Kettering Town (17th) vs Altrincham (8th)
Vanarama National League North
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 19:45
Altrincham's 2-0 win over Bradford (Park Avenue) extended their home league unbeaten run to twelve games, but it's on the road where the Robins have found inconsistencies, so Tuesday night's trip to a much-improved Kettering Town promises to be another difficult assignment.
For Alty, it was good to get that second half at Gateshead out of the system. After a busy news week for the club, Josh Hancock's goal inside the first minute of the game was somewhat of a statement - this was a side that wanted to get back to football.
In the post match interview, Assistant Manager Neil Sorvel looked ahead at another Tuesday night trip:
"On the road again, another long trip down to Kettering and they're one of the in form sides in the league. We saw them at Curzon [Ashton] just before Christmas and we know they're going to be a tough side to beat."
Stat attack: A fast start would buck the trend. Kettering have scored just 6 first half goals in 11 home games, while Alty have managed just 2 in 12 attempts on the road.
The Poppies are unbeaten in four at home and have completely turned their season around from November onward, coinciding with the appointment of new manager Paul Cox. After a dreadful start to the campaign they have lost just 3 of their last 15 games, most recently on Saturday when promotion hopefuls York City narrowly edged past them in a tight 1-0 encounter.
Kettering Town are old National League / then-Conference adversaries of the Robins; after losing their Rockingham Road ground in 2011 the Poppies went into administration during the 2011/12 season, they were subsequently demoted two divisions to the Southern Premier League, which they were then further relegated from in 2012/13. It has been quite the journey back from the Division One Central and fans of the club will be hoping they can reestablish themselves at National League North level before making a challenge for promotion once again.
Since Kettering lost their Rockingham Road Ground in 2011, the Club have led a bit of a nomadic existence, first playing at Nene Park, the former home of the now-defunct Rushden & Diamonds Football Club. Before moving onto Corby Town in 2012 and then moving to Burton Latimer in 2013, sharing with Burton Park Wanderers FC. Although basic Latimer Park has helped the Club get back nearer to their Kettering home (Burton Latimer is situated three miles south of Kettering Town Centre) and the Club are hoping to build a new stadium in Kettering itself.
The Club have purchased some suitable land off Scott Road in North Kettering, where they hope to build a new stadium. The Club have a lease on Latimer Park until 2042 and is believed that it would be retained for reserve and youth academy sides. If the new stadium does not happen then the Club would look to further develop Latimer Park.
Max Harrop is available for this match, having completed his 3 match suspension & Altrincham will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for former player, Jordan Sinnott, who tragically passed away on Saturday.
Kettering Town: LDWWL (F5 A5)
Altrincham: WWDLW (F7 A4)
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Latimer Park, Powell Lane, Burton Latimer, Kettering, NN15 5PS
Parking is available at the ground. Football traffic should avoid using Station Road.
The closest railway station is Kettering, which is four miles from the ground.
Adults - £15
Concs - £10
Juniors - £5
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The match commentary sponsor is Barry Pond.
The commentary team is Laurence Howarth, Roger Booker & Brian Flynn
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