Storm Dennis may have played havoc with the Vanarama National League North fixture list this weekend, but it didn't stop Altrincham director BILL WATERSON collating all the information from the games that survived and bringing it to you in his customary weekend round-up. A massive well done, by the way, to those hardy souls who braved the elements and clocked up the miles to support Alty at Croft Park this afternoon.
This won’t take long! Only two games played, only one side scoring goals. And Alty go from having played the fewest games in the league to having played the most, in less than two months. It has been a gruelling workload, but a very satisfactory haul of points.
Alty moved up to fifth after a fine 3-0 win at Blyth Spartans. Josh Hancock opened the scoring in the first half, and while Jordan Hulme was unsuccessful from the spot, second-half substitute Elliott Durrell made it two goals in two substitute appearances and Dan Mooney notched his first for the club to wrap up a convincing victory.
In the other game played today, just a few miles south of Blyth, Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers played out a 0-0 draw.
So, there were no big changes in the table, Alty joining Chester on 51 points, rising above Brackley Town and Spennymoor, who are joined on 48 by Gateshead. Alty are two points behind third-place Boston United, but all the teams around us have games in hand.
In midweek, Gateshead hope not to repeat the King's Lynn experience – they travel to Gloucester on Monday. On Tuesday, Brackley host Southport, Kettering Town are visited by Hereford and Chester are at home to King's Lynn, who face a tough week!
Saturday’s Match of the Day sees the league leaders travel to The J.Davidson Stadium to complete their tough week. Second-placed York City travel to Kidderminster and third-placed Boston host AFC Telford United.
Chester’s week is quite tricky, too, as they have a second home game in a week, against Brackley. Gateshead travel to Guiseley, in another top-of-the-table clash, and Spennymoor host Alfreton Town.
Elsewhere, Bradford (Park Avenue) are at home to Kettering; an away win would imply safety was beckoning for the Northamptonshire side. Points will be of the essence, too, for Curzon Ashton at home to Gloucester, with Blyth looking to profit from any slip-up as they travel to Farsley Celtic. Looking upwards, we see Hereford host Darlington and Leamington at home to Southport.
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