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ALTY HEADLINES

  • 27 September 2016: RESERVES' DRAW WATCHED BY JIM HARVEY... More
  • 27 September 2016: LADIES COME UP SHORT... More
  • 27 September 2016: LAST GAME: BOSTON VIEW... More

OTHER HEADLINES

  • 27 September 2016: PETROV LINKED WITH NUNEATON... More
  • 27 September 2016: TAMWORTH MANAGER'S DIFFERING VIEWS ON HIS DEFENDERS ... More
  • 27 September 2016: MADELEY JOINS MACC... More

27 September 2016

RESERVES' DRAW WATCHED BY JIM HARVEY

Above: Alty line up before kick-off.

Match report here

Altrincham Reserves, watched by Jim Harvey, took a 2-0 lead against Knutsford ‌inside 15 minutes and they looked on course for a comfortable win. The goals came from Rhain Davis and Joel Swift. But Altrincham lost the initiative and Knutsford deservedly gained a draw with two second-half goals.

LADIES COME UP SHORT

Right: Image, courtesy of Keith Edleston showing Louise and Bliss working hard during the game at Ellesmere Port.

Altrincham FC Ladies' manager, Keith Edleston, writes, "On Sunday, we travelled up the M56 to Whitby Sports Club to take on Ellesmere Port LFC. The sun was out, the pitch was superb and all the signs were there for a good game of football.

Well, we got the perfect start as on eight minutes, birthday girl Georgia Plant headed in from a cross from our right to open the scoring and we thought we would go on to assert our authority on the game...

For some reason it didn't quite work out as, although throughout the ninety minutes and for all our possession, our passes went slightly astray, didn't quite come off or we didn't take the easy ball option to keep possesion.

Port capitalised on two long balls straight down the centre and, with the sun in Bliss's and Louise's eyes, managed to score their goals. For all our possession (and we had a lot) we didn't work their keeper enough and with Port always dangerous on the counter we always had to be wary.

All in all maybe 'a bad day at the office' but, if you had said to me at the beginning of the season we would have won four out of the first five games of the season, I would have bitten your hand off. Management Player of the Game was Kye Brown with her non-stop energy and full-blooded tackles throughout.

After this 2-1 defeat it's onwards to our next game this coming Sunday down at Mersey Valley Sports Club, Banky Lane, Sale M33 5SL. The game is a 2pm kick-off with the clubhouse open from 12.30pm. We would love to see you all down there to cheer the girls on".

LAST GAME: BOSTON VIEW

In the Lincolnshire Echo we learn that "Boston United manager Dennis Greene hailed the qualities of match-winner Liam Agnew as the Pilgrims finally broke their away duck in Vanarama National League North on Saturday. The former Sunderland midfielder struck in the 70th minute to settle the clash against Altrincham at Moss Lane, having already gone close to an exquisite opener in the first half.

Greene was delighted with the midfielder's impact, having now scored three goals in six appearances since returning to the club at the start of September. 'It would have been some goal in the first half,' reflected Greene. 'He pulled the ball out of the sky and tried to chip the goalkeeper but sadly it went into the side-netting. He popped up in the second half though and showed his quality with a great give-and-go with Waide (Fairhurst) and got us our goal. Dion [goalkeeper] kept us in it at times. He made some good saves, but they were pretty much routine saves. We created some good chances ourselves and had good possession'...

Honours remained even at half-time but the home side started to get on top, only for United to craft the game's only goal with 20 minutes to play... The hosts, under the guidance of new manager Jim Harvey, applied plenty of late pressure, but Henry was only called into extended action twice. He produced a terrific, sprawling save to keep out Harry Cain's close-range drive, before diving full length to tip a Wilkinson drive behind for a corner"

OLD BOY

NL Pitchero says that "Widnes have announced the appointment of Joey Dunn, formerly of Warrington Town and latterly Runcorn Linnets, as their new manager".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

According to the Birmingham Mail, "Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov could be set for a sensational return to the game with Nuneaton Town. The ex-claret and blue captain attempted to return to the professional game with Villa over the summer after fighting and beating Leukaemia.

His efforts were unsuccessful, though he was offered the chance to remain at Villa Park as part of the backroom team. It seems that Petrov is now ready to take to the field again, with Nuneaton said to be about to beat off competition from several National League North rivals to the Bulgarian's signature."

The Tamworth Herald reports that "Tamworth boss Andy Morrell was pleased with the debut of former Shrewsbury Town defender Luke Jones as the Lambs drew 1-1 with FC United of Manchester.

'I didn't want to play him for the full game really, as he is building his fitness up, but he did great,' said Morrell. 'Luke does what it says on the tin. He will head the ball out of your box and up the pitch. He is a leader, a talker and he certainly adds something to us.'

Morrell also revealed that defender Stephen Tomassen had been dropped for the clash. 'I left Tommo out,' he said. 'I felt he seemed clouded with his decision-making in recent games and not where he normally is. So we just thought, right, let's take him out of the firing line a little bit and refocus his mind and see if he has got the fight to get back in the team'".

From NL Pitchero we learn that "Two Vanarama National League matches have been selected for screening by BT Sport in November...

  • Saturday Nov 12th Woking v North Ferriby United 5.30pm kick-off
  • Saturday Nov 19th Forest Green Rovers v Lincoln City 12.15pm kick-off

Also from NL Pitchero we read that "FC United of Manchester have confirmed that [former Alty youth and reserve] Sam Madeley has left the club to sign for Macclesfield Town. The Silkmen have immediately put Madeley out on loan to FC United`s league rivals Stalybridge Celtic. {He was sent off for Celtic on Saturday].

Madeley joined FC United from Salford City at the start of the 2015/16 season. The pacey forward appeared in thirty-five games for FC United, starting twenty-one and scoring 11 goals... [In February] picked up an injury which kept him out of majority of the remaining matches of last season and the start of this season. He briefly came on as substitute in this season’s away defeat at Salford".

NL Daily states that "New Bradford Park Avenue manager Mark Bower has appointed [ex-Alty midfielder] Danny Boshell as his assistant. The pair worked together at Guiseley... where Boshell held a player-assistant role, and he will take up the same position at Avenue.

The 35-year-old midfielder made 186 league appearances over the last six years at Nethermoor... He has also featured for Bury, Stockport and Altrincham throughout his career. Boshell lines up alongside his brother Nicky, who moved to Avenue in the summer for his third spell at the club... Former assistant Matt Hill will continue in his coaching role with the Avenue Academy alongside [ex-Alty winger] Alex Meechan, and will remain a player in Bower and Boshell's squad."

AFC Telford United "would like to announce that Callum Gittings and Lucas Dawson have been released from their non-contracts".


26 September 2016

RESERVES IN ACTION ON MONDAY AT THE JDS

Altrincham FC Reserves are in action at the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, on Monday night (7.30pm) in a league match against Knutsford. Entry is free and will be via the Moss Lane turnstiles. Refreshments will be available from the away end kiosk. These include tea, coffee, bottled beers and snacks.

Tom Hannigan is expected to play a part in the game as he regains match fitness following his injury lay-off. One or two other first-team squad members may also participate in a game which Jim Harvey will use to assess the reserve team players.

YOUTH TEAM DRAW

Alty Youth drew 3-3 at Morecambe on Sunday.

LADIES' NARROW DEFEAT

Alty Ladies' unbeaten start to the season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Ellesmere Port Town on Sunday.

BONUS BALL

If anyone would like to join the Altrincham FC Bonus Ball scheme in which, for just £1 a week the winner gets £25 if his or her number is chosen as the Lotto Bonus Ball, the following numbers are available: 1,4,6,13,14,19,22,32 and 48. The scheme helps to provide funds for the Football Club.

If you would like to join please e-mail the Club with your preference for number(s).

DAMIAN'S 300TH

Damian Reeves's next appearance for Altrincham will be his 300th for the club since he joined in 2010. Since then, Damian (right) has netted a remarkable 163 goals in 258 starts and 41 appearances from the bench. A significant proportion of his career has been in Altrincham sides fighting against the odds at national level and his strike rate is all the more commendable for that.

All at the Club congratulate him on that achievement. A 300th game will leave Damian just eight appearances behind the currently most experienced player for the Club, Shaun Densmore, who has made 299 starts and 9 appearances from the bench.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The National League review states that "AFC Fylde still head the Vanarama National League North table on goal difference after...they mirrored second-placed Harrogate Town's result. Both won 3-1 at home...

At Mill Farm, a crowd of 1,385 saw the home side have to come back from being a goal down when Jordan Thewlis gave Trinity the lead a minute before the break...

Darlington 1883 are third after a drama-filled Heritage Park victory over third-bottom Stalybridge Celtic. The visitors came into the game having lost nine of their previous ten league games and found the Quakers too hot to handle. Liam Hardy gave the hosts an early 4th minute lead, but some slack defending allowed in [ex-Alty man] Andy Owens to equalise in the 17th minute. But a second from Hardy in the 37th minute and one from Josh Gillies a minute before the break to celebrate his new deal with the club, sent Darlington into the break 3-1 up.

The Quakers had a shock though shortly after the restart when Leon Scott was red-carded, but soon afterwards Stalybridge were also down to ten-men when [ex-Alty youth and reserve] Sam Madeley saw red for a second booking...

Kidderminster Harriers are fourth, but had to be content with a point from a 3-3 thriller at the Impact Arena against Alfreton Town... Harriers trailed 3-0 at the break... But three goals from substitutes, including a brace for Liam Truslove after 53 and 85 minutes, sandwiched by one from Andre Brown on 83 minutes saw Harriers respond brilliantly...

Chorley complete the top five after being held to a goalless draw at the New Buck's Head by AFC Telford United. But considering the Magpies had to play for the entire second half with ten-men after Marcus Carver was dismissed after an elbow incident with Dwayne Samuels, manager Matt Jansen will probably be happy with a point.

Salford City were also held, this time at Moor Lane by much-improved Brackley Town...

Two goals from on-loan Lincoln City striker Alex Simmons helped FC Halifax Town to a comfortable 4-0 win over rock-bottom Bradford Park Avenue at The Shay... [ex-Alty man] Jordan Sinnott added the fourth in the 55th minute to condemn Avenue to a club record of nine consecutive losses since reformation.

Curzon Ashton failed to pick up their first home victory of the season at the Tameside Stadium after losing 2-1 to neighbours Stockport County... Worcester City fell to their first defeat of September as visiting Nuneaton Town made it four league games without defeat after a poor start to the season...

Tamworth and FC United of Manchester shared the spoils at The Lamb".

FA CUP 3QR

Saturday's FA Cup Third Qualifying Round ties include the following which feature National League North and other "northern" clubs...
  • ALTRINCHAM v Morpeth T.
  • Kettering T. v Boston U
  • Halesowen T. v Nantwich T.
  • Lincoln U. v Handsworth
  • Farsley C. v Bishop Auckland
  • FC Halifax Town v Stalybridge C.
  • Worcester C v Brackley T.
  • King's Lynn v Alfreton
  • Curzon Ashton v Bedworth
  • Ilkeston T. v Stourbridge
  • Lancaster C. v Kidderminster H,
  • Matlock T. v Workington
  • Stockport C. v Salford C.
  • Spennymoor v Chorley
  • FC United of M/cr v Harrogate T.
  • AFC Mansfield v Stamford

Alty's opponents Morpeth Town geared up for their visit to Altrincham with a 4-2 win over Dunston on Saturday with Michael Chilton scoring twice.

OLD BOYS

Ex-Alty striker Aaron Burns hit a remarkable double hat-trick as his Trafford side won 6-0 against Goole on Saturday. Also playing for our near neighbours was ex-Alty player/coach, Simon Garner.

SATURDAY'S GATES

  • AFC Fylde 3-1 Gainsborough Trinity (att. 1,385)
  • AFC Telford Utd 0-0 Chorley (1,033)
  • Alfreton Town 3-3 Kidderminster Harriers (568)
  • Altrincham 0-1 Boston United (918)
  • Curzon Ashton 1-2 Stockport County (964)
  • Darlington 1883 4-1 Stalybridge Celtic (1,231)
  • FC Halifax Town v Bradford Park Avenue (1,761)
  • Harrogate Town 3-1 Gloucester City (729)
  • Salford City 1-1 Brackley Town (1,072)
  • Tamworth 1-1 FC United of Manchester (1,105)
  • Worcester City 2-3 Nuneaton Town (645)

25 September 2016

ALTRINCHAM 0 BOSTON UNITED 1

Above: John Cyrus has added stability to the Alty backline since returning from injury. Above, Gavin Rathbone protrays him in action against Boston, with Jake Moult in attendance.

In a game of missed chances at each end Altrincham went down to a 70th minute goal by Boston captain, Agnew. He was allowed to advance into the box and gave Dawber no chance.

Match report here

Below: Greg Wilkinson advances against Boston. Image courtesy of Mike Ripley.

NEW TEAM PHOTO

With so many changes of personnel since the start of the season, club photographer Gavin Rathbone has taken an updated team photo. This is shown above (click on image for larger version).

Pictured are:

Back row: Craig Hobson, Phil Marsh, Greg Wilkinson, Tim Deasy, Andrew Dawber, John Cyrus, Danny Hattersley, Tom Hannigan.

Middle row: Matt Doughty (asst manager), Danny Hall, Alan Ainsley (physio), James Lawrie, Rhain Davis, Shaun Densmore, Sean Miller, Charlie Joyce, Simon Richman, Jake Moult, Sam Heathcote, John Skelhorn (kitman), Ian Senior (goalkeeper coach).

Front row: Josh Doherty (loanee), Harry Cain, Alan Goodall (capt), Jim Harvey (manager), Callum Charlton, Damian Reeves, Sam Patterson.

"WE NEED TO SHARPEN UP DEFENSIVELY" SAYS JIM

Speaking to Altrincham FC's John Edwards (joint Press & Media Officer), "Jim Harvey insisted Altrincham are heading in the right direction, despite their search for a first Vanarama National League North win of the season continuing after a 1-0 defeat by Boston United at The J.Davidson Stadium.

Another improved performance, following on from the previous week's dramatic FA Cup win over Gainsborough, went unrewarded, as Boston cashed in on a string of narrow escapes with a late winner.

But Harvey remained upbeat, as he looked forward to Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round tie at home to Morpeth Town, and said, 'For sure I feel we are moving in the right direction, disappointing though it was not to make more of our opportunities against Boston.

'We have worked all week on trying to consolidate the sort of performance we put in against Gainsborough, and in that respect we did very well, in the way we got forward and created chances. We just needed to finish them off.

'Equally, we didn't very often look like conceding, so it was disappointing a gap should open up on our left-hand side for the goal that cost us the minimum we deserved, a 0-0. It's a fact that if things had broken for us at the other end, we'd have scored three or four, but we have to stop conceding.

'We've got great qualities going forward, but we need to sharpen up defensively. I'm still finding out about the players and what they are capable of, but it does seem we have enough footballing ability going forward to create problems for any team.

'Greg Wilkinson was very much a positive for us. He has done well here before, and I know him from Stalybridge days, so I know what he has to offer. He hadn't played a full game for many months, so tired a bit near the end, but he did a good job for us and was unlucky not to pinch a goal or two with his shooting.'

Tom Hannigan (right) and Tim Deasy should both be fit enough to challenge for starting places against Morpeth, after being on the bench against Boston, while Simon Richman is also likely to be back after missing out on Saturday with a slight hamstring problem. Midfielder Charlie Joyce is available after suspension.

'Tom came through a training session ok, but I didn't want to risk him against Boston if I could help it, even though he was on the bench,' explained Harvey. 'He will have a run-out in an under-21s' game on Monday, then have another few days to be ready for next Saturday, so I'm hopeful about him.

'Tim is up and about, but it's just his kicking he's still struggling with a bit. He came through Thursday's training session OK but, again, I didn't want to risk him, because it could knock him back five or six weeks if something went wrong. He just needs another week for that to settle down, and he should be OK.

'Danny Hall felt a problem in his back, where it was out of sync, so he has been to see a chiropractor, who has put it back in again. He just needs 10 days for it to settle down, so we are looking at next weekend or the one after for him. The other one is Shaun Densmore, who is still a few weeks away but is working hard at his rehab. These are experienced defenders, and I feel we won't be a million miles away when they are all back'".

JIM APPOINTS MATT AS HIS DEPUTY

It was confirmed yesterday that former Alty left-back Matt Doughty (right) has been appointed by Jim Harvey as the new assistant manager at Altrincham FC. Most recently, Matt was assistant to temporary manager Neil Tolson, following the departure of Lee Sinnott.

As an Altrincham player, Matt first joined the Club from Halifax Town in mid-June 2008, having been with the Shaymen since July 2004, a club he had joined from Rochdale. He had previously also played for Chester City, for whom he signed professionally when just 16. Matt was a regular for Chester for two seasons (1999-2001) making 53(+17) League/Conference appearances for them.

In 2001, he had moved to Rochdale and had a trial with Southampton but a broken leg halted the prospects of a move to Hampshire. At Rochdale he made 93(+12) appearances in the League. Another broken leg sadly hampered the 5ft 8inch defender's career at The Shay but he still managed 119(+12) league appearances for the club.

Matt made his Alty league debut on 9 August 2008 and he became one of the team's most consistent players, as well as its penalty taker, but he sadly suffered cruciate ligament damage against Salisbury City in February 2010. This injury effectively ended his initial spell at Moss Lane. After leaving Altrincham, Matt joined Witton Albion before moving on, in March 2011, to Hyde.

In 2012/13, Matt played regularly at left-back, as well as making some appearances on the left side of midfield, where his crossing ability was beneficial to the side. In 2013-14 Matt figured in most of the first 17 league games but, thereafter, made only sporadic appearances. A knee injury curtailed his involvement and for the same reason he elected to leave the club at the end of the 2013-14 season. He later enjoyed an excellent FA Cup run (2014-15) with Warrington Town.

Matt has also recently worked in a coaching capacity at Manchester City.

PLAYER NEWS

Saturday's Robins' Review informed us of the following player news, to which is added some other information...
  • Jon Moran has returned to his parent club Forest Green Rovers and Altrincham FC thanks him for his services and wishes him every success at FGR. He made 5(+1) appearances for Altrincham during his one-month loan.
  • Danny Hattersley's name has been circulated for loan to help him to regain full fitness. (A misprint in Jim Harvey's article in the programme suggested that Danny had gone to Droylsden on loan; it is actually Billy Hasler-Cregg who has gone to the Butcher's Arms on loan, as had been previously reported).
  • Also as previously reported, Phil Marsh is joining Altrincham but his international clearance has been delayed. The forms were submitted to the English FA a week last Wednesday but they only passed them on to the Welsh FA the following midweek. The process could take 30 days!
  • Jim Harvey has engaged a fitness coach for the team; he is Neil Walker.
  • In his column in the Robins' Review physio Alan Ainsley informs us that Danny Hall "has improved the strength in the hamstring damaged in his first match... With all going well with the re-hab, Danny still complained of a tight sensation his leg. After closer inspection it was found that a lower back problem was irritaing the nerves in his leg. A visit to Doug at Dynamic [chiropractors] has proved its usual benefits. A lay off to allow the manipulated skeletal [injury] to settle, should see Danny return in a week or two".
  • Alan also advises that "Simon Richman has started building of the fibres in his hamstring. Although not as serious as first thought, Simon will be missing this weekend".
  • Shaun Densmore "was showing off his "quad" definition this week. The visits to the gym are starting to pay dividends". Jim Harvey later added that he hopes to have Shaun back in "three to four weeks".
  • Alan Ainsley writes that "Tim Deasy's hip flexor injury will probably take a further week to settle".

MEET THE MANAGER AND THE BOARD MEETING

Following the match against Boston United, a two-part open meeting was held in the Community Sports Hall, compered by TASC chairman Brian Flynn.

The evening began with a question and answer session with new Altrincham FC manager, Jim Harvey.

Soon after the meeting opened, Jim announced that Matt Doughty had been appointed as his assistant, which brought applause from the floor. (More on Matt is to be found elsewhere in today's news).

Asked what had attracted him to Moss Lane, Jim recalled that his first managerial post might have been at Altrincham as he was an unsuccessful applicant when Gerry Quinn had been appointed in 1992. Responding to Kenny Palin's inquiry about the Reserves, Jim confirmed that one or two of the squad will be included in Monday night's Reserves' fixture at the J Davidson Stadium. They will include Tom Hannigan as part of his rehabilitation after injury.

Talking of the first team's improvement, Jim said that "Going forward we have some talented boys". But, defensively, there are more issues, so "We have got to do what we are capable of... Today we created a lot of chances but we were wide open for their goal. There is a weakness in the heart of the team".

Jim added that fitness needs to improve as "today we wilted a little bit". We got very ragged in the last ten or fifteen minutes". It was revealed that Jim has brought in a fitness coach "for a period", who is called Neil Walker.

Asked whether "major surgery" to the squad was required, Jim said he wanted to get his injured defensive players fit before deciding on whether reinforcements were needed in that area. "We are maybe two, three or four players short" he added. However, compared with Forest Green Rovers, when Jim had taken over there in similar circumstances, "This is a better squad", he said. FGR had finished 14th that season and Jim is "confident Altrincham will climb the table" this season.

Left: Matt Doughty and Jim Harvey

Replying to a query about his "long-term plans", Jim said that there must be an ambition to improve. He would like to see Alty back in the National League and then pushing for the Football League. "Is that realistic? Not now, but it may become so, I am not just happy with mediocrity; I always want to go forward" he stated.

The situation regarding Phil Marsh's international clearance was explained (see elsewhere in today's news on this page).

As for his "philosophy", Jim said that he is keen that we "dominate possession and create more opportunities" as these measures indicate success. Compared with his last job, at Halifax, "They [at Halifax] were not capable of dominating but were excellent defenders".

On returning to Altrincham Matt Doughty said that he was struck by the Club's stability and "clubs thrive on stability". He was also impressed by how hard the chairman and his wife worked, citing the example of Karen Rowley mopping out the changing rooms. Jim also liked the club's "Friendly, family atmosphere" which he compared to that at Morecambe when he arrived there.

Questioned about the money received for Duncan Watmore, Grahame Rowley explained that the initial transfer money received from Sunderland had been spent over three seasons to improve the playing budget. Asked why the club had not taken out a loan last season, when the Alty playing squad was ravaged by injury, the chairman explained that to get a loan on the assumption that Duncan would trigger a further payment after ten starts for Sunderland would have been reckless. If Duncan had been injured or not made the necessary appearances for the Wearside club, Alty would have been left with a debt which would have jeopardised the club for years to come.

Jim then said that he had been impressed when he had watched the Youth Team against Stockport County. "They looked well drilled" he added. Jim went on to say that it was important that 18 year-olds had a route to follow and were not lost to the Club.

A mix-up with the contract of Callum Charlton had led to his not playing yet this season. However, Jim has been impressed with Callum in training and hopes that the contract issue will be resolved very shortly. The manager added that he hopes Shaun Densmore will be available in three or four weeks.

Regarding the match against Boston, Jim had been impressed by their midfielders but felt that "Altrincham should have scored and taken the lead".

Right: Jim Harvey, Grahame Rowley and (behind them) Kenny Palin at the meeting.

After an interval it was the turn of members of the Board to field questions. The Board representatives comprised Nigel Collins, Andrew Shaw (Deputy Chairman), Grahame Rowley (Chairman), Paul Daine, Derek Wilshaw and representing the Community Sports Company, Peter Foster.

The club's poor league record of "13 wins in 72 league games" was cited by a questioner, as was a perceived "huge divide between supporters and the Club". The point was raised that many supporters were only interested in the football on the pitch and not such aspects as the community work and that some had been put off attending matches by the poor recent record. Grahame Rowley explained that the Board allowed their managers to manage and that it was "not up to me to tell the manager what to do" as regards team matters.

He also refuted criticism that the appointment of Neil Young had not been a rushed affair but stated that he had spent considerable time with a number of candidates before Neil was appointed. By definition, Grahame said that all unemployed managers have some failures in their past so Neil's experience at Stockport County was not necessarily going to be a bar to his selection.

Asked why the club had not brought in new players when we played Macclesfield last season and had named a bench comprising "three youngsters and two players only able to play for 15 minutes" through injury, Grahame explained that the Board had made available to the manager all the available funds and how he used them was his decision. Jim Harvey had likewise been made aware of what funds were available to him.

From the floor it was claimed that, as regards Neil Young's assertion about receiving hostile text messages, "these did not come from Altrincham fans" and that it was wrong for the Club to accept that suggestion.

Bill Waterson's recent £10K donation to the Club was raised and Bill himself responded. "I would love to be on the Board" he said, but "It is not important" and there has been "No falling out with the Board. There has to be due process in limited companies" so far as Board appointments are concerned. He applauded the fact that the club now had a bigger presence in the town through its community involvement than was ever the case in the past.

Asked again about why no player reinforcements were brought in at the time of the Macclesfield game last season, Grahame Rowley said that last season's accounts showed that there was just a £4,000 "profit" at the end of the financial period. So funds were largely used up. He refused to allow the current Board to be the one on whose watch the Club went bust.

It was suggested by a supporter that the Club might benefit from having someone in addition to the manager to assist with footballing decisions for which the Board might feel itself not competent. Andrew Shaw responded and said that he felt there was "No room for a Football Director" or similar appointment in addition to the team management.

A written question asked for the Chairman’s view on his representation by the NL Paper in a recent two-page article in that paper. Grahame Rowley stated that the article had not represented his views accurately and that he had e-mailed the NLP to tell them so but had received no reply.

On the issue of appeals for volunteers at the Club it was suggested that it would be preferable to be more specific about what skills were needed and which gaps needed to be filled. Succession planning was also raised and Andrew Shaw accepted that the Club had concerns about how the next generation of the Board and of the wider volunteers would emerge. Andrew volunteered to discuss this more fully, outside the meeting, with the questioner, (Jack Jolly)

Answering a suggestion that "The Board has a PR problem", Derek Wilshaw pointed out that plenty of positive news appeared on the Club's website and that the position was not as had been suggested when it was alleged that the Board was only ever associated with "negative stories" such as "sacking the manager".

The issue of "nailing" wealthy local residents (such as those who use the Community Hall's childcare facilities) to commit funds to the Club, was raised. Grahame Rowley pointed out that he and colleagues spent many hours talking to local people and companies to get sponsorships. Paul Daine explained that as a businessman himself, he could confirm how difficult a process this was; wealthy locals had been approached but were "not interested in the Football Club".

It was suggested that a "neutral communications person" might benefit the club, who would somehow stand between the Club and supporters and that there should be an e-mail address through which fans could address the Board directly. Grahame Rowley indicated that there was already a "chairman@altrinchamfootballclub.co.uk" address as well as his own e-mail address which were in the public domain.

With, by now, a much reduced audience in the Hall, the meeting moved on to Community Sports Club issues which your reporter was unable to cover due to other commitments.


24 September 2016

ALTRINCHAM 0 BOSTON UNITED 1

Above: Josh Doherty (3) competes with Gregg Smith of Boston,as Jake Moult (4) awaits the outcome.

In a game of missed chances at each end Altrincham went down to a 70th minute goal by Boston captain, Agnew. He was allowed to advance into the box and gave Dawber no chance.

MEET THE MANAGER AND BOARD

There will be a brief report tomorrow on Saturday's open meetings with new manager Jim Harvey and the Boards of Altrincham FC and the Community Sports Company.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Sat 24 Sept
  • AFC Fylde 3-1 Gainsborough Trinity
  • AFC Telford Utd 0-0 Chorley
  • Alfreton Town 3-3 Kidderminster Harriers
  • Altrincham 0-1 Boston United
  • Curzon Ashton 1-2 Stockport County
  • Darlington 1883 4-1 Stalybridge Celtic
  • FC Halifax Town v Bradford Park Avenue
  • Harrogate Town 3-1 Gloucester City
  • Salford City 1-1 Brackley Town
  • Tamworth 1-1 FC United Of Manchester
  • Worcester City 2-3 Nuneaton Town

ALTRINCHAM v BOSTON UNITED: LIVE COVERAGE

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MEET THE MANAGER AND BOARD - REMINDER

As previously announced, there will be a "Meet the Management" meeting in the Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium after the home game against Boston United on Saturday, 24 September. It is planned to start this at 5.30pm. After the Q&A with Jim Harvey, representatives from the Boards of both Altrincham Football Club and of the Community Sports Company will be present to answer questions from supporters.

Alty's official caterer, Richie Bentley, will be offering the following menu for the "Meet the Manager and Board" session in the Community Sports Hall after the Boston game on Saturday, 24 September.

  • Bacon and sausage baps
  • Chips
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Refreshments from the Hall kitchen

YOUTH TEAM AWAY AGAIN IN FA YOUTH CUP

Altrincham FC Youth have been drawn away, for the second successive round, in the FA Youth Cup, Second Qualifying Round. They will travel to Haig Avenue to play Southport in week commencing 3 October 2016.

SATURDAY'S OPPONENTS

Boston United "go in search of their first away win in Vanarama National League North on Saturday,against a side yet to win at all. Hosts Altrincham are winless in 11 league matches to date, although they did defeat Gainsborough Trinity (3-2) at Moss Lane in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend...

United will be aiming to end September unbeaten after picking up seven points from a possible nine in league action and subsequently progressing in the FA Cup last time out, while Gregg Smith will be hoping to score in a fourth successive league contest...

New signing Ben Gordon could make his United debut at left-back but none of Dennis Greene’s injured players are expected to return. Nat Brown, Herve Pepe-Ngoma, Shane Clarke, Grant Roberts and Callum Chippendale are all still sidelined. United’s last visit to Moss Lane unfolded in April 2014 when a resolute rearguard action secured a 0-0 draw".

The Boston Standard adds that "Boston United face a nervous wait to see how long Herve Pepe-Ngoma will be sidelined. The German midfielder is on crutches and sporting a knee brace after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw at Stockport County.

But Dennis Greene says that, until the swelling has gone down on the player’s right knee, it is unclear whether the summer signing will be out of action for a few weeks or the rest of the season. 'We won’t know until he has an MRI scan,' Greene said. 'If it shows ACL ligament damage he could be out for nine or 10 months. Medial ligament damage could put him out for five weeks'.

Fellow midfielder Grant Roberts left hospital on Monday after 16 days of having fluid drained from his knee. The duo will join Nat Brown and Shane Clarke on the injury list ahead of Saturday’s visit to Altrincham (KO 3pm), but Joe Burgess is believed to be available for selection again.

Teenage midfielder Jack McMillan has returned to Notts County after completing his loan spell while Ipswich Town youngster Joe Robinson’s spell with Boston will be up after the weekend.

Despite the Robins sitting second bottom of the National League North, Dennis Greene says that his side, currently unbeaten in four contests, will face a tough time".

REPLAY ARRANGEMENTS

Should next Saturday's FA Cup tie against Morpeth Town require a replay, it will be on Wednesday, 28 October.

ALL OR NOTHING!

Bids are invited for a silent auction for tickets to "All or Nothing; the Mod Musical". Please see the poster (below) for details of how to make your bid... the deadline for bids is midnight on 2nd October, so please ignore the date of 10 September on the poster!

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

The NL Paper confirms that "Former Guiseley boss Mark Bower has made a swift return to management, taking over at Bradford Park Avenue. The former Bradford City defender, 36, replaces Alex Meechan who was relieved of his duties earlier this week following eight straight defeats.

Bower has been out of the game since being sacked by Guiseley last month following a slow start to the season... A club statement read... 'Amongst the Avenue ranks are Ryan Toulson, Liam Dickinson, Nicky Boshell and Emile Sinclair, all of whom featured under the new manager during his time at Guiseley'".

The a href="http://www.footballconference.co.uk/news/details.php?news_id=18924">National League reports that "Gainsborough Trinity have signed former Sheffield United goalkeeper George Willis from league rivals Stalybridge Celtic. The 21-year-old England under-19 international was released by Sheffield United at the end of last season and joined Stalybridge in August.

Willis, who was a regular on the bench for the Blades the previous season and is a product of Sheffield United's academy, spent time on loan with Alfreton Town in 2014/15. Willis then went on loan to Matlock Town on October 3rd 2015 and then extended his loan deal until the end of last season".

According to the Shropshire Star, "AFC Telford chief Rob Smith hopes exciting Walsall prospect Jordan Sangha can help answer his side’s woes. The 18-year-old schemer checked into New Buck's Head yesterday on a one-month loan deal. And Smith hopes the highly-regarded youngster can have an instant impact as the Bucks look to put recent disappointment beyond them.

'Jordan’s an attacking midfield player and he gets around the park,' said the boss. 'It’s something that we’ve been lacking. He’s a good player. We’ve been looking at the move before but they didn’t want to let him go while we were in the FA Cup, now we are out we’ve pushed it through. Jordan is a footballer. He’s got good energy and goals in him, he’s been on the fringes of their first team and Walsall are obviously now looking to get him games. Physically he will be able to cope. We’re searching for answers and we won’t rest until we get them. Everyone knows how hard we worked on Connor (McCarthy)...

Sangha said, 'I’m excited to go out and play some games, to get in and around first-team football and get some experience. I know Telford are quite a big club at that level. They’ve got a nice pitch there and they like to play football'. Sangha’s pathway to the Bucks' team may be clearer as Josh Wilson remains a doubt with a hamstring injury...

Fifth-placed Chorley are tomorrow’s visitors, with the Magpies enjoying a fine run of form. Matt Jansen’s men have lost just once in 11 games this season and are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions. 'They’ve got one of the meanest defences in the division. They are everything we are not', said Smith. 'It’s just clicked for them, they’ve got a new squad and they’ve been on the right side of everything, while we’ve been on the other... It’s just frustration that we’re continually losing games. We’ve only had two bad performances in Gloucester and Gainsborough, which were unacceptable'".

From Tamworth we learn that "Central defender Luke Jones has joined the club, extending the defensive options available to Andy Morrell ahead of this weekends home clash with FC United of Manchester. Jones, who has been training with the club for a few weeks, completed the full 90 minutes for our U21 side last Saturday, proving his fitness after an unfortunate time with injuries over the past 2 years.

Originally a youth player at Blackburn Rovers, 29 year old Jones can count the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers, and Stevenage as former clubs.... Andy Morrell said, 'He'll be good in terms of his experience at the back, he is a leader and a talker'".

Alty's next away league game is at the Bower Fold on 8 October and NL Pitchero tells us that "Steve Halford and Paul Phillips, the joint-managers of Stalybridge Celtic, have made three more new signings. The pair have signed another familiar face in midfielder Eddie Toner, who had two spells under them at their previous club, Ashton United.

Toner moves to Bower Fold from Droylsden, for whom he had signed for in the summer from Northwich Victoria. He had left Ashton to join Vics in March 2016, having returned to Hurst Cross in December 2015 from AFC Telford United. Toner had joined the Bucks barely a week after originally signing for Ashton. Ashton snapped him up from Burscough. He moved to Victoria Park in the summer of 2014 from Stafford Rangers... Toner had joined the Vics in August 2012 from Barrow AFC, where he had been since February 2011.

The other two 'new' signings are the management duo themselves. Thirty-six-year-old former Bury, Chester City and Accrington Stanley defender Halford and 37-year-old ex-Manchester United, Bury, Buxton and Droylsden goalkeeper Phillips have signed forms in case of emergencies only."


23 September 2016

TOM MARSHALL: A CLARIFICATION

Altrincham FC was shocked and saddened, yesterday, to read on the Daily Mirror website of the gaoling of former Altrincham central defender, Tom Marshall. At Birmingham Crown Court, Tom was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for his involvement with a drugs crime which took place before he joined The Robins.

The Mirror states that "Former Altrincham Town [sic] footballer Thomas Marshall was sentenced to two years and nine months after he was convicted of conspiracy to import and supply class B drugs, as well as criminal property offences. The court heard that Maybury [leader of the operation] began setting up a series of online websites, which purported to sell sports supplements such as protein and whey powder, in 2012. He started providing the drugs, some of which are legal in other European states, in 2013. In total he established five separate websites to sell illegal drugs, two of which he set up with Marshall".

It adds that "The court heard that Marshall, who had been best friends with Maybury at school, split from the group in December 2013 following an argument with him about money". Marshall joined Altrincham on 20 December 2013.

The Daily Mirror article says that Marshall was on bail whilst playing for Altrincham and implies that Tom was let go by Altrincham only after his conviction. In fact, Altrincham FC knew nothing of the court case or the bail arrangements and the player's release from Moss Lane came as numerous members of the 2015-16 squad were released, all for purely footballing reasons, by new manager Neil Young early this summer (2016). Tom had suffered an horrific injury early in 2015-16 season and did not play again that season.

ALTY WIN IN FA YOUTH CUP

Altrincham FC Youth travelled to Rivacre Park on Thursday evening to play Vauxhall Motors in the FA Youth Cup. They started brightly and were 3-0 up inside a quarter of an hour, thanks to a hat-trick from Ricardo Pembele. But a defensive mistake allowed the Motormen to score and, after that it was more of a contest. At times the match boiled over with both sides ending with nine men; both of Altrincham's dismissals being for retaliation.

Altrincham got their fourth in the ninetieth minute when the Vauxhall keeper and a defender made a hash of things, leaving Henry with an open goal and he scored from the edge of the box.

Match report here.

Right: Ricardo Pembele is congratulated on the opening goal.

PRICES CUT FOR FA CUP

Altrincham's joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, writes "Grahame Rowley has announced an initiative to slash prices against Morpeth Town a week on Saturday in a bid to help Altrincham add another chapter to the club's proud FA Cup history.

Renowned as non-League football's most famous giantkillers, Alty will be just 90 minutes away from the First Round Proper, and a possible tie against Football League opposition, if they can get the better of Northern League Morpeth in the third qualifying round at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday, October 1.

After a dramatic 3-2 home win over Gainsborough Trinity in the second Qualifying Round was watched by a crowd of only 516, Alty's board moved to ease the financial burden on supporters, and encourage a bigger turnout, by reducing admission against Morpeth from £14 for adults and £9 for concessions and under-18s to £10 and £5.

'We are mindful that fixture congestion in the early stages of this season has meant supporters paying in twice a week at times and facing lengthy journeys to places like Kidderminster, Nuneaton and Gainsborough,' said Alty chairman Rowley. 'That places a strain on finances, and it was perhaps understandable there was a relatively low attendance in the last Round.

'We wanted to be proactive about helping our supporters and, at the same time, give the team the best chance of progressing, and reducing prices seemed the ideal way of doing it. If it has the desired effect and tempts a few more along, it will be worthwhile. It could make all the difference, because we all know our supporters turning out in numbers and getting behind the lads can be like having an extra player on the pitch.

'I hope people not only take advantage of the offer but spread the word to try and get as many along as possible. We're expecting about 50-60 Morpeth fans, and it's a gesture to them as well, since they face a long trip and are used to paying £6 for adults and £3 for concessions and juniors at their ground.

'But mainly it's aimed at our supporters, to try and make it more affordable for them and hopefully help generate the sort of Cup atmosphere we've been known for down the years. We have had some brilliant times in this competition, and it would be great to have a few more this season. There'll be a better chance with a bumper turnout, because I know from experience our crowd can be the 12th man, so let's get the message out to as many people as possible.'

HOSPITALITY PACKAGE ON OFFER

Altrincham Football Club is offering a package for £35 a head in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge for Saturday's match against Boston United. This includes pre-match drinks, a hot lunch, tea/coffee at half-time, matchday programme and a team sheet". Please ring the Club on (0161) 928-1045 to reserve your places.

QUESTIONS FOR THE MANAGER AND BOARD

As previously announced, there is a Q&A session with the Manager and representatives of the Club and Community Sports Co. Board in the Community Sports Hall, after the game with Boston United on Saturday (24th).

TASC chairman, Brian Flynn, writes... "If anyone is unable to attend the 'Meet the Manager & Board' event on Saturday but wishes to ask a question, would he or she please email their question to Brian Flynn by Friday. Your question can be to Jim Harvey, the Board of Altrincham Football Club or the Board of the Community Sports Company".

SUPPORT THE MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

Details of the Club's role in the World's Biggest Coffeee Morning are shown, right.

BOSTON BOSS LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, "Dennis Greene wants his side to consider last weekend's disappointing display at Kirby Muxloe as a 'kick up the backside...

Despite winning last Saturday's clash 2-1 and progressing to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup when they will play Kettering Town away, Greene admitted he was left questioning the attitude of some of his players. The Boston United boss admits he was 'on their case' both at half time and full time last Saturday because their performance was simply not good enough.

'I would hope we use last Saturday's performance as a learning curve,' said Greene. 'It just shows, if you don't put into a game what you need to put into it, you can go and lose against anyone. Hopefully it will be a kick up the backside. You go three or four unbeaten and you can get complacent, that was our main problem against Kirby Muxloe. We looked like a team who thought we just had to turn up and win and some of the players' attitude was not up to standard. But hopefully we will see it as a kick up the backside and we will get our act together at Altrincham'.

The Pilgrims progressed thanks to a 39th-minute winning goal by their best player on the day Jay Rollins...

'We all thought we could, and should, have played better than what we did', said Rollins. 'It was a bit of a disappointment, but we have to take that into the next game. We will definitely have to improve for Altrincham. They haven't been playing the best but, on the day, they might turn up so we have to be prepared for anything that comes. When these teams drop down from the league above, as Altrincham have, they have still got great quality right through the team...

Greene insists the Cheshire outfit, who have had a disappointing start to the league campaign, could prove to be dangerous opponents. 'Altrincham have started poorly, but you would think they will get four or five players in before we play them because they have just had a windfall', said Greene. 'That should make them much more competitive because they have been playing with players out of position, like we have. Our recent form helps us a bit, but it also helps me when I know mentally we are going in the right direction, which is why, after the Kirby game, I was questioning some of the players' attitudes.

'If you miss chances, that's fine, but if you are gifting the opposition opportunities then you are not defending right'".

And, from the Boston Standard we learn that "By the time his two-year deal is up, Gregg Smith will have dished out some serious ear-bashings, says Duncan Browne.

'I hope you’re not going to miss another cross and cost us the game again?', Gregg Smith shouted at Dion-Curtis Henry as he emerged from the tunnel, ready for his warm-up. It was 6.30pm on September 6, little more than an hour before Boston United’s home match against Bradford Park Avenue. Just three days earlier the Pilgrims were beaten 3-2 at home by FC United of Manchester, with the 18-year-old debutant admitting that his misjudgement had led to one of the Rebels’ winning goals.

'You going to help us out by scoring some goals?' was Henry’s reply. 'Too busy heading the ball out of your box for you,' sniffed Smith. Conversation over. Beginning the evening by throwing abuse at a teenager preparing for just his second senior game may not be everyone’s idea of the perfect pre-match preparation. But Smith, with his shaven head, tattooed forearms and confident, shoulder-swinging strut, isn’t everyone. He comes from the school of tough love, certainly when football’s concerned.

As Boston United fans have seen since his summer arrival, he’s a leader, an all-or-nothing battler who expects everyone else show the same fierce determination out on the turf as he does. If not, you’ll soon know about it, whether you are a friend or foe. After getting caught out in his own penalty area for the equaliser at Stockport, Pilgrims skipper Liam Agnew could only stand there and take a public dressing down from his teammate, a display almost as ferocious as the one offered to Alfreton’s Craig Westcarr after he attempted to kick a divot into the penalty spot ahead of Boston’s equaliser last Tuesday.

There was more following Saturday’s FA Cup win at Kirby Muxloe... He rounded up some teammates in the centre circle and told them the performance was ‘embarrassing’. Yes, there was some real anger to his words on each of these occasions. But because he backs up his comments with his actions, Smith’s pep talks work... Whether you appreciate those methods or not, there’s no doubting that they work.

And when the man wanting you to do as he says responds by scoring three goals in as many games as the team pick up seven points following their sluggish National League North start, who can argue? There was little surprise when Dennis Greene announced that his target man had been offered a two-year-contract with the Pilgrims, signed on Thursday... Smith has already joined the likes of Tony Crane and [ex-Alty defender] Paul Ellender in picking up instant cult hero status at York Street".

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

Darlington 1883 "announce that Josh Gillies has agreed a new long-term contract. Midfielder Josh, who signed for us in August, has agreed to stay until the end of the 2018-19 season. Josh has been outstanding for Quakers since he made his debut against Altrincham on the opening day of the season and has scored twice in eight appearances...

Josh left Gateshead after failing to agree a new deal with them during the summer. Previous to that he was at Carlisle, and a first spell at Gateshead".

The Halifax Courier tells us that "AFC Fylde claim they beat Halifax to the signing of sought-after Alfreton midfielder Dan Bradley. Bradley joined Fylde for a club record fee yesterday on a three-year deal for a five-figure sum. But on their website, Fylde claim they beat Halifax, Lincoln and Kidderminster to his signature."

The LIncolnshire Echo says that "Nathan Jarman says he has never scored a better goal than his stunning strike at Altrincham last Saturday. The former Grimsby Town forward hit a spectacular volley from an acute angle as his Gainsborough Trinity side levelled the scores at 2-2 in their FA Cup second qualifying round clash.

Unfortunately, the Blues were unable to hold on and Damian Reeves scored a late winner for his side. However, the talk after the game was of the Jarman wonder-goal. 'I scored a similar goal against Manchester United at Under-16 level, but it was definitely up there with the best I have ever scored', said Jarman... 'Let's face it, at our level it really could have gone anywhere. But I was delighted to see it bulging out the roof of the net. I just turned around and started running towards our bench to celebrate. I didn't really notice too much reaction in the ground while the game was going on, but there was a lot of talk about the goal afterwards.

'I was just gutted that they (Altrincham) were able to find that winner and we were knocked out of the FA Cup'".

OLD FOES

Blyth Spartans are second in the EvoStik Premier but NL Pitchero reports that "Tom Wade has decided to step down as manager of Blyth Spartans AFC. In his place, the club has appointed former professional Alun Armstrong, who featured for Newcastle United, Stockport County, Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town among others during his playing career...

Wade has agreed to stay at Blyth in the short-term, to allow Armstrong, who is the father of current Spartans' forward Luke, time to settle in. Spartans' chairman Tony Platten said, 'It is usual for managers to leave clubs when there are problems on the pitch, in terms of results. However, here at Blyth, we do it in a different way. Tom was very happy with the way things were working out on the pitch, but felt he had taken the club as far as he could and that, under the circumstances, a change was required. A unique opportunity then arose to bring to the club a new person with fresh ideas and drive and he jumped at the chance.

'After several unbelievably successful seasons at the club, including reaching the Third Round of the FA Cup and then being top of the league for the vast majority of last season, only to cruelly miss out on promotion, it would be normal for a manager to bask in the glory. Not Tom though, who has steered us to the top end of the league table already this time round. Tom, who was born and bred in Blyth and has always put the club first, identified the possibility of taking the club to a new level by bringing in the highly-regarded Alun Armstrong.

'After discussions, Alun decided that he wanted his future in football to be in club management and quickly decided to resign from his job at Middlesbrough to take over the management role of possibly the most famous non-lLague club in the world. Alun will be on a one-year contract, with another year’s option'.

Armstrong commented, 'I can’t wait to get started. It’s a very exciting challenge for me and my main aim is to win promotion... I’m used to challenges, from becoming a professional footballer to now running my own business and coaching at Middlesbrough'".


22 September 2016

DAVID LYNCH JOINS HALIFAX

Joint Press and Media Officer at Altrincham FC, Brian Flynn, writes that "Altrincham midfielder, David Lynch (right), has joined Vanarama National League North club FC Halifax Town. The 23 year-old started the first seven games of the season and made a total of nine starts plus one appearance as a substitute.

Lynch joined the Robins from Clitheroe in May and the Football Club would like to thank David for his services during his short time at the J.Davidson Stadium".

Footnote: David Lynch's departure brings to six the number of summer 2016 signings to have the left the club. The previous five were Simon Garner, Jamie Menagh, Callum Preston, Emile Sinclair and Adam Sumner. In addition two loanees, Nyal Bell and Khius Metz have returned to their parent clubs.

RADIO ROBINS' RECORDING

The Radio Robins' commentary from Saturday's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round win over Gainsborough Trinity is here.

WEDNESDAY SCORE

In the Vanarama National League North on Tuesday evening, the result was..
  • Gloucester City 2 Nuneaton Town 2, att. 417

WHAT'S ON AT ALTY

Pictured, right, is a calendar of events at Altrincham FC. Please support as many as you can!

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that our opponents on Saturday, "Boston United, have received a second international call-up inside a week. Versatile left-sider Jason St Juste has been selected by St Kitts & Nevis for their upcoming Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Haiti and French Guiana.

St Juste, like Antigua and Barbuda-bound Courtney Wildin, will miss the home fixture against Worcester City on October 8th."

Elsewhere, "Boston United have snapped up full-back Ben Gordon on a permanent deal from Woking. The 25-year-old left-sided defender, who started out at Chelsea and has played for the likes of Kilmarnock, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United among others, has put pen-to-paper on a deal until the end of the season after leaving the Surrey-based outfit.

Gordon, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Tuesday evening, made six appearances for the Cards during the opening weeks of the campaign. Subject to the necessary approval being received, Gordon will be eligible to make his United debut at Altrincham on Saturday as the Pilgrims aim to complete September undefeated."

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde "announce the signing of Alfreton Town ace Dan Bradley for a club record fee. The Coasters beat off competition from Lincoln City, Kdderminster Harriers and Halifax Town for the 25-year-old forward, who joins the club on a three-year deal for a five figure sum. Bradley has been one of the league’s outstanding players over the last few years and many clubs have been tracking him so Fylde manager Dave Challinor was understandably delighted to secure a deal. Challinor said, 'He certainly gives us another strong attacking option going forward. He is one of the best players in our league and has ambitions of playing higher. I’m sure he will flourish with us and he undoubtedly improves our squad.'

Coasters' Chairman David Haythornthwaite was equally pleased to get a deal done, 'As soon as we knew he could be available, we were in contact with Alfreton and their Chairman Wayne Bradley (no relation). He has been really great throughout in what is always a difficult situation, especially when you are losing your best player. We knew they had received bids from other clubs but were determined to get him. Players of Dan’s quality don’t come along too often so you try not to let them get away and especially not to one of your league rivals.

'It’s the most we have ever paid for a player, by a long way, but I am sure it will be a good investment and that Dan will give us that little bit extra to help us get over the line this season. More importantly it shows our commitment to helping our manager. With another signing expected to be confirmed in the next few days, we are not too far off where we want to be.'"


21 September 2016

LADIES' 100% RECORD

With three wins in their first three league games, Altrincham Ladies are enjoying a great start to the season. Last Sunday they beat Egerton Ladies 4-1 and Phil Taylor has kindly provided a match report.

ALTY ARE CATERING FOR ALL TASTES

Underlining his willingness to create any (feasible) culinary suggestions proposed to him, Altrincham FC caterer, Richie Bentley says, "I will literally cook anything anyone wants. In the last month we have fed over two thousand customers, with food ranging from Canadian themed canapés, halal buffets, vegan specialities, classic sportsman's dinners, gourmet pizza evenings. We've also catered for stadium tours with food run by Community Coordinator, Judy Henson.

Also, Community Sports Hall manager, Stacey Rowley, has secured our nomination as a Sports Provider of the Year for Trafford and Manchester... well done again! We have been so busy that even the chairman Grahame Rowley and ex-manager Neil Tolson have been working overtime on the bar at weekends. This is the commitment and connectivity our staff has been working hard to make with schools and the community and the club's fan base itself. Contact the Sports Hall for more information.

Above are some of Richie's recent creations. (The top image was taken by Sophie Glynn at a Canadian-themed banquet).

NEXT OPPONENTS

Altrincham's opponents on Saturday, Boston United, confirm that "Midfielder Jack McMillan has returned to Notts County at the completion of his month’s youth loan. The 18-year-old made five appearances for Dennis Greene’s side".

And the Boston Standard adds that "Michael Emery wants to use the FA Cup to force his way into Dennis Greene’s plans. The 25-year-old made his Pilgrims debut in Saturday’s second qualifying round victory at Kirby Muxloe after Peterborough United’s U-turn saw them refuse on-loan keeper Dion-Curtis Henry permission to play in the competition.

Emery was forced into making some late saves to earn Boston United their 2-1 victory... 'Obviously, it’s great to get back on the pitch,' said the stopper.

'I had to wait a little while but I’m delighted to be playing'...

Emery believes that knowing that he looks set to be the Pilgrims’ Cup keeper will aid him ahead of match days, even if he did admit to some nerves after finally pulling on the shirt of his home-town club...

'You don’t want to be coming on in a game as a keeper, or getting told the night before. You want time to prepare and know who you’re playing. There were perhaps a few extra nerves, maybe being a Boston lad and wanting to do well for the town. It’s been a long time. I’ve wanted to play here before. I’ve got my chance now and I’ve taken it'".

ALTY FC MONTHLY DRAW

Grahame Rowley thanks everyone who has joined the newly revamped Altrincham FC Monthly Draw. The newly updated list of members is here and full details of the scheme are here. Given the much larger numbers in the draw Grahame points out that there could be the odd error or omission. Members are invited to check the list and to notify Grahame by e-mail if any alteration is needed. The Club apologizes for any such errors.

By way of a reminder, the winners of the first draw (September) under the new scheme were...

  • 6th place - no.117 - E Boffam - Club Polo Shirt
  • 5th place - 454 - B Yearsley - Replica Shirt
  • 4th place - 16 - Dan Eadie - Hospitality for two in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge
  • 3rd place - 423 - E Green - £25
  • 2nd place - 81 - Gary Sewell - £75 and ...
  • 1st place - 156 - Brian Quigley - £500

FA CUP2QR REPLAYS

Results for northern teams on Tuesday night were...
  • AFC Telford U. 1 Worcester C. 3
  • Consett 0 Curzon Ashton 1
  • Harrogate T. 3 Bridlington T. 2
  • Marine 2 Nantwich T. 3
  • Stalybridge C. 2 Witton A. 1
  • Stamford 1 Gresley 0

The revised draw includes...

  • ALTRINCHAM v Morpeth T.
  • Kettering T. v Boston U
  • Halesowen T. v Nantwich T.
  • Lincoln U. v Handsworth
  • Farsley C. v Bishop Auckland
  • FC Halifax Town v Stalybridge C.
  • Worcester C v Brackley T.
  • King's Lynn v Alfreton
  • Curzon Ashton v Bedworth
  • Ilkeston T. v Stourbridge
  • Lancaster C. v Kidderminster H,
  • Matlock T. v Workington
  • Stockport C. v Salford C.
  • Spennymoor v Chorley
  • FC United of M/cr v Harrogate T.
  • AFC Mansfield v Stamford


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