ALTRINCHAM make the trip to Curzon Ashton on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to bounce back in their play-off push.
The Robins lost 2-0 at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night and have had a slight dip in form as of late, but manager Phil Parkinson was happier with the performance on Tuesday night and is confident the lads can remain in the promotion push come the end of the campaign.
Curzon Ashton are another side that still have a chance of sneaking into the play-off positions they and are currently five points off the Robins, so the game at the weekend will be a big one for them too.
Ashton lost 2-0 at Brackley Town last weekend so manager Mark Bradshaw, who took charge in November 2018 after spending 12 years at the club in a number of other roles, will be looking for a positive result.
Last time out:
The two sides last met in September at The J.Davidson Stadium and it was Curzon that came away with the three points on that occasion.
Goals either side of the break from Connor Hughes and Oliver Crankshaw saw the Nash get the better of one of their local rivals.
Concessions (over-65): £6.00
Under 16s: Free
The local trip to Curzon is a fairly straight forward one for Robins fans, with fans having the option of driving and using public transport.
Anyone driving to the game should take notice of the postcode OL7 9HG for their sat navs.
The Metrolink is a great option, with fans being able to take the Piccadilly or Bury line to Cornbrook and then changing onto the Ashton-under-lyne line from there. Ashton West is the stop that is closest to the ground and is less than 10 minutes' walk away.
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Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.40pm.
The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.
The commentary team is Mark Simpson, Ian Wilkinson & Niall Flynn.
You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the 5 following ways:-
a) Visit our 'MatchCentre' and click the 'Radio Robins' tab in the 'Curzon Ashton' match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play
b) The Radio Robins website www.radiorobins.com. Open the page in any web browser and the broadcast should start automatically.
c) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
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e) There is a temporary WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins
There will be live text coverage of the game on the Matchcentre, and there will be live updates on our twitter account as we look forward to providing all the latest news and updates.
A ruthless Altrincham took all three points from the Tameside Stadium in some style putting six goals past Curzon Ashton with loanee Joe Piggott scoring a superb hat-trick along with goals from John Johnston, Sean Williams and Yusifu Ceesay.
Despite the final score, the hosts gave an early warning sign with Nash almost taking the lead six minutes in as James Jones cleared an effort off the line to deny the hosts.
It was the Robins however who took the lead just before the half hour mark. John Johnston, who was Altrincham's brightest spark in the game, scored the opener through one of the more successful of his short corners after combining well with Ceesay. Johnston passed it short to the Spanish winger who returned it to JJ and his right-footed curling shot found the top corner of the goal.
Ten minutes before the end of the first half, Sean Williams doubled the lead via another superb strike from the edge of the 18-yard box. Once again it was Ceesay who supplied the lay-off for the goal as Williams' strike cannoned off the far post and into the back of the net to give the Robins a two-goal advantage going into the break.
Many would have suspected Curzon Ashton to come out all guns blazing in the second half, but it was in fact Alty who kicked on and started much the better of the two sides.
120 seconds into the second half, Altrincham had their third of the afternoon through 19-year-old loanee Joe Piggott. It seemed rather too easy for the forward after beating the offside trap and he calmly shot past Cameron Mason to get his first goal for Alty.
Minutes later Altrincham had their fourth through another loanee and another scoring their first goal for Altrincham in Yusifu Ceesay. The goal was very similar to Piggott's, as Ceesay found himself alone in the box and calmly slotted it into the back of the net as Ceesay got the goal his performance deserved.
Piggott was not finished there though, and nine minutes into the second half, Altrincham had their fifth of the afternoon as the hosts were shell-shocked. After being played in past the back line of the hosts once again, Piggott poked the ball home after beating off the Curzon defender.
Simon Richman, who came on as a substitute, hit the post moments before Piggott had his third and Altrincham's sixth on 72 minutes. Despite the game not having much tempo to it, Phil Parkinson's side still wanted more as Piggott swivelled onto his left foot on the edge of the area to fire home and complete the rout.
Next up for the Robins is an exciting home match with Chester and we hope to see a many of you there as possible to support the boys.