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16 September 2014

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS v ALTRINCHAM: MATCH COVERAGE

You can follow the Kidderminster Harriers v Altrincham game on Tuesday (7.45pm) via this website's minute by minute updates or via Radio Robins. Click on the appropriate icon below to go to your preferred means of following the game. For Twitter and Facebook links see the icons on the side panel, right.

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Brian Flynn adds that "Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, will be broadcasting full live coverage of Tuesday night's game at Aggborough.

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The commentators are Ian Wilkinson and Brian Flynn with match summaries from Paul Salt. Coverage starts at 7.35pm with the game kicking off at 7.45pm. You can listen to Radio Robins on the internet at www.radiorobins.com

Leah & Simon Brotherton will be providing regular updates on Twitter (@altrinchamfc) as well as half-time & full time updates on facebook (Altrincham FC)".

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS v ALTRINCHAM: BEFORE THE GAME

Apart from Macclesfield Town, the current Vanarama Conference team which Altrincham FC has played most often in its history is Kidderminster Harriers, who entertain Altrincham on Tuesday evening (7.45pm). Mike Garnett provides the data:
  • At Altrincham: P23-W10-D5-L8-F32-A26
  • At Kidderminster: P22-W8-D6-L8-F25-A35
  • All matches: P45-W18-D11-L16-F57-A61

Meanwhile, Howard Watts provides details of previous games played by Altrincham on Tuesday's date, 16 September, Through the Years.

"TAKING STEPS FORWARD"

John Edwards, ALtrincham FC joint Press and Media Officer, writes that, "A wonder strike by Adam Griffin (right) lit up the J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday and left Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott likening it to Robin Van Persie’s spectacular volleyed goal against Aston Villa.

Just as Manchester United striker van Persie despatched a Wayne Rooney through ball against Villa two seasons ago, Griffin met a sweeping crossfield pass from Peter Cavanagh with a stunning first-time left- foot volley that flew past the Eastleigh keeper in an enthralling 3-3 Vanarama Conference draw.

As the ground erupted, there was general agreement the Conference goal of the season competition may already have been settled, midway through September, and Sinnott endorsed the view by saying:

‘It is difficult to imagine you will see a better goal than that anywhere all season. It was a wonderful piece of skill, and if you wanted to film an example of technique at its absolute best, you could not do better.

‘It was great vision by Cav, to spot him beyond the far post, and a perfect floated ball for that kind of volley. When it dropped, the execution had to be spot-on. A millimetre wrong, and it would have flown out of the ground, but he caught it perfectly on his left foot, and in it went. An absolutely immaculate piece of skill.

‘It may well have reminded people a bit of Van Persie’s goal against Villa at Old Trafford, the ball coming out of the sky, over his shoulder, and needing just the right contact. Tim Cahill scored a similar goal at the World Cup this summer. It’s quite something placing Griff in that sort of company, but exactly the same technique was required.’

Alty were pegged back three times, with Damian Reeves scoring either side of Griffin’s magical moment, but Sinnott insisted: ‘You can ask whether I’m disappointed, but I would rather concentrate on the positives, and there were plenty of them.

‘All our goals were well constructed, and our football, especially in the first half, was pleasing on the eye. I actually feel there is more to come, in that regard. I was shouting a few times after 20 minutes, because we were going a bit too direct at times.

The game against Eastleigh last Saturday included three well-worked goals from Altrincham, not least a brilliant volley from Adam Griffin. You can see the customary high quality Alty TV highlights, with Radio Robins' commentary by clicking on the adjacent window.

‘We can play through phases and areas of the pitch, and I want us to do that as much as possible. There has to be an end product, of course, and there was. We scored three and could easily have had more. I was proud of the players again.

‘I keep saying it, but it is a fact that we keep on taking steps forward with each game we play, and that is pleasing. You can look back to last season in the Conference North, and maybe over three games, we would take seven points out of nine. Over the past week, we have played three in the Conference National and taken five out of nine, which is good going in my view.

‘They have been good performances, too. We have played well against Dartford, Alfreton and Eastleigh. We always knew this was going to be a testing season for us, at this higher level, but I feel we are learning from every game.

‘When you look at the quality of Eastleigh’s finishing, and the way they came back at us three times, it’s clear they were a dangerous animal. We could maybe have done better with one or two of their goals, but there was so much that was good about how we played and how we are coping with the challenge.

‘It is a new league for a few people, while for others, it’s a case of reacquainting them with it, but there were plenty of positives, not least some of the passing moves we put together and the goals we constructed and finished off.

‘I want us to play football I enjoy watching, and I think we are capable of that. Of course, you need a product at the end of it. It’s not a case of me standing on a soapbox, being all self-righteous about this is the way to play the beautiful game. No, it needs a product at the end of it. You’ve got to execute where it matters, and we did that.

‘We are moving forward, and there’s no doubt they were three exceptional goals against Eastleigh. The first was such good interplay between Simon Richman, Kyle Perry and Sean Williams, and then a top finish by Damian Reeves. We produced a couple more similar moves that didn’t quite result in goals, but that is the kind of football we want from the boys.

‘It’s good to watch. I want them to be inventive. I had a word with the players after the Nuneaton game and said it’s no good having all that possession without something to show for it. You can’t expect every move to end in a goal, but there has to be a percentage. It was pleasing to see such a high percentage against Eastleigh, but it’s no more than me and Tols (Neil Tolson) see every Tuesday and Thursday in training.

‘We’ll doubtless want to see the video of Griff’s volley over and over again, and the third goal was another really good team effort. It was a great crossfield pass from Scott Leather, expertly chested down by Griff and then whipped in with pace and curl for Damian to head home.

‘Earlier in the season, we were hitting the first defender with our delivery from the flanks, but the ball in from Griff was a delight. Unfortunately, Damian took a knock, as did Dave Parton when he came out of his area to volley the ball clear, so we will have to assess them both over the next couple of days.’"

BUCKET COLLECTION

Thanks from Altrincham FC go to those who gave and those who collected a total of £52.07 for Saturday's half-time bucket collection.

YOUTH REPORT

Following their 6-4 win on Sunday there is a report on Altrincham FC Youth's game against Hyde FC Youth here.

Right, we see Altrincham defending a first-half Hyde freekick.

Don't forget that next Monday (22nd, 7.45pm), Alty Youth play Irlam Town Youth at the J. Davidson Stadium in the FA Youth Cup First QR. Spectators are welcome; adults £3, concessionaries £2.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations go to Altrincham FC groundsman and former manager of Altrincham FC Reserves, Neil Brown, on becoming a grandfather. Best wishes also go to Neil's son, Ashley, who used to play for Alty Reserves, and whose partner had a son, to be called Harvey, over the weekend.

FA CUP

The FA Cup 2QR on Saturday 27 September includes the following northern ties. Alty enter in the Fourth Qualifying Round. Sadly, our neighbours Trafford are out of the competition after losing at Warrington Town but, at least, it means that they cannot knock us out of the Cup this season!

  • 1 Bradford (Park Avenue) v AFC Fylde
  • Curzon Ashton v Ashington or Scarboro A
  • Droylsden v Guiseley AFC
  • Barrow AFC v Runcorn Town
  • Workington AFC v Bamber B or Squires G
  • Harrogate Town v Stockport County
  • Warrington Town v Sheffield
  • Shildon or Whitby Town v Stalybridge Celtic
  • Colwyn Bay v Harrogate Railway Athletic
  • Buxton v Newcastle Benfield
  • Hyde v Marine
  • Skelmersdale United v Darlington 1883 or Blyth Spartans
  • Gainsborough Trinity v Farsley AFC
  • Ashton United v Salford City
  • Chorley v Northwich or Glossop NE
  • FC United Of Manchester v Lancaster City
  • Cleethorpes Town v North Ferriby United
  • Marske or Dunston UTS v Spennymoor Town
  • Boston United v St Neots T or Dereham
  • Tamworth v Rushall Olympic
  • King's Lynn Town v Hednesford Town
  • Stafford R or Tividale v Leek Town
  • VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    In the Torquay Herald Express we read that "Torquay United have announced a new stadium sponsorship deal which will see ‘Plainmoor’ disappear from the title.

    The Gulls have tied up a four-year agreement with a Newton Abbot-based company to call Plainmoor ‘The Launa Windows Stadium’. United chair, Thea Bristow, said, 'We are delighted to have a trusted local brand of Launa Windows’ stature becoming our stadium sponsor for the next four seasons. Stadium naming rights are happening throughout league and non-league football, and this is the next logical step in our move to transform the Club and its home.

    The deal is a reflection of the progress we have made as a club in recent times, and we’re looking forward to working closely with Launa Windows'".

    According to the Grimsby Telegraph, "One new striker is the 'absolute minimum' Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst wants today. The Mariners' boss lost two-thirds of his strike-force in the weekend's desperately disappointing home defeat to Torquay United. Jon-Paul Pittman lasted just 12 minutes, and is facing a long spell on the sidelines after apparently tearing his hamstring.

    Target-man Lenell John-Lewis joined him on the treatment table after he limped off the field with an ankle problem. That leaves Ross Hannah as Town's only fit frontman ahead of tomorrow evening's tough trip to high-flying Halifax, and Saturday's equally-tricky clash at Kidderminster. And Hurst admits he is desperate to add an attacker to his squad before that away double-header.

    'We're going to have to look at a loan', the frustrated boss remarked. 'I'm going to see about potentially adding to the squad to give us an opportunity to pick something up from those games because we're certainly looking a bit light at this moment in time. I've got some players in mind, but the position is the problem. Losing two centre-forwards is not an ideal scenario by any stretch and I'm going to be hoping and praying that Lenny is okay. There was no hiding the fact that I was looking for a centre-forward anyway, so to lose two, you could argue that I need three. That won't be happening but I certainly need one in as an absolute minimum'.

    Hurst also remains hopeful that John-Lewis's injury isn't too serious. He added, 'I think JP has probably torn his hamstring, so that will be a long absence. And Lenny has, I think, jarred his ankle. At this moment, there's no real swelling but he was getting shooting pains in it and was clearly struggling. Having used the subs, he partly wanted to stay on, but I think we would have just made it worse, especially with a game coming up tomorrow. I don't think he would have been much use to us and would have done more damage. Hopefully, that might settle down, but we're not going to know until today at the earliest whether or not he's got a chance for tomorrow night'".

    "On Tuesday Forest Green Rovers head south to Vanarama Conference new boys Eastleigh who have announced they are throwing open their doors and allowing both home and away fans in for free entry to Tuesday's game.

    The Hampshire side have confirmed that both home and away supporters can attend the two side's meeting without charge".

    We learn from the Essex Chronicle that "Braintree [are] back to winning ways... The Iron made it four 2-0 wins out of their last five games on Saturday as they overcame a strong full-time Harriers' side, who were three times denied a goal by the woodwork and twice saw home keeper Nick Hamann pull off great saves to keep his side in the lead.

    The Iron also had to survive a tricky final 15 minutes with only 10 men when skipper Kenny Davis was sent off for a second yellow card which left manager Alan Devonshire fuming.

    'Kenny committed two fairly innocuous fouls in the game and was given two yellow cards', he declared. 'Two of their players, Kyle Storer and Marvin Johnson, had already been booked once and they then both commit appalling, vicious tackles on two of our players Ryan Peters and Chez Issac and they get away with it and are not even booked; both those tackles deserved straight red cards. All I am asking is referees to be consistent with their decision making and, unfortunately, we didn’t see it again in this game,' he continued. 'It’s not sour grapes because we won and deservedly so but there must be more consistency by the officials'”.

    Davis will now miss Tuesday’s tough away game at Aldershot leaving Devonshire with a headache over team selection with five players already out through injury from his wafer-thin squad. 'We’ll have a roll call on Monday and see who is fit and I may have to bring in some of the Academy lads in to make up the squad', he added.... They [Kiddy] are a good side which is why they are high up in the league but my boys showed so much grit and determination, rolled their sleeves up and got on with it which is why we won. Our passing and high pace of the game throughout also paid off'...

    SALISBURY'S "ACHIEVEMENT NEVER DONE BEFORE"

    Draw your own conclusions from the following from the Conference Forum, which is slightly truncated but otherwise unchanged from the original. "Salisbury City FC is pleased to announce that it has played its first match under its new ownership group led by Dubai based Moroccan businessman and current Chairman A.S.Outail M.Touzar, the match was the first one since end of last season Conference Premier Campaign took place Sunday in London against Iran All Stars team and in front of an invitation only crowd ended with a 3-0 loss but showed positive glimpses and great potential from a recently assembled squad including many Trialists with Conference football experience and some talented top EPL and Championship clubs Academy graduates. The match which was also a historical day since it was first time the youngest Chairman in English football recent history assumed the Head Coaching job on the interim after being appointed by the Club the day before and also played a part in the match, Mr.Outail M.Touzar became at age 32 youngest Club Owner/Chairman/Head coach/Player in the World, an achievement that was never done before and sure it will stand for many years to come,the record came in a match that follows a long and dramatic summer which saw the club getting relegated from Conference Premier and later harshly expelled from the Conference South a decision which the club is still taking all the necessary and available steps to overturn including the recent club request to the Football Association to go to Arbitration and apply its Rule K which the club and its legal advisors is very confident and optimistic it will finally bring justice to Salisbury.

    Club Director and Shareholder Hasan Albaqali commented ... 'Everything is in place at Salisbury City FC in order to compete and play football this season, we had a long debate as to where we should play our first match and we decided it was best to play it away to show our fans that it is real and actually happening and to prepare the team for its next big match at the Ray Mac stadium in Salisbury very soon which we are planning to play with a surprise opposition and hopefully win and bring some long awaited joy to our fans and supporters'.

    Club Chairman A.S.Outail M.Touzar added 'I don't know what to say, today is a historic day, since day one I always believed that the best way to silence critics is to let our actions speak for itself and no other action is better than finally putting eleven men on the pitch and play football, for myself it is an honor to carry another record on my shoulder after accepting the club decision to appoint me as Interim Coach and make me youngest Chairman/Head Coach in the world also I had the honor to participate in the match for few minutes and I will tell you a secret,the last time I played a football match was actually in Dubai couple years ago with global football legend Diego Armando Maradona in Dubai whom I send my regards to and since that day I decided that I will not play football again unless it is a very special occasion which makes it more memorable for me, now I want to thank the players, the coaching staff, my partners Hasan, Rachid, Aziz and the others for making this day a reality and I would like to inform the fans that we have all the necessary ingredients for success, a good squad, qualified coaching staff to assist me until a full time coach in appointed and we have a series of top quality friendly matches in the works, home and away, I understand most of the supporters had special bond with Coach Mikey and the the lads from last season but in football world, players and people come and go no matter how special they are but organizations has to always stay first'.

    Club will publish a series of photos and videos on its official website for coverage of this historic event soon and major announcements will follow especially with the ownership case now scheduled in the end of October."


    15 September 2014

    INSIDE THE COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

    Progress on the Community Sports Hall at the J. Davidson Stadium is now such that interior views are possible. Here, courtesy of Grahame Rowley we see the new space, looking back towards the Carole Nash Main Stand.

    MOBILE SITE

    Owing to problems at the ISP, the mobile version of this site cannot be currently updated, although it is still available at www.mobi.altrinchamfc.net. It is hoped that this will be resolved by the company shortly.

    EASTLEIGH VERDICTS

    After Saturday's game, Alty boss Lee Sinnott told Dave Stringer of the NL Paper, "It was a great game for the neutral but I felt that we could have done more to halt the build-up to the goals we conceded. But I am happy with the way we are playing and making progress. We've gone on a little undefeated run and I have to be pleased with the points we have picked up.

    The teams we are playing in this league are different animals to those in Conference North".

    The Radio Robins commentary on Altrincham v Eastleigh is available here.

    Also, Eastleigh have highlights here and a post-match interview with manager Richard Hill.

    DANNY'S AFFINITY TO ALTY

    Danny Higginbotham has a column in Sunday's NL Paper in which he says, "I went into the Conference North with Altrincham so I could concentrate more on my media work and also to get the love [for football] back, because it's a club close to my heart.

    But it just didn't work. I was trying to chase something that had gone. It wouldn't have been fair to take money off them and it wouldn't have been fair to the team. Some people would have gone along with it and taken the money but I wasn't prepared to do that.

    I've said I'm going to do an after dinner speaking event with them to help raise money for the club and their community hall.

    when I was younger I probably stopped them from making quite a bit of money by sneaking in through little gaps in the fence! All things you do as a kid. I'll always remember big games in the FA Cup against the likes of Chester, Port vale and Spurs.

    It's a great club. My brother, Paul, played for Alty and one of my best mates's dad, Graham Heathcote, was the manager there for a long time.

    My idols, growing up, were all Altrincham players; Ken McKenna, Paul Showler, Chris Sharratt, John Brady, the list goes on and on.

    And I was behind the goal when Clive Freeman scored an absolute screamer against Chester in the FA Cup. Even when I was playing in the Premier League, I would get down when I could. It's a club very close to my heart and I hope they do well this season.

    It's always difficult when you're promoted and aren't financially as well off as some clubs. But what you can say is FC Halifax broke the mould last season".

    YOUTH TEAM WINS HIGH-SCORING MATCH

    On Sunday, at Clay Lane, Altrincham FC YOuth beat Hyde FC Youth 6-4 in the NWYA Premier League. Youth team defender James Farrington will providing a match report in the near future.

    Alty's scorers were Arrowsmith (7 mins), Foster (22), Clancy (45), Mc Grath (55), Dwyer (61) and Cain (88).

    The lads' next game is at the J. Davidson Stadium on Monday 22 September when Irlam Town are the opposition in the FA Youth Cup, 1st Qualifying Round.

    RESERVES WIN

    Altrincham FC Reserves won their Cheshire Football League, Division Two, match on Saturday 3-2 away to Mersey Valley FC. The scorers were Yannis Stouppis and Joel Swift (2).

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    The Football Conference reports that The England `C` squad for a training camp at St George’s Park next weekend has been announced. England `C` complete their Challenge Trophy Group A qualification schedule with an away game against Turkey, on Tuesday 14th October, before hosting Estonia on Tuesday, 18th November.

    The full squad is as follows:

    Goalkeepers: Jamie Butler (Concord Rangers), Mitchell Walker (Dover Athletic)

    Defenders: James Bolton (FC Halifax Town), Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers), Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers), Joe McNerney (Woking), Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers), Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town), Christopher Stokes (Forest Green Rovers)

    Midfielders: Dan Bradley (Alfreton Town), Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers), Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town), Jon Nolan (Lincoln City), Josh Payne (Woking), Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town), Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town), Louie Theophanous (Staines Town), Andy Yiadom (Barnet), Luke Young (Torquay United)

    Strikers: Ryan Bowman (Torquay United), Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City), James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers)

    The Contingency squad comprises the following players:

    Goalkeepers: Andrew Coughlin (Wrexham), Daniel Lloyd-Weston (Southport)

    Defenders: Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town), David Fitzpatrick (Southport), Luke George (Southport), Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town), Jordan Keane (Alfreton Town), Joe Maguire (Ilkeston), Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town)

    Midfielders: Courtney Cameron (Torquay United), Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers), Craig Clay (Grimsby Town), Micah Evans (Southport), Jonathan O’Donnell (Gateshead), John Rooney (Chester), Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town)

    Strikers: Connor Jennings (Wrexham), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet), Louis Moult (Wrexham), Matthew Taylor (Bristol Rovers)"

    Our next opponents, on Tuesday night are Kidderminster Harriers. They lost to Braintree last time out and their line up was Lewis, Hodgkiss, Dunkley, Gowling, Nicholson, Storer, Verma (Obeng 62), Byrne, Johnson, Styche (Reid 72), Blissett (Gash 56). Subs not used: Singh, Grimes...

    Harriers fell to a second defeat inside a matter of days as goalkeeping and the woodwork combined to see them downed 2-0 at Braintree Town... Braintree broke the deadlock on 15 minutes thanks to a fantastic if speculative effort from James Mulley; he took aim from 25 yards with a shot that looked set to curve around the far post but, with a real bend and wind behind it, Harriers were helpless in watching it rise past Lewis and into the very furthest and highest reach of the net...

    Harriers began the second in nightmare fashion as they gifted Braintree a second, a corner drilled towards the far post where an unmarked Kenny Davies steered the ball gleefully beyond Lewis. Gary Whild did his bit in quickly introducing some fresh impetus into the attack in the form of Michael Gash and Ahmed Obeng around the hour mark.

    The visitors then climbed back into the ascendency just as they did near the end of the first half... There was a red card for Braintree as Davis saw a second yellow for a foul on Obeng, while time still remained within five of added for Obeng's shot to find the post as Harriers struck the woodwork for a third time."

    Harriers Online adds that "For the second game in a row the Harriers returned from an away trip without the points and more worryingly without scoring. Just the one goal on our travels this season, at Dover, is no way to win games...

    Starting the game, with a bit more squad rotation, we had Craig Reid dropped for the first time, going to the bench, and Nathan Blissett returning to the starting eleven... Aman Verma also came in for Jamie Grimes as the Harriers manager Gary Whild looked to get away from the defensive tag that he's been getting attached to him lately. On the bench was Michael Gash following his non appearance there at Southport with Callum Gittings being the one to go AWOL this time round...

    [Against] ten men, the second game in a week for us after Southport lost a player in midweek, we needed to capitalise on this... We have now dropped down to eleventh in the table after being in fourth place just two weeks ago. We now have the chance to regain some of that ground at home to Altrincham this coming Tuesday and we need to take it or drop further".

    Meanwhile the Kidderminster Shuttle adds that "HArriers endured a miserable trip to Essex as they came back empty-handed after a 2-0 defeat at Braintree Town made it back-to-back defeats on the road... Boss Gary Whild... commented., 'It was too easy and there was no sign of that in the first five or six games when we were looking solid at the back'...

    Perhaps surprisingly, he sent striker Craig Reid to the substitutes' bench after eight successive starts, Nathan Blissett coming in to replace him along with midfield man Aman Verma who moved back in to the line-up in place of Jamie Grimes. It was Blissett's strike partner, Reece Styche, who kept his place in the 11".


    14 September 2014

    ALTRINCHAM 3 EASTLEIGH 3

    Match report here

    Right: Simon Richman and Eastleigh's Michael Green compete for the ball.

    ON THE ROAD WITH ALTY

    TASC is running a supporters' coach to both the Kidderminster Harriers and Barnet away games, next Tuesday and Saturday, respectively. Full details are on the Away Travel page.

    You can book at Saturday's match or by ringing the club on weekday office hours on 0161 928-1045.

    TASC chairman Brian Flynn adds that "TASC are pleased to announce the introduction of a discount for Junior/Student TASC members who travel on the Supporters' Coach. From Tuesday night's trip to Kidderminster a £1 discount will be available for each trip until the end of the season."

    Supporters can join TASC at the TASC Table in the Noel White Suite on matchdays.

    YOUTH NEWS

    On Monday 22 September Altrincham play Irlam Town in the FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The winners of that tie will be away in w/c Monday 6 October in the Second Round Qualifying, against Chester, who had a walkover in the First Round Qualifying after their opponents, Widnes, withdrew.

    Before then, today (Sunday) Alty Youth play a NWYA league match at home to Hyde FC at Clay Lane (2.30pm).

    NEW BADGE

    Campbell McLay tells us that "We have a supply of new Altrincham metal pin badges available at the club shop at the Eastleigh game". Courtesy of Campbell, there is an image of the pin, left.

    KIDDERMINSTER ARRANGEMENTS

    Next Tuesday, Altrincham travel to Aggborough to meet Kidderminster Harriers who have advised Altrincham that admission prices for visiting supporters, to be housed in the South Stand Terrace will be:
    • Adults £14
    • Concessionaries £8 Juniors (U16) £5 Under 5s Free
    For those in the 'Hire It Stand' seating
    • Adults £17.00
    • Concessionaries £11 Juniors (U16) £8 Under 5s Free

    Disabled supporters are charged £10, with one adult helper admitted free. All visiting supporters pay on the gate excluding free under 5 tickets which must be obtained from the ticket office.

    Parking is available for visiting supporters at £5.00. Parking is available for visiting coaches at £15.00 (per coach)

    How to find us by Car:

    From Birmingham, Wolverhampton and North (M5)

    Exit M5 at junction (signposted A456) and follow towards Kidderminster (approximately 12 miles). At roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At next roundabout, take first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take first turning on right (Hoo Road). Aggborough Stadium is approximately half a mile along on the left hand side"

    BARNET MATCH ARRANGEMENTS

    On Saturday, 20 September, Altrincham visit a new ground for them, The Hive, home of Barnet FC. Barnet have advised Altrincham FC that "The following procedures will apply at The Hive Stadium for the forthcoming season".

    Accommodation The West Stand blocks F, G and the North Terrace (behind the goal) are allocated to visiting supporters. Ticket prices as below:

    • West Stand Block F & G (seating): Adults £20, Concessionaries (u-19 and 64+) £12, (u-14) £5
    • North Terrace (standing): Adults £17, Concessionaries (u-19 and 64+) £12, (u-14) £5 (U19 & Over 64) Under 14s

    Tickets

    E-tickets can be purchased via the online box office at www.barnetfc.com. Please note e-tickets must be printed off by the supporter and the barcode downloaded by the right click on the mouse.

    Disabled Supporters: Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are available at a cost of £20.00 with the helper going free of charge. These seats are situated on the front rows of the West Stand blocks F and G.

    Please pre-order tickets, otherwise buy from the ticket office on the day.

    Food and drink

    We have an exclusive bar available where away supporters can purchase refreshments. This opens 2 hours before kick-off and is located inside the stadium. Tea huts are available serving hot and cold food and drinks. The ground opens 1 hour before kick-off.

    Parking

    We do have a supporters’ car park available at a cost of £5 per car. This is on a first come, first served basis.

    Coach/minibus parking is available behind the North Terrace of the stadium. Supporters’ coaches are charged at £25 per coach; minibuses are charged at £10.00 per minibus. There is no charge for the players’ coach.

    Programmes

    A match day programme will be available from various sellers situated around the ground.

    Getting to the Ground

    Vehicle access is from Camrose Avenue. Pedestrian access is from either Camrose Avenue or Whitchurch Lane.

    By Car:

    From the North M1:

    Exit at Junction 4 of the M1 on to the A41 toward Harrow/Edgware. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Spur Road/A410.

    At the next roundabout go straight . After 300 metres turn left at the traffic lights on to Honeypot Lane.

    Continue straight along Honeypot Lane through traffic lights to next roundabout. Turn left at roundabout and after 300 yards turn left into site.

    From the North A1:

    At Apex Corner roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Selvage Lane/A5109 signposted Edgware Continue through 2 roundabouts on to Dean’s Lane.

    At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Deansbrook Road/A5109. Go straight over the traffic lights on to Camrose Avenue.

    Continue straight along Camrose Avenue and The Hive will be on your right just after the width restriction.

    From the West M40:

    From the M40 continue on to Western Avenue / A40. At Hanger Lane roundabout take the 2nd exit on to A406.

    Take the 1st exit left at Staples Corner roundabout onto the A5 / Edgware Road. Follow the A5 straight for 3 miles. Turn left onto Camrose Avenue. Continue straight along Camrose Avenue and The Hive will be on your right just after the width restriction".

    By Train MP> Canons Park Underground Station on the Jubilee Line is a 1 minute walk from the entrance of The Hive. Turn left out the station on Whitchurch Lane and after a couple hundred feet the pedestrian entrance to The Hive will be on your right.

    Queensbury Underground Station, also on the Jubilee Line, is a 12 minute walk from The Hive. Turn left out the station on to Turner Road. Walk to the end of the road, turn right and the entrance to The Hive will be across the road.

    Edgware Underground Station on the Northern Line is about a one mile walk to The Hive. See below for a list of buses running from Edgware Station to The Hive.

    By Bus

    The 340, 186 and 79 all run from Edgware Station to Canons Park. You can also take the 288 and 688 from Edgware Station to Camrose Avenue. Coming from West of The Hive you can take the 114 and get off at Turner Road. It is then a short walk up to Camrose Avenue.

    SATURDAY GATES

    • Att: 1492: AFC Telford Utd v Barnet
    • Att: 945 Altrincham v Eastleigh
    • Att: 751: Braintree Town v Kidderminster Harriers
    • Att: 754: Dover Athletic v Macclesfield Town
    • Att: 1005: Forest Green Rovers v FC Halifax Town
    • Att: 1336: Gateshead v Dartford
    • Att: 3300: Grimsby Town v Torquay United
    • Att: 2933: Lincoln City v Bristol Rovers
    • Att: 803: Nuneaton Town v Aldershot Town
    • Att: 832: Southport v Alfreton Town
    • Att: 1629: Woking v Chester FC
    • Att: 2857: Wrexham v Welling United

    'THUMBS UP' FOR NL DAY

    The Football Conference tells us that "Vanarama, who joined forces with Non-League Day and Prostate Cancer UK for ‘Thumbs Up for Non-League Day’, today released the results of the five day campaign which received widespread support from the Football industry and other Sporting celebrities.

    Core to the campaign was a 'call to arms' to recruit personalities who love the game, to put their 'thumbs up' for Non-League day and raise awareness of the event. The reaction across social media was incredible with a number of Barclays Premier League Clubs, and current players including Charlie Austin, Remy Cabella, Curtis Davies and Frazier Campbell supporting the initiative. Messages of support were also received from Football legends including Matt Le Tissier, Michael Owen, Robbie Savage, Chris Waddle, Jeff Stelling and Chris Hughton, and from The Premier League itself, and its domestic broadcast partners BT Sport and BSkyB.

    The campaign also transcended football with Darts players, European Tour Golfers and even ex-World Snooker Champion Steve Davis tweeting photos with ‘Thumbs Up’. In total over 4,600 tweets were made using the hashtag thumbsup4NLD. The publicity push, which encouraged fans to go and watch their local team on Non-League Day, resulted in a combined attendance across the Vanarama Conference of 38,675.

    Prior to the campaign launch Vanarama pledged to donate 10p to Prostate Cancer UK on behalf of every fan who attended a Vanarama Conference match on the day. Vanarama have decided to double this to 20p per fan, and will donate a total of £7,735 to the charity".

    COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL GENERAL MANAGER

    With the new Community Sports Hall building at the J. Davidson Stadium approaching completion, Peter Foster advises that "The Altrincham FC Community company and Altrincham Football Club are advertising the position of Community Sports Hall General Manager. All of the information regarding how to apply is contained within the job description".

    Information about the project is on the Community Sports Hall's website. Pictured, right, is the building work on the Community Sports Hall in progress, earlier this month.

    TUESDAY FIXTURES

    Tuesday 16 September
    • Aldershot Town v Braintree Town
    • Alfreton Town v AFC Telford Utd
    • Barnet v Wrexham 8pm k.o.
    • Bristol Rovers v Nuneaton Town
    • Chester FC v Southport
    • Dartford v Dover Athletic
    • Eastleigh v Forest Green Rovers
    • FC Halifax Town v Grimsby Town
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Altrincham
    • Macclesfield Town v Gateshead FC
    • Torquay United v Woking
    • Welling United v Lincoln City FC

    SATURDAY FIXTURES

    Saturday 20 September
    • Aldershot Town v Lincoln City
    • Alfreton Town v Nuneaton Town
    • Barnet v Altrincham
    • Bristol Rovers v Woking
    • Dartford v Forest Green Rovers
    • Eastleigh v Braintree Town
    • FC Halifax Town v AFC Telford Utd
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Grimsby Town
    • Macclesfield Town v Southport
    • Torquay United v Dover Athletic
    • Welling United v Gateshead

    CITY TICKET UPDATE

    Peter Foster has provided an update on the Manchester City v Chelsea match ticket auction. "Going into the final weekend, the current highest bid for the tickets for the City v Chelsea game is £250. If you are interested, the closing date is midnight Sunday, September 14th. Details are already on this site (see news below), however please email any further bids as soon as possible.
    13 September 2014

    ALTY 3-3 EASTLEIGH

    In the first half of an entertaining game, Alty played some excellent football and twice took the lead but could not hold it on either occasion...

    Match report here

    Right, Adam Griffin receives the congratulations of his team-mates after his stupendous volleyed goal; his first goal for Alty in his 38th start. <

    RESULTS

    Saturday, 13 September 2014

  • AFC Telford Utd 2-2 Barnet
  • Altrincham 3-3 Eastleigh
  • Braintree Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers
  • Dover Athletic 0-1 Macclesfield Town
  • Forest Green Rovers 2-0 FC Halifax Town
  • Gateshead 1-0 Dartford
  • Grimsby Town 0-2 Torquay United
  • Lincoln City 2-3 Bristol Rovers
  • Nuneaton Town 1-1 Aldershot Town
  • Southport 0-2 Alfreton Town
  • Woking 1-0 Chester FC
  • Wrexham 2-1 Welling United
  • Through the Years by Howard Watts.
  • JOIN THE TASC GOAL RUSH!

    Paul Salt reminds us that "There is still time to take part in the TASC Goal Rush Competition for the 2014/15 Season.

    Whilst the season has already kicked off, it is still possible to help the club by joining the scheme and being eligible for the first 10 goal benchmark draw to win one of three fantastic prizes.

    The Altrincham Supporters' Club (TASC) Goal Rush scheme, which was introduced three seasons ago, has proved to be a popular and important fund raiser for the club.

    The scheme is simple, anyone can sponsor the mighty Robins any amount they wish in multiples of 25p per goal for each goal they score throughout the 2014-15 season in all competitive Conference Premier League and play off matches, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Cheshire Senior Cup matches.

    For example – If Altrincham score a total of 75 goals in the 2014/15 season for each 25p sponsored goal you would be paying £18.75 for the whole season.

    For every 10th goal scored, each sponsor will be entered into a free draw based on one entry for each 25p sponsored, i.e. If you agree to donate 50p per goal, you receive 2 entries, £2.00 per goal receives 8 entries etc.

    The lucky winner of each draw for every 10th goal will have the choice of one of three prizes. These are (1) TWO FREE TICKETS for a forthcoming home league game, (2) FREE AWAY TRAVEL for one person to any away game on the TASC organised coach or (3) A SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH of the winner with their favourite Altrincham player

    In addition there will be still be the end of the season draw for TWO PRIZES of a signed shirt and matchball.

    Should the total amounts pledged exceed £30.00 and Altrincham score 100 goals in the 2014-15 season, the Chairman has again agreed to provide a free season ticket for the 2015-16 season in addition for the end of season draw.

    Forms are available from the TASC desk in the Noel White Suite on all match days.

    ALTRINCHAM v EASTLEIGH

    You can follow the Altrincham v Eastleigh game on Saturday (3pm) via this website's minute by minute updates or via Radio Robins. Click on the appropriate icon below to go to your preferred means of following the game. For Twitter and Facebook links see the icons on the side panel, right.

    This is the first-ever visit to Altrincham for Eastleigh, who are located near Southampton. The Eastleigh News reports that "Richard Hill’s Spitfires will look to get back to winning ways as they travel to newly promoted Manchester side Altrincham...

    After winning at home to Southport 2-1 last weekend, Eastleigh travelled to Dartford on Tuesday and it looked to be back to back victories for Hill’s men going into the break... Eastleigh went in to the break with a two goal lead and it looked plain sailing for the Spitfires until Elliot Bradbrook got one back... And with just minutes left on the clock Harry Crawford earned Dartford a share of the points leaving Eastleigh seventh place in the Vanarama Conference.

    Tomorrow’s opponents Lee Sinnott’s Altringham [!!] have got off to slow start this season having just picked seven points from eight games".

    TASC CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE COMPETITION

    Paul Salt advises us that TASC "have already had a good number of entries for the competition with the closing date being next Monday, 15th September, ahead of the first round of qualifying matches on the following Tuesday. Entry forms will again be available from the TASC desk and noticeboard in the Noel White Suite, ahead and after Saturday's home game against Eastleigh.

    Alternatively if you would like a form e-mailing then please contact Paul Salt with your e-mail address and he will gladly forward a copy. The entry fee is just £5.00 with the winner, second and third places picking up 20%, 15% and 10% of the total pot respectively. Regular updates will be provided throughout the competition on the Fans' Forum".

    OLD BOY

    "Left-back Andy Smart has been released by Salford City and is lining up a return to Shawe View with former club, Trafford, for a third time. Smart joined the Ammies during the summer and played in the first three league games of the new season but has decided to return to his previous club.

    A powerful left-back, Smart played in the Football League with Macclesfield Town before moving into the non-League game with Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United and Altrincham. He signed for a second spell with Trafford in 2012".

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    Kidderminster Harriers confirm that "Defender Tyrone Williams is set to join Romulus on loan for the next month. The talented prospect enjoyed a strong pre-season here at Harriers but has yet to cement a place in Gary Whild's first-team".

    According to NL Pitchero, "Chester FC have signed Gambian defender Ibou Touray, who was released by Everton after the expiry of his one-year contract in June. The 19-year-old full-back, who became the latest Everton academy graduate to sign a professional contract with the Liverpool-based club last August, made thirty-seven appearances for the club in the Under-21 Premier League and Reserve League. But he did not make a single first-team appearance during the 2013/14 campaign...

    He was recently on trial with Tranmere Rovers".

    Also, "Welling United have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Henly on loan from Reading until January 1st. Henly has recently been on loan with Basingstoke Town. Basingstoke boss Jason Bristow signed Henly`s Reading team-mate Stuart Moore on a season's loan in August, but he was suspended for the first three games of the season, so Bristow offered 20-year-old Henly, who has plenty of experience in the Conference, the opportunity to move temporarily to the Camrose as well.

    Although he is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Royals, Henly has had loan spells with Bromley and, last season, Aldershot Town and Maidenhead United".

    At the other end of the country, "Gateshead have signed former Newcastle United reserve and academy striker Carl Finnigan until the end of the season. The club are still awaiting international clearance for the 27-year-old, who was released by South African side Chippa United in June.

    Jarrow-born Finnigan has also enjoyed spells north of the border with Falkirk, St Johnstone and Dundee. Finnigan scored 59 goals in 102 appearances for Newcastle's reserve side but failed to make a first-team appearance... He moved to South Africa last year and signed for Port-Elizabeth-based side Chippa United".


    12 September 2014

    ALTY'S "STEPPING STONES"

    Altrincham FC joint Press and Media Officer John Edwards spoke to Lee Sinnott moments after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Alfreton. Here is a full transcript of the Altrincham manager’s thoughts on the way perseverance finally paid off with a point-saving 89th-minute header from Kyle Perry.

    ‘You have to say it was justice in the end. I thought Alfreton started very brightly for the first 15 minutes, but then we worked our way into it. If you look at the game overall, we have seen the whites of the keeper’s eyes probably seven or eight times. On six or seven of those occasions, we did not work him. We could do that again in another game, and I’m quite sure the stats would be quite different. It is our first point away, so we can tick that box, and it is the first time we have come from behind. But what we have to take on board is that when you play the sort of football we did, and create that many opportunities, you have to be more clinical.

    We have spoken about that before, and it has cropped up again. It is the sole reason for us not leaving here with three points, though we could have left with none but for the players sticking to their guns and not giving up. I thought I might be trotting out that old line about playing until midnight and not scoring, the way we kept creating and kept missing, and it did look like it wasn’t going to be our night.

    But we kept knocking on the door, which was another plus, and we finally managed to force it open. We are learning as we go along, but there is no doubt we need to toughen up a bit. I’m not talking about physically, but making the most of opportunities we create.

    Damian Reeves could have had a hat-trick, and he acknowledged that in the dressing room, because he’s that sort of lad, honest as the day’s long. But I want to say that we can’t rely on him all the time. That would be totally unfair. Other people have to be weighing in with goals as well. Thankfully, Kyle Perry got one tonight, and even the centre- halves have had chances. Luca Havern (left) had one tonight, and Tom Marshall had one against Gateshead. We just have to be more clinical, or it will cost us otherwise.

    That is the difference in this league. I would say Dave Parton hasn’t exactly been overworked, but we have only drawn 1-1. It was a great delivery from the corner for the equaliser, and a good header, and we are playing some nice stuff. But I can’t be happy when we are chasing the game so much of the time, instead of getting our noses in front. It is slightly mixed feelings, but it is stepping stones, and we are moving forward. We created a lot of opportunities with good approach play, but there is a ceiling to break through, and after that, there will be another to break through. That’s how it is in this league.

    How many should Alfreton have scored? You could argue not even one, because we allowed their lad to turn inside the area and get his shot away. What about us? Five? Six? We had the chances to rack up that sort of score. We talked about it in the dressing room, and, of course, there is going to be some frustration. It would be more of a concern if we were not creating such good chances, but we are. We are creating them, but we have to stick them away.

    I thought Saturday (Non-League Day against Dartford) was just a great day all round. It was a great crowd, and we put on a really good show for them. I thought the players rose to the occasion and showed everyone what kind of football we are trying to produce. The boys are encouraged to keep the ball on the deck and play football, and they are showing they are up to it. The public seem to like it, I’m glad to say. They did on Saturday, and again our supporters were magnificent here tonight. It looked like about 100 travelled over, and the players really appreciated the applause that rang out at the end.

    I believe in the style of football we are playing, and it is why we created so much tonight. We had seven or eight really good openings, because we were knocking the ball around and playing constructive football, rather than just lumping it forward in hope. Even at the end, when time was running short, we kept bringing the ball out from the back and looking to pass it. We were increasingly in the ascendancy as the game wore on, and that was another pleasing aspect. The fact that we could keep going like that and finish the game quite strongly was another encouraging sign.

    There are fitness problems for Saturday’s home game with Eastleigh, but that will happen as the season progresses, and you just have to ride with it. Simon Richman (right) took a knock tonight, while Nicky Clee was still feeling his ankle from last Saturday. Ryan Crowther has gone down with food poisoning, so his availability depends on how long that takes to leave his system. Damian Reeves was the other to take a bit of a knock tonight. We will assess all of them on Thursday night.’"

    MEET THE NEW RECRUITS

    The latest in the successful series of Meet the New Recruits events will be held in the Manchester Glass Sponsors' Lounge on Saturday, 11 October, 2014, following the home game against Woking at the J. Davidson Stadium. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

    For just £15, guests will be served a two-course meal prepared by the Club's expert caterer, Richie Bentley. Drinks orders can be placed from your table and the drinks will be brought to you. All five new recruits will be in attendance (i.e. Peter Cavanagh, left, Ryan Crowther, Steven Gillespie, David Parton and Sean Williams). After the meal, the format involves Brian Flynn compering an informal Q&A of the five players, who have joined the Club for 2014-15. These evenings are always both very entertaining and informative so don't miss your chance to get a ticket. At a bargain £15, tickets may be ordered from Grahame or Karen Rowley via e-mail.

    COLLECT YOUR TASC CARD

    TASC Chairman Brian Flynn advises that "If you haven't picked up your new membership card for 2014/5 season yet, they will be available before this Saturday's game against Eastleigh, for people who have renewed TASC membership during the summer. They can be picked up from Anthony Wright between 2-3pm on Saturday from the TASC Table in the Noel White Suite".

    CHAIRMAN HOPES FOR NL DAY BENEFITS

    Above, Gavin Rathbone captures Damian Reeves's second goal against Dartford. More of Gavin's excellent Alty images are on his GR Photography website.

    Altrincham FC Joint Press and Media Officer, John Edwards, wrote the following for the Sale & Altrincham Advertiser

    "Chairman Grahame Rowley is hoping for a lasting benefit from the Vanarama Conference’s afternoon in the spotlight after hundreds of local football fans responded to Altrincham’s Non-League Day initiative at the J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.

    Alty officials did their bit to make the occasion a success by distributing free tickets to schoolchildren in the area and offering £5 admission for their parents, as well as the same entry price for holders of Premier League or Championship season tickets.

    It had the desired effect, with a bumper 1,571 turning out for the Vanarama Conference fixture against Dartford and scores still queueing to get in shortly before kick-off.

    With Lee Sinnott’s side seizing the opportunity to impress, and turning on the style in a thoroughly-entertaining and richly-deserved 2-1 win, Rowley is hopeful they might have added one or two converts to the ranks of Alty supporters.

    Alty are at home again this Saturday, against Eastleigh (3pm), and Rowley said: ‘The day couldn’t have gone any better, and I hope those who took advantage of our various offers saw enough to be tempted back again on Saturday.

    ‘It exceeded expectations, to be honest. We wanted to encourage people to come along, so we could showcase the game at this level, and I hope we demonstrated that the quality of football in the Conference is as good as, or at least comparable to, the Football League.

    ‘At about 2.30, the thinking was we might have to settle for an average gate, but when I looked out at 10 to 3, people were queueing to get in. It was a great reward for all the hard work that went in to promoting our club, and it was lovely to see the main stand almost full.

    ‘Of course, the team then had to deliver. You can sometimes shoot yourself in the foot a bit, if you get a big crowd in and don’t perform, but the lads were magnificent. It was a great performance and deserved victory, and I hope those who don’t normally attend will become regulars after that.’

    The schools’ initiative worked particularly well, with 207 under-12s, 189 accompanying parents and 75 12-16-year olds helping boost the gate".

    ALFRETON'S VERDICT

    From the other side, the Derby Telegraph reports that "Alfreton Town landed their long overdue first point of the Vanarama Premier season – but they were denied three by a late Altrincham equaliser at the Impact Arena. The Reds started in determined mood...

    It was becoming a lively encounter and, two minutes later, former Alfreton striker Damian Reeves drew a superb save from Cameron Dawson in the Reds' goal. Another two minutes later, McDonald turned on the edge of the area before firing over but Altrincham were beginning to cause problems and Lawrie went close with two efforts. After 27 minutes, Reeves somehow missed from close range when it looked easier to score...

    Joe Ironside turned to thump in a Shaw cross off the underside of the bar from 12 yards... Alfreton made it to half-time but were under pressure again six minutes after the break. Reeves looked certain to score when he broke free but, once more, Dawson was equal to the situation, saving low to his left after narrowing the angle. Reeves was continuing to be a thorn in the Reds' side. He again went close from Lawrie's 66th-minute pass...

    Alfreton defended stoically as Altrincham threw everything at them, a confident Dawson snatching the ball off Reeves' head from Kyle Perry's 78th minute cross. Hearts were in mouths when Steven Gillespie fired a great chance wide, then a blocking tackle by Jake Sheridan thwarted Lawrie and Perry fired over from distance.

    The visitors were looking increasingly frustrated and it looked as if Alfreton might hang on for all three points but Perry was able to power home a close-range header from a Gillespie corner in the 89th minute. A first point of the season seemed small consolation."

    YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME TEAM

    The FA reports that Altrincham FC's Youth Education Programme team lost 1 - 2 to MMU on Wednesday. In A-Z order, Alty's line up was: Jimi Folagbade, Sam Heathcote, Matthew Johnson, Cole McGrath, Ben Reid, Alex Robbins, Kyle Ross, Will Smith-Cunnington, Ioannis Stouppis, Dylan Wagster, Callum Walker, with used substitutes Adam Bond and Joel Oughton, and unsued subs Charlie Das and David Wright.

    OLD BOY

    With Duncan Watmore a possible participant, TASC's Paul Salt advises that "Manchester United U21s are taking on their Sunderland counterparts at Old Trafford next Monday (15th Sep), kick-off 7pm. All supporters can register for free entry by texting UNDER 21 SUNDERLAND to 60777*. A further message will sent on Matchday to advise through which turnstile to enter".

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    Our next guests at Altrincham, Eastleigh "are delighted to announce that our home fixture vs. Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday 16th September is FREE for both home and away fans. The club has been delighted with the attendances this season and would like to reward your continued support both home and away...

    Highlights of Eastleigh FC’s away game vs Dartford FC and an interview with manager Richard Hill can be found here.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Echo informs us that "Richard Hill was left rueing two key officiating decisions after his Eastleigh side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Dartford... The Darts snatched the most unlikely of points through Harry Crawford’s injury-time leveller, but the Spitfires boss refused to be too downcast, writes Paul McNamara.

    Talking about the second-half penalty he felt the Spitfires should have been awarded for a Mat Mitchel-King handball, and the Darts late equaliser which he believed was offside, Hill said, 'Goals change games. I’m not saying we’d have scored it, but we had an opportunity to go 3-0 ahead. The score’s anything then. Then, to concede a goal two minutes later is a double blow. I’m not blaming the referee. I don’t think he’s been helped by his assistants tonight'.

    Eastleigh recovered from the shock of seeing sub keeper Lewis Noice stretchered from the field during the warm up to begin proceedings in authoritative fashion... James Constable stole in to nick possession from a dithering Elliot Bradbrook and rounded the ‘keeper in the box before being hauled to the ground. The yellow-carded [keeper] Brown was powerless to prevent Jamie Collins’s exquisitely struck penalty rattling low into the left corner to put the Spitfires 1-0 up...

    On 22 minutes, Eastleigh doubled their advantage. Dan Spence galloped forward from right-back, linking with Midson on his way, with the ball eventually arriving in the middle for Reason. The attacker’s effort was pushed out to his left by Brown, where Constable was swiftly on the scene to knock in his third competitive goal in Eastleigh blue...

    For all their huffing and puffing, there seemed little chance of a home equaliser until, as the action entered four minutes of stoppage time, Paul Reid could only head clear as far as substitute Danny Harris, who returned the ball into the box. Crawford pounced and snapped a terrific finish across Flitney and into the far corner.

    It was a cruel blow, but Hill said, 'We did well tonight. We passed it well. I’m not down, not at all. On another night, we’d have come away with a win and sailing in the right direction. If we’d have scored a penalty to go 3-0 we’d have probably gone on and scored a few more. It rarely happens that you can replicate a first-half performance of that quality in the second-half. They were always going to come out and have a go after half-time'".

    Before that game, the Daily Echo had reported that "Ben Wright is out of the Eastleigh reckoning for tonight’s trip to Dartford. And the bad news for the Spitfires is that he could be sidelined for a while. Wright was part of a bold triple substitution by manager Richard Hill against Southport on Saturday, but he lasted only seven minutes before succumbing to a knee injury...

    Hill confirmed, 'We don’t know the extent of Ben’s injury yet, we need to send him for a scan. But his knee’s very sore and I’d be surprised if we see him in the next month'. With midfielder Craig Stanley and left-back Matt Fry still struggling, young striker Tony Lee, currently getting games with Wessex outfit Lymington, is added to the Spitfires’ travelling party...

    Hill explained, 'I like to take 18 players and this just brings Tony into the squad. I’m not saying it will be the case next week, but Craig (heel ligament) is still injured and Matt (sore Achilles) is still not right. Craig’s been doing basic running, but we’re not going to rush him'...

    Hill reckons Eastleigh have had 'an unbelievable start' in non-League’s top flight. They have lost their last two games on the road, at Dover and Macclesfield".

    Next Tuesday, Alty are away at Kidderminster where the Harriers report that "Boss Gary Whild didn't hide his disappointment at Tuesday's defeat at Southport but stressed his team must get themselves 'back on the bike' at Braintree next time out.

    A first-half goal from the Sandgrounders was enough to condemn Whild's charges to a first defeat of the campaign... While the visitors could have been three or four goals ahead before the break but for some inspired goalkeeping, the boss confessed the showing after the restart just wasn't up to scratch.

    Speaking after the game he said, 'I don't think it was anywhere near good enough. In terms of the standards we've set ourselves this season, there wasn't the enthusiasm or enough desire to get on the ball, pass it forward and influence the game... We've lost one in eight so the positive, I suppose, is that we've got to get back on the bike on Saturday'".

    In the Kidderminster Shuttle we learn that "Harriers have stopped their legal action against Kath and Ernie Lane as attempts to find a solution to the club’s cashflow problems continue. The Aggborough outfit had originally threatened to sue the former directors over funds the club claimed they were contractually owed.

    But talks between the two parties have been encouraging, with the Lanes also contributing a five-figure sum to help Harriers pay the most recent wage bill. Reds chairman Ken Rae said, 'At the moment we are not continuing our legal action against Ernie and Kath because of the dialogue we’ve opened with them. I can confirm they have also contributed an amount of cash. The club can continue legal proceedings if the dialogue breaks down but at the moment we’re talking'.

    Kidderminster still face a number of financial challenges, including paying off former manager Andy Thorn and assistant Craig Knight. They are also still searching for new investors to help give the club a financial boost. Meanwhile, shareholders Barry Norgrove, Jane Murrant and Neil Savery were also looking for new backers, with the aim to get the club through until the end of the season.

    'Kath and I are back involved at the club and we’re working with the board,' confirmed Ernie Lane, who is not set to return as a director... 'What we do not want is Harriers to experience the same problems that our friends at Hereford United are going through'”.

    On the field, according to the Kidderminster Shuttle, "Harriers were beaten for the first time this season after a showing of contrasting halves saw them downed at Southport...

    Harriers made one change to the starting line-up for this game and it was something of a surprise when manager Gary Whild drafted in striker Reece Styche for his first start as a Harrier while Nathan Blissett, fresh from netting his first goal of the season against Gateshead a few days prior, made do with a spot among the substitutes.

    If Styche was of the mindset of wanting to pay back Whild for the faith shown in starting him, he certainly set about that business well in the early stages, forcing two good saves from home goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston within a couple of minutes...

    Southport's talisman Richard Brodie had an eventful first quarter of an hour; shown an early yellow for a late lunge on Johnson, the hit-man came within inches of opening the scoring just after... And after a spell of control they took the lead just after the mid-way point of the half, a corner whipped into the box and met by a powerful header from Joe Connor which eventually found its way into the back of the net...

    It was perhaps inevitable that Brodie would end up in hot water after being booked so early on and so it proved in the final moments as he was sent off for a second bookable offence, having left an elbow in on Gowling.. A frustrated Whild [commented] 'We hadn't got that enthusiasm or a desire to get on the ball and influence the game, so it was disappointing'...

    Harriers: Lewis, Hodgkiss, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne (Gittings 77), Johnson, Reid, Styche (Verma 64), Grimes (Blissett 54), Nicholson, Gowling. Subs not used: Obeng, Singh".

    We learn from the Football Conference that "Following a serious injury to keeper Aaron Howe during Tuesday night’s match at Aldershot Town, Woking have reached agreement with AFC Wimbledon for the one month emergency loan signing of former favourite, Ross Worner. Worner started his career at Woking before earning a move to Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2010.

    After making nine first-team appearances for the Addicks, he joined Aldershot a year later and featured twenty-three times for the Shots in the Football League and also had loan spells with Eastbourne Borough and Farnborough. He moved to the Dons in the summer of 2013 and has added forty-five games to his tally.

    Howe’s injury has been diagnosed as a broken pelvis, and he is due to be released from hospital tonight."

    From the Chester Chronicle comes news that "Steve Burr has reaffirmed his belief there will be no repeat of the season-long struggle that the fans endured in 2013-14. Five defeats in eight games will be a concern to some but context should be added to that statistic.

    Barnet, Forest Green Rovers, FC Halifax Town, Gateshead and Torquay United, who won 2-0 at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Tuesday, have been too good for the Blues but all five have greater resources. Based on perceived budgets, the Vanarama Conference can be split into three mini-leagues with Chester failing into the bottom group, albeit at the top end.

    Braintree Town and Macclesfield Town are in the same mini-league and both have been beaten...

    Burr said, 'I’m happy with the commitment the lads are showing and I’m sure we will be all right'...

    Chester gained some confidence from the 1-0 win over Macclesfield on Saturday with John Rooney scoring a splendid free kick against his former club. A second home game 72 hours later provided a chance to build some momentum but Torquay..., put paid to those plans. Burr had no complaints about the result and rates the Gulls as the best side he has seen this season.

    He said, 'I felt our effort, work-rate and commitment was fantastic and I praised the lads for that but we were beaten by a better side... Tuesday was one of those nights where we just fell short because they were better than us'. Referee Karl Evans [who oversaw our game at Southport] provided the two biggest talking points of an otherwise routine win for the Gulls, with Burr admitting post-match he felt the official 'lost control'.

    Kieran Charnock was wrongly sent off after a Michael Kay foul before Mr Evans corrected his mistake and he then missed a clash between Angus MacDonald and Craig Hobson, who alleged the Torquay defender spat at him. Chester head to unbeaten Woking on Saturday and the manager hopes to have Peter Winn and John Disney back in contention but captain Matty Brown will be out for another two-to-three weeks.

    Burr said, 'The likes of Matty Brown and Peter Winn have been a big miss but I must say Kieran Charnock’s gone in and done a great job alongside Michael Kay. Ben Heneghan at right back is doing well and everybody is doing okay it’s just on Tuesday we came up against a side that were better than us'".

    According to the Tamworth Herald, "Former Tamworth manager Marcus Law has emerged as one of the favourites for the vacant Nuneaton Town job... Bet Victor, the on-line bookmaker, has got current assistant boss Mark Noon as favourite for the job, but the Herald understands that Noon does not want to take on the role full-time.

    Law was at the Boro game versus Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night and is known to be interested in the role. Other names in the frame include Gary Waddock and Ronnie Moore. Robbie Fowler has been listed as a 25/1 outside bet, while Dean Saunders and Garry Flitcroft are both in at 12/1".


    11 September 2014

    FA YOUTH CUP

    In the next round of the FA Youth Cup, Altrincham will entertain Irlam Town at the J. Davidson Stadium. Irlam beat Glossop North End 15-0 in their Preliminary Round match on Tuesday night.

    The Alty v Irlam match will be played on Monday 22nd September, at 7.45pm.

    Above, courtesy of Mike Ripley, we see the Altrincham FC Youth squad before their win over Colne last Monday (click on image to enlarge). This and more of Mike's excellent Alty photos are on his website.

    KYLE PERRY INTERVIEWED

    Brian Flynn reports that "There is an interview with Kyle Perry (right), following last night's 1-1 draw at Alfreton, here

    Kyle scored his first goal of the season with our late equaliser and was a consummate professional throughout the interview, despite plenty of high quality interventions from players & management... As you can see from the picture on the link, Kyle did superbly well to wriggle free from some very tight marking at the corner to score in the 89th minute!"

    SATURDAY YANKEE

    The latest round of the Altrincham FC Saturday Yankee, an important fundraiser for the Club, was won by code 3653 which had not been issued. Accordingly the jackpot has risen to £1,000. There were, however, five winning trebles, whose code owners netted £30 each.

    ALFRETON BOSS'S VIEW

    After Tuesday's game, Alfreton Town report that "manager Nicky Law was a frustrated man despite seeing his side gain their first Vanarama Conference point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Altrincham at the Impact Arena on Tuesday evening.

    Just three days after returning to the dugout for the first time following a six-game stadium ban, Law saw his side take a 42nd minute lead courtesy of a sharp goal from man-of-the-match Joe Ironside but then have to hang on in the second half before conceding another late goal as Alty equalised on 89 minutes to deny the Reds a much-needed victory.

    The draw saw Alfreton finally get their season under way, following seven straight defeats, but Law felt his side didn’t find the level of performance which saw them more than match then league leaders Barnet last Saturday before falling to a cruel injury time defeat.

    Law reflected on the Reds finally gaining some points reward. 'On the balance of play we started the better. The goal we've conceded was poor defending. If I'm honest we've come out second half and we've spent the game on the edge of our 18 yard box. 'We weren't like how we were on Saturday tonight, I thought we were excellent on Saturday and never even in danger. To be fair, we've missed Dan Bradley from Saturday. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner [suspended] gave us balance at centre-half, and I think defensively we looked naive tonight.

    We're having to come up with some magic formula to protect the back four. We haven't supported the front men but it’s a point; we're off and rolling and we've got to take that into the next two or three games. It’s a poor corner that we've given away. Up until then we defended them OK. I asked in the changing room for who was marking (Kyle) Perry but we all knew. I wouldn't mind if teams were working for them (goals) but they're not, they're gifts.

    We're really pleased with Joe Ironside. I think Massiah found himself doing things we didn't ask him to do. We're disappointed in tonight. If we'd scraped the three points we'd have been delighted but we're still off and running', ended Law.

    The Reds now face a crucial three-game period with fixtures against sides all sat in the bottom nine in the table, starting with a trip to Southport on Saturday. That is followed by home games against next-to-bottom AFC Telford United next Tuesday and another home game against Nuneaton Town a week on Saturday."

    Brian Flynn adds that "Last night's Radio Robins Commentary is here.

    LANDMARKS

    His next appearance for Alty will be Jake Moult's 100th for the club. To date he has 77 starts and 22 appearances from the bench. Jake is pictured, right. Also, Scott Leather is three games away from his century of appearances for Altrincham, having started 81 times and been a used sub 16 times. When the above players reach three figures there will be nine players at the Club with 100 or more games under their belt.

    Also three starts more will take Simon Richman to 100 starts for Alty.

    And Damian Reeves is just three matches from his 200th appearance for Altrincham FC - 177 starts and 20 sub appearances. The only players ahead of him in the current squad are Stuart Coburn (651 games), Shaun Densmore (263) and Nicky Clee (218)

    To see who has played the most minutes this season visit the Line-Ups page.

    SPECTATOR VIEW

    A spectator's perspective on watching Altrincham comes from Mike Deverell, who has written an account of his visit to the J. Davidson Stadium in the London Economic.

    TUESDAY'S ATTENDANCES

    Tuesday's gates were:

    • Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking (gate 3567)
    • Alfreton Town 1- 1 Altrincham (562)
    • Bristol Rovers 1-0 Wrexham (5082)
    • Chester 0-2 Torquay United (1954)
    • Dartford 2-2 Eastleigh (806)
    • Gateshead 4-1 AFC Telford United (1093)
    • Lincoln City 3-2 Grimsby Town (5209)
    • Macclesfield Town 1-1 FC Halifax Town (1509)
    • Nuneaton Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers (789)
    • Southport 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers (769)
    • Welling United 2-1 Braintree Town (506)

    CITY v CHELSEA TICKETS

    Peter Foster provides a Manchester City v Chelsea ticket auction update.

    The current highest bid for the tickets for the City v Chelsea game is £150. If you are interested, the closing date is midnight September 14th. As a reminder, details are as follows:

    The Club has been given two places in the 1894 Club Bar at the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester City v Chelsea fixture on 21st September 2014, kick off 4pm, which, even at this stage of the season, looks to be a very important game.

    The tickets are available to the person who makes the best offer for the tickets by midnight on Sunday September 14th. Offers to be emailed to Altrincham FC. The Club has kindly agreed to donate the proceeds to the Community Sports Hall appeal. Our thanks to Andrew Shaw and Manchester City Football Club for the donation.

    The package will include:

    • Executive Bar Facility
    • An array of dishes (to purchase on the day)
    • Dedicated Match seat, located on the halfway line in the East Stand, Level 2
    • Betting Facilities
    • Match day programme for each guest
    • Car parking facilities
    • Dress code: smart casual, no tracksuits, caps, or shorts

    VANARAMA CONFERENCE NEWS

    In the Shropshire Star "AFC Telford boss Liam Watson praised his players for not giving up as the Bucks were outclassed by high-flying Gateshead last night.

    Watson’s winless side were beaten 4-1 for the second game running and had Sean Cooke sent off...

    'We were well and truly beaten by a side that are far better than us', said the Bucks boss. 'None of the heads dropped, though, and they carried on working and showed great togetherness. They (Gateshead) are by far the best side we have faced in a long, long time.

    Bizarrely enough I think we maybe scored too early (Sean Clancy netted on two minutes) and I think the second goal was the killer for us. There is only one thing that can put things right and that is us.The morale in the dressing room at full-time was all right, they players never downed tools even with 10 men.

    They could have done that but they didn’t. We could have actually lost eight or nine one but we kept going until the end'.

    Telford now return to Shropshire on Saturday to host the manager’s tip for the title in non-league’s top-flight, relegated Football League side Barnet... He said, 'Saturday is not a game where I am expecting us to just go out there and turn it on. We will have to work our socks off to get anything. I think Barnet will win this division'".

    In Wednesday's match, Dover's defeat leaves Altrincham seventeenth, whilst Barnet returned to the top of the Vanarama Conference Premier.

    • Dover Athletic 0-3 Barnet


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