Altrincham take on Stockport County, the current National League Champions tonight in the 5th pre-season game of a 7 match schedule.
Kick-off at The J. Davidson Stadium is at 7.45pm
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 this game.
Lewis Walters, who impressed in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Blackpool, is having a trial with Championship side Brentford, therefore will not be involved in this game.
Matt Chadwick, who had his best game in an Altrincham shirt, since joining from Ashton United in February, will be on the bench tonight as Phil Parkinson rotates his squad.
"Matt will be with us for the remainder of pre-season.He wants to give himself the best possible chance of being in the squad for the upcoming season & Saturday did him the world of good. A new trialist will be coming in to see if he can impress & Max Harrop will be given more minutes in the number 10 role, to see if he can take advantage of the opportunity to stake a claim for that position, with Josh Hancock being suspended for the first 3 games of the season.Andy White will start his first pre-season game & Steven Drench will be given another start to see if he can build on his excellent return from injury on Saturday against Blackpool."
Stockport County's pre-season results to date are as follows:-
There will be match updates on twitter & there is Live Commentary of tonight's game on Radio Robins with the broadcast starting at 7.30pm.
The commentary team is Ian Wilkinson, Luke Edwards & John Edwards.
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*1-0 .. Jordan Hulme and Conor Branson celebrate Alty going in front. Picture by Jonathan Moore.
Altrincham were defeated 2-1 by local rivals Stockport County on Tuesday at The J Davidson Stadium, on what was a sweltering hot summer's evening for their sixth pre-season friendly.
Despite a first-half own goal giving Altrincham a deserved lead, goals from Connor Dimaio and Elliot Osborne were enough to seal victory for last season’s Vanarama National League North champions.
It was a slow and sluggish start to the first half, the blistering heat and humidity visibly getting the better of the two sides, with very few scoring opportunities being created within the first 25 minutes.
Stockport created the first chance of any significance, after a low, powerful effort from Sam Walker forced Steven Drench to get down with speed to gather the ball cleanly.
A short drinks break followed, and it was seemingly beneficial for Alty, who opened the scoring just two minutes later.
A rehydrated and re-energised Nathan Arnold danced through the Stockport midfield towards goal, displaying some wonderful dribbling and trickery, before his effort ricocheted about in the crowded box and deflected past Ben Hinchliffe into the back of the net.
The player responsible for the ball's sudden change in direction looked to be Stockport’s Walker. Altrincham’s Jordan Hulme and Conor Branson were also in the vicinity, with Hulme trailing off in celebration to claim the credit, but it looks likely to go down as an own goal.
Altrincham might have doubled their lead shortly after, but for a well-timed, last ditch tackle from the Hatters defence. Hulme slipped the ball to John Johnston, who was cascading forward into the box from the right flank, but just as he pulled his foot back to let fly, a goal-saving challenge diverted the ball for a corner.
County responded to that narrow escape by levelling the scores in the 36th minute. A Paul Turnbull free-kick was headed high into the air before being brought down by Dimaio, who did well to create space before drilling the ball past Drench into the bottom corner.
An immediate Altrincham response almost bore fruit when Connor Hampson thundered down the left flank and cut the ball back, only for a stretching Arnold to steer it narrowly wide.
Both sides started the second half with much more intent, Stockport firing in on goal almost immediately with a Sam Miniham snap-shot that fell straight to the hands of Drench.
The Hatters should have grabbed their second of the game in the 58th minute when Ben Jackson, all alone in acres of space, latched on to Jake Kirkby’s low cross but dragged his shot wide, with only substitute keeper Tony Thompson to beat.
A minute later, it was Alty's turn to threaten. Sean Williams played the ball in to Hulme, who slipped it back out for the midfielder, but his thunderous strike on goal was parried away by County goalkeeper Ian Ormson before being cleared from danger.
Miniham was back in the thick of the action once again in the 68th minute, after a brilliant run saw him weave through the Alty midfield before finding Adam Thomas, who failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
Matt Chadwick, who was one of the many changes manager Phil Parkinson made just before the hour mark, looked an attacking threat early on. The winger delivered a brilliant cross, finding Hampson, whose impressive volley was saved by Ormson.
Shortly after, Tom Peers slipped in a wonderful through ball for Chadwick to run on to, but despite another well executed cross into the box, Altrincham trialist Adam Morgan couldn’t quite turn the ball in.
The ball was subsequently cleared from the Stockport box, creating a speedy counter attack from the visiting side, with Miniham’s wonderful ball into the box looking destined for the head of Thomas, until Hampson flicked it away with an excellent piece of defending.
Miniham, a real threat throughout the 90 minutes, did well to slip in Alex Curran on the turn, but Branson was there to prevent a shot on goal with an emphatic sliding tackle that is fast becoming his trademark.
Stockport’s pressure was eventually rewarded after Osborne, out of nothing, received the ball from outside the box before rifling it into the bottom left corner, smashing off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.
Altrincham continued to press for a late equaliser, but when Josh Hancock's free-kick was gathered up by Ormson with ease, time was running out, and Stockport held on for a hard-earned 2-1 win.
The pre-season programme continues on Saturday afternoon, as Alty welcome AFC Fylde to The J.Davidson Stadium. They make the short journey to Trafford on Tuesday evening, but the visit of the Coasters will be their final home fixture before the 2019/20 Vanarama National League North campaign is launched with an eagerly-anticipated home game against title favourites York City.