Altrincham head to Halesowen Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday (12:30pm kick-off) & the BBC cameras will be on hand as the Robins look to edge one step closer to the first round proper of the competition against the eighth tier side.
The Robins beat Chester 1-0 in their second qualifying round replay after a 1-1 draw in the original tie, which was the last fixture they played after the league game against Gateshead was postponed last weekend, so Phil Parkinson's side have had plenty of rest ahead of the fixture.
BetVictor Southern Central Division side Halesowen have played three games to get to this point, the last of those a 4-1 victory over Stratford Town, who play in the league above, and they are third in their division, having won seven of their last eight games in all competitions.
The Yeltz won the FA Vase on two occasions in the 1980s and were within three points of promotion to the Conference in the 1995-1996 season, whilst they do have some FA Cup pedigree having previously managed to reach the first round proper of the competition.
This is only the third meeting between the clubs, who played each other in the Northern Premier League in 2017/18 season. Our only other visit to The Grove was in March 2018 when the Robins won 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Jordan Hulme and Simon Richman on the road to promotion.
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Adults - £10
Seniors - £7 (60+)
Students - £7 (under 21 on production of student card)
13-18 years - £4
There will be Halesowen's usual stewards along with a number of stewards from a local Premier League team, there will also be a Police presence on the day for fans protection. The stewards and police have the right to search anyone coming into the ground and reserve the right to eject or refuse entry to anyone who they feel has or will cause unsociable behaviour.
Bringing a pyrotechnic device into any arena in England is a Criminal Offence. Anyone entering the ground who is found to be in possession of, or indeed discharging any pyrotechnic will be ejected from the ground and could find themselves subject to prosecution. This could also have serious implications for both clubs.
The consumption of alcohol purchased within the ground is allowed to be taken on to the terracing and seating areas, this however must be in a plastic glass. No bottles or cans of alcoholic drink will be allowed to be taken on to the terracing and stand and no alcohol will be allowed to be brought into the ground as per FA rules.
The car park at the Grove is for players of both teams, officials and team coaches only, there is parking in town which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the ground and on road parking around the ground. Halesowen Town FC ask that you respect their neighbours if you park on residential streets and ensure you park legally as parking enforcement teams are usually in force on match days.
Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 12.15pm.
The match commentary sponsor is Barry Pond.
The commentators are Mark Simpson & Laurence Howarth & the match summariser is 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 'Halesowen' 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/radiorobins
*Cheers, Peers .. Tom Peers takes the acclaim of Alty fans behind the goal after putting his side 1-0 up. Picture by Michael Ripley.
Alty’s trip down to the Black Country on Saturday morning for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup proved triumphant as two goals late in the second half by Tom Peers and John Johnston saw the Robins progress to the fourth qualifying round.
The game started fairly slowly, with both sides seemingly feeling each other out, apart from a couple of Halesowen through balls to their attackers that were easily intercepted by Alty’s defence.
Around halfway through the first half, Alty started to create a few openings, breaking down the left wing, with John Johnston constantly involved. However, Alty’s best chance resulted from Halesowen Town captain Paul McCone bringing down Shaun Densmore just outside the right-hand corner of the box, although Ashley Hemmings' free-kick drifted harmlessly over the bar.
The home side came close with their first significant effort around the 20-minute mark, as striker Reece Hewitt burst through the Alty defence and struck the post from just outside the box, with the follow-up smashed into the side netting by Andrew Parsons.
For the rest of the half, Alty dominated possession without creating any real chances, yet it was Halesowen who almost went ahead on the stroke of half-time, Montel Gibson unleashing a shot from around 25 yards that forced Robins keeper Tony Thompson to make a terrific save.
Alty started the second half on the front foot, as Hemmings whipped the ball from the left wing into the path of Simon Richman, whose effort was saved from close range by Bradley Catlow.
After 55 minutes, manager Phil Parkinson made his first substitution, with Tom Peers replacing a hobbling Jordan Hulme. Ten minutes later, after a brief spell of possession for Halesowen, Parkinson made his second substitution, with Sean Williams replacing Richman.
Peers' introduction proved a turning point for Alty, as he found himself in successive positions of danger in the home side's box, forcing Catlow to make a number of saves from close range.
In the 72nd minute, Alty finally broke the deadlock. From Hemmings' low driven cross, Peers had an initial point-blank effort blocked by Catlow but was alert enough to pounce on the rebound and hook it into the net.
After taking the lead, Alty were almost caught napping, as a deep Halesowen free-kick into the box was met by a glancing header from Joshua Hancock that hit the post.
Five minutes later, Alty put the tie to bed as Halesowen keeper Catlow punched Hemmings' corner into the path of Johnston, who drilled a first-time shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
For the remainder of the match, Halesowen piled on the pressure, pushing to get one back, but Alty’s defence held firm to earn a clean sheet and a place in the fourth qualifying round, due to be drawn on Monday afternoon.
Attendance - 1,245.