08 Sep 2019 by John Edwards

Full marks for Alty on Matchday 10!


*Heads it's Hanks .. Josh Hancock makes it 2-0 just before half-time. Picture by Michael Ripley.

Altrincham produced the performance and result of the weekend with a 5-0 thumping of Leamington that was celebrated by Robins fans long into the night. Here, a tired and emotional BILL WATERSON takes a lyrical look at Alty's best win of the season and all the rest of the action from the Vanarama National League North.

I am sat on the 19.43 from Stockport back to London Euston with the warm glow of contentment wrapped around me and an uncontrollable urge to hum 'World in Motion' by New Order.

It's almost as though I have recently experienced John Barnes getting to the line, by slow means or fast. And maybe seen a dominant England performance. And perhaps, before that, seen some of the Windmills in my mind be put to the Quixotic sword - let's see if any of this is explained by the doings of Matchday 10 in the Vanarama National League North.

We saw in the week, unremarked by me, King's Lynn Town reach the top of the table, fulfilling the pre-season prediction by some of their fans that they would take this league by storm. It is a division that can be somewhat unpredictable, so the question the Linnets needed to ask was: 'Can we stay there?'

They travelled to an out-of-sorts Spennymoor Town today, passing through York on their way north, and came away with a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, the Minstermen were also dropping points, as Southport departed Bootham Crescent with a 1-1 draw.  Indications that some teams may be showing their true credentials for this season.

Chester consolidated third position with a 3-1 home win over Guiseley, while fourth-placed Alfreton were comfortably beating Curzon Ashton, until a sending off in the 86th minute saw two late goals from the visitors and the Derbyshire side having to hang on for a 3-2 win.

Guiseley are fifth, one place ahead of Boston United, who beat Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-1 at home. The final play-off place is filled by Farsley Celtic after their 3-2 home win over Kettering Town.

I am now sat on the 22.40 from Marylebone and musing over the aphorism that if you cannot see a drunk football fan in your carriage on a Saturday night, then maybe it’s you! And reviewing my Libero libations, my CSH consumption and my on-train tipples, maybe it is! Plea of guilty, m'lud..

Anyway, on with the round-up ('Yes, just one more, please, shteward, I mean steward')

Brackley Town are eighth after a 1-1 draw at home to 11th-placed AFC Telford United, one point ahead of the Shropshire side, and also one point ahead of Gateshead, who didn’t play at Hereford due to the home side’s international call-up this weekend.

Also on 14 points are Leamington who had a torrid weekend, dropping below Gateshead after their goal difference took a bit of a knock. And we all know how that happened, don't we? A rampant Alty turned on the style to rack up an eye-catching 5-0 scoreline that was the cue for my rather prolonged post-match celebrations!

On 13 points are Southport and Gloucester City, the latter beating Darlington 2-1 in Evesham. There are two teams on 12 points, Alty in 14th ahead of Hereford on goals scored.

Our next opponents, Kidderminster Harriers, are one point behind Alty after a hard-fought draw at Blyth Spartans that left them level with Darlington. There is then a two-point gap to early pacesetters Curzon Ashton, whose opening day 5-0 win over Bradford must seem a distant memory after just a single point from their last five games.

Still, the Nash are three points ahead of Spennymoor and a further point ahead of Kettering and Bradford, who in turn are three points clear of Spartans.  Spennymoor and Blyth meet in the only midweek game this week, as we catch up on some of the early-season postponements.

Next weekend sees King's Lynn host Gloucester in the battle of the southernmost clubs in the division, whilst second-placed York travel up the A1 to Darlington.

Chester have a short trip to Telford, whilst Alfreton are also on the road, heading for Kettering. Guiseley host Hereford, Boston go north to Gateshead and Farsley are away at Leamington.

At the bottom, Bradford host Spennymoor, who therefore have two winnable games this week, while Blyth have a tough trip to Southport. In the remaining two games, Brackley travel to Tameside to take on Curzon Ashton, and Alty travel to Kidderminster Harriers, looking to emulate last season's performance at Aggborough whilst improving the result.


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