Altrincham play the first of 3 home matches in 8 days today against Blackpool.
Kick-off at The J. Davidson Stadium is at 3pm
Admission is by cash payment on the gate & prices are as follows:-
Adults - £8
Concessions - £5
U16's - £2
U12's - Free
Season ticket holders can use their tickets for all home pre-season games.
Goalkeeper Steven Drench & full back, Andy White are both set to return to action for the first time this pre-season.Drench's last game was against Spennymoor Town in February, whilst White was injured in the 2-0 win at Nuneaton Borough in April, the game that secured the Robins place in the play-offs.
Trialist Lewis Walters, who played the 2nd half of Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Atherton Collieries trained with the squad on Thursday & the former AFC Fylde winger will get a 2nd opportunity to impress this afternoon.
Matt Chadwick will also feature today & it is expected that a decision regarding the former Ashton United frontman will be taken ahead of Tuesday night's visit from Stockport County.
"In each of the games to date, we have focused on giving each player 45 minutes, but over the next 2 games we will increase the minutes with today's starting line up playing for 70 minutes & then on Tuesday, the players not staring today will get 70 minutes. This will set us up for our final 2 pre-season games against AFC Fylde & Trafford, in terms of building up minutes played in the pre-season schedule for each member of the squad." said manager, Phil Parkinson, ahead of this afternoon's encounter.
One player who will not be involved today is John Johnston, who recently got married in Cyprus & tonight is his wedding party in Stoke.
Blackpool manager Simon Grayson is splitting his squad, with half going up to Barrow to take on the National League outfit at Holker Street & the other half heading south to the J.Davidson Stadium
There will be match updates on twitter & there is Live Commentary of today's game on Radio Robins and the broadcast starts at 2.45pm.
The commentary team is Paul Salt, Alex Sarwar & John Edwards.
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 'Blackpool' 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'.
d) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
e) There is a temporary WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/rad...
*Spot on ... Matt Chadwick makes it 2-1 to Alty with an unerring penalty
Altrincham’s fifth pre-season friendly ended with a 2-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Lewis Walters and Matt Chadwick.
Following last Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Atherton Collieries, the Robins started the game well. Keeper Steven Drench - returning from injury - was brought into action early on, when Blackpool’s Adi Yussef drilled an effort at the shot-stopper.
The visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute, when ex-Carlisle man Jamie Devitt fed a low driven pass across Drench’s goal for Ben Toillit to tap in.
Alty grabbed an equaliser 13 minutes later through a Walters header - this coming after some excellent play down the right from Chadwick, whose trickery and cross found the former AFC Fylde forward.
The Robins took the lead four minutes after that from the spot, following more great play by Chadwick, who was hauled down from behind after bursting into the box.
Chadwick picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty with a powerful kick high to the keeper’s right, and the half-time whistle blew with Phil Parkinson’s men going in with a deserved lead.
The second-half saw Alty make one change, Tony Thompson coming on for Drench, who had made an encouraging return to action after recovering from injury.
Parkinson was forced to make another substitution 12 minutes later, when Walters went down injured and was replaced by Nathan Arnold.
A flurry of changes on the 63rd minute saw the rest of the Robins bench take to the field, in the form of Max Harrop, Tom Hannigan, Toby Mullarkey, Jordan Hulme, Dontai Gabidon, Conor Branson and Andy White.
This led to a change in formation for Alty, converting to a 3-5-2, but it made no difference to their attacking intent, with Harrop trying his luck from distance on several occasions and bringing the best out of the Seasiders keeper.
Blackpool had their fair few chances in the last quarter of the second-half, ex-Robins loanee Yusifu Ceesay working hard to get the visitors level.
The final few minutes almost saw Blackpool escape with a draw after an inswinging free-kick was deflected just over the bar by the straining head of an Alty defender.
Altrincham thoroughly deserved their victory, though, and continue their pre-season campaign on Tuesday evening, as they face last season’s National League North champions Stockport County at The J.Davidson Stadium.