ALTRINCHAM head to Boston United today (3pm) with the Robins looking to pick up their second victory of the season.
Phil Parkinson's men were denied all three points when Adam Campbell scored a 93rd minute equaliser for Darlington at the J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday and they will look to put that behind them quickly.
Boston have had a similar start to their campaign so far, winning and losing one game apiece whilst drawing their three others in similar fashion to Alty, and they are coming off the back of their first loss of the season after going down 3-0 at Gloucester City.
Last season, the Pilgrims finished 11th & former Shaw Lane boss Craig Elliott will be hoping for a better campaign this time around.
The two sides met on two occasions last season, with Boston coming away 2-0 victors at the J. Davidson Stadium last August, courtesy of second half goals from Adam Marriott & Nathan Arnold, before Alty gained revenge with a 2-1 win at the Jakesman's Stadium just after the New Year thanks to first half goals from Josh Hancock and Jordan Hulme.
Supporters making the trip to the Jakemans Stadium should note that there is only street parking available around the football ground. The postcode for the ground is PE21 6JN.
Those travelling via train should get the service from Manchester Piccadilly and change at Nottingham where they can get an hourly service towards Skegness, which stops at Boston railway station.The ground is around a 20 minute walk away from there.
The match will be segregated & Altrincham fans will be located in the Lincolnshire Co-operative Stand at the York Street end of the stadium.
The stand features seating at the top, with terracing available below.
Lincolnshire Co-operative Stand
Children (16 years and under): £4
Adult x1 and Child x1: £15
Adult x1 and Child x2: £18
Adult x2 and Child x2: £30
Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.40pm.
The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.
The commentators are Mark Simpson & Niall Flynn & the match summariser is John Edwards.
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a) Visit our 'MatchCentre' and click the 'Radio Robins' tab in the 'Boston United' match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play
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*Pass master - Shaun Densmore tries to get an Alty attack moving. Picture by Jonathan Moore.
It was a frustrating day at the office for Phil Parkinson and his men on Monday afternoon, with Altrincham’s trip to Boston United ending in a disappointing 5-0 defeat, as their search for a victory away from home continued.
Alty boss Parkinson made several changes to the starting XI that drew 1-1 with Darlington on Saturday, with injuries and suspensions playing a big part in his decision-making.
The injured Steven Drench made way for Tony Thompson in goal, whilst the suspended Tom Hannigan, who also picked up an injury against Darlington, was replaced by Toby Mullarkey.
Conor Branson was brought into the starting line-up ahead of Simon Richman, and Shaun Densmore made his first start of the season, replacing Andy White.
It was a fairly even first 15 minutes, with neither side looking much of an attacking threat going forward and very few clear-cut chances being created.
Boston had the game’s first meaningful opportunity 22 minutes in, after Nicky Walker drilled a dangerous ball towards the back post, finding Dominic Knowles, whose effort was brilliantly saved by Thompson, sticking his right leg out to block the shot.
Boston continued to apply pressure down the wings, with Karl Byrne delivering another cross into the Alty box, but some good defending from James Jones saw the ball headed out for a corner.
However, the solid defending could not be replicated for the resulting corner, as Tom Platt rose to meet Walker's delivery with a firm header the ball past Thompson in the 41st minute.
The home side doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, following some brilliant link-up play which saw Platt play a perfect ball to Jordan Adebayo-Smith, who found Knowles at the back post once again to tap the ball home with minimal effort.
Altrincham started the second half with some intent, looking the better side for large spells early on.
Ashley Hemmings skipped past a trio of Boston players before finding Sean Williams on the edge of the area, but his low driven shot fell straight to Boston goalkeeper Peter Crook.
Jordan Hulme had a shot saved in the 52nd minute, but Crook could only parry the ball straight back into the path of the Alty forward, who tried to return it to the danger area with a low delivery that was blocked and eventually cleared by Simon Ainge.
This positive attacking spell from Altrincham was soon cut short, however, with Platt scoring his second of the game in the 63rdminute with a well-struck effort from 20 yards out.
Alty came agonisingly close to grabbing a goal that could maybe have given them a lifeline late on, but Hemmings' free-kick evaded both Mullarkey and Hulme in the box, sailing out for a goal-kick.
Any minuscule chance of an Altrincham comeback was soon wiped out, after Platt slipped the ball in to Knowles, who placed it past Thompson to make it 4-0 in the 82nd minute.
Platt, at the forefront of the Boston attack once again, headed down another Walker corner for Luke Shiels to prod home, making it 5-0 minutes before the referee blew his whistle to put Alty out of their misery.
The Robins will look to turn their form around this weekend as they welcome Farsley Celtic to The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.