Following on from Saturday’s win at Nantwich Town, tonight the Robins will roll up the M60 to take on Curzon Ashton at The Tameside Stadium. While the game will be played behind closed doors, you can count on Radio Robins and the official Atrincham Twitter to keep you updated throughout the evening.
Phil Parkinson will be hoping for a reaction after Saturday’s pre-season return. It was always going to be about getting minutes under the belt and blowing away the cobwebs, but Alty came away from The Weaver Stadium fortunate to have gained a 1-0 victory, particularly as the goal was the result of a nightmarish keeper mistake.
Towards the end of the first half, Nantwich keeper Greg Hall lost his concentration and allowed Josh Langley's routine back pass to roll under his right foot and, in almost slow motion, into the back of the net.
The second half saw a completely different XI for Altrincham, including a Toby Mullarkey central midfield cameo and the introduction of two new names to the game: Trialist, Douglas Nyaupembe and Will Hall, who was released by Leicester City at the end of last season.
The bad news for Alty is that Dan Mooney was stretchered off late in the game, however, Sports Therapist Tommy Uda has since confirmed that the sustained ankle injury is not a fracture and only ligament damage. It remains to be seen how long Dan will be out for but he will take no part in tonight’s game.
Yehh luckily no fracture only ligament damage 👍🏼— Tommy Uda Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation (@tommyuda) September 13, 2020
Curzon Ashton have gone about their transfer business with seeming intent this summer. As well as acquiring Max Harrop and Craig Mahon following their departures from Alty, they’ve also landed vastly experienced central midfielder Paul Turnbull (Stockport County) and highly rated left back Matty Waters (Chester). Another notable name in the Curzon set-up is another former Robin, Darius Palma, who arrived in the summer from Trafford.
Tonight’s hosts are without a win so far this pre-season with draws at Buxton and Hyde, and defeats to Squires Gate, Oldham Athletic, Clitheroe and most recently this past Saturday at Stockport County.
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Alty went down 4-3 at Curzon Ashton this evening after a goalless first half was followed by an all-action second period that contained all seven goals.
There was little to split the teams in the opening 45 minutes as Alty arguably had the edge but both teams had a couple of chances apiece. None were that clear cut however as the final ball for both teams was lacking somewhat.
That all changed in the second half when Curzon were awarded two penalties within the space of a couple of minutes. Matty Waters stepped up for both and scored past Matt Gould and within a blink of an eye, Alty found themselves two down.
That sparked a reaction from Phil Parkinson's men and talented youngster Curtis Miller was instrumental in the revival. The former youth team player drove forward from the right and his long-range effort took a deflection to reduce the arrears. Just minutes after, it was him once again driving forward and this time his left-footed shot was guided in by Tom Peers to make it 2-2 on 67 minutes.
Just when it seemed Alty were going to take control of the match, the hosts went back ahead on 75 minutes through what was arguably the best goal of the game. A inch-perfect cross from the right was directed in by a Curzon trialist into the far corner giving Gould no chance. Five minutes later, the same triallist did his chances of a contract no harm by adding his second and Curzon's fourth with a far-post prod.
Alty were not done there though and Jordan Hulme slotted home another to bring it back to 4-3 but the Robins ultimately ran out of time, and our second pre-season friendly came to a close after a lively and intense encounter that will have served the boys well in their preparations for the new season.