ALTY host Alfreton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) and will be looking to pick up a second consecutive victory against the tenth-placed side.
Saturday's 4-2 victory over Bradford Park Avenue was another example of the character that Phil Parkinson's side have, and they will be looking to take their cup exploits into the National League North as they aim to climb the table.
Alfreton have started well under Billy Heath but do come into the game after three straight losses, so whilst they will be eager to bounce back, it also provides them with a good opportunity to pick up three points and climb the table.
Heath took charge in the summer and is most notably known for his spell at North Ferriby United, where he won two promotions and the FA Trophy by beating at Wrexham at Wembley Stadium in 2015. He also earned promotion to the National League with Halifax Town back in 2017, so he knows what it takes to succeed at this level.
He does have a very small and relatively young squad at his disposal at the Impact Arena but central defensive duo Josh Gowling and Martin Riley are extremely experienced and will provide a solid foundation for the team to build upon this campaign. In terms of goals, Heath's side lost prolific striker Tom Denton to Chesterfield and have struggled to replace his ratio since then, so they will be looking for the likes of midfielders Bobby Johnson and Declan Bacon to chip in when they can.
The two sides met at the Impact Arena last November in the FA Trophy third qualifying round, with Alty coming away with an impressive 2-0 victory thanks to a Marcus Marshall own goal and a John Johnston penalty in the opening stages of the game.
This match will not be segregated and travelling away fans will have access to facilities in the Community Sports Hall and the new catering facilities in the away end. Away fans should enter via turnstiles 3 and 4.
Home supporters will also have additional catering facilities at their disposal with a new bottle bar being located in the Community Sports Hall which should reduce waiting time for service.
The club are offering special discounts to fans of Premier and Football League teams, Ice Hockey fans and Rugby League fans attending the Grand Final, as we encourage as many new supporters to attend on Non-League Day to learn what grassroots football is all about.
Turnstiles will be open from 13:30. We do of course recommend sensible consumption of alcohol.
For the second year running, we will also be celebrating the Fans for Diversity campaign, with the Altrincham players warming up for this afternoon’s match in Fans for Diversity T-shirts. Fans for Diversity is run by The Football Supporters’ Federation and Kick It Out, and it has a simple aim – to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure they can feel safe and welcome at whichever match they wish to attend.
Football is the world’s greatest game, and it is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other feature.
It also gives us great pleasure to welcome Paralympians and Altrincham residents Neil Fachie MBE and Lora Fachie MBE for their first visit to The J.Davidson Stadium for the game. Lora won gold in the Individual Pursuit B track Cycling event at Rio 2016 as well as gold at the UCI Paracycling Road World Championships in 2012 and 2013. Neil won gold in the 1km time trial B at London 2012, double gold at six track World Championships and double gold at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
And last but not least, we would like to offer a warm welcome to the Manchester Chagos Archipelago Community Group (MCACG), whose members all live in nearby Wythenshawe and are attending The J.Davidson Stadium for the first time. The Chagos islanders are ether natives of Chagos or of Chagossian decent who have been forbidden from returning to their homeland. We hope they enjoy their afternoon with us.
Concessions (65+, Students) £10
Juniors (12-16) £5
Under 12s £1
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 13th October
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Altrincham’s first home win of the season in the Vanarama National League North was well worth the wait as they turned on the style in the first half to leave Alfreton on the ropes at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.
A strong, gusting wind would have made life difficult for most teams, but not Alty, as they flew out of the traps and swarmed all over Alfreton from the first whistle.
They were ahead inside three minutes, and by the time the uncontainable Jordan Hulme made it 3-0 midway through the half, the visitors looked ready to throw the towel in.
Mindful the search for a first home league win had gone on longer than expected, Alty could hardly have wished for a better start than a third-minute opener, as Hulme surged down the right flank and whipped in a low cross that Owen Dale converted from close range at the far post.
The irrepressible Max Harrop gave Alfreton a taste of things to come in only the fifth minute with an outrageous piece of skill, flicking the ball with his left instep and turning at the same time to leave his marker Jordan Sinnott trailing in his wake.
It sent him racing clear down the left, and a crisp pass infield almost led to a second goal, as John Johnston teed up Hulme for an angled drive that was saved.
Alty doubled their lead in only the ninth minute, as Sean Williams, influential as ever, took a pass from Connor Hampson on the left and picked out Hulme on the edge of the area. It was all about Harrop's ingenuity after that, as the in-form midfielder dragged the ball back with his left foot before hammering a low drive into the far corner.
Alfreton were left wondering what had hit them, as the barrage continued. Hulme hit a volley on the turn that was pushed round the near post by Sam Ramsbottom before setting up Williams for a shot that was also kept out by the busy Alfreton keeper, while Harrop wasn’t far away with a spectacular scissor-kick after a Johnston free-kick spun high into the air off the wall.
Both Alty goals had been well crafted and executed, but the best was yet to come, as the prolific Hulme added to his burgeoning tally in the 23rd minute.
Harrop and Williams combined in midfield, and when the ball reached Dale, a clever turn by the on-loan winger enabled him to spot Hulme in space on his left. The pass was perfect, as was the finish, Hulme sidestepping one challenge before planting an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
That marked the culmination of a scintillating spell of attacking football by Alty, and any newcomers to The J.Davidson Stadium tempted along by the club’s cut-price admission offer would surely have seen enough to consider coming again.
Alfreton had barely made it out of their own half, though they finally mustered a threat shortly before half-time, when Robby Johnson’s angled effort was pushed round the post by Tony Thompson.
After looking on from the touchline with his arms folded throughout a thoroughly one-sided first half, it’s probably safe to assume Billy Heath didn’t mince his words in the away changing room at half-time. His players certainly had more about them at the start of the second half, as they finally exerted some pressure on the Alty goal.
Tom Platt had a shot superbly blocked by Hulme, after Sinnott’s free-kick rebounded to him off the wall, then unleashed a ferocious drive that flew narrowly over soon after. Alty’s hopes of a clean sheet were dashed on the hour when the dangerous Richard Peniket held off a challenge from substitute Liam Goulding and drilled a low shot beyond Thompson to make it 3-1.
Goulding had entered the fray moments earlier, when James Jones was taken off as a precaution after feeling a slight ankle twinge, but the disruption made little difference to Alty’s overall effectiveness in keeping Alfreton chances to a bare minimum.
Indeed, without quite hitting the heights of the first half, Alty could still have added to their tally, as they finished strongly. James Poole, another second-half substitute, soon showed the qualities that set him apart from most players at this level, as he instigated and so nearly finished off a flowing move down the right.
A pass into space allowed Johnston to latch on to it at full pelt, and when the winger cut inside, Poole was on hand to take the ball off him and curl a left-foot shot just wide of the far post. Poole looked in the mood, and when Alty’s third sub Josh Hancock combined with him late on, Poole’s fierce drive was well saved by Ramsbottom.
All in all, a thoroughly convincing afternoon’s work by Phil Parkinson’s side and a welcome first three points at home which, hard on the heels of the previous Saturday’s FA Cup success against Bradford (Park Avenue), should provide added impetus and momentum for this coming Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie at Stockport County.