The Robins will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday evening as Solihull Moors, and the BT Sport cameras, visit The J. Davidson Stadium.
After a hard fought 3-2 win in the FA Cup against Southport, Alty were unable to build upon that momentum at the weekend, losing 2-1 to an Eastleigh side which had lost only one of their previous six games in all competitions.
Captain Jake Moult’s early strike gave Phil Parkinson’s side the lead at half-time, with the midfielder hooking the ball into the top corner after both Tom Hannigan and Tom Peers had headed on Matty Kosylo’s corner.
Eastleigh responded well after the break and soon found themselves level through substitute Danny Hollands, whose towering near-post header flashed into the far corner from Tom Whelan’s corner.
The Spitfires turned the game on its head with just over an hour gone, as Whelan’s impressive free-kick curled over the wall and was perfectly placed into the top corner.
Alty came close late on through Moult and Peers, with the latter an inch away from replicating his goal against Maidenhead United a fortnight earlier, but it proved to be too little too late for the Robins, who headed back north empty-handed.
You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below.
Following that result, the Robins dropped to ninth in the Vanarama National League, three points behind Solihull in the final play-off place, having played one less game than Tuesday’s visitors.
This will be the first meeting between the sides since last season’s game at Damson Park on May 3rd. On that occasion, Alty were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline to leave them winless in six games.
Jordan Thompson, making only his second Moors appearance following a loan move from Coventry City, fired them into the lead seven minutes before half-time.
Shaun Densmore headed into his own net to double Solihull's lead after the break. The defender attempted to head a dangerous free-kick back to Matty Gould, but the ball flew over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Striker Kyle Hudlin bagged the hosts third of the game in the 66th minute, outpacing loanee defender Yoan Zouma before prodding the ball through Gould’s legs.
And not long before the final whistle, Cameron Archer rubbed salt into the Robins’ wounds with a fourth goal, timing his run well before finishing coolly past the visiting keeper.
You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below
Following their promotion to this level as the 2015/16 National League North champions, Solihull Moors did not take very long to make themselves at home.
After mid-table finishes the following two seasons, tomorrow’s visitors came within a whisker of stamping their ticket to the Football League, following a 2018/19 campaign which saw them qualify for the play-offs.
However, having finished second behind champions Leyton Orient, the Moors could not get past the semi-final stage, losing 1-0 to AFC Fylde.
Missing out in such a fashion did not seem to affect them much as they mounted another promotion push the following season. However, after the final standings were decided by PPG (points per game), due the Coronavirus pandemic, Solihull were left to settle for a ninth-place finish.
Following a disappointing mid-table finish at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, the Moors, under the management of Neal Ardley, have wasted little time this season, sitting seventh after six wins, four draws and only two defeats from the 12 games they have played.
They enter Tuesday evening’s game on a good run of form, having won three and drawn one of their last four games. You would have to look back to September 25th for their last defeat, a game which saw Dagenham & Redbridge put five past them at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
In their last game against FC Halifax Town, Callum Maycock's goal earned Solihull a fourth consecutive home victory in the National League.
After a closely-contested first half, Solihull edged their way ahead. In the 52nd minute, James Ball picked Andrew Dallas out with a well-executed pass before the striker put the ball on a plate for Maycock to finish.
Moors were unlucky not to double their advantage on the 66th minute as Dallas’ shot drew an excellent save from Sam Johnson, the Halifax goalkeeper.
Halifax grew back into the game and pressed for an equaliser, but resolute defending, coupled with a smart save from Ryan Boot in added time, ensured that Ardley’s men picked up all three points.
Solihull Moors are coached by Neal Ardley, who took over the first team affairs in 2018. Following a playing career with Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff City and Millwall, Neal got his first taste of management when he was appointed the Cardiff City Academy manager in August, 2007.
After five years in Wales, Neal moved back to England to become the manager of AFC Wimbledon, then of League Two, in October, 2012. Establishing the club in the Football League, he achieved even greater success by helping the Dons achieve promotion to League One, winning the 2015/16 play-off final 2-0 against Plymouth Argyle at Wembley.
He departed the Dons in November, 2018 by mutual consent, following a run of 10 defeats in 12 games. Shortly after, he took charge of Notts County, but after failing to help the club bounce back from a devastating relegation, he was given his marching orders.
A short three-month break was to follow, but ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, he assumed his position with Solihull on June 14th.
A win for Altrincham could move them into the final play-off place, above Notts County and Solihull. However, a win for tomorrow’s visitors could see them climb to third, depending on results elsewhere.
Last five league games
Altrincham: WLWDL (F9 A8)
Solihull Moors: WWWDW (F5 A0)
What are they saying?
You can listen to Solihull manager Ardley's reaction to their 1-0 win over FC Halifax here.
Adults: £5 - yes, £5 for this game!
Listen to the game live on Radio Robins
You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 7.30pm.
The match commentary sponsor is Radio Alty.
The commentary team is John Helm and Paul Salt.
You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:
1) By visiting our Match Centre 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'.
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Other ways to follow the game
Not coming to The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday? You can also keep up to date via the following ways.
Match Centre: https://bit.ly/3py78qX