ALTRINCHAM face a trip to league leaders Chorley on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to pick up their second away victory on the bounce after success last time out.
The Robins ended a run of four league games without a win at the weekend when they beat Boston United 2-1 and will now be looking to upset a side that are three points clear at the top of the National League North.
Chorley have continued on from last season under manager Jamie Vermigilio, who took over from Matt Jansen in the summer after spending several years as his assistant manager, and he is certainly making a name for himself with the Magpies currently three points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand on Bradford (Park Avenue) heading into Saturday's fixture.
Vermigilio's side have shown a knack for getting goals from all over the pitch so far this season without really having a prolific striker amongst their ranks, so they certainly have plenty of threats on the pitch for teams to be aware of.
The Magpies saw their game against Brackley Town postponed at the weekend and were denied a victory at Hereford last time out thanks to an injury-time equaliser from Josh Gowling in a 1-1 draw, so they too will be aiming for victory as they look to extend their league at the top of the table.
Last time out:
The two sides have yet to meet this campaign, with the reverse fixture set to take place at The J.Davidson Stadium in April, so the last meeting came back in January 2017.
Chorley came away with a 2-0 victory at Victory Park that day thanks to first half goals from Jack Sampson and Jake Cottrell, so the Robins will be hoping for a better result this time out.
Supporters planning on going via train should note that the Northern Rail strike this weekend will be severely affected, with no trains running after 5pm when the game finishes.
Services are running from Manchester Oxford Road to Bolton BEFORE the game, where supporters will have to change for a rail replacement bus to take them to Chorley railway station.
Trains not running after the game means that the 125 bus from Chorley Bus Station to Bolton Interchange followed by the 37 from Bolton Interchange to Piccadilly Gardens is the best option on that front.
There is very limited parking at Victory Park so supporters are advised that there is a small car park off Pilling Lane that will cost £3 per person and is first come first served, whilst there is plenty of street parking available too.
Most car parks in the town centre are free after 1pm on Saturdays, which is another option.
Juniors (12-16) £5
Under 11s FREE
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Altrincham’s visit to Victory Park ended in a 4-1 defeat after an emphatic second-half display from league leaders Chorley, making it five straight league games unbeaten for The Magpies.
It was a real game of two halves, with Alty deservedly leading at the break thanks to a Max Harrop strike but then conceding four goals in the second half, as Chorley hit back to take all three points.
Both sides started well, creating an even amount of chances within the first 10 minutes. Alty’s first real attempt on goal came from Jake Moult. The midfielder chested the ball down, 20 yards out, but saw his shot glide over the crossbar.
Chorley came knocking shortly after, as Elliot Newby played the ball into Adam Blakeman on the edge of the box, but his weak shot along the floor was gathered up with ease by Alty keeper Tony Thompson.
As Alty began to take control, ex-Robin Scott Leather saved his side from going 1-0 down, following a wonderful strike from Josh Hancock. Harrop seized possession in midfield and found Hancock, whose powerful strike was parried high into the air by the diving Matt Urwin. The ball was arcing towards the Chorley goal and looked like crossing the line, until Leather dashed back and hooked it to safety.
Altrincham, now starting to create the better chances, continued to apply pressure and went agonisingly close to a breakthrough in the 20th minute after winning a free-kick 30 yards out. Hancock stepped up and again showed his shooting prowess from distance, with a thunderous effort that rattled the crossbar.
It was all Alty, and, just three minutes later, they got their well-deserved reward. Using his explosive pace down the right wing, John Johnston then cut inside and hit a curling left-foot shot that Urwin palmed away at full stretch. Harrop was first to react, pouncing on the loose ball and drilling it into the net from a tight angle.
Chorley came close to equalising just before the break after Blakeman’s shot from the edge of the box was flicked on by Alex Newby, racing towards goal, only for the winger’s intervention to divert it wide.
Jamie Vermiglio’s men came out after the break raring to go, whereas Altrincham found it difficult to pick up where they left off. Chorley applied the pressure instantaneously, winning four corners inside the first two minutes of the second half.
It took a rejuvenated home side just 10 minutes to find an equaliser, Alex Newby playing a well-worked one-two with Josh Wilson before slotting past Thompson.
Alty came close to restoring their advantage almost immediately after Johnston latched on to a pass from Andy White, sprinted down the right flank and drilled a dangerous looking ball into the box. It was intended for Jordan Hulme, but Chorley’s defence were alert to the threat and cleared their lines.
Just a few minute later, Chorley found themselves in the driver's seat for the first time, following an unerring close-range volley by Wilson. Marcus Carver played the ball over to Wilson, who chested it down well, before finishing with some conviction.
Two more goals in the last 10 minutes solidified the win for the hosts. It was Alex Newby again who grabbed their third, a well taken volley that flew past a static but possibly unsighted Thompson, and Courtney Meppen-Walter headed home from a corner in the 93rd minute.
The scoreline may have flattered the league leaders, but they did more than enough in the second half to inflict Altrincham’s second loss of 2019. It can be taken as read that Phil Parkinson’s men will be determined to put matters right next Saturday when they take on Southport at The J.Davidson Stadium.