ALTY face the first of two festive encounters against Stockport County on Boxing Day (3pm) as they make the short trip to Edgeley Park looking to extend their unbeaten run in the National League North.
Saturday's thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Darlington saw Phil Parkinson's side drop one place to 4th in the league table but are nine matches without defeat, and they will now be looking to get back to winning ways here.
Stockport's form has been much improved as of late and the Hatters now find themselves in the play-off picture as the calendar year comes to a close.
The Hatters picked up a point through Nyal Bell's late equaliser at Alfreton Town last weekend, and that followed a very impressive 6-0 victory away at Ashton United several days before.
Jim Gannon's men have managed to knock the Robins out of both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy so far this campaign, so boss Phil Parkinson will be hoping that it is third time lucky for his side this time around.
Last time out:
The last meeting between the two teams came in the FA Trophy only 11 days ago, where Stockport came away with a 1-0 victory.
Ash Palmer's deflected goal for Stockport was the difference in a game between two sides that will certainly be fielding very different teams over the festive period.
Both sides also met in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup earlier in the season, where Frank Mulhern and Matty Warburton saw the Hatters through to the First Round Proper.
Visiting Supporter Information:
Visiting supporters will be accommodated in the all-seated, covered Vernon (South) Stand. Supporters will be segregated. No transfers will be permitted once inside the ground. Cash-only turnstiles. Away fans enter via turnstiles 3 and 4.
Adults – £15
Concessions* – £10
Aged 6-17 – £5
U6’s – FREE (with full-paying Adult, but the under 6-year-old will require a ticket in advance)
*Concessions are Over-65 and Disabled (Carers enter free), and Students.
Supporters travelling by car: Supporters should be informed that there will be no parking at the ground and they can use nearby ‘Booth Street’ car park (SK3 9DF) for which a charge of £4.00 is payable. This is a secure car park which will be staffed throughout the match from noon to 7pm.
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 22nd December
|1910||Crewe Alexandra Reserves||H||ML||L||1-2|
|1921||Stalybridge Celtic Reserves||H||CCL||W||4-2|
|1923||Port Vale Reserves||A||CCL||L||1-9|
|1927||Stockport County Reserves||H||CCL||W||4-1|
|1938||Stockport County Reserves||A||CCL||L||0-3|
|1949||Tranmere Rovers Reserves||A||CCL||L||1-3|
|1950||Ellesmere Port Town||A||CCL||L||0-2|
|1952||Port Vale Reserves||H||CCL||D||1-1|
|1955||Stockport County Reserves||H||CCL||W||3-0|
|1956||Stockport County Reserves||A||CCL||W||2-0|
|1957||Stockport County Reserves||A||CCL||L||0-6|
|1960||Tranmere Rovers Reserves||A||CCL||L||1-4|
|2016||FC United of Manchester||H||VNLN||L||0-3|
Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.40pm.
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The match commentary team is Paul Salt, Ian Wilkinson & Brian Flynn
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Altrincham lost their first league game since September 29th after losing 2-0 to local rivals Stockport County, who handed Altrincham a third defeat in a third different competition this season.
Goals in each half were enough for County to go above the Robins on goal difference as the red and whites now sit in 5th place.
Loanee Ashley Hemmings hit the post for Altrincham five minutes in while John Johnston was denied by some good defending by Jamie Stott when he looked threatening.
However the visitors failed to build on that bright start and they were given a warning sign when Jordan Keane almost gave County the lead shortly after with a low and powerful effort.
Some heroic defending from Tom Hannigan denied Stockport the lead with a goal-line clearance after a cross from the left was not dealt with and just a minute later County took the lead through Jamie Stott. Scott Duxbury’s corner from the right found Kirby unmarked in the box, the ball looped up into the air and Stott got the all-important touch to send it home.
Behind at the break, Alty were immediately on the back foot in the second half as Duxbury found himself through with Tony Thompson after counter attacking an Alty corner, but Connor Hampson was on hand to clear from danger.
Moments later however, County had their second of the game through Frank Mulhern. Turnbull launched the ball forward from the centre circle and Mulhern took it down with a superb touch and curled it past Thompson.
A series of efforts from Harrop and Moult could not really trouble Hinchliffe in the Hatters' goal, with those shots from the edge of the box comfortably saved as the hosts were intent on preserving their lead and not taking too many risks at this stage.
Loanee Chris Sang came on with around fifteen minutes remaining to mark his first appearance in a red and white shirt and the talented youngster showed promise to suggest he has the ability to feature more in the upcoming matches.
An impressive 588 Altrincham fans took the journey and your support is highly appreciated as always. Altrincham return on Saturday as we make the trip to West Yorkshire to face Guiseley.