ALTY host York City at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with the Robins looking to pick up their fifth victory in six National League North games.
Phil Parkinson's side are riding a wave of momentum at the minute, with the latest victory coming thanks to Jordan Hulme's brace in the 2-1 victory at Chester last weekend.
That result saw the Robins come into Saturday's fixture in 8th place, just outside of the play-off positions so another victory could move the Robins into the play-off places.
In terms of team news, Max Harrop will definitely be missing for the visit of the Minstermen after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Chester. James Jones is also nursing a hamstring problem and so is being monitored ahead of the game, while James Poole and Sean Williams are edging closer to full fitness but may miss out once again.
Opponents York City have had an inconsistent start to the season and find themselves in mid-table as we begin to move towards the halfway stage of the season.
They are managed by Sam Collins, with the former Port Vale defender taking charge in August, following the dismissal of Martin Gray, who had guided the Minstermen to an 11th place finish last season.
The club have a number of experienced players in their side that have found success at a higher level, with the most notable of these being big striker Jon Parkin. Parkin was the club's top scorer last campaign, with the 36-year-old hitting 25 goals last year in all competitions and his physical presence is something that defenders must always be prepared for.
They bolstered their squad on Monday by signing striker Joe Ironside and defender Kennedy Digie on loan from Kidderminster Harriers and both played on Tuesday night. Their arrivals follow two further loan signings from the previous week as Port Vale centre-back Joe Davis and Rotherham United winger Alex Bray were added to the squad.
The Minstermen were involved in a goalless draw at home to Chester on Tuesday night and have not won in the last four games so will be looking for a positive result The J.Davidson Stadium.
The two sides last met in a goalless draw in the National League back in 2011 as the Minstermen were fighting for promotion to the EFL, whilst they won the reverse fixture at Bootham Crescent 3-0 through goals from Michael Rankine (2) and Richard Brodie.
Concessions (65+, Students) £10
Juniors (12-16) £5
Under 12s £1
This match will be segregated and York City fans will have access to the new catering facilities in the away end where food and drink (including alcoholic beverages) will be available. Away fans should enter strictly via turnstiles 3 and 4.
Home supporters will also have additional catering facilities at their disposal with a new bottle bar being located in the Community Sports Hall which should reduce waiting time for service.
Turnstiles will be open from 13:30 and there will be a new guest ale on tap in the Community Sports Hall. We do of course recommend sensible consumption of alcohol.
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The commentary team is Tim Ainsworth, Brian Flynn & John Edwards
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Alty extended their unbeaten run to six league matches with a 3-0 win over York City to move into the play-off places of the Vanarama National League North.
After a relatively even first half with little between the two sides, Alty raised their game a notch or two after half-time to blow York away with a superb all-round display to run out comprehensive winners.
The visitors produced a first half performance belying their position in the table as they looked strong throughout the opening 45 minutes. They had clearly done their home work on Alty as their work rate and pressing from the front was excellent in the first half as Alty could not get into their stride.
Neither side was able to create much in the way of openings in the first half. Alty had plenty of the ball as usual but were restricted to probing around the final third without being able to unlock an organised York side that came with a game plan to frustrate. The front four were constantly double-teamed which led to something of a stalemate at both ends.
York gave a warning just before half-time as a header from a corner had to be cleared off the line by Connor Hampson but even that was a routine clearance as neither team did enough to merit going into the break with a lead.
Phil Parkinson’s men came out of the traps with greater tempo in the second half and Josh Hancock had the best chance of the game on 53 minutes. The ball fell to him in the box and his effort brought a stunning save out of Bartlett in the York goal to deny the Alty playmaker.
That was just a warning of what was to come however as four minutes later, Hancock would not be denied. Not that dissimilar to his previous chance, Hancock lashed a half volley into the net to give Bartlett no chance this time and give Alty a precious lead.
That goal saw the match open up as York had to throw caution to the wind. Langstaff, Harris and Parkin all came off the bench as they tried to change things around to give greater attacking threat.
In truth, it only upset their rhythm increasingly and it was Alty who benefitted from the greater time and space.
On 81 minutes, Jordan Hulme came within inches of following up his brace at Chester last week with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the box but Bartlett pulled off another stunning fingertip save.
Alty were clearly in the ascendancy however and soon wrapped the game up. With seven minutes left, a corner was half cleared to the edge of the area to skipper Jake Moult who chested the ball down and hit a beautiful effort from just outside the box into the bottom corner.
That goal sent the vast majority of the 1673 in attendance into raptures and York heads noticeably dropped.
There was still time however for Josh Hancock to add his second and Alty’s third as he found himself clean through and showed great composure to stroke the ball past the York keeper once again and seal the win for the hosts.
That win edges Alty up a place into seventh and keeps the good run of form going. Next week, sees a break from league action as we welcome Bradford (Park Avenue) in the FA Trophy, and we look forward to seeing you there!