ALTRINCHAM return to league action on Saturday afternoon as they host Hereford FC at the J. Davidson Stadium.
The Robins made it through to the second round of the FA Cup last weekend and pulled out a plum draw at Portsmouth in the next round at the turn of the month, but boss Phil Parkinson will now be diverting his attention to getting back to winning ways in the National League North as the Robins play at home for the first time since September 24th & the first time in the league in 10 weeks.
The Robins are unbeaten in 7 games, but 5 of those games have been in the FA Cup & the 2 league games have yielded draws at Guiseley & King’s Lynn.
Hereford are currently 12th in the league and aren't in the best of form, having lost three of their last four league games, so both teams will be eager to get three points on the board.
Russell Slade took over at Edgar Street at the end of August and the former Cardiff City, Yeovil Town and Grimsby Town boss will be hoping to guide the Bulls to a play-off place.
The Bulls have one of the most experienced squads in the National League North, recently acquiring the services of former Bury captain Stephen Dawson to go alongside captain Josh Gowling, loan winger Peter Vicenti and striker Reece Styche, who has been a very reliable striker in non league for many years now.
The two sides drew 1-1 on both occasions that they met last season, with a late Josh Hancock equaliser cancelling out an opener from Hereford's James Roberts at Edgar Street, whilst Jordan Hulme and Tom Owen-Evans were the scorers for their respective sides at the J. Davidson Stadium in April.
Through The Years by Mike Garnett - 16th November
1907 Macclesfield Town H ML W 3-2
1912 Colne H LC1 W 2-1
1929 Connah's Quay & Shotton H CCL L 1-2
1932 Stalybridge Celtic H FAC 4Q/r D 3-3
1935 Hyde United H CCL W 2-1
1946 Tranmere Rovers Reserves H CCL D 1-1
1957 Stafford Rangers A CCL W 3-0
1963 Wrexham H FAC 1 Ab 76 min 1-2
1968 Crewe Alexandra H FAC 1 L 0-1
1985 Chorley A FAC 1 W 2-0
1991 Barrow A GMVC W 2-0
1996 Preston North End A FAC 1 L 1-4
1998 Chester City H CSC 2 W 3-0
1999 Northwich Victoria A CSC 2 W 3-1
2002 Gainsborough Trinity H ULP D 1-1
2004 Vauxhall Motors A NCN L 0-2
2005 Crewe Alexandra Reserves A CSC 2 L 0-4
2010 Hyde H CSC 2 W 3-2
2013 Colwyn Bay A FAT 3Q Ab 83 min 2-0
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Coverage: Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.45pm.
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Super Hulme stars as the Robins put 5 past Hereford.
Star striker Jordan Hulme was back amongst the goals, scoring a hat-trick before turning provider for Shaun Densmore’s stunning finish with a sublime assist.
Hereford started strongly with Tommy O’Sullivan going close, bursting through the centre in the 7th minute before turning onto his right foot and bending an effort which smashed against the top right corner of the woodwork.
Just 3 minutes later, the visitors’ pressure was almost rewarded as O’Sullivan’s free-kick was palmed away by Tony Thompson before Pope hit the side netting from the rebound.
Alty finally found their way into the match as Josh Hancock pounced on a through ball before tapping it round the keeper, only to be denied by a sliding Jason Pope.
The Robins seemed to have found their rhythm as just minutes later John Johnston whipped in a delightful corner which seemed to be flicked on, finding Tom Hannigan who had a free header putting Alty in the lead on the 26th-minute mark.
Within 2 minutes, John Johnston & Andy White combined well down the left & it was the latter who produced an excellent low driven cross which was met by Jordan Hulme who flicked it past Brandon Hall to put Alty 2 up.
It could have been 3 goals in 5 minutes as Hulme was played in from Johnston's pass & chipped the ball over the advancing Hall but the Robins' leading scorer was denied by the crossbar.
Just 2 minutes from the break, Hereford created a rare opportunity to grab one back as Stephen Dawson's low cross was met by Victor Sodeinde who snatched at his shot, smashing the ball over the bar.
Much like the first half, the Bulls started the second half with intent, creating 2 early opportunities in quick succession as Peter Vincenti flashed the ball across the face of Thompson's goal just a couple of minutes before Jordan Nicholson cut inside from the right and fired just wide.
Hereford’s bright start to the second half counted for nothing as Johnston broke down the right-wing as he does best and played a brilliant disguised pass through to Hulme who slotted it home from an angle to make it 3-0 to the Robins.
Only 6 minutes later Alty were punished for momentarily taking their foot off the pedal as Hereford grabbed one back through Vincenti who tapped it past Thompson after Josh Gowling knocked on the ball from a free kick.
Although this seemed to quickly wake Alty back up, as just 2 minutes after Herefords consolation goal the Robins responded perfectly as Johnston latched on to a mistake from Gowling, sprinting forward with pace before squaring the ball to Hulme who finished smartly from 12 yards to complete his hat-trick in the 64th-minute mark.
4 minutes later and the finisher became assister as Hulme brilliantly looped the ball over Hereford defender Jack Bodenham, finding Densmore who fired a superb angled drive on the half-volley, which ripped into the bottom corner of the net.
The remainder of the game was fairly uneventful but Phil Parkinson will have been delighted to win so emphatically in Altrincham’s first home league game in 70 days.