ALTRINCHAM make the trip to Boston United on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways after a tough spell over Christmas at The Jakemans Stadium.
The first game of the New Year saw the Robins go down 1-0 to Stockport County at The J.Davidson at the weekend, which means they have now gone four league games without a win over the festive period, so three points against the Pilgrims would do nicely.
This match will come too soon for James Poole but there are no new injury concerns following the Stockport match and busy Christmas period.
Boston United are one of several teams within several points of the play-offs and lie two points behind Altrincham in 11th coming into the fixture.
The Lincolnshire side have just fallen short of promotion from the National League North via the play-offs on several occasions in recent years, and are currently managed by Craig Elliott, who took charge in November 2017.
They received two boosts in the week with the experienced former Derby County and Sheffield United defender Ben Davies extending his contract until the end of the season and midfielder Lewis Gibbens extending his loan from Macclesfield Town for a further month.
Boston's festive period saw them pick up two draws from their last two games, including one against leaders Bradford Park Avenue. They were also denied three points by a last-minute equaliser from Alfreton Town's Nathan Hotte after Nicky Walker had given them the lead on New Year's Day.
Last time out:
The two sides met at The J.Davidson Stadium back in August and it was the Pilgrims that came away with a 2-0 victory on that day.
Adam Marriott gave Boston the lead just after half-time and with the Robins pushing to get back into the game, Nathan Arnold struck with a minute of normal time remaining to see the away side come away with the points.
Supporters making the trip to The Jakemans Stadium should note that there is only street parking available around the football ground. The postcode for the ground is PE21 6JN
Those travelling via train should get the service from Manchester Piccadilly and change at Grantham before going onwards to Boston railway station. The ground is around a 20 minute walk away from there. However, they will have to change at Nottingham after the game.
Under 16's: £5
Adult with Child: £17
Adult with Child x2: £21
Adult x2 and Child x2: £34
Under 16's: £4
Adult and Child: £15
Adult with Child x2 £18
Adult x2 and Child x2: £30
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett - 5th January
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Alty got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they travelled to Lincolnshire to overcome a Boston United outfit at The Jakemans Stadium.
After a difficult Christmas period where Phil Parkinson’s men suffered two defeats and two in a four-match winless streak, they bounced back in style with a 2-1 victory that could have been more comprehensive had it not been for some exceptional goalkeeping by George Willis.
It was the hosts who made the stronger of the starts as Gavin Allott header was off target from a good position while Max Wright shot into the side-netting after another nice move.
Alty gave a warning sign of their own as Max Harrop – starting out wide after recovering from a back injury – tested Willis with a good effort and Jordan Hulme’s rebound was blocked.
Midway through the first half it was Alty who broke the deadlock and it was Max Harrop who was involved once again. A cut back from the left found Josh Hancock who fired home into the far corner to put the visitors ahead.
That gave the Robins a huge boost in confidence and they took control of the game from that moment on. Ten minutes later in the 34th minute, Jordan Hulme doubled Alty’s advantage as he got a touch on Andy White’s cross which gave Willis no chance.
The remaining spell before the interval saw Alty create chance after chance but Willis thwarted them several times. Hulme and Hancock especially were threatening but the Boston keeper denied them with some quality saves.
The second half continued as the first half ended as Alty had more chances to extend their advantage. Hulme, Johnston and Hancock all posed more questions to the Boston goalkeeper but Willis had the answers to keep the home side in the game.
With ten minutes remaining, the referee adjudged Jake Moult had fouled Allott in the box which handed the hosts with a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears. Ben Davies stepped up and converted the penalty despite Tony Thompson’s fine effort to save it which set up a nervy final few minutes for Alty.
Parky’s men remained calm however and saw the game out to seal a deserved three points and get back to winning ways. Alty return to the play-off places ahead of the crunch match with leaders Chorley next weekend.