and, just as it was last season, it took a visit from the Cheshire team on Bank Holiday weekend for the Sandgrounders to belatedly register their first win of the campaign...

Although Altrincham had their share of the play and the chances in the early stages, the Sandgrounders showed a resilience that has often been absent from their early performances...

Southport took the lead when Jones sent a penalty down the centre of the goal after Mike Phenix, perhaps fortuitously, was judged to have been fouled by Adam Griffin. The Sandgrounders increased their lead midway through the half as the excellent Louis Almond played the ball into Paul Rutherford and his pass was converted by a side-foot finish from Nolan, who had been left unattended on the edge of the area.

At that stage, the scoreline was probably harsh on Altrincham, with Southport’s second goal coming against the run of play. Only minutes earlier, Josh O’Keefe, the former Port midfielder, should have done better than to head over George Bowerman’s cross from a central position. A swerving shot from Bowerman was also parried unconvincingly by Southport goalkeeper Andy Coughlin, before Ryan Crowther placed the rebound wide...

McCarthy added the gloss, stabbing home the rebound after a shot from Nolan had been pushed into his path by goalkeeper Tim Deasy".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "Chester FC have confirmed that a loan deal has been agreed to bring in forward Josh O’Hanlon. The 19-year-old will move to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on a one-month youth loan from AFC Bournemouth. The Irishman joined the Cherries from League of Ireland side Longford Town in January 2014 and had loan stints last season at Oxford City, Poole Town and York City".

Elsewhere, "Matt Young has left Dover Athletic by mutual consent. The defender only joined Whites in August but failed to start any games, only making a couple of substitute appearances. The 21-year-old was a product of the Southampton Academy before having spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United".

Meanwhile, "Woking have confirmed that Dan Holman will remain with the Cards on loan up to and including 2nd January 2016. Former Braintree Town striker Holman initially joined Woking on loan from Colchester United on August 15th. Central defender Terrell Thomas has joined on a youth loan from Championship outfit Charlton Athletic. In May, Thomas signed a new two-year contract at Charlton... The promising 19 year-old... a commanding centre-back, who has also shown his versatility in the centre of midfield for the under-21s, Thomas was named on the first-team bench for the first time for the Addicks' trip to Fulham last October...

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Academy player Andrew Mills and midfielder Jimmy Keohane have been added to the first-team squad."

At Wrexham, Gary Mills, the "Boss remained upbeat and took a long-term view after seeing his side's winning run come to an end at Cheltenham. 'I thought we were unbelievable for 60 minutes. We were excellent; that’s how we’ve been playing', he said. 'But you can’t give away free kicks to a team like Cheltenham who send the big men forward and create problems. The game was lost with a free kick. We talked about giving away set pieces, but we gave away a couple of set pieces after we scored and we were punished.

My players have been magnificent for me since I’ve been here. We’ve played some good stuff today and we’ll continue to play that way... maybe one or two of us got tired; we’ve had a lot of games but, sometimes, it’s difficult when a team get the ball forward early, but I’m still smiling. We go again on Saturday... It won’t change the way we do things'.

There was a controversial moment at the start of the second half when Aaron Downes blocked a goalbound Wes York shot with his left arm, and the BT Sport commentators called it as a penalty and red card. Mills was not willing to ascribe too much importance to the incident though... 'The referee didn’t give it so it doesn’t matter'" he concluded.

From the other side, Cheltenham Town report that they "came from behind to notch another hugely impressive win against high-flying Wrexham...

Amari Morgan-Smith popped up six minutes from time to deliver a goal that will live long in the memory to take all the points. The Welsh side are attempting to reach the Football League at the eighth attempt, proof if needed that this division is competitive and on this evidence, they won’t be far away come May.

But Gary Johnson’s side are starting to put something special together here and are still unbeaten after six matches, matching big spenders Eastleigh and Forest Green Rovers. It's a good time for those missing fans to make their way back up Whaddon Road. Next stop, Altrincham.

Johnson was forced into one change following George McLennan’s early red card at Torquay United Saturday. Asa Hall was handed his first start since the opening day of last season... He was drafted into central midfield, nudging Harry Pell out to the right with Jack Barthram deputising at left back...

The Robins reacted well to going behind and pulled themselves level within five minutes of the goal to square the match through Parslow... Johnson immediately swapped James Rowe for Munns, and later introduced Billy Waters for Hall and the chances kept coming... Morgan-Smith saved the best for last, producing a goal of real quality to snatch all the points six points from time...bending a precise 20 yarder inside the right post to send the damp home faithful into delirium.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (4-4-2): Phillips; Dickie, Parslow, Downes (c), Barthram; Pell, Storer, Hall (Waters 73), Munns (Rowe 59); Morgan-Smith, Wright (Cooke 83). Subs not used: Vaughan, Lovett (Gk)".

Like Alty, Kent's newcomers to the National League are suffering through multiple injuries as we learn that Bromley "were without the services of Max Porter, Lee Minshull, Louis Dennis and Rob Swaine, due to injury on Monday. Ben Chorley was named on the bench as was not fully fit for the fixture. Aaron Tumwa is currently away on international duty with Antigua and Barbuda until the 9th September for their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. To add to the absentees, Pierre Joseph-Dubois was forced off the field in the first half of Monday’s fixture and the full extent of his injury is currently unknown.

Meanwhile as mentioned on Saturday morning, Adam Birchall has joined Maidstone United on a season long loan."


1 September 2015

SOUTHPORT 3 ALTRINCHAM 0

Bottom club Southport secured their first win of the season against an Alty side which enjoyed plenty of the ball but rarely threatened. With five players injured before kick off, (centre back loanee Parry had been added to the list after Saturday's game), Alty then lost Simon Richman to injury inside the first five minutes. Things got worse when Griffin was penalised and Jones converted the resulting penalty despite Alty protests that it had not been a foul and was outside the box (12 mins).

Nolan made it 2-0 after 24 minutes when Alty had been opened up on the Port right wing. Sub McCarthy completed the scoring five minutes from time after Deasy had beaten out a Nolan shot. Five bookings compounded an unhappy afternoon for the visitors, Deasy being relieved to see only yellow after handling outside his box.

Match report here.

Pictured, right, James Lawrie gets close attention from a Southport opponent. Image courtesy of Mike Ripley.

PORT VIEW

Southport report that they "scored twice in the first half to put themselves on course for their first win of the Vanarama National League season, at the seventh attempt, against Altrincham.

Early goals from Gary Jones and Liam Nolan were added to by substitute Connor McCarthy as the Sandgrounders put a disappointing start to the campaign behind them in convincing fashion... Southport took the lead on 12 minutes, Jones sending a penalty down the centre of the goal after a foul by Adam Griffin on Andy Bishop. The Sandgrounders added to the lead midway through the half as Mike Phenix played the ball into Paul Rutherford and his pass was converted by a side-foot finish by Nolan, who had been left unattended on the edge of the box.

That goal, however, had come against the run of play, and only minutes earlier Josh O’Keefe, the former Southport midfielder, should have done better than to head over George Bowerman’s cross from a central position. The visitors saw enough of the ball in the opening half and a swerving shot from Bowerman was parried unconvincingly by Port goalkeeper Andy Coughlin, before Ryan Crowther placed the rebound wide.

Yet with the confidence brought by a two-goal lead, Southport’s play after the re-start was more assertive... And three minutes after his introduction as a substitute, McCarthy added the gloss, stabbing home the rebound after a shot from Nolan had been pushed into his path by goalkeeper Tim Deasy".

GAMES ON MONDAY 31st AUGUST

  • Braintree Town 1-2 Aldershot Town (att. 707)
  • Cheltenham Town 2-1 Wrexham (ko. 5.30pm - on BT Sport)
  • Chester FC 1-1 Guiseley
  • Dover Athletic 2-1 Boreham Wood
  • Eastleigh 3-2 Torquay United (att. 1490)
  • FC Halifax Town 3-1 Barrow
  • Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Bromley
  • Gateshead 2-0 Lincoln City
  • Grimsby Town 0-2 Macclesfield Town (att. 4251)
  • Southport 3-0 Altrincham (att. 1143)
  • Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Kidderminster Harriers (att. 4622)
  • Woking 2-0 Welling United (att. 1675)

SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER

  • Aldershot Town v FC Halifax Town
  • Altrincham v Cheltenham Town
  • Barrow v Eastleigh
  • Boreham Wood v Grimsby Town
  • Bromley v Gateshead
  • Chester FC v Forest Green Rovers
  • Kidderminster Harriers v Braintree Town
  • Lincoln City v Wrexham
  • Macclesfield Town v Woking
  • Southport v Dover Athletic
  • Torquay United v Guiseley
  • Welling United v Tranmere Rovers (k.o. 12.30pm on BT Sport)


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