ALTY head to Chester on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as two of the in-form teams in the Vanarama National League North clash at the Deva Stadium.
Phil Parkinson's men are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run in the league after they rescued a point thanks to a late equaliser from Josh Hancock in the 1-1 draw at Hereford last weekend. The players that started against Hereford were held out of the Cheshire Senior Cup match on Tuesday against Congleton but they should all return for this match.
This match however represents a tough encounter against a side that currently occupy one of the play-off places. Chester go into the game in fifth and have only lost twice this season, whilst they are still unbeaten at home this campaign under managerial duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.
Johnson and Morley are renowned for their time at Salford City, where they won two promotions during their time there, and they are looking to take Chester back up to the National League at the first attempt this time around.
Their last result saw them beat Nuneaton Borough 3-2 on Tuesday night, with them racing into a 3-0 lead in the first half through goals from Danny Livesey, Anthony Dudley and Daniel Mooney before Nuneaton fought back late on in the game.
Last time out:
The last meeting between the two sides came in February 2016 when Chester came away from The J.Davidson Stadium with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Danny O'Brien, Ryan Astles and Ross Hannah.
Away Supporters will be located in the West Stand entrance via Turnstile 7.
Admission is by cash at the turnstile unless stated otherwise.
Admission prices are:-
£12.00 - Adults
£10.00 - Concessions (Senior citizens/Students with current NUS card*/Unemployed with proof of unemployment*/Armed Forces*) – *Please purchase a ticket from the ticket office
£10.00 – 18 to 21 years of age
£3.00 – 5 to 17 years old
FOC - Under 5 years old
Disabled supporters are charged at the prices stipulated above. Carers, if required, are FOC. - Please purchase a ticket from the ticket office.
Wheelchair supporters will be located in the West Stand – Entrance next to turnstile 7.
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 10th November
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Altrincham came away from the Deva Stadium with all three points after a 2-1 win against high-flying Chester City as they extended their unbeaten league run to five matches.
The run of four wins and a draw in their last five matches sees the Robins now lying in eighth place, two points behind Brackley who sit in the final play-off place and six points behind Bradford (Park Avenue) at the top.
Altrincham started the better of the two sides, with Andy White having the first real chance of the game. The former Nantwich Town full-back shot with his left foot with a dipping effort from the edge of the area but a fantastic save by Shenton denied the effort.
It did not take long however for Alty to take the lead. On 11 minutes, Josh Hancock played in Jordan Hulme who was able to carry the ball with little pressure from the Chester midfield and the striker coolly slotted it past Shenton from the edge of the area much to the delight of the strong Alty following.
Chester hit back and enjoyed more possession following the goal and put the Alty back line under pressure. On-loan striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe should have equalised for the Blues as he wriggled free in the penalty area but wasted his chance by shooting straight at Thompson who got down well to make the save.
The half belonged to Alty however who were playing some excellent football as John Johnston and Owen Dale were causing the Chester defence plenty of problems throughout.
The Robins could have extended their lead straight after half time. John Johnston's cross proved difficult for the Chester back line to deal with and it was only a matter of inches from the boot of Hulme and went out for a goal-kick.
Seven minutes into the second half, Chester levelled through Simon Grand at a set piece. Captain Gary Roberts swung in a free-kick from the left flank, and the ball was met by the head of Grand at the back post who nodded it past Thompson amid claims of a shirt pull from Alty defenders.
Alty regained their composure however and midway through the second period, they took the lead from a set piece of their own as Hulme scored his tenth league goal of the season. A Johnston corner was headed back across goal by Jake Moult into the path of the forward who rose highest to head into the net at the back post.
That proved to be the matchwinner as Alty expertly controlled possession and managed the game well. Chester made three substitutions in an attempt to change things around but Parkinson’s men held firm and looked more likely to score on the counter than conceding.
Alty welcome York next week who have lost their last three league matches and were edged out of the FA Cup on Saturday – losing 2-1 to Swindon Town – as the Robins look to keep this run of results going.