08 Feb 2021 by John Edwards

Change of venue for Wrexham game

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Altrincham’s home game with Wrexham tomorrow night has been switched to FC United of Manchester’s Broadhurst Park to ensure it goes ahead.

The decision underlines the Altrincham board’s determination to fulfil as many fixtures as possible and was taken after an assessment of how the pitch at The J.Davidson Stadium had been adversely affected by last month’s exceptional rainfall.

The consent of FC United was still needed, and the club wish to thanks our near-neighbours for agreeing to host our latest Vanarama National League fixture at such short notice, in particular Operations Manager Paul Smith, who liaised with Alty Secretary and General Manager Paul Carter to ensure all necessary arrangements were in place.

Reflecting on the change of venue, Alty director Rob Esteva said: ‘Our absolute priority is to get our games played, and the National League have been proactive in working with us to find a solution for this fixture and potentially more.

‘We have had three times the amount of rain in January compared to the average rainfall, and it has taken its toll on the pitch. The fact we were unable to do our usual renovations to the pitch in the summer, due to the play-offs, continues to hamper us, but our absolute focus is to ensure we can fulfil our fixtures.

‘We have had several positive conversations around the pitch works required, and Co-Chairman Bill Waterson will provide more details in his programme notes for the game.

‘We would like to thank everybody at FC United for their cooperation in hosting this game, and we look forward to welcoming Wrexham tomorrow evening.’

Live streaming of the game, as Phil Parkinson’s in-form team bid to maintain their recent outstanding form against opponents who are also pushing for a place in the play-offs, is available for purchase through the normal channels.

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