Alty head to York City on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as the season continues to head towards its climax.
The Robins drew 1-1 with Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night and will now look towards getting an away victory against a York side that are sat safely in midtable at this point of the campaign.
York have won their last four games on the bounce in the National League North, with an Alex Kempster goal sealing all three points at Leamington last time out.
However, inconsistency has what has stopped former Everton and Newcastle United player Steve Watson’s side from making a serious challenge for the play-offs after he took charge in January.
With a couple of teams still breathing down the Robins’ neck in the play-off hunt, it is important that Phil Parkinson’s men keep picking up points, and the weekend represents another chance to do just that. There remain a handful of injury absentees - as outlined by Alty's head sport therapist Tommy Uda - but Phil Parkinson still has plenty options to select from.
Last time out:
The two sides met in the reverse fixture at The J.Davidson Stadium back in November, with Alty coming away with a 3-0 win.
Josh Hancock struck just before the hour mark to give the Robins the lead in what was a fairly tight encounter before then.
It wasn’t until the last ten minutes that Altrincham would seal the game, with a quick-fire double from Jake Moult and then Josh Hancock’s second giving the score a more comfortable look.
Robins fans making the journey to Bootham Crescent should take note of the postcode Y030 7AJ.
There is limited parking at the ground but fans can park at the nearby York Teaching Hospital, which is open from 1pm and costs £2.50.
Half hourly trains run from Manchester Piccadilly to York railway station, which is a 15-minute walk away from the ground.
Admission will be by payment at the turnstiles.
Altrincham supporters should enter via the Grosvenor Road turnstiles nos. 14 – 23 and the following prices will apply;
Over 65’s and Young Persons 18-21 carrying valid Photo ID £10.00
Under 18s £5.00
Once inside the ground there are 332 seats available for Altrincham supporters in the – Popular Stand. Transfer to these seats is available on a first come first served basis and there is an additional £1 transfer charge.
Disabled Supporter Accommodation is available and supporters should call our Ticket Office on 01904 624447 Opt.1 or email to arrange this or email [email protected]
Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 9th March
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Altrincham picked up another valuable three points on Saturday thanks to Josh Hancock’s late wonder strike to beat York City 1-0 at Bootham Crescent.
On a day when conditions were difficult for both teams, the match looked to be edging towards a stalemate before Hancock popped up in the 81st minute with a goal worthy of winning any match. The victory keeps the Robins firmly in the play-off hunt.
Phil Parkinson made just the one change with Jordan Hulme coming back into the starting line-up for Joe Piggott who has been struggling with back spasms this week and the Alty striker put in a good performance causing the York defence issues throughout.
The match started relatively slowly as both teams looked to adapt to the blustery conditions. There was plenty of endeavour from both sides but little attacking threat with neither goalkeeper really tested. The first real chance of the game came midway through the first half and it fell to the visitors.
Scott Burgess regained possession in the attacking third and his effort forced a superb save out of Tony Thompson in Alty’s goal. Neither Jordan Burrow nor Patrick McLaughlin could get on to the rebound in the ensuing scramble and ultimately the ball was cleared.
Alty grew into the half and enjoyed more of the ball as half-time approached but ultimately neither team did enough to warrant a lead going into the break.
Within minutes of the resumption, Alty had their best chance of the game. Yusifu Ceesay was played through on goal and his shot hit the post with Bartlett beaten. Just moments later, the Spanish winger broke clear once again but he was bundled over and penalty claims were waved away.
Those early chances in the second half set the tone for the second 45 minutes as both teams started to take more risks. On the hour mark, it was York’s turn to hit the woodwork as Burgess carried the ball into the box and his effort from 12 yards out cannoned back off Thompson’s post.
Both teams traded attempts at goal as time ran down and it became clear that one goal would likely be enough to take all three points and so it proved. Josh Hancock received the ball some 25 yards out and as the ball sat up nicely, the number ten swivelled and volleyed the ball over the helpless York keeper and sent the 249 Alty fans into raptures.
A moment of magic at any level of football and one that left the home players and fans shell-shocked. Alty were able to play out the remaining minutes and quell any threat from York to extend their recent good run to three wins and a draw from their last four matches. At the same time, that brought an end to York’s four-match winning run.
On to Brackley Town next week at The J.Davidson Stadium and that will be another tough assignment given their win over high-flying Stockport on Saturday.