ALTY face Chester at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as the Robins look to consolidate their place in the play-off positions against a direct rival for those places.
Phil Parkinson's men are just a point ahead of Chester in the National League North table with the visitors having played a game more, so with only several weeks of the season left, it could be a pivotal afternoon for both sides.
Confidence will be high in the Robins camp after the terrific 6-0 victory at Curzon Ashton last weekend, while Chester picked up a 2-0 victory at home to Blyth Spartans in their last fixture midweek.
Chester managerial duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson have already tasted success at this level after winning promotion with Salford City last season, so they will be looking to replicate that success after a good run in recent weeks.
With so much still to play for this season for both sides, it is a difficult one to call and boss Phil Parkinson will hope that the home fans can play their part in helping the team to an important victory.
Last time out:
The last meeting between the two sides came in November when Altrincham came away with a 2-1 away victory at the Deva Stadium.
A Jordan Hulme double was the difference, with the striker scoring his first early on before Simon Grand equalised just after half-time.
However, Hulme struck again in the 64th-minute to earn an important three points for the Robins and Jordan will be available once again for this match following suspension.
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Altrincham produced a commanding second half-performance to see off promotion rivals Chester and make it 10 goals without reply since losing to Spennymoor nearly a fortnight ago.
After an evenly-fought first half largely devoid of clear scoring opportunities, the game sprang to life in the 50th minute, when Chester were reduced to 10 men, following the dismissal of their captain and midfield mainstay Scott Burton.
Already booked in the first half, Burton could have few complaints about being shown a second yellow card after scything down Sean Williams with a lunging late challenge right in front of referee Andrew Kitchen.
The official wasted no time reaching for his pocket - and Alty wasted no time capitalising on their numerical advantage with an attacking blitz that blew hapless Chester away.
Within a minute, they were in front, courtesy of a goal that owed everything to Josh Hancock's eye for an opening and ability to exploit it. A surge of acceleration and clever change of direction took him past two challenges on the left of the area, and the low cross that followed presented Joe Piggott with a routine finish from six yards for his fourth goal in two games.
With John Johnston and Yusifi Ceesay constantly probing down the flanks, Chester began to wear the look of a team who knew their fate, as wave after wave of attacks had them backpedalling and struggling to cope.
With full-backs Andy White and Connor Hampson supplementing the flank manoeuvres to devastating effect, Chester were on the rack, and Alty were in no mood to let them off it.
A Johnston-White combination on the right opened up the Chester defence in the 56th minute and led to Piggott firing in a fierce drive from the edge of the area that was beaten away by diving keeper Grant Shenton.
The action continued to unfold in and around the Chester box, and a dominant Alty duly doubled their lead in the 64th minute, with Johnston once more making inroads down the right and making it count.
After forcing his way down the line and then cutting into the area, the winger twice tried to pick out a team-mate with a low cross, only for each one to bounce back to him off a defender. When he crossed again, a deflection fell for Hancock to drill a shot unerringly through the smallest of gaps in a crowded six-yard box for goal number two.
Jordan Hulme made a welcome introduction in place of the hard-working Piggott in the 66th minute and quickly slotted into an attacking masterclass that drew roars of approval from the home contingent in a bumper crowd of 1,714.
The lead was further extended in the 69th minute when Jake Moult, again a tower of strength at the heart of midfield, won the aerial battle for a Johnston corner at the far post, and Hancock turned it over the line from close range.
Though Alty were untroubled defensively, Tom Hannigan was once more an imposing presence, and he was unlucky not to claim a rare goal with a thumping header from another Johnston corner in the 76th minute that smacked Shenton in the face and flew to safety.
Hancock was denied a hat-trick with a last-minute back heel from yet another corner that was gathered by Shenton, but there was no stopping Johnston soon after, as the livewire winger wrapped up an eye-catching Alty performance with a fourth goal.
Hulme rolled the ball into the path of fellow-substitute Simon Richman, whose shot may have been drifting wide of the far post until Johnston's razor-sharp reactions diverted it past a helpless Shenton to seal a 4-0 scoreline that lifted Alty into fifth place, with an increasingly healthy looking goal difference.