Fans will not be returning to elite sport fixtures in October and Tuesday night’s Alfreton Town preview acknowledged those reports. Unfortunately we still don’t have final clarity on what this will mean for next Saturday’s season opener at home to Weymouth, but Alty’s pre-season preparation must continue on the assumption that it will be all systems go.
With that in mind, today’s game at AFC Fylde is an interesting and important step towards the start of the season. The Coasters look set to compete it out with York City and Boston United for promotion from The National League North this season, following their surprise relegation from The National League in 2019/20.
Alty were perhaps a tad unfortunate to lose 2-0 on Tuesday, it was a game that saw the Robins play plenty of good football, particularly in the first half with Josh Hancock particularly impressive, but two goals in three minutes were enough to put Phil Parkinson's men away against opposition that were a few games ahead of his in their preparation. Speaking after the game, he commented:
“We’re fit enough, there’s no problem with the fitness, it’s just sharpness now. Decision making is key for us.”
So today’s game, along with Tuesday night’s home fixture against Salford U23s (which we hope to stream live, keep an eye out for information on that) are vital final steps in the preparation process.
Dan Mooney remains sidelined following his ankle injury at Nantwich Town while Josh Hancock and Andy White returned to the squad on Tuesday, having missed last weekend's trip to Huddersfield Town B.
Our media team have been granted access to Mill Farm for today's game.
You can listen to live commentary of today's game at AFC Fylde on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2:45pm.
The match commentary sponsor is 'The Non-League Lounge.'
The commentary team is - just Mr. Brian Flynn this afternoon!
You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:
1) By visiting our MatchCentre on the club website.
2) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
3) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
5) There is also a temporary Radio Robins WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins
Match coverage will also play out on the Altrincham FC Twitter page.