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- 17 January 2017: NEXT OPPONENTS: CHORLEY... More
- 17 January 2017: TRINITY REFLECTIONS... More
- 17 January 2017: WORCESTER WOES... More
- 17 January 2017: NUNEATON SQUABBLE CONTINUES... More
- 17 January 2017: FA TROPHY DRAW... More
17 January 2017
On Saturday, 21 January, Altrincham visit Chorley, on Tuesday 24 January, Brackley Town is the destination, and on Saturday, January 28 Alty are at league leaders AFC Fylde's new stadium.
Details of the TASC supporters' coach travel to all these venues are now on the Away Travel page. These trips can be booked by contacting the Club offices on 0161 928-1045 during normal weekday office hours.
The Cheshire FA provides the full draw...
- Crewe Alexandra / Stalybridge Celtic v Stockport County
- Hyde United v Altrincham
- Nantwich Town v 1874 Northwich
- Witton Albion v Warrington Town / Tranmere Rovers
- Curzon Ashton 1-1 Worcester City. Attendance 181
Mike Garnett's records reveal the record of previous encounters between Alty and Chorley:
- At home: 15-10-2-3-45-20
- Away: 15-3-5-7-16-19
- All: 30-13-7-10-61-39
Chorley offer "Many thanks to the many supporters who backed our online Crowdfunder initiative 'Let’s Cover The Pitch'. The four-week campaign ended at 9am this morning with £2,050 raised online. This money has paid for the purchase of frost protection pitch covers which will be used for the first time this week when The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium playing surface will be covered ahead of our game with Altrincham this Saturday.
We are looking for volunteers to help deploy and remove the covers".Ashley Worsfold and player/manager Dom Roma.
And the Gainsborough STandard report that "Dom Roma was happy with Gainsborough Trinity’s display as they won 3-2 at Altrincham last weekend, despite the result perhaps being a little closer than it needed to be.
Trinity were coasting at 3-0 before a red card for skipper Matt Thornhill gave the hosts the impetus to get two late goals and put pressure on Roma’s men...
He said, 'It wasn’t as comfortable as it should have been in the end. Obviously the sending off changed the game, as we were probably on cruise control for about 70 minutes, but then a daft sending off altered things. It gave them a lift as it would any team. However, I was really pleased with how we played for the first 70 minutes. We played some really good football, we were clinical when we needed to be and the stuff we worked on in training all week paid off'...
Gainsborough were two up inside ten minutes thanks to goals from Ash Worsfold, the first of his brace, and Noel Burdett. Worsfold had been a late addition to the starting line-up after an injury to Nathan Jarman in the warm-up left him unable to take part.
Roma said, 'We didn’t want to start slowly because, if we did that, they could have got on top of the game and it would have made it more difficult for us. We got the goals and then defended well as a team for the rest of the first-half, keeping that up in the second and maintaining our shape. Once we got the third goal I thought we’d go on and kill the game off which didn’t happen, but all I care about is getting the three points'".Worcester News, "Manager Carl Heeley says he feels 'The world is against' Worcester City as they look set to travel to Curzon Ashton with just 12 fit outfield players tonight (Tuesday).
The Blue and Whites were without seven first-team regulars due to injuries and suspensions for Saturday’sclash against FC United of Manchester... Heeley says he fears the club’s woes may 'get worse' as midfielder Junior English appeared to pick up a groin injury. However, City’s boss insisted his players cannot afford to 'feel sorry' for themselves as they aim to end their seven-match winless streak in the league.
'I think the situation may get worse as Junior may be struggling,' said Heeley who had just 15 players, including two keepers, at his disposal at the weekend... 'It feels like the world is against us at the moment but you have just got to keep going... We will deal with the players we have got... They have got to go again against Curzon which will be a big test'...
Defender Tom Sharpe and winger Connor Hughes are sidelined with knee injuries, while striker Lee Hughes and centre-back Sam Oji continue to serve their bans. And Heeley admitted there was 'no chance' captain Danny Jackman (back), attacking midfielder Micah Evans (calf) and the experienced James Chambers (hamstring) would be fit to face Curzon...
'It is a tough situation and is probably as bad as I have known it since I have been in charge at the club. If you take Kidderminster Harriers as an example, they have probably used not many more than 14 or 15 players all season and hardly had any injuries. And we have got seven players unavailable at the same time. That is nothing to do with anything other than bad luck'...
City managed to get midfielder Kennedy Digie on loan from Kidderminster Harriers ahead of their match against FC United. And Heeley said he would 'see what’s about' in a bid to bolster his depleted ranks...
Curzon are one place above City and will be looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats. 'They are a very good footballing side and keep the ball well, especially at home,' Heeley added".
NL PItchero conforms that "David Taylor and Derry Robson, joint-managers of Goole AFC, have captured the loan signing of midfielder Sanchez Payne from Bradford Park Avenue... He signed for Park Avenue at the beginning of the season."
Elsewhere, "York City`s winger Kaine Felix has extended his loan stay with Stockport County until the end of the season. The 21-year-old moved to the Hatters in November having seen restricted opportunities at Bootham Crescent. Felix had managed just a handful of starts and seven appearances from the bench since joining the Minstermen from Boston United in the summer".
On the Conference Forum a Nuneaton supporter, lists the recent curious developments at Liberty Way, Nuneaton where the Rugby Club placed an industrial skip which hindered access to the Football Club...
- Rugby Club block away section entrance and exit
- Rugby Club block main section entrance.
- Football Club position Football Club's mini-bus to prevent main section exit being blocked.
- Rugby Club block in Football Club's mini-bus.
Another supporter adds, "Its a long story., but basically... Circa 2007 the football club bought the Rugby Club ground at a knock-down price with agreement of basically free use of the stadium when Football Club not playing. Suited both as saved football some money on purchase of the land, and 'Nuns' [rugby club] could pay back debt.
One season later the Football Club went bust; liquidated. The person who bought the club off liquidator effectively ripped up the agreement saying it was null-and-void and nothing to do with him. Many tries to resolve have been attempted, but non lasted. Latest is the football club have cancelled rugby games this season at short notice".
- Welling United v Lincoln City
- Braintree Town v Dulwich Hamlet
- Barrow AFC v Kidderminster Harriers
- Tranmere Rovers v Chelmsford City
- Macclesfield Town v Forest Green Rovers
- Wealdstone v Stockport C / Brackley
- Nuneaton Town v York City
- Worthing / Sutton U v Boreham Wood
16 January 2017
Meanwhile the club's youth education programme team also take on Hyde this coming week as they entertain the Tameside club on Wednesday.Lancashire Evening Post reports that "Chorley manager Matt Jansen expressed his frustration after their game at Boston was called off at short notice.
His Chorley team party and their supporters made a fruitless three hours plus trek to Lincolnshire, only to have Saturday’s match against Boston United called off by the referee less than an hour before the scheduled 3pm kick-off.
The pitch had passed a precautionary early inspection by a local referee. But, on closer inspection, the official match referee took a different view and was not satisfied that the game could safely go ahead.
Jansen said that while the players were wearing trainers, underfoot conditions were manageable but, once boots were worn, the surface was ‘treacherous’. He said, 'It was the right decision but it should have been made by ten o’clock. It’s obviously very disappointing for everyone concerned, players and fans, to have come all this way for nothing'"
According to the National League, "The weather and the Buildbase FA Trophy meant only six matches in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday, but Darlington 1883 took advantage to move into fourth place after a 2-0 win against mid-table Gloucester City at Blackwell Meadows.
In front of a crowd of 1,837, the Quakers took a long while to break the Tigers down... Nathan Cartman finally dashed their hopes with the opener in the 82nd minute and then Phil Turnbull made sure with number two in the second minute of stoppage time.
Tamworth could have gone above Darlington had they won at The Lamb against fellow top five hopefuls FC Halifax Town. But it was Lambs to the slaughter as the Shaymen won 6-2. The game was all-but over in 5 first-half minutes as the visitors stormed into a 3-0 lead...
The Shaymen are now back up to eighth, just two points behind sixth-placed Tamworth.
Harrogate Town are also back in the mix after a 1-0 win in the Yorkshire derby with third-bottom Bradford Park Avenue at the CNG Stadium. Simon Ainge headed Harrogate into the lead after 10 minutes, but the hosts hopes took a blow on the stroke of half-time as John-Paul Pittman was shown a straight red card.
Worcester City and FC United of Manchester shared a goalless draw at Bromsgrove. City... were awarded a penalty. But Steven Craig`s spot-kick was saved by Adriano Basso.
AFC Telford United moved above City after beating another side in the lower reaches, Curzon Ashton".
Hamlet, in the play-off positions in their league, enjoyed a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Enclosed Ground against National League South strugglers Whitehawk, whose day was compounded when they discovered that they had dropped into the relegation places as well!
Welling United caused a minor upset by winning 2-1 at Hayes Lane against National League outfit Bromley...
Another National League side to bow out against a lower division outfit were Guiseley AFC, hammered 6-1 at the Coombe Abbey Arena by in-form hosts Nuneaton Town... A five-goal haul from Peterborough loanee Jordan Nicholson saw them book their place in the last sixteen...
The other `lower league` side to progress were former winners Wealdstone, the National League South outfit triumphing 2-1 at National League strugglers Southport...
Ryman Premier Division side Worthing have a second chance of knocking out National League Sutton United, but this time they will have to attempt it away from home after sharing a 2-2 Woodside Road draw...
Macclesfield Town ensured they weren’t to be victims of a shock as they won 3-1 at Ryman Premier side AFC Sudbury...
Former winners Kidderminster Harriers progressed with a comfoetable 3-0 win at Aggborough against National League South outfit Ebbsfleet Town [i.e. United]... Stockport County and Brackley Town, will have to try again though after a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park.
And it was so nearly FA Cup heroes Brackley`s day as they led through top scorer Steve Diggin`s 51st minute opener until the 4th minute of stoppage time when a screamer from Danny Lloyd earned them replay".
15 January 2017
Above left, Sean Miller extends his stay at Altrincham FC and, right, Laurence Taylor pens his contract. With the players are manager Matt Doughty, club secretary Derek Wilshaw and chairman, Grahame Rowley. Laurence was named Man of the Match for Altrincham on his league debut for the club on Saturday. Images courtesy of Michael Ripley Photography.
Although events on the pitch were again hugely disappointing on Saturday, there was some good news in that leading scorer Sean Miller has signed an extended contract which takes him to the end of 2017-18 season, while Laurence Taylor has also penned a contract of the same duration.
Despite missing some games through injury, Sean (aged 21) has netted ten goals this campaign from nineteen starts and five substitute appearances.
Laurence made his first-team bow last season in the Cheshire Senior Cup but the 20 year-old former captain of Altrincham's Youth team and reserve player, has built on that single game and has already made 4(+2) appearances this season.Alty TV has an excellent post-match interview with Assistant Manager, Robbie Lawton, in which he discusses, with great honesty, Alty's plight and plans for the future.
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to The J.Davidson Stadium for today's Vanarama National League North game against Gainsborough Trinity. After such high expectations that results were about to change for the better against Gloucester City last Saturday, it was incredibly frustrating to lose 1-0, especially after a second-half performance that deserved better.
We go again today, and the aim must be to start on the front foot, in the same way as we ended last week's second half, only this time turning chances into goals. For all the disappointment at finishing empty-handed, the spirit around the dressing room is good, and optimism amongst the management team is there for all to see. Let's hope that leads to a show of self-belief from the team this afternoon, playing their natural game, dominating the opposition and securing the points.
The management team have been working hard to add extra firepower to the squad, but, as you might expect, finding a proven goal scorer has been difficult. It is our hope, however, as I write these notes, that a breakthrough is imminent and a positive signing may even have been completed ahead of today's game.
On Tuesday, the Board met with Nicky Watmore and Peter Foster and had the results of the strategic review presented to them. The strengths and weaknesses of the club were explained and a set of recommendations outlined. The Board now need to reconvene to discuss the contents of this excellent document and then schedule a meeting to deliver a presentation to supporters, hopefully before the end of February. In excess of 100 responses were received and correlated for this review, so it is to be hoped the findings will broadly represent the thoughts of our fan base. Changes to all aspects of the club are outlined, and if we are to deliver on our five-year proposal, it is essential they are implemented. Details of the fans' presentation will be released as soon as a date is confirmed.
See you in the bar, Grahame.
Altrincham produced a grandstand finish as they got the game back to 2-3. Eight minutes from time Owens netted after Reeves had twice hit the bar, firstly with a shot and then a header. And four minutes later a long ball from Heathcote glanced off Cyrus to make it 2-3.
Right: Mike Ripley's image shows Timo Adeloye taking a shot at goal on his debut in Saturday's match against Gainsborough Trinity.
Despite some hairy moments in the Trinity defence the visitors held on.
Match report here.
- 1st £500 ...number 152...Fred Sowerbutts
- 2nd £75 ...number 226...E Yates
- 3rd £25 ...number 140...P Daine
- 4th Hospitality for 2 in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge...number 78...Jamie Taylor
- 5th AFC Replica shirt ...number 489...Miss A Young
- 6th Club polo shirt ...number 52...Stephen Murray
- Att: 1002: AFC Telford Utd 3 v 1 Curzon Ashton
- Att: 996: Altrincham 2 v 3 Gainsborough Trinity
- Att: 1837: Darlington 1883 2 v 0 Gloucester City
- Att: 995: Harrogate Town 1 v 0 Bradford Park Avenue
- Att: 793: Tamworth 2 v 6 FC Halifax Town
- Att: 803: Worcester City 0 v 0 FC United Of Manchester
- Curzon Ashton v Worcester City
Tue. 17 January:
- AFC Telford Utd v Brackley Town
Sat. 21 January:
- Alfreton Town v Worcester City
- Bradford Park Avenue v Boston United
- Chorley v Altrincham
- Curzon Ashton v AFC Fylde
- FC Halifax Town v Salford City
- FC United of Manchester v Harrogate Town
- Gainsborough Trinity v Stalybridge Celtic
- Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford Utd
- Nuneaton Town v Brackley Town
- Stockport County v Darlington 1883
- Brackley Town v Stockport County
- Sutton United v Worthing
14 January 2017
- AFC Telford Utd 3-1 Curzon Ashton
- Altrincham 2-3 Gainsborough Trinity
- Boston United P-P Chorley
- Darlington 1883 2-0 Gloucester City
- Harrogate Town v1-0 Bradford Park Avenue
- Tamworth 2-6 FC Halifax Town
- Worcester City 0-0 FC United Of Manchester
Saturday 14 January
- AFC Sudbury 1-3 Macclesfield Town
- Barrow 3-2 Matlock Town
- Boreham Wood 2-1 Alfreton Town
- Bromley 1-2 Welling United
- Chester FC 0-2 Forest Green Rovers
- Dartford 0-1 Chelmsford City
- East Thurrock United 2-5 Braintree Town
- Gateshead 1-3 Lincoln City
- Harlow Town 1-2 York City
- Kidderminster Harriers 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
- Nuneaton Town 6-1 Guiseley
- Southport 1-2 Wealdstone
- Stockport County 1-1 Brackley Town
- Tranmere Rovers 4-1 South Park
- Worthing 2-2 Sutton United
Brian Flynn announces that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, is providing full live commentary of Saturday's game at The J.Davidson Stadium.
The match commentary sponsor is Barry Pond. The commentators are Ian Wilkinson & Paul Salt & the match summariser is Dave Stringer. Coverage starts at 2.55pm.
You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at www.radiorobins.com.
FC UTD OF MANCHESTER LADIES 1 ALTRINCHAM FC LADIES 0
It’s evolution, not revolution at Altrincham FC women’s team. If there was further evidence of that, it was last Sunday when they narrowly lost 1-0 to title chasing FC Utd of Manchester at Lightbowne Road.
Despite losing, it was a performance from which the Robins can take a number of positives. It was their first match of the 2017 calendar year and, when the two teams met in the same fixture last season they lost 6-1. It is also further proof of the massive strides the Altrincham have taken since they were formed back in 2011.
Although the hosts were at times smarter and slicker and the Robins were on the defensive back foot, every player put in a shift, doing the Alty shirt and club proud. FC Utd did carve out the opportunities but they were either off target at straight at the goalkeeper Lizzie Brereton.
However, the first real strike worthy of note came via Megan Wright.Her long range strike was pushed wide of danger by the alert FC Utd goalkeeper. Jade Hesketh also had a chance, dropping her shot just over the goal. However, the hosts again came close to scoring when they struck the upright as both goals remained intact come the interval.
After the break, FC Utd kept pouring forward. Twice they struck the framework whilst defender Heather Scott headed clear off the line. Despite defending magnificently, the only goal came on 70th minute when Jess McCarrick was the recipient of a through-ball and dispatched an angled shot across goal.
Altrincham did come close to equalising when Laura Dodds had a long range free-kick which the goalkeeper did well to push wide but, despite pushing forward in the closing stages, they could not force a much-needed equaliser".
Altrincham FC Ladies are away to Birkenhead LFC in the 1st Round of the Cheshire County Cup, k.o. 1pm, this Sunday (15th January). The game is at Port Sunlight Rugby Club, Leverhulme Sports Field, Warren Lane, off Old Hall Road, Bromborough CH62 3QQ
- 22nd Jan: H v Bolton Wanderers 2pm
- 29th Jan: H v Merseyrail Bootle 2pm
The above fixtures are subject to games going ahead with no postponements as Birkenhead and Bolton are cup games.All Nigeria Soccerconfirms that "Altrincham have announced the signing of former Dream Team VI trainee Tomi Adeloye...
Just before Christmas, the Sidcup-born striker tried his luck with Chester and scored against Liverpool U23 in a 2-1 loss suffered by the Blues in a friendly " He could make his debut against Gainsborough Trinity at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday."Hallmark Security League reports that Boris Melingui has signed for Sandbach United NL Pitchero, "Darlington 1883 have announced the signing of forward Lewis Walker from Derby County.
Walker, 18, is the son of former England and Nottingham Forest legend Des Walker, and was previously at Ilkeston FC...
He was a regular in Derby’s under-18s... and this season has stepped up to the under-23s.
The Quakers have also [signed] goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski from Bishop Auckland. Wilczynski is a 6`2”, 22-year-old, who joined Huddersfield Town’s academy... until he was released last summer. He was born in Yorkshire of Polish and Irish ancestry.
He has had loan spells at Trafford, FC United of Manchester and Bishop Auckland, and at the start of this season was on the bench for Fylde against AFC Telford United."
Elsewhere, "Boston United have completed the eye-catching signing of experienced striker Richard Brodie. The 29-year-old parted company with York City on Wednesday...
The much-travelled frontman has netted more than 100 goals in the National League and made big money moves to Crawley Town and Fleetwood Town earlier in his career".
In the COventry Telegraph we learn that "A feud between Nuneaton’s two biggest sports clubs is still raging on as more skips have been dumped outside Nuneaton Town Football Club’s entrance.
There are now five skips at the Coombe Abbey Stadium and Nuneaton Rugby Football Club has admitted they put them there.
An important game for Nuneaton’s football club is due to be held on Saturday and the Boro has said the skips will not stop it going ahead. The club has said it is doing ‘everything in its power’ to fix the problem and is determined that the FA Trophy tie game against Guiseley and other matches will not be affected.
In a statement on the club’s website, chairman Lee Thorn, said, 'Nuneaton Town Football Club would like to confirm to supporters in and around the town that we are doing everything in our power to try and rectify the current situation around the Coombe Abbey Arena.
'As has been reported in the media this week, there are now as of 2pm on January 12, five skips currently blocking the turnstiles at the ground, but no impact has been made on our home matches moving forward as confirmed by the safety advisory group.
'We would like to place on the record that as a football club we are considering all options available to us but to do nothing is not one of them.'
The rugby club has claimed full responsibility for the placement of the skips, stating that it has been forced to take the severe measures. Chairman of the Nuns, Mark Mitchell said that the skips had been placed to restrict access across the land following disagreements over the use of the ground.
The rugby club claims that the ground was sold to the football club in 2006 on the basis of a ground sharing agreement.
Mr Mitchell said, 'Since 2008 the Rugby Club has had no permanent first team pitch from which to promote itself, and whilst we have shown a tremendous amount of patience and goodwill towards the football club over the years this has simply not been replicated [reciprocated].
'Whilst we appreciate there may be an impact on the fans we can assure you we have tried our best to avoid taking such actions and have worked with the local authorities to minimise the impact such as the recent Tamworth game. However, there comes a time when you have to stand up for the people you represent and the community at large'.
Now, the football club has hit back stating that it has offered the same terms as the previous ground share agreement that was in place from 2009 to 2015, but the rugby club has declined it stating that they see ‘no commercial value’ in it. Football club chairman Lee Thorn said: “, 'This would be on the basis that they remove all the current obstacles and both parties seek to repair the differences brought about by recent actions between the town’s two major sporting clubs.'
Mr Thorn has said that the original ground share agreement was null and void following the liquidation of Nuneaton Boro Football Club in 2008. He added, 'The original 2006 document cancelled this ground share agreement and not the newly formed NTFC under the T&Cs of the 2006 document.
'As most parties are aware the original ground share was heavily weighted in favour of the rugby club and after the football club purchased the stadium for £420,000, a further figure of £1.7million was spent on the stadium development, and in fact since 2007 a further 600k has been spent on the stadium.
'The original agreement included a pitch usage fee of £33 per game up to 30 games per year index linked for a period of 125 years from 2006 in favour of NRFC.'
The football club has said the rugby club has sent over a proposed agreement. Mr Thorn has said that ‘All inter club correspondence has been answered within two days of receipt by NTFC, apart from an offer of a new ground share agreement sent by the rugby club.
'In the meantime, our games will be going ahead as per our league and cup fixture list, and we are planning and implementing the re-configuration of the stadiums access and egress points to elevate [?alleviate] this dispute on a permanent basis,” said Mr Thorn".
According to the Telegraph & Argus "Bradford Park Avenue will have new signing Aidan Chippendale in their squad for tomorrow's game at Harrogate Town – and manager Mark Bower is also hoping to welcome another new player.
The National North fixture is the second of back-to-back derby games between the two clubs after they met in the West Riding FA County Cup on Tuesday. Avenue won that clash, also at Wetherby Road, 3-1 but Bower knows this weekend's meeting will be a different prospect.
'They played a side with a majority of lads from their Academy side with just a few first-teamers in there', said the Horsfall chief. 'There ws nothing to be gained from a technical point of view from that win but what it did was give our players a game on their 3G pitch'...
Simon Weaver's hosts spent the early part of the season in the thick of the promotion-chasing pack but they have tumbled to tenth after a poor run....
Bower feels... 'Form-wise they had a bit of a bad run up until Christmas but they are a good club with a fine squad. They've got massive resources and a squad brimming with talent. They've had a few injuries but they're still in the top ten...
We've brought Aidan in from Stalybridge Celtic and I hope to have another forward player signed in time for him to be involved tomorrow." Bradford-born Chippendale is a 24-year-old win'"
NL Pitchero adds that "There will be a pitch inspection at 10am tomorrow to see if our Manchester Premier Cup Semi-Final tie can go ahead. Recent snowfall, on top of a wet pitch, with freezing temperatures forecast for tonight have necessitated an early pitch inspection at Stalybridge Celtic's Bower Fold ground".
13 January 2017
Sidcup-born Adeloye, who turns 21 next month, came through the Academy ranks at Charlton and Millwall before joining Stoke, where he made his mark as a prolific finisher for the under-18 team.
A YouTube compilation of his goals includes a spectacular 25-yard drive into the top corner in Stoke's 1-1 draw with an Everton under-18 side who were joint league leaders at the time.
He had a loan spell with Macclesfield during his time at Stoke, and when he moved on to Chelmsford in September, 2015, he marked his debut with two goals in a 5-2 win over Concord Rangers in the Vanarama National League South, one a poacher's finish from close range and the other a free-kick from distance.
He made a scoring start for Leatherhead against Grays Athletic last August, after being signed by then-manager Jimmy Bullard a few weeks earlier, but was more recently training with Chester, prior to Alty boss Doughty stepping in and bringing him to The J.Davidson Stadium.
Provided the signing receives FA and league approval, Adeloye will be available for Saturday's Vanarama National League North game against Gainsborough Trinity at The J.Davidson Stadium".
No doubt the Altrincham supporters, who attended on a cold and blustery evening, will all wish Runcorn Town every success as they fight for the title in the Hallmark Security (North West Counties) Premier Division this season.
Lincolnshire Live reports that Trinity's "Player/manager Dom Roma took part in his first game of the season on Saturday to clock up his 200th league appearance for Gainsborough Trinity. The Blues boss played his part in a useful 1-1 draw at AFC Telford United and says he could be part of the Blues' line-up for the foreseeable future.
Roma has not featured on the pitch at all during his first full season as team manager. But following an injury to defender Matty Wilson in training last Thursday, the former Harrogate Town man included his own name on the team sheet. Roma accepts this Saturday's trip to Altrincham could be described as a relegation six-pointer, with both teams facing a battle for survival.
'It is a relegation battle', said Roma. 'We must do our best to take points from them. Our season will not hinge on the outcome of Saturday's game, but we have to look at this one as a game to get points from. Altrincham are a team in a false position. They have real quality, Nicky Clee is there, who I tried to bring to Gainsborough, as is Damian Reeves, who has been the subject of approaches from bigger clubs.
'They have real quality but, for one reason or another, they are where they are in the league'...
And, he says, he intends to play a bigger role on the pitch for the remainder of the season. 'I really enjoyed it,' said Roma. 'Obviously being back on the pitch meant it was difficult for me to see what I usually see on the sidelines. But myself and Fozzy [assistant boss Martin Foster] talked about everything before the game and it went quite smoothly in the end. Obviously, I let Martin do most of the talking at half-time because I was busy trying to get my breath back,' he joked.
Roma believes he has improved his side's prospects after securing the loan of a pacey forward from a League One club. 'We are confident this player will help us going into the next few weeks,' said Roma. 'We are also close to welcoming back Darnelle Bailey-King from Rotherham. He is expected to return to full training this week and then play in a training game or two before he comes back to us. The two of them will certainly beef up our firepower and give me some real options up front'".
Shropshire Star reports that "AFC Telford United are set to sign former Blackpool defender Joel Dielna, boss Rob Smith has confirmed. The 26-year-old Frenchman, who has also played for Spanish club CD Gerona and Solihull Moors, figured for the Bucks in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Birmingham City Under-23s on Tuesday night...
Smith said, 'We are going to take Joel. He can play as a centre-half and on the left-hand side as well'...
Dielna’s arrival comes at a good time as both skipper Luca Havern and Ben Bailey are suspended for the visit of Curzon Ashton, which left just Paul McCone as a recognised central defender. Born in Paris, Dielna played for SM Caen from the age of 14 until he was 21. He then signed a one-year contract at Guingamp and went on to spend two years with Vannes OC in the third tier. In 2014, he followed his older brother Claude, who is contracted at Sheffield Wednesday, to England. He played twice for the Tangerines...
Dielna last played for the Moors in the National League, signing in October and playing three times before the club announced his departure on Boxing Day.
Smith said, 'He is a decent lad. He fits the bill and, with him coming in, that is six players we have managed to get in the last two weeks. We can let it gel now and hopefully get some points on the board.'
The Bucks lost 1-0 to Blues at the New Bucks Head through a late goal from a trialist. The game gave Smith a chance to have an in-depth look at Eddie Jones, Lewis Hayden, Luke Higham, Henry Cameron and Tony Donaldson – who all joined last week. 'It was a good game and much better than having a normal training session,' added Smith."
According to the Tamworth Herald, "Tamworth FC boss Andy Morrell could be forced to dip into the loan market this week as his troops prepare for Saturday's home clash with FC Halifax...
Defender Luke Jones is ruled out through suspension while Burton Albion midfielder Ben Fox has a heel injury. Connor Taylor is still struggling with a knee problem and Paul Green (also knee) is unlikely to be fit. Morrell hopes to have leading scorer Danny Newton available after he was forced to sit out the 3-2 win over Curzon Ashton.
But even that is not guaranteed and Morrell said, 'He jarred his knee ten minutes into the Nuneaton game. It really ballooned up and we have struggled to get the swelling down... He did some bike work on Tuesday and had a bit of a reaction to it. It is fair to say we are low on numbers at the minute...
We are putting in a couple of calls this week to see if we can get anyone to help us through until we have bodies back'".
As for their next fixture, against FC Halifax Town, he said, 'It's a big challenge and we are out for a bit of revenge after losing 4-0 at their place. They are a big club in our league with ambitions to get out of it. They are strong, experienced with a lot of good players. They play to their strengths and we will have to stand up to them physically... If we are right, and at it, we can beat anyone in this league'".
From the Worcester News we learn that "Worcester City look set to be dealt a double blow after it emerged centre-back Tom Sharpe and winger Connor Hughes may require knee surgery. Sharpe has not played for the Blue and Whites since being forced off in City’s 1-1 draw at Gainsborough Trinity last month... as a 'precaution' after the 28-year-old experienced 'clicking' in his knee.
However, he revealed Sharpe had sustained 'cartilage damage' and could be out for 'six weeks' if he goes under the knife.
To add to Heeley’s woes, Hughes has 'damaged' medial collateral ligaments, meaning he could also need an operation on his injured knee. City paid an undisclosed fee to sign the 23-year-old from FC Halifax Town on an 18-month deal in November. But after six appearances and one goal Hughes appears to be preparing himself for a lengthy spell on the sidelines...
Heeley said, 'I think Tom has got cartilage damage. Generally speaking, if they have not settled down for seven to 10 days they need surgery... Connor has damaged medial knee ligaments so that is the deck of cards we have been dealt with'.
Heeley was also without captain Danny Jackman (back) and winger Micah Evans (calf) due to injury and the suspended Sam Oji last Saturday as 17th-placed City suffered a 1-0 loss to Bradford Park Avenue...
'I am confident that if I have got all my players available we would be better than we were on Saturday,' Heeley said 'But, as for when they would be available, I don’t know because some of them have got injuries that may need surgery., Heeley said 34-year-old Jackman was 'still very sore' after getting a knee in the back against Harriers on Boxing Day...
With striker Lee Hughes beginning his four-match ban, Heeley said he was pleased to see Colby Bishop back on the pitch. The 20-year-old frontman, who injured his knee at York City last month, was a second-half substitute against Avenue. 'I didn’t want to have to use Colby on Saturday,' Heeley added. 'But I just felt we had to make a change to try to keep the ball because it kept coming back. He is woefully short of training and conditioning so it was a needs-must substitution but it was one of the few positives from the game as he hasn’t got a serious injury and is back out on the pitch'".
12 January 2017
Above: Alty line-up before kick-off.
Altrincham progressed to Round Two of the Cheshire Senior CUp with this win at a breezy Runcorn Town. Town gave a spirited performance but were two down at the interval thanks to two superbly struck goals by Andy Owens (21 mins) and James Lawrie (39 mins).
Altrincham got the upper hand in the closing stages and added two goals in three minutes. First, Owens tapped home a Patterson cross (76 mins) before John Cyrus headed home a Lawrie corner to complete the scoring.
The Robins fielded a strong side with midfielder Laurence Taylor the only player from the Reserves. He played the full ninety minutes and again made a good impression on the 114 spectators.
Match report here.
Wednesday's other CSC tie was:
- Barnton 1 Witton Albion 3 (att. 72).
Pictured on Wednesday, right, Altrincham FC groundsman Neil Brown, assisted by volunteer Bryan Ford, lays covers on the pitch at the J. Davidson Stadium to protect against any adverse weather that may occur before Saturday's league match against Gainsborough Trinity (3pm).
Details of the scheme and an application form are here.
- 1874 Northwich 2 Northwich Victoria 0 Both goals came from ex-Alty Youth and Reserves player Tom Bailey. Att: 358
- Runcorn Linnets 1 Nantwich Town 2 Former Alty trialist Steve Foster scored for Linnets whilst ex- Alty winger Joe Mwasile netted the Dabbers' first goal. Att: 215
- Stockport County 4 Winsford United 4 AET, 3-3 after 90 mins, Stockport County won 5-4 on penalties. Att: 336
- Chester FC 3 Hyde United 3 AET, Hyde United win 5-4 on penalties.
- Att: 1389: FC Halifax Town 2 Chorley 1
Details of the Club's latest Half-Term Fun Week are shown, right. You can book your places here.
NL Pitchero says that "Stockport County have announced that goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe and centre-half Michael Clarke have both agreed new contracts which will keep them at Edgeley park until the summer of 2018.
The Hatters have also extended midfielder Gary Stopforth's deal until January 21st, whilst defender Max Cartwright has signed until the end of the season. Stopforth was originally due to head off to Australia last week but has delayed his departure until the end of this month.
Manager Jim Gannon said, 'Obviously there's been a lot of negotiating behind the scenes with the Board regarding my own contract but, now that has been settled, I’m starting to visualise how the team will progress this season and into next season.
'We’ve extended Gary Stopforth’s contract to January 21 so he can play in the Darlington game; if his departure is delayed for any reason, we can just continue it as long as we need, so that was the first bit of business we needed to do for January because it’s a big month. We’ve also secured Max Cartwright for the rest of the season. He’s done a good job since coming on non-contract terms so we want to reward him for what he’s done and keep the defence and defensive midfield lines really secure with the players we’ve got.
'Looking ahead, the only player we’re going to lose is Gary Stopforth, so obviously John Marsden and Kaine Felix will give us opportunities in and around the attacking third if we move Jimmy Ball back.
'With that all settled, we then started to look towards next season. We want to secure this group of players because I think they’re growing, so we have taken a really positive step. With Ben Hinchliffe we’ve got one of the best keepers in non-League, whilst Michael Clarke was a great servant to me at Northwich; he was my captain and he’s come into the team and grown into the role. He’s desperate to be part of this going forward so Ben and Michael were easy ones in the sense that it was a simple decision for them in terms of the offers we made.
'The other contracts will take a little bit more work to make sure everything is right, but I’m really pleased that we’ve started the process now because we’re looking forward to the rest of this season in confidence, but we can also look forward to next season knowing that a strong core and backbone of players will still be here from this team.'
Gannon revealed that his previous coaching experience has helped him to shape his squad this season. 'I like to work with players over a long period of time and I don’t give up on players', he said. 'Even going back to Liam Dickinson and Ashley Williams, players of that ilk, you just keep working with them, keep helping them to improve, and that patience and perseverance will pay off and it builds confidence between both parties and I think we’ve seen this current group of players grow together as a team and I’m looking forward to seeing how they evolve.
'We’ve got some great people on a great journey, but I’m conscious we’ve got to keep working hard if we’re to continue that journey'".
11 January 2017
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Brian Flynn advises that "Radio Robins is not covering Wednesday night's Cheshire Senior Cup tie at Runcorn Town. There will be match updates on Periscope as well as the normal twitter service. Periscope updates can be viewed by downloading the Periscope App or via Altrincham FC twitter".
Runcorn Town are producing a 52-page programme, on sale at £2, for this match. Admission is £6 for adults, £3 for concessionaries and free for accompanied under-16s.
The Gainsborough Standard informs us that "Gainsborough Trinity manager Dom Roma celebrated his 200th league appearance for the club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with AFC Telford.
Long servant Roma made a rare start for the Blues, crossing over the white line to help his young side claim a point at the home of one of their Conference North rivals. And, while pleased with the reaction of his players after a New Year’s Day defeat at home to Boston United, Roma said reaching the landmark ‘meant the world’ to him.
Roma said, 'It was my first game for about six months. I felt fine after the first 20 minutes, I needed to get the cobwebs out of the way, but I feel good. I’ve been itching to get back in because this club means a lot to me. This is my sixth season here now, (Saturday) was my 200th league appearance; it means the world to me. I’ve shown a lot of loyalty to this Football Club. I want to make sure we kick on up the league. A few years ago I could have followed other players out the door for a lot more money.
'You probably get to a stage in your career where you have a lot of affection for [a club], this is that club for me. It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed at a football club. If I can keep playing and improving on my performance and give some organisation to the team then that’s what I’m going to do because I’m not going to let us get dragged in to anything.'
Trinity travel to rock-bottom Altrincham this coming Saturday (January 14), who have won just once all season and picked up only two points from a possible 36 at home. 'There are plenty of positives for us. We’ve got players who can hurt teams,' said Roma."NL Daily, "Bradford Park Avenue have signed goalkeeper Ashley Onitiri from Albion Sports. The signing comes after the club received permission that Onitiri would be allowed to play in Tuesday’s County Cup tie at Harrogate Town.
Regular number one Jon Worsnop picked up an injury in Saturday’s victory at Worcester City, and his deputy Ed Hall is cup-tied, having played for Brighouse in an earlier round of the competition. Avenue have also moved to recall defender Harry Coates from his loan spell at Hyde United. Coates, a former Harrogate Town player, was initially loaned to Hyde in October and has made 17 appearances for them during his time at Ewen Fields.
He is another expected to go straight in for the County Cup tie on Tuesday, after an injury to Matt Hill forced him to be substituted in the first half at Worcester."
The Coventry Telegraph reports on Nuneaton Town "Fans' concern after huge skip dumped outside Nuneaton Town FC turnstiles. The skip is believed to be part of a row between the club and Nuneaton RFC who share the same ground.
The main turnstiles into Nuneaton Town FC have been blocked by a huge skip. The appearance of the large industrial skip sparked concerns among fans over whether the match against Guiseley, set for Saturday, would still go ahead, but club bosses have vowed that the match will continue. The skip is believed to be the latest development in a long-running row between the Football Club and Nuneaton Rugby Football Club, who share the same ground.
It is no secret that there has been a stormy relationship between the Nuns and the Borough since the groundshare between the town’s two premier sporting clubs first started over a decade ago.
Legal action has been threatened by both clubs in the past, but the appearance of the skip on Saturday, while Nuneaton played away at Darlington, is believed to be a new chapter in the decade-long row.
A meeting with Boro officials and Health and Safety officers this afternoon has ended any speculation over this weekend’s game, with the FA Trophy match confirmed to be going ahead at the Coombe Abbey Arena as planned.
A spokesperson for the Football Club said, 'Our match against Guiesley will be going ahead as planned on Saturday after a meeting with health officials. The Football Club will be releasing a statement later this week in regard to the matter'.
Nuneaton Rugby Football Club has been contacted for a comment in regards to the appearance of the skip. A club meeting is due to be held this evening (January 10)."
Meanwhile, the same source adds that "Two bidders have tabled offers for Nuneaton Town. Talks over the offers are ongoing according to chairman Lee Thorn, with both prospective buyers looking at different aspects of the club. The purchase price for the club, land, stadium and other assets is believed to be in the region of £600,000.
Thorn said, 'I have had interest from one group who are looking at the Club and the ground and another group who are interested in taking on the Club only, with a yearly site rent to be paid on a fixed-term lease for the stadium etc. Ideally, I would like to sell to someone who wanted both, but we will see what happens'.
One group which seems to have ruled themselves out of the running is the Nuneaton Town supporters' Co-operative, which Thorn admitted had disappointed him. He said, 'I have read what they have said online and to their members in regard to their interest and it does not add up to what I have been receiving in email correspondence. I have received emails saying as much. In those emails I have continually made it clear that I cannot accept a vague statement or promise that the finance may or may not be available from grants, business contributions etc., going forward.
'I have told every party that ‘When you can show me a viable proof of funding or, a structured business plan to raise funds’ then I will gladly move the process to the next stage. 'That is the case for anyone who is interested in buying the club. They all know that all the details, for the land holdings are available on the land registry website, all planning permissions are available via the NBBC planning portal'.
Thorn added, 'The other interested parties also know this and have followed the requests of a signed NDA (which is a legally enforceable contract between the parties that creates a confidential relationship) and in the case of one of the parties they have also provided proof of funding.'
But Thorn stressed that he had to be certain that any potential purchaser had the means to fund the club and continue to be able to honour the club's liabilities and contractual obligations. He said, 'If this wasn’t the case then I am happy to stay and would welcome the Co-op into the fold whilst embracing all the great ideas and concepts they are planning, to engage with the community and local business. Maybe they should be doing this for the club right now, after all, we are all fans of the same club and extra financial input either through the turnstiles, or sponsorship are [is] always thankfully received.
'We are operating on a skeleton staff in the back office as all the available monies are being channelled into the playing budget to support the turnaround in the club’s fortunes'".
As part of our #BTWeekend which has been well received this season by football fans, BTSport's LIVE coverage from the Vanarama National will concentrate on the following two selections in March, which will feature each being scheduled for lunchtime viewing to get the respective weekends off to a great start.
The first match will be the eagerly anticipated local derby encounter on Saturday March 4 between Chester FC and near neighbours Tranmere Rovers. When they met earlier in the season at Prenton Park the clubs played out a 2-2 draw with The Blues of Chester coming back from 2-0 down. That match was also in front of the largest attendance seen in the Vanarama National League so far this season of 7790.
Whilst The Blues will be unable to reach that capacity for the return, it is expected the Deva Stadium will be nearly full to its current capacity of around 5,500. With less than 20 road miles separating the two clubs the atmosphere will be electric for sure. The match will kick off at 12.15pm.
Later in the month on Saturday March 25, the BTSport cameras will hope that another reverse fixture will stir much excitement and interest along with a big crowd turning out to watch the action unfold at Sincil Bank. If this encounter rivals the previous meeting in the season between Lincoln City and Forest Green Rovers then it is one not to be missed.
In November it seemed Rovers would be extending their lead in the title race over The Red Imps, as with just two minutes left to play they led 2-1 but City scored twice to unbelievably win 3-2. This return therefore could be defining in the ambitions of both clubs to earn promotion come the end of the season. Once again as part of the standard #BTWeekend package this will be a 12.15pm kick off.
#BTWeekend incorporates a LIVE lunchtime Saturday match on BTSport, with the option to watch any other match being played later that same afternoon and then finishing off with the 'Highlights Show' of all goals and action from the fixtures played over the weekend in the Vanarama National League. #TrueValueFootball".EvoStik NPL reports that "Northwich Victoria have been deducted ten points for entering into administration during the 2016-17 season. The sanction was imposed on Monday after Northwich Victoria appointed an administrator in December 2016, breaching Rule 14.A.1 which states that 'If an Insolvency Event shall occur in relation to any Club, that Club shall be deducted ten points’.
As the ‘Insolvency Event’ occurred during the playing season, the points deduction applied immediately under Rule 14.A.2.1 and the expiration of the notice, giving the club seven days to appeal to the Football Association. The EVO-STIK NPL First Division South table has been updated to reflect the sanction and there will be no further statement from the EVO-STIK NPL on this matter."
Vics are consequently bottom of the EvoStik League's Division One South".
10 January 2017
That's why I've got Robbie Lawton in and Graham [Heathcote] is there to help me as well. Everyone pulls in the same direction at Altrincham.
'The first thing I said was "I don't want any negativity around the club". It's the last thing I need and the last thing the club and the players need.
'We'll give everything. It won't be without, commitment, desire or pride to wear the badge.
'It's my job to get the belief back in the dressing room, which I've done. Everyone I played with, or under, will tell you the same; the dressing room is my domain.
'My main aim was to get people motivated. The changing room is a totally different place to when Jim and Neil were here.
'The club have given me time now. I know what we've got to do. I've told the lads that 2016 has gone, we don't want it back. The season starts now'".
To date, he has made two appearances from the bench for Altrincham. He is in the Bloods' squad to face Ramsbottom on Tuesday night.FC United of Manchester, there was "New Year cheer for FC's Women with Victory over Altrincham. Luke Podmore’s first home game in charge was rewarded with a hard fought, narrow 1-0 victory over Altrincham FC Ladies; Jess McCarrick scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.
As early as the first minute when Beth Tattersall delivered excellent consecutive crosses with no end product, the general pattern of the game was established; United would strive forward in persistent red waves looking for the elusive, decisive strike whilst Altrincham would absorb the pressure, stifle their hosts and look to hit on the break...
Five minutes remained of a frustrating half as Chambers floated a fee kick into the danger zone causing panic in the Altrincham defence as Fran Davies fired the loose ball back in for Parker to beat Brereton who was saved by the woodwork as the ball cannoned harmlessly away....
The second half continued in much the same vein with United on the front foot from the restart... On 55 minutes first Wolstencroft, surging beyond Altrincham’s back line, struck the post from 20 yards with Parker doing the same within a minute.
With FC pressure and momentum building by the minute the breakthrough finally came midway through the half. McCarrick anticipated a forward pass from Altrincham’s defence to midfield and her well timed interception was played short and forward to Mia Holden who helped the ball through to McCarrick who had continued her run. Suddenly the defender-cum-midfielder was beyond the Altrincham rearguard one on one with Brereton and her abundance of calm, typical of her all round play, saw McCarrick stroke the ball past the excellent keeper to an outpouring of congratulations matched by relief on and off the pitch.
Further chances were spurned and as the game neared its end United protected their precious lead, nervously at times, giving away a dangerous free kick from which Laura Dodds drew a fine save from Gillingham. The United keeper, a spectator for large intervals, was injured with a couple of minutes to go as she bravely cleared from the edge of her area under pressure from Jessica Hartopp but United held the visitors’ late charge at bay...
FC United of Manchester Women: 1. Amy Gillingham, 18. Morgan McWhirter, 2. Fran Davies, 5. Chelsea Patient, 3. Abbie Carrington, 17. Jess McCarrick, 6. Mia Holden, 15. Jade Parker, 10. Beth Tattersall, 11. Kirsty Chambers (Capt), 9. Shellby Wolstencroft. Subs: 4. Olivia Greenhalgh, 8. Adora Yau, 14. Leah Dolan, 16. Charlie Evans, 19. Allisha Marsh.
Altrincham FC Ladies: 1. Lizzie Brereton, 4. Kyesha Brown, 3. Heather Scott, 14. Megan Wright, 5. Louise Edleston, 6. Letitia Collins, 15. Jade Hesketh, 8. Gail Simpson, 16. Bliss Molyneux (Captain), 10. Laura Dodds, 11. Georgia Plant, Subs: 7. Jessica Hartopp, 9. Laura Kelly, 18. Lucy Smith, 21. Marcia Sacharewicz, 23. Brogan Walsh".
Right: Altrincham's loanee from Barrow, Elliot Newby, takes on a Gloucester City opponent last Saturday, as pictured by Mike Ripley of Michael Ripley Photography.
Tuesday 10 January
- 1874 Northwich v Northwich Victoria
- Chester v Hyde United
- Runcorn Linnets v Nantwich Town
- Stockport County v Winsford United
Wednesday 10 January
- Barnton v Witton Albion
- Runcorn Town v Altrincham
Runcorn Town's league match on Saturday, away at Nelson, was postponed.National League says that "Kidderminster Harriers have signed versatile defender Josh Ezewele on loan from Yeovil Town. The 19-year-old, who is comfortable in either full-back berth, joins us from the Glovers on a one-month spell.
Ezeweke rose through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion and was a regular feature in last season’s under-21 side, making almost thirty appearances... and will play some part in Tuesday night’s friendly match at Halesowen Town".
The National League adds more detail on Telford's signing of four players, as reported earlier. "AFC Telford United manager Rob Smith... completed a double loan swoop from National League side Solihull Moors for Eddie Jones and Lewis Hayden. The versatile midfielder Jones, has been a product of the Forest Green Rovers' academy where he went onto captain the under-18 team... which helped earn a move to Gloucester City. The opportunity to play football in America proved too good to turn down and he moved to play for Major League Soccer side DC United in 2011, where he was a regular for their under-23 side.
After his time at Dayton, Jones played for Ottawa Fury and FC London in Canada, both professional North American Soccer League sides, before short spells at the Evergreen Diplomats and IFK Maryland in the recently formed American Soccer League during 2015.
Hayden joins the club as an attacking midfielder. He has progressed through the Moors' youth ranks and skippered the under-18 side before moving into the first-team scene.
The Bucks also announced the double signing of Henry Cameron and Luke Higham from Blackpool. Cameron is an English-born New Zealand right-sided midfielder... The young midfielder scored his first goal for the club in April 2015 against Cardiff City before going onto make twenty-five appearance for the Seasiders. After suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury that left him out for the whole 2016/16 season, Cameron joins the Bucks...
Higham also joins the Bucks from Blackpool on a one-month loan deal. Higham, who plays as a left-back, signed his first professional contact at Blackpool in May 2015 after a ten-year association with the club. He made his first-team debut for the Seasiders in October".
According to the Halifax Courier, "Under pressure Town boss Billy Heath faces arguably the biggest game of his FC Halifax reign on Tuesday, when The Shaymen host high-flying Chorley at The Shay. Halifax are without a win in the last nine games, not including the West Riding County Cup, and are eight points adrift of the play-offs with two games in hand.
Their defeat at Stalybridge on Saturday increased the pressure on Heath from some Town supporters, with Halifax’s last league win coming nearly two months ago. Chorley have won eight of their last 11 games and have the best defensive record in the National League North, conceding just 18 goals in their 24 league matches, keeping 16 clean sheets in 31 games in all competitions. They have lost just one of their 12 away league games this season, with only leaders Fylde losing fewer league games.
Striker Jason Walker is their top-scorer with 10 goals, while ex-Halifax loanee Marcus Carver has six. Scott Garner is available after serving a three-game suspension, while fellow centre-back Danny Hone’s suspension for his sending-off at Stalybridge will not kick in until seven days after the offence, meaning he is also available. Injury victims Jordan Sinnott and Steve Drench are not expected to be available, the latter meaning Tom Nicholson will again be between the posts if Sam Johnson does not recover from the ankle injury that ruled him out on Saturday."
9 January 2017
Above: Substitute Jordan Henry (no.18) converts the penalty which made the score 2-2.
In Sunday's NWYA League match at Hale Country Club on Sunday, Altrincham FC Youth fought back from 0-2 down at the interval to level the scores, with goals from Palma and Henry, only for opponents Chester FC to net a last-minute freekick to clinch the game 3-2.
Match report here.
Below, we see the team before the kick-off.
After a season where good news items have been thin on the ground, it has made a welcome change this week to be able to reflect on positive developments on and off the pitch.
The decision to make Matt Doughty manager for the rest of the season, with Robbie Lawton and Graham Heathcote continuing to assist him, has been widely hailed as the right move by the club, and it has certainly gone down well in the changing room.
The announcement was made shortly after a battling New Year's Day draw at FC United of Manchester, which, in turn, was followed by news of Gary Jones' initial one-month loan from Southport being extended to the end of the season. We may have gone out of the Buildbase FA Trophy at Macclesfield 24 hours after that, but there were even positives there, not least an outstanding performance from midfield prospect Laurence Taylor (left).
So, all in all, forgettable though 2016 was, perhaps there are signs that the coming year bodes better for everyone connected with our club. Let's hope so. Buzz is the man to take us forward, particularly with Robbie and Graham, at his side, and as he said this week, the last thing we need at the moment is a new set of eyes and ears implementing yet another different approach after all the upheaval we've already had.
We would have liked results to have been slightly better, but the positive impact they've had is showing in performances. We have been more solid and organised, and there has been a greater level of professionalism about everything they've done.
For instance, we've been coming in early for the recent holiday games to ensure we're prepared as thoroughly as possible. On Boxing Day and again on New Year's Day, we all reported at 11 am to go through set-pieces and work on shape before having a pre-match meal together.
Those are the sort of details that can make a difference, and it certainly shows how seriously they are taking the task of getting us up the table. Buzz has also been quick to strengthen the squad with five new signings who have all hit the ground running. Andy Owens and Elliot Newby were arguably our two best players on their debuts at FC United, while Nicky Clee is getting back to his old self with each game and Kyle Brownhill looks bright and confident.
The other one, of course, is Gary Jones (right), and confirmation the other day that he's with us for the season was a massive boost. It could potentially be huge for us. Over the years, he has amassed more experience than anyone at the club, and during that time, he's probably been in a similar situation to our current one, so that driving force and leadership he provides is going to be invaluable. I've said before that his fitness levels at 39 put us all to shame, and he really does drive people on from midfield. There's a case for saying it's as big a piece of news as we've had all week, right up there with Buzz, Robbie and Graham staying in charge.
I don't think the senior players who turned out at Macc will mind me saying that probably the best performances came from the younger lads. They all acquitted themselves really well, with Harry Cain opening his account with a great goal that will do him the world of good and Laurence Taylor again showing fantastic composure. It's not the first time Laurence has taken my eye. I played for the Reserves a couple of weeks ago and came back and said straightaway we've got a lad there in central midfield who really looks the part.
Finally, on myself, I've got to step back and spend a couple of weeks getting more strength in my legs in the gym. I've probably done a bit more on the pitch than I should have done, because I was eager to try and help our situation, and I have felt it during and after games. The answer is to do more conditioning work for the next couple of weeks, so hopefully that will have the desired effect".The Hallmark Security Cheshire Football League, Premier Division, on Saturday, Altrincham FC Reserves won 3-1 away at Styal. First-team midfielder Simon Richman was in the squad, which comprised Marcus Dibble, Andrew Jones (gk), Ryan Barry, Tom Clarke, William Foster, Callum Jones, Rob Kennerley, , Joel Swift, Laurence Taylor, Tom Westall.
Next Saturday, the Reserves are at home to Wythenshawe Town at Egerton Youth Club FC, Knutsford.
For the record, Timms's first three Alty games were in three different competitions inside 11 days. He made his Alty debut at Vauxhall Motors on 9 September in the UniBond Premier. He then played in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Stalybridge six days later and on 19 September he kept goal for Alty in the FA Youth Cup.
With Altrincham playing at Runcorn Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup this Wednesday, Darius could add another competition to his CV!
However, one of Ashley's accomplishments has, so far, evaded Darius - that is, keeping goal and scoring in the same match. Ashley, when playing in goal for Atherton LR, scored from a corner in an amazing 6-5 defeat by Nantwich in the NW Counties League. LR trailed 5-1 with less than 10 mins to go before Timms levelled it to 5-5 before they lost to a late goal. LR won a corner kick and Timms ran up-field to hit a perfect, low, hard drive past Simon Pay in the Nantwich goal.FA confirms that Altrincham FC Ladies lost 1-0 away to FC United of Manchester on Sunday. FCUM are second in the league whilst Alty ladies are now sixth but with games in hand.
Coming up for Alty Ladies is an Argyle Sports Plate cup match at home to Bolton Wanderers on 22 January (2pm).Youth Education team lost in midweek, 0-4, at home to FC Halifax Town. Next Wednesday they are away, again, this time to Stockport County.
8 January 2017 interview, following the match with Gloucester City. In it, Robbie gives a frank assessment of the team's performance.
Right: Robbie Lawton on the touchline during the game on Saturday.
Match report here
Gloucestershire Live reports that "Ten-man Gloucester City stopped the rot of six league games [five and a Trophy match] lost in a row by grinding out a well-deserved three points at Altrincham...
Altrincham weren't really in the game all that much but the Tigers defence had to stay alert... The home side then began to find their stride and were given two free kicks in quick succession within shooting distance, however they over complicated their routine and failed to muster a meaningful effort on goal.
City were struggling to turn their pressure into clear cut chances, but they found their way through eventually and took the lead.
With the hosts making a complete hash of clearing the ball on the edge of their own area, Ed Williams found Parker with a threaded through ball and the City front man duly gave his side the lead with a thumping finish into the roof of the net...
Nicky Clee hadn't been in the game all that much but he produced a moment of brilliance as he teed himself up for a dipping volley that just went over the top.
With City inviting pressure, it was inevitable that needless fouls were going to start creeping into their game and they did, with full backs Lewis Hall and Keiran Thomas both going into the referee's book for late clips.
That would come back to bite the Tigers though as Thomas was then shown a second yellow card for more of a collision than anything with Heathcote, but the referee judged there was enough in it to send the City right back for an early bath...
Then, right at the death, City switched off and James Lawrie burst through, striking a vicious shot goalwards but Singh did what he is paid to do and secured the Tigers all three points with a magnificent save".
Right; In the adjacent image from Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography, we see John Cyrus heading clear against Gloucester City.
Mike Ripley's images from the match are here.
- Att: 2821 AFC Fylde 3 v 1 FC United Of Manchester
- Att: 1081: AFC Telford Utd 1 v 1 Gainsborough Trinity
- Att: 915: Altrincham 0 v 1 Gloucester City
- Att: 1360: Boston United 0 v 2 Stockport County
- Att: 525: Brackley Town 0 v 1 Chorley
- Att: 2313: Darlington 1883 1 v 2 Nuneaton Town
- Att: 735: Harrogate Town 6 v 3 Alfreton Town
- Att: 1298: Salford City 3 v 0 Kidderminster Harriers
- Att: 851: Stalybridge Celtic 1 v 0 FC Halifax Town
- Att: 568: Tamworth 3 v 2 Curzon Ashton
- Att: 451: Worcester City 0 v 1 Bradford Park Avenue
Player of the Month, Division One: Ashley Stott Eight goals in four starts, including a hat trick in the win at Stockport, a brace at Chadderton and Holker and a goal against high flying Chorley in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy have only further enhanced his reputation. He also won two man of the match nominations. Standing alone now on 31 goals at the top of the Division One charts, 'Stotty'has shown what a quality player and finisher he is, with the variety of different goals he scores".
From the EvoStik League we learn that Sam Madeley of Macclesfield Town has signed forms back at Nantwich Town, one of his former clubs.
James Walshaw hit four on Saturday at Radcliffe Borough, as his Farsley Celtic side won 5-0.National League tells us that "AFC Fylde increased their lead at the top of the table to nine points after the Coasters beat FC United of Manchester and second-placed Kidderminster Harriers were beaten by Salford City.
In front of a crowd of 2,821 at Mill Farm, Brendon Daniels gave the hosts a 28th minute lead that Dan Bradley doubled 10 minutes later.
Harry Winter gave the Reds a chance when he reduced the deficit with 11 minutes to go. However, just when it looked like FC United might have a chance of finding an equaliser, Fylde netted a third goal 4 minutes later via Matty Hughes.
Salford netted three times in the second half to see off Kidderminster at Moor Lane...
Brackley Town came into their game at St James`s Park against third-placed Chorley on the back of two successive wins. However... a crowd of 525 saw Dale Whitham give the visitors the lead 2 minutes before half-time. And they held onto that lead to earn three crucial points in their promotion quest.
Tamworth moved into the top five after edging out Curzon Ashton at The Lamb and seeing Darlington 1883 beaten at home by Nuneaton Town...
In-form Nuneaton Town made it seven wins in succession at Blackwell Meadows in a dramatic finale... It was Nuneaton who took the lead on 58 minutes when Reece Styche was brought down for a penalty, and the the National League North`s player of the month for December, Joe Ironside, slotted home the resulting spot-kick.
As the hosts searched for a leveller, Harvey Saunders saw a low strike pushed wide by Christian Dibble before they were finally rewarded for their endeavours in the final minute when David Syers headed home... but Boro shocked home fans when they won it in stoppage time...
Stockport County boss James Gannon celebrated his manager of the month award after his side inflicted a first defeat on Boston United's recently-appointed boss Adam Murray after a 2-0 win at the Jakemans Stadium...
FC Halifax Town are falling away from the top five, however, as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bower Fold to second-bottom Stalybridge Celtic. Adam Morgan missed a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Grant Shenton and Danny Hone was sent-off for bringing down Florian da Silva as he was through on goal. The winner came from new signing Chris Baguley, on as a 69th minute sub. He prodded home after a low cross from the left found him unmarked a minute from time.
A four-goal display from defender-turned-striker Simon Ainge helped Harrogate Town to a 6-3 victory over Alfreton Town at the CNG Stadium. Ainge was pushed up front in an emergency and it paid off as Harrogate ended their poor recent run...
The two teams hovering just above the drop zone, AFC Telford United and Gainsborough Trinity, shared a 1-1 draw at the New Buck's Head... Worcester City have been pulled back into the relegation dog fight after losing 1-0 at the Victoria Ground to third-bottom Bradford Park Avenue, who are now level on points with Gainsborough. In a scrappy game, Bradford stole all three points through a Nicky Boshell strike in the 96th minute".
In the Shropshire Star we learn that "A sending-off was the turning point as AFC Telford United were pegged back late on to draw 1-1 with Gainsborough Trinity...
Bucks' skipper Luca Havern was given his marching orders shortly into the second period for a second bookable offence...
Telford announced a quartet of signings just an hour prior to kick-off; Luke Higham and Dominic Henry arriving on one-month loans from Blackpool, and Jones and Lewis Hayden coming in from Solihull Moors.
Higham and Jones made the starting line-up, while Henry and Hayden were on the bench along with Tony Donaldson, who signed from Doncaster Rovers on loan on Friday, and Jonathan Royle, back after a groin injury".
Also, AFC Telford United "would like to make the following press release...
As has previously been documented, AFC Telford United were subject to an erroneous winding up order brought by HMRC, this was dismissed by the court. The winding up order was brought by HMRC in 2015 as the football club was late in paying part of a VAT liability to HMRC, the football club had paid part of the VAT liability on time.
As some of the liability was paid a few days' late HMRC issued penalty notices for late payment. The football club appealed against those penalties and eventually this appeal was heard by HMRC Court & Tribunal service. Although the Court & Tribunal service expressed sympathy to the football club it advised that it was tied by the legislation that stated if VAT was paid late and outside a 'time to pay scheme' then the penalties could not be cancelled.
The amount of the penalties total £2,570. The only amount owing by the football club to HMRC are these penalties of £2,570. The football club will take advice from its advisors who have stated that there is a case to appeal the Court & Tribunal decision."
Harrogate Town report that "It is with regret that we announce John McDermott is to step down as assistant manager with immediate effect.
Over the Christmas period, John spent some time recovering from a short illness, and as the club has recently revealed our intention to become a full-time outfit as of 2017/18, Simon Weaver’s long standing assistant has decided to pursue new opportunities, closer to his home.
McDermott commented... 'A new opportunity has arisen for me, which coincides with my current employment and is a lot closer to home'".
Adam Morgan missed a penalty and Danny Hone was sent-off as The Shaymen’s season reached a new low point.
Town could hardly have hand-picked a better opponent against which to break out of their wretched run of form, with Stalybridge winning just three of their 23 league games this season, scoring fewer goals than any team in the division and conceding the most...
Defeat certainly gives [chairman] David Bosomworth something to think about... [Heath's] team’s performance was poor, lacking in quality and cohesion.
Town’s injury problems this season were encapsulated by the fact that Tom Nicholson replaced Sam Johnson, who injured his ankle against Darlington after replacing hamstring injury victim Steve Drench...
Halifax had been the better side, but that wasn’t really saying much; Stalybridge offered commitment and hard work, but not much else... Town’s third different keeper in three games, having a quiet league debut...
Last-man Hone was sent-off for flooring Da Silva... Heath reacted by substituting Morgan for Cliff Moyo, which prompted boos and cries of 'You don’t know what you’re doing' from some of the travelling contingent".