ALTY host Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night (7:45pm) at The J.Davidson Stadium as they look to pick up an important three points in their play-off hunt.
The Robins were denied a victory by Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Danny East just six minutes from time after Josh Hancock had opened the scoring in the first half at the weekend, and they will now be looking for a victory to keep themselves ahead of the chasing pack.
However, it will be another tough test against a Spennymoor side that have exceeded all expectations so far this campaign and find themselves in third place heading into the game.
It is only the second season that the club have spent at National League North level and boss Jason Ainsley, who has been in charge since 2006, has made a name for himself with his side proving to be effective at both the attacking and defensive sides of the game.
Spennymoor picked up a 2-0 victory at Nuneaton Borough at the weekend thanks to late goals with Glen Taylor and Mark Anderson, and with two games in hand on top of the table Chorley, they are still in with a shout of automatic promotion.
Last time out:
The two sides last met in a thrilling 4-4 draw back in August, and if the game is anything like that one then the fans are in for a treat.
Alty went in the lead three times in that game but were pegged back constantly by a Spennymoor side that refused to be beaten.
Andy White, James Jones and Josh Hancock (2) were the scorers for the Robins that day, with Mark Anderson, Adam Boyes, Shane Henry and a late equaliser from Glen Taylor seeing Spennymoor earn a draw.
As you will see below Through The Years, Alty have won their last four matches on February 19th so let's hope that is a positive omen ahead of the game.
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Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 19th February
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ALTRINCHAM went down 2-0 to Spennymoor Town at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night in the National League North.
Goals either side of the break from Mark Anderson and Robert Ramshaw were the difference, as the visitors moved within four points of top of the table Chorley at the end of play.
It was always going to be a difficult game for the Robins but they started with some promise and created the first chance of the game around five minutes in when on loan-striker Joe Piggott forced a save out of opposition goalkeeper Gould.
There was then a big penalty shout several minutes later when Tom Hannigan was shoved to the floor by a Spennymoor defender but the referee waved away any protests.
The Robins were beginning to get on the front foot in the first half and Andy White's shot went narrowly wide of the far post, whilst Josh Hancock also forced a save out of Gould in the Spennymoor goal as Phil Parkinson's men looked like they were showing some promise.
Despite that, it was the visitors that were to take the lead against the run of play with 38 minutes on the clock when Spennymoor's Anderson was found in space around 25 yards out and he fired past Drench brilliantly to open the scoring.
The visitors came close to a second goal just on half-time when Taylor scored past Drench but was adjudged to be offside.
Despite that let off, Parkinson's men went in at the break quite unfortunate to be 1-0 down and had shown enough to believe that they had a chance of getting back into the game in the second period.
The first big chance of the second half came when Piggott's shot took a big deflection off a Spennymoor defender and cannoned off the crossbar.
The game began to open up as Altrincham looked to push for an equaliser, but it was the visitors that were to take advantage of that on 63 minutes.
The Robins gave away the ball and Anderson played in Ramshaw, who coolly slotted past Drench to leave the side with a mountain to climb.
Despite plenty of effort, it proved to be an uphill struggle for Altrincham and chances suddenly became a rarity as Spennymoor defended well to keep their lead.
Max Harrop was forced off with an injury ten minutes from time and boss Phil Parkinson will be hoping that it isn't too much to worry about as the season reaches an important stage.
Four minutes of added time were signalled but the Robins were unable to fashion a clear-cut opportunity and so it was the visitors that came away with all three points.
The side will now look to bounce back when they make the trip to Curzon Ashton (3pm) on Saturday afternoon.