With Tuesday’s game at Ashton United cancelled, Alty’s pre season now begins today - with a trip to Nantwich Town.
We will also visit Curzon Ashton, Huddersfield Town B and AFC Fylde - before finishing at home, on the Tuesday before the season opener, with a behind-closed-doors fixture against Salford City U23s.
For Phil Parkinson, this is the first in a series of opportunities for him to analyse his new signings in-game. Ritchie Sutton and Yusifu Ceesay joined a week after our play-off success, and were swiftly followed by the acquisitions of goalkeeper Matthew Gould, winger Matty Kosylo and forward Max Clayton.
Competition for places is fierce as they join up with an Altrincham squad that has once again retained its nucleus, with Parkinson and Sorvel keen to keep the group together. Departees to date are Elliott Durrell (Wrexham), Max Harrop & Craig Mahon (Curzon Ashton), Steven Drench (Farsley Celtic) and Lewis Walters. Young forward, Lewis Salmon, has joined Stalybridge Celtic on loan until the New Year.
Nantwich have beaten Crewe and lost to Leek Town, Whitchurch Alport and Southport this pre season. This is their final pre season fixture before the Northern Premier League begins.
Capacity is capped at 600 for this fixture and at the time of publication there are just a handful of online tickets remaining. Go here to buy: https://nantwichtownfc.ktckts
All tickets must be purchased online. No pay on the gate.
There is Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, of today's pre-season friendly at the Weaver Stadium and the broadcast starts at 2.45pm
The match commentary sponsor is 'The Non-League Lounge'.
The commentary team is Jonny Crowther, Simon Ellis & Brian Flynn
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1) By visiting our Match Centre
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'.
4) There is a temporary radio Robins WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins
Phil Parkinson used this afternoon's first pre-season fixture to give all of his squad 45 minutes football against a Nantwich Town side that was playing its final friendly before the start of their Northern Premier League campaign next Saturday, when they travel to FC United of Manchester.
The game was decided by a comical own goal after 32 minutes, when Greg Hall, the Dabbers'former 1874 Northwich & Witton Albion keeper lost concentation to allow Josh Langley's routine backpass to roll under his right foot & a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball failed as it rolled over the line & into the back of the net, with the Dabbers keeper in hot but unsuccessful pursuit.
Matt Gould made an eye-catching debut with 2 superb saves in the second half to deny Sean Cooke & Joe Malkin.
The game ended on a worrying note for the Robins with Dan Mooney being stretchered off with what looked like a potentially; serious ankle injury.