11 Oct 2018 by Andy Phillips

Altrincham v Alfreton match preview


ALTY host Alfreton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm) and will be looking to pick up a second consecutive victory against the tenth-placed side.

Saturday's 4-2 victory over Bradford Park Avenue was another example of the character that Phil Parkinson's side have, and they will be looking to take their cup exploits into the National League North as they aim to climb the table.

Alfreton have started well under Billy Heath but do come into the game after three straight losses, so whilst they will be eager to bounce back, it also provides them with a good opportunity to pick up three points and climb the table.

Heath took charge in the summer and is most notably known for his spell at North Ferriby United, where he won two promotions and the FA Trophy by beating at Wrexham at Wembley Stadium in 2015. He also earned promotion to the National League with Halifax Town back in 2017, so he knows what it takes to succeed at this level.

He does have a very small and relatively young squad at his disposal at the Impact Arena but central defensive duo Josh Gowling and Martin Riley are extremely experienced and will provide a solid foundation for the team to build upon this campaign. In terms of goals, Heath's side lost prolific striker Tom Denton to Chesterfield and have struggled to replace his ratio since then, so they will be looking for the likes of midfielders Bobby Johnson and Declan Bacon to chip in when they can.

Last time:

The two sides met at the Impact Arena last November in the FA Trophy third qualifying round, with Alty coming away with an impressive 2-0 victory thanks to a Marcus Marshall own goal and a John Johnston penalty in the opening stages of the game.

Supporter information:

This match will not be segregated and travelling away fans will have access to facilities in the Community Sports Hall and the new catering facilities in the away end. Away fans should enter via turnstiles 3 and 4.

Home supporters will also have additional catering facilities at their disposal with a new bottle bar being located in the Community Sports Hall which should reduce waiting time for service.

The club are offering special discounts to fans of Premier and Football League teams, Ice Hockey fans and Rugby League fans attending the Grand Final, as we encourage as many new supporters to attend on Non-League Day to learn what grassroots football is all about.

Turnstiles will be open from 13:30. We do of course recommend sensible consumption of alcohol.

Non-League Day:

For the second year running, we will also be celebrating the Fans for Diversity campaign, with the Altrincham players warming up for this afternoon’s match in Fans for Diversity T-shirts. Fans for Diversity is run by The Football Supporters’ Federation and Kick It Out, and it has a simple aim – to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure they can feel safe and welcome at whichever match they wish to attend.
Football is the world’s greatest game, and it is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other feature. 

It also gives us great pleasure to welcome Paralympians and Altrincham residents Neil Fachie MBE and Lora Fachie MBE for their first visit to The J.Davidson Stadium for the game. Lora won gold in the Individual Pursuit B track Cycling event at Rio 2016 as well as gold at the UCI Paracycling Road World Championships in 2012 and 2013. Neil won gold in the 1km time trial B at London 2012, double gold at six track World Championships and double gold at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

And last but not least, we would like to offer a warm welcome to the Manchester Chagos Archipelago Community Group (MCACG), whose members all live in nearby Wythenshawe and are attending The J.Davidson Stadium for the first time. The Chagos islanders are ether natives of Chagos or of Chagossian decent who have been forbidden from returning to their homeland. We hope they enjoy their afternoon with us.

Admission prices:

Adults £13

Concessions (65+, Students) £10

Juniors (12-16) £5

Under 12s £1

Through The Years by Howard Watts & Mike Garnett – 13th October

1906 Hooley Hill A ML W 2-1
1917 Vaughn Crane Co. A MAL W 6-0
1923 Middlewich A CCL W 1-0
1928 Crewe Alexandra Reserves H CCL L 2-3
1934 Moulton Verdin A FAC W 9-0
1951 Macclesfield Town H CCL W 3-0
1956 Rhyl H CCL D 3-3
1962 Rhyl A CCL W 2-1
1973 Boston United A NPL D 1-1
1975 Matlock Town H NPL L 1-2
1979 Bath City H APL W 4-0
1984 Northwich Victoria A GL W 2-1
1990 Bangor City H FAC W 3-0
1992 Colwyn Bay H FAC D 1-1
1998 Winsford United A ULPC W 1-0
2001 Witton Albion H FAC W 4-1
2007 Salisbury City A BSP D 3-3
2012 Corby Town A BSN W 5-2
2015 Kidderminster Harriers H VNL D 2-2


Live Commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.40pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.

The commentators are Tim Ainsworth & Alex Sarwar & the match summariser is Paul Salt.

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the 5 following ways:
a) Visit our 'MatchCentre' and click the 'Radio Robins' tab in the Alfreton match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play
b) The Radio Robins website www.radiorobins.com. Open the page in any web browser and the broadcast should start automatically.
c) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
d) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.
e) There is a temporary WIX website at https://rr5977.wixsite.com/radiorobins

There will be live text coverage of the game on the Matchcentre, and there will be live updates on our twitter account as we look forward to providing all the latest from The J. Davidson Stadium.


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